Following an Extensive Renovation, the Iconic Coastal Hotel is Now Open to Guests as The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara.
Ritz-Carlton Welcomes Bacara Resort & Spa To Its Portfolio
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced the newest addition to its collection of luxurious global properties, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. Recently acquired by Carey Watermark Investors Incorporated and Carey Watermark Investors 2 Incorporated, the former Bacara Resort & Spa has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation which included all 358 guest rooms and suites as well as enhancements to the resort’s six culinary venues. The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara will provide the legendary personalized service and luxury facilities guests of The Ritz-Carlton brand have come to know worldwide.
Carey Watermark Investors Incorporated and Carey Watermark Investors 2 Incorporated, two non-traded real estate investment trusts that invest in lodging and lodging-related properties, announced that they have acquired Bacara Resort & Spa. Strategically located on 78 oceanfront acres in close proximity to Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley wineries, the irreplaceable 358-key resort is one of a limited number of luxury oceanfront resorts on the California coast.
Located on 78 acres of exclusive California coastline, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara will immerse guests in the destination while inspiring them to discover the best of coastal living. The oceanfront resort offers direct beach access and 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 abundant indoor and outdoor event space.
Six culinary venues, including Angel Oak, the resort’s signature restaurant, will give guests a taste of Santa Barbara. Just minutes from the center of charming and historic Santa Barbara, the resort is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountain, with close proximity to the region’s best vineyards.
As a part of this conversion, significant additional investments are planned for resort enhancements to a wide variety of guest spaces, including meeting and event venues, the main lobby, food and beverage outlets, the fitness center, pools and spa, making it an ideal destination for events or a relaxing getaway. The work will also include the construction of a new Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, a communal space where guests can connect and experience unique and highly personalized services and amenities, including dedicated check-in, check-out and concierge service, and daily culinary presentations.
The property joins the brand’s impressive portfolio of hotels in California, including properties such as The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles; The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey; The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage; The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco; The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe; The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; and The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara – Key Facts
Extensively renovated, luxury oceanfront resort: The property recently completed a four year renovation totaling approximately $27 million ($75,500 per guest room). The renovation included new soft and case goods in all guest rooms, technology upgrades and a repositioning of Bacara’s food and beverage outlets. CWI 1 and CWI 2 plan to invest a significant amount of additional capital to further upgrade the resort including enhancements to the meeting space, lobby, food & beverage outlets, fitness center, pool and the 42,000 square foot spa, one of the largest spas on the West Coast.
Central location: Bacara is located just minutes from Santa Barbara. The beachfront luxury hotel is situated on 78 acres along the coastline, 10 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport and 35 minutes from the Santa Ynez Valley wine country. The resort is located 90 miles north of Los Angeles and is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains.
Ritz-Carlton rebranding: The hotel was rebranded as a Ritz-Carlton resort upon acquisition and will be managed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., part of Marriott International. As a member of the Ritz-Carlton portfolio, the resort will benefit from The Ritz-Carlton’s service and dedication to providing genuine care and comfort to all guests. Guests of the rebranded hotel – The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara – will also enjoy access to The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program, as well as the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards.
Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara – Property
- Luxury resort comprised of 24 buildings situated on 78 acres of California coastline 358 guest rooms (including 49 suites), with all rooms featuring private balconies or patios 70,000 square feet of event space including 33,000 square feet of indoor space.
- Six food and beverage outlets including Angel Oak, the resort’s signature restaurant 42,000 square-foot luxury spa with 36 treatment rooms, salon, spa retail boutique and fitness facility
- Three zero-edge saline pools with 26 full-service cabanas and two whirlpools
- Four lighted tennis courts
- Direct beach access
- Golf at adjacent Sandpiper Golf Club
- Seasonal kids’ club
- On-site hiking trails
- Business center
About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, MD., part of Marriott International, Inc., currently operates more than 90 hotels and 40 residential properties in more than 30 countries and territories. The Ritz-Carlton is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer.
SOURCES: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company | Carey Watermark Investors Incorporated