Belmond El Encanto, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
Splendidly poised between the barrelling Pacific Ocean and the rolling hills of California wine country, Belmond El Encanto is one of North America’s smartest refuges. Home to Santa Barbara best spa, this divine country-club-style hotel has been hosting Californian cool cats since 1920. We can’t get enough of the stylish vibes – especially the hotel’s saline pool (where complimentary sunglasses are handed out and there’s an Evian cooling mist service!).
Azura Quilalea & Azura Benguerra, MOZAMBIQUE Photo Gallery
Days are spent wafting around in linens, riding bikes or exploring the boutiques of Santa Barbara, and evenings start with a glass of Californian wine on the porch of your bungalow. Expect to feast on locally sourced artisanal dishes served open-air on a starlit terrace (don’t skip the cheese course, they have cheese made from their very own cow). Everything about this hotel is refined, grown-up and oozes romance. Did we mention the turndown service for honeymooners? It involves a mood-setting candelabra filled with candles…
Three nights room only in a Superior Bungalow from £675 per person.