El Encanto

El Encanto (Spanish for charmed) is packed with history, whimsy, and a ton of—you guessed it—charm. (They even have their own cow—Ellie.) This is the Orient Express’s first West Coast property and we believe it would make former guests (Clark Gable and FDR to a couple) proud. This quaint California boutique hotel was built in 1928 and has been meticulously restored. Guests lucky enough to stay here can expect details like the original wishing well and century-old wisteria crawling up brick columned arbors, as well as modern luxuries like a stunning spa, electric bikes, and infinity pools.

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This Santa Barbara boutique property, just ninety minutes from Los Angeles, is perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Seven acres of stunning grounds add to the charm, where eucalyptus, cypress, palm trees and extensive gardens freckle the retreat. The 92 rooms and suites are equipped with generous wide-open patios to sip your vino and fireplaces to stay cozy on chilly evenings. The plantation-style shutters and brick pathways added to the appeal. Now let’s get to the food; enjoy farm-to-table goodness from Patrice chef Martineau (who has also worked at The Peninsula Tokyo and New York’s Daniel). He uses fresh-as-they come ingredients from their gardens and the property even boasts their own cow, Ellie, for specialty cheeses and their own milk. Pets allowed (and welcomed!).

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