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Wine, relaxation, and ocean views are abundant at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Whereas this isn’t one of my typical destinations for a wellness-centric getaway, this stunning resort has all of the restorative properties needed for a mind, body, and soul reset. 

Couple smiling at outdoor restaurant table

Walking the 78-acres of The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort and Spa Medeterranian-style architecture, immaculate gardens, and crashing waves set the scene for an inspired stay. 

Day Spa & Peaceful Nights

The enchanting hospitality staff at this property set the tone for a slower pace of living. Reminders to relax and indulge are found in every corner – so whether you’re relaxing by the pool or breathing in the ocean air on a scenic hike, it’s easy to keep a peaceful pace. 

The acclaimed spa houses a redwood sauna and eucalyptus steam room which I love! The therapists and spa technicians share an exquisite balance of traditional and innovative offerings including acupuncture, massage, whole body treatments, and Natura Bissé facials that keep your skin glowing! Perfect for prepping your skin for a summer of sun dresses and swimsuits, the Bacara Body Polish treatment blends massage and exfoliation in the most heavenly way. 

If you make it to this spa, and you should, you’ve got to try the Spirulina Algae Wrap! A nourishing, detoxing, and moisturizing treatment. During this peaceful soak your body absorbs all of the benefits of Spirulina and you’re quite literally polished off and enveloped in shea body butter after your treatment is over. Divine!

For the Body, Mind, and Soul

Lady doing banded exercise

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment activities are always a favorite for every single member of our family. Jean-Michel’s fun and informative approach to conservation shows us what makes Santa Barbara’s ecosystem so unique and the facts we’ve learned over the years has kept the kids’ interest in the environment and science long after school is out for the summer. 

I love to take any opportunity I can get to explore my surroundings while horseback riding and journeying up and down the California coastline by horse is a workout that’s good for my mind, body, and soul. I’ve been around horses since I was a child and it’s important to me that my kids get these same experiences. Horseback riding is a full body workout and more importantly you learn respect and care for something other than yourself – almost immediately. Appreciating the power and beauty of these gorgeous creatures while taking in the ocean air as a family warms my heart. 

Woman doing yoga pose

Beachside yoga and Pilates Reformer classes are my top picks for The Ritz-Carlton Bacara! There’s a wide range of classes ready to serve all fitness levels and there’s no shortage of motivation with the oceanside offerings on the menu! 

A Taste of The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

Wine cellar

The first thing I’m inclined to mention is the extensive collection of wines that Angel Oak has in its collection – 12,000 bottles call this dining delight home! Healthy and flavorful resort-style (read: indulgent) foods are served up at each of the restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a shareable plate to snack and sip all evening long or a robust and crunch salad you won’t have to travel far! They’ve got a taste of it all. 

The Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with luxury so you’re destined to be impressed with the accommodations here. Santa Barbara’s coastal vibes and laid back lifestyle are polished here under the exquisite hospitable care of the team at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara.

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Take a Closer Look at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara


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