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STAR OF THE SHOW There is some­thing al­most old-world Hol­ly­wood about wak­ing up in an over­sized bun­ga­low in Santa Bar­bara, and break­fast­ing on a spa­cious ter­race high above the town, look­ing out to­wards the sea. The fact that the view at Bel­mond El En­canto is fil­tered by gi­ant eu­ca­lyp­tus trees, which were first planted in the re­gion more than a cen­tury ago, is a daily re­minder of home to Shaun O’Bryan, a for­mer rugby league player from Syd­ney who now man­ages this lux­ury re­sort. Built in 1918, El En­canto is a stylish mix of Cal­i­for­nian Crafts­man and Mis­sion-style bun­ga­lows set in 3ha of gar­dens in the hills. The luxe theme ex­tends from a con­tem­po­rary in­fin­ity pool to supremely com­fort­able beds and un­der­floor heat­ing in spa­cious bath­rooms. Some of the 92 hard­wood­floored gue­strooms are more like over­sized cot­tages, with open fire­places, front porches and rear court­yards. For those rare guests with­out a car, the ho­tel pro­vides com­pli­men­tary trans­fers around Santa Bar­bara. More: bel­­canto-santa-bar­bara/.

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