Hilton Santa Barbara ticks all the luxury boxes. This expansive property has the lush peaks of Los Padres National Forest as a backdrop and sits opposite the palm-fringed sands of East Beach with stellar sea views.
Elegant bedroom suites have subtle, coast-inspired interiors for a tranquil sleep. Make the most of the hotel’s high-end facilities such as its three full-size tennis courts, spacious outdoor pool, fitness centre, salon, and spa. Listen to live music in the hotel lobby, and make sure to take a picnic to watch the waves as they lap against the sandy shore.
Enjoy bistro fine dining and speciality cocktails at The Set inside the hotel or embrace the Californian way with a visit to buzzing Santa Barbara to the west – complete with chic boutiques, art galleries, wine tasting rooms, and a plethora of tasty restaurants in Funk Zone. Alternatively, head to the pier at Stearns Wharf for some fresh seafood and charming wooden buildings that appear to float in the vast blues of the North Pacific.
Hire some bikes and cycle along the seafront straight from the hotel, or hike to Inspiration Point for the kind of breath-taking views that cleanse the mind – on a clear day you can see all the way to the Channel Islands in the distance. If you’re more attracted to city life, the iconic sights of LA can be reached in under two hours by car, too.