SANTA BARBARA, Calif.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. Acquired by Carey Watermark Investors, the former Bacara Resort & Spa completed a multimillion-dollar renovation which included all 358 guest rooms and suites, plus the resort's six culinary venues. 

"We are delighted to welcome this iconic property into The Ritz-Carlton portfolio of nearly 100 hotels around the globe," said Hervé Humler, president and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. "The Ritz-Carlton's world class service, led by the resort's fantastic [employees], together with the Bacara's history, will make The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara a standout on this part of the California coast."

Located on 78 acres of exclusive California coastline, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara will immerse guests in the destination while inspiring them to discover the best of coastal living. The oceanfront resort offers direct beach access and three salt-water swimming pools, a 42,000-square-foot luxury spa with 36 treatment rooms, a salon and a fitness center, as well as more than 70,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Six culinary venues, including Angel Oak, the resort's signature restaurant, will give guests a taste of Santa Barbara. Just minutes from the center of historic Santa Barbara, the resort is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountain, near vineyards.

As a part of this conversion, significant additional investments are planned for resort enhancements to a wide variety of guest spaces, including meeting and event venues, the main lobby, food and beverage outlets, the fitness center, pools and spa, making it an ideal destination for events or a relaxing getaway.

The work will also include the construction of a new Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, a communal space where guests can connect and experience unique and highly personalized services and amenities, including dedicated check-in, check-out and concierge service, and daily culinary presentations.

All existing reservations and events for the former Bacara Resort & Spa will be honored.