Most Romantic Hotels in Santa Barbara

Oyster knows what travelers look for in hotels. When we review properties in person around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a romantic getaway and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our expert top picks for romance in Santa Barbara and get inspired!

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San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property

Santa Barbara, California, United States

San Ysidro Ranch is one of the most exclusive, romantic luxury options in not just California, but the entire country. The grounds are stunningly beautiful, with mountain views, fresh air and a secluded location in a well-heeled neighborhood. The cottage-style units are individually furnished with brick fireplaces, stone walls, and four-poster canopy beds (some with private Jacuzzis and outdoor showers). The rustic, romantic ambiance has attracted everyone from JFK and Jackie to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. For honeymooners or couples, it's undeniably a first-class option.


The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Goleta, California, United States

This upscale Mediterranean-style property is a wonderful pick for couples who want to spend some quality time together away from it all. The somewhat secluded location, top-notch spa, organic fine dining at Miro restaurant, three lovely pools overlooking the ocean, and the beautiful coastal setting make for a quiet, high-end romantic getaway. Rooms are lovely, with plush beds, peek-a-boo bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs, and elegant furnishings in wood and wicker.


Simpson House Inn

Santa Barbara, California, United States

This quaint, upscale B&B is housed in a charming old Victorian home originally built in 1872. With two wrap-around porches, expansive lush grounds, and classic, elegant decor, this hotel is a wonderful pick for a quiet getaway. There’s little in the way of amenities, but the property is just three blocks from lively State Street, and offers in-room spa treatments.