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Known as the American Riviera thanks to its temperate climate and over 300 days of sunshine a year, Santa Barbara has become the playground of the rich and famous. With its wide sandy beaches, top-notch fine-dining restaurants and an abundance of designer shopping malls, Santa Barbara is a luxurious place to stay.
Santa Barbara has many four- and five-star hotels, from chic design-led accommodation in historic mansions to sprawling luxury beach resorts with sweeping ocean views. Head to the upmarket suburb of Montecito for Hollywood-style hotels or to the foothills of San Ysidro for stylish mountain ranches.
Many luxury places to stay in Santa Barbara offer fine-dining restaurants, infinity pools and deluxe spa facilities. For spa and golf resorts, head out to the eastern fringes of the Los Padres National Forest to the boho town of Ojai, less than an hour's drive from Santa Barbara.
Book a five-star luxury resort in Montecito – four miles east of downtown - and you'll have easy access to the sands and swaying palm trees of Butterfly Beach, one of Santa Barbara's best beaches. Book a room here and you'll be within walking distance of the suburb's excellent fine-dining restaurants, small-batch coffee shops and stylish neighbourhood bars.
There are several four- and five-star luxury hotels within walking distance of Santa Barbara's vibrant downtown, and close to the city's designer shopping malls. The Historic State Street Plaza hosts all the big-label designers, as well as quirky home stores and unique gift shops.
For something a little different, visit the Funk Zone, just south of State Street. This colourful and hip arts district has boutiques by up-and-coming designers, plus a collection of small-scale wineries and tasting rooms.
From swanky five-star beach resorts with spas and fine dining to exclusive ranch-style inns in the foothills, Santa Barbara has it all. Use Expedia to find the best deals on luxury hotels for your next stay in Santa Barbara.