By Julia Frazer
Living in Santa Barbara—where others only get to vacation—gives us access to some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts around. Here is what’s new and noteworthy at our local resorts.
Goleta has a new hotspot with The Goodland, a chic Kimpton hotel built at the former location of Holiday Inn Express. “The Goodland has all the characteristics of a traditional surf lodge and will provide guests with culturally relevant arts, events and experiences, making it a must-visit destination along the Southern California coast,” says general manager Jeremy Wilhide. “It’s the perfect home base for those who seek a slow burn vibe and rich social scene, alongside the stylish and personal approach expected from the Kimpton brand.” Decorated in California-tinged Americana style, The Goodland features a variety of nostalgic amenities and programming, including a vintage house car, record concierge, curated art program, lobby photo booth, Mexican Coca-Cola and Coronita upon arrival and eclectically coastal-appointed guestrooms designed by Santa Monica-based Studio Collective. The Goodland is also home to a hot new restaurant, Outpost at the Goodland, featuring delicious dishes with fresh ingredients from renowned executive chef Derek Simcik; and the hotel’s bar, GoodBar, an indoor-outdoor space with craft cocktails, lounge vibe and even billiards and backgammon. 5650 Calle Real, Goleta, 805/964-6241, thegoodland.com.
Luxury hotel Belmond El Encanto now has a Bottomless Bellini Brunch. The Bellini, a sparkling beverage of Prosecco and peach puree or nectar, was first created at Belmond El Encanto’s sister property Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy. The Bottomless Bellini Brunch, offered every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., features seasonal dishes and traditional brunch favorites. Enjoy the decadent brioche French toast with Nutella and bananas or the roasted salmon with artichoke ratatouille and a full dessert bar, not to mention spectacular ocean and mountain views. Of course, the Bottomless Bellini Brunch wouldn’t be complete without bottomless glasses of refreshing Bellinis. 800 Alvarado Pl., 805/845-5800, elencanto.com.
The former Hotel Oceana has gotten a small makeover—the oceanside Santa Barbara location is now Hotel Milo. The hotel’s new name honors hotelier Milo Potter, who put Santa Barbara on the map when he opened his popular luxury hotel at the same location more than a century ago in 1903. The rebranding effort, designed by local creative whizzes at IdeaWork Studios, honors Potter and “the history of its location and the city of Santa Barbara itself, evoking a true beachside boutique experience.” In addition to its new name, the hotel has a new logo and some targeted updates. Guests at the newly-rebranded Hotel Milo can enjoy Santa Barbara experiences, including the Urban Wine Trail, the Funk Zone and close proximity to gorgeous beaches. 202 W. Cabrillo Blvd., 805/965-4577, hotelmilosantabarbara.com.
Fabulous Locks at Four Seasons
In a move sure to please Santa Barbara’s best-tressed, famed Beverly Hills hair stylist José Eber has opened José Eber Salon at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. The 1,000-sq.-ft. space, Eber’s second salon (for the past four decades, he has coifed Hollywood’s most famous stars in Beverly Hills) is a destination for those seeking a luxury experience and first-class service. Reflecting Santa Barbara’s beachy aesthetic, the salon features sleek and nature-hued decor and a stunning blown-glass chandelier in shades of blue, custom designed by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. José Eber Salon services include cut, color, styling and much more from a team of talented stylists trained in innovative and cutting-edge techniques. Owner Eber is personally available for haircuts and consultations, and the salon features the finest haircare products from PHYTO as well as the signature line of José Eber products. 1260 Channel Dr., 805/770-3000, fourseasons.com/santabarbara/spa/jose_eber/.
Originally published in the Fall 2014 issue of Santa Barbara SEASONS Magazine.