Wow, Orient-Express has successfully restored iconic El Encanto to its former glory, the enchanting , casually-elegant 92-room (suites and bungalows) property shines like a gem from its perch in the hills over-looking the Pacific Ocean and Santa Barbara.
A lush paradise just an hour-and-a-half from Los Angeles, the hotel feels good from the minute you check in with the welcoming reception staff to the time you enter your strikingly-furnished bungalow where fresh flowers and personalitzed pillows (with your last initial) make you feel right at home. Designed for discerning travelers, the hotel speaks money and so does its well-heeled, celebrity-centric clientele.
You can sense the Orient-Express indoctrination by the friendly efficiency of the staff and the attention to details that its pampered guests expect and perhaps take for granted.
We arrived today and after a seamless check-in explored the meticulously-groomed grounds before a dip in the popular infinity pool that over-looks the ocean. We have a dinner reservation tonight at the Terrace Restaurant, after drinks at the inviting-looking bar. We are eagerly anticipating both, especially the food portion of the evening where we will get to sample the touted talents of Chef Patrice Martineau. You will have to come back tomorrow to read about it and more (doing spa treatments too).