There are some places you visit that feel untouchable from the outside world. Places where it's possible to truly escape. Set high on a hilltop, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara, Belmond El Encanto is one such place. I've visited this property several times and it's always such a pleasure to be there. The grounds are lushly landscaped in true California style...bold palm leaves overlap with conifers, agaves and birds of paradise.
Days should be spent lounging by the pool, overlooking the Pacific. If the weather is chilly, warm up in the spa; it's decorated beautifully in neutrals with a plush relaxation lounge.
If you're interested in exploring off campus, electric bikes are also available for tooling around Santa Barbara.
Grab a drink and hit the deck to watch sunset; golden hour here is really truly special. For dinner there are plenty of great places to eat in Santa Barbara, but I prefer throwing on my hotel robe and ordering room service, served in front of a roaring fire (Most all rooms have fireplaces and patios for dining or lounging).