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Bacara Resort & Spa: Priceless Perfection

Posted: Nov. 11th, 2008  |  By JustLuxe Team
Luxury Resorts: As I peeled off the fast pace of highway 101 and passed the golf course on the way to Bacara, I found myself subconsciously entering a world of relaxation. Perhaps it was the effect of the eucalyptus-lined windy road leading to the property, which blurred by as I anxiously sped to the entrance.

Entering the resort, a grand fountain situated in the center of a roundabout stands before me in the courtyard of what comes across as a Spanish-style mansion which could pass as the estate of Tony Montana or one of his associates.

The vehicles parked in front would be found in the dream garage of any man (Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche....) An obvious indication to the type of guests who choose to frequent the resort.

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I arrived at Bacara with the hopes of experiencing a weekend of relaxation and total bliss. For the most part, my hopes were fulfilled.

The entire property, which is quite expansive, is manicured to perfection. It was the season for Monarch butterflies and they were fluttering about at every turn.

The crowd at the resort is geared upwards with an average age over 40. I also noticed several families.

I booked one of the premium rooms with an ocean view, which I would say is well worth the price. Situated on the edge of the cliff, you'll hear the breaking of waves during your entire stay and wake up to magnificent views of the pacific. The room itself was very comfortable, complete with a wood burning fireplace and gorgeous outdoor deck for ocean viewing. You would think a flat screen is standard in all hotels by now, but if you are watching TV at the Bacara, something is wrong with you anyway.

I made my way to the spa for a massage and facial. The spa itself is a site to behold, measuring in at more than 42,000 square feet. The facility is pristine. The massage was alright but nothing to write home about, and the facial was quite enjoyable.

Request a Travel Quote Next, I made my way to dinner at Miro, named after the Spanish artist Joan Miro. His art is plastered throughout the restaurant and even on the plates. Both the meal and the service at Miro were outstanding. The live acoustic guitarist also added a nice touch of ambiance to the evening.

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In regards to dining, I found my breakfast at the Spa Café to be the most enjoyable meal. Roll up wearing a robe and sunglasses if you'd like. Don't worry, you'll fit right it. I recommend their french toast and one of the fresh fruit smoothies. The breakfast menu is enough to get me back.

If you find yourself becoming restless, there are a number of activities to participate in, both on and around the resort. A nature hike about a half mile down the road from Bacara is one option on the list. From here you can hike into a Monarch Butterfly preserve, and then a little further out along cliff tops, which face the Pacific Ocean. With a little luck, you'll see dolphins swimming along the coast, doing their best to entertain with magnificent aerial maneuvers.

All in all, Bacara is one of the finest resorts in California and I eagerly look forward to my next visit. It's easy to loose oneself in the resorts' beauty and natural sense of relaxation. I would recommend it for anyone looking to get away from it all, to relax, and/or have a romantic weekend while enjoying the finer elements life has to offer.

Co-written by:
Kamran Razavi and Clarissa Costa
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rico commented on November 18, 2008

I know it well, having spend some time there myself. And totally agree, Santa Barbara puts your state of mind on automatic time off from the worries of the real world. Recommend strongly!

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