Vacation Photographer

As a Santa Barbara family and vacation photographer, I have been lucky to photograph families and couples in this renowned for its stunning coastline, charming architecture, and luxurious accommodations.

Here are six top hotels in Santa Barbara that offer a blend of luxury, comfort, and exceptional service:

My fav as a vacation photographer:

Rosewood Miramar Beach

Set on 16 acres of pristine coastline, Rosewood Miramar Beach offers a sophisticated and luxurious retreat in Montecito, just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara.

The resort features spacious guest rooms and suites, multiple pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an indulgent spa. Guests can dine at one of the hotel's several restaurants, including Caruso's, which offers panoramic ocean views.

El Capitan Canyon Resort

This resort is a unique blend of rustic accommodations and unparalleled natural beauty. Nestled along the stunning coastline just north of Goleta, the resort offers guests an immersive experience in nature without sacrificing comfort.

The resort's charming cedar cabins and safari tents provide a rustic yet refined retreat, allowing guests to unwind amidst the serene surroundings of oak trees and canyon vistas.

Also, the resort offers a ton of outdoor activities, from hiking and mountain biking to kayaking and whale watching, ensuring an unforgettable adventure for nature enthusiasts.

With its commitment to sustainability and eco-conscious practices, El Capitan Canyon Resort not only provides a getaway but also serves as a sanctuary where guests can reconnect with nature and create lasting memories.

Hotel Californian

This hotel epitomizes modern luxury while honoring the city's rich cultural heritage. Situated in the heart of the vibrant Funk Zone neighborhood, this hotel blends Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with contemporary design elements.

Hotel Californian boasts a rooftop pool and lounge area, providing a tranquil oasis with panoramic vistas of the coastline.

With its upscale amenities, and prime location near Santa Barbara's attractions and activities, Hotel Californian offers a truly unforgettable experience for discerning travelers seeking a blend of sophistication and relaxation.

Kimpton Canary Hotel

Situated in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, Kimpton Canary Hotel combines Spanish Colonial architecture with modern amenities and personalized service.

The hotel features stylish guest rooms and suites, a rooftop pool and lounge with panoramic views of the city and mountains, and a vibrant restaurant serving locally inspired cuisine.

Guests can explore nearby attractions such as State Street, Stearns Wharf, and the Funk Zone.

Belmond El Encanto

Nestled in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean, Belmond El Encanto exudes elegance and charm.

This historic property features beautifully landscaped gardens, bungalows with private terraces, and sweeping views of the ocean. Guests can indulge in gourmet dining at the hotel's signature restaurant, relax by the infinity pool, or rejuvenate at the on-site spa.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

Located on 78 acres of oceanfront property in Goleta, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, offers a blend of luxury and relaxation.

The resort boasts spacious guest rooms and suites, multiple pools, a full-service spa, and five restaurants and bars.

Guests can partake in a variety of activities, including tennis, golf, and water sports, or simply unwind on the pristine beaches.

Vacation Photographer

Whether you're seeking a beachfront oasis, a hillside retreat, or a downtown luxury experience, these top hotels in Santa Barbara offer unparalleled comfort and sophistication for an unforgettable stay.

Is there anywhere else you would recommend? I’d love to know.

And if you are planning a trip this way and would love to capture your family memories, please reach out.

Couple kissing while holding their baby on a Santa Barbara vacation
Baby holding dogs leash in Santa Barbara Hammonds beach while on vacation