Sunday, October 1, 2017

Santa Barbara's beautiful Bacara Spa becomes a Ritz-Carlton

Renovated property is shining star or RC collection

Patti Pietschmann

When Bacara Spa opened in 2000 it was received as one of the most glamorous of the time.  A distinction that attracted the beautiful, rich and famous (along with ordinary mortal).  It cost $222 million to build and recently underwent a major multi-million dollar renovation and handover to  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

 "We are delighted to welcome this iconic property into The Ritz-Carlton portfolio of nearly 100 hotels around the globe," said HervĂ© Humler, president and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. "The Ritz-Carlton's world class service, led by the resort's fantastic Ladies and Gentlemen, together with the Bacara's history, will make The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara a standout on this part of the California coast."

The hotel sits on 78 acres of prime California coastline with direct beach access, three salt-water swimming pools, a 42,000-square foot luxury spa with 36 treatment rooms, a salon and a fitness center, as well as large indoor and outdoor event space. 
Of course Ritz-Carlton won't be sitting on  it luxury laurels, The company plans to upgrade a wide variety of guest spaces, including  revenue-generating meeting and event venues, the main lobby, food and beverage outlets, the fitness center, pools and spa. There will also be a new Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge--a signature fixture  that the brand does exceptionally well providing lovely environments in which to enjoy drinks and usually generous  snacks.
Four Seasons lobby shot by Richard Pietschmann
Other luxury properties in Santa Barbara include a fabulousFour Seasons, Belmond El Encanto and a bit of a worthwhile drive away, the ultra-exclusive  San Ysidio Ranch.
El Encanto pic by Richard Pietschmann