When thinking up a luxurious honeymoon, or pre-wedding getaway, it’s easy to overlook a more local approach with gorgeous locations like Italy and Monaco available. But in this installment of Headlining Honeymoons we’re headed to the sunshine state with a trip to Santa Barbara, California that’s hosted the likes of Hollywood royalty like Clark Gable.
Enjoy this trip to sunny California and take a step back to our first seven installments below.
Belmond El Encanto
Santa Barbara, California
Tryst like Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, who adored this heritage property, capping a hill, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. An enclave hidden amongst gardens, El Encanto has harbored any number of famous lovers looking to be sequestered from their adoring throngs. A favorite of matinee idols for decades as a weekend escape from Los Angeles, the refurbished hotel evokes enough old school glam to bring out the star in every guest. With wooden porches, cozy sitting rooms, fireplaces and capacious tubs, the rooms inspire staying indoors, but the gourmet restaurant’s view from the terrace and hotel’s charming, infinity pool draw a crowd. Choose Casita 101 for its Instagrammable vistas and cozy nooks. Venture off property to sun at the beach, explore Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail, and nosh at some culinary hot spots—such as Barbareño or The Lark. belmond.com/hotels