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SANTA BARBARA HOLIDAYS

With evocative Spanish Mission-style architecture, an innovative farm-to-table culinary scene, countless barrel rooms and microbreweries all set against the dramatic backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the surf town of Santa Barbara has long offered well-heeled Californians a welcome respite from big city life and do just the same for you on your holiday. Just a couple of hours up the coast from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has always been where movie moguls, stars and artists hope to retreat when they’ve “made it”, and the city still has the air of an oasis about it; confident, cultured and charming.

Why Turquoise Holidays Loves Santa Barbara

"As you stand atop the clock tower in downtown Santa Barbara, it is hard to believe you are in the same California that is home to Los Angeles and Santa Monica just a few hours away. Delight your eyes with the surrounding sea of terracotta roofs, white wash walls, mosaic tiles and Spanish influenced design that transports you to another world. The ocean views and palm studded streets bring you back to reality and the cool Californian way of life makes a holiday to Santa Barbara truly special. Don’t miss dinner at The Lark in the newly gentrified ‘funk zone’ for a whirlwind of farm to table delicacies  - our top tip is to order the famous brussel sprouts!" - Lizzie, California Specialist 

WHAT TO DO IN SANTA BARBARA

1. Wander the high-end fashion and design boutiques of State Street

2. Marvel at blindingly-white Mediterranean-style stucco buildings topped with terracotta tiles

3. Get a salty dose of 19th century coastal Americana on historic Stearns Wharf.

4. Delve into the Funk Zone, Santa Barbara’s most vibrant quarter, where converted warehouses decorated with graffiti murals housing independent art galleries sit next to atmospheric urban wineries like Municipal Winemakers, vintage design emporiums

5. Dine on Smoked Heritage Pork Belly and Cast Iron Roasted Diver Scallops for a sophisticated take on So-Cal cuisine at places such as the three-storey Blue Door and hip high-end eateries like The Lark.

HOLIDAYS TO SANTA BARBARA

On your holiday you must include Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail which takes in over twenty walkable wineries and tasting rooms, but - this being California - Ubering around the vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley is a breeze, with dedicated Uber wine tour drivers to whisk you off on a bespoke tasting tour through biodynamic wineries and family-run estates.

We believe that art and wine were made for each other, so after tasting a few local pinots, visit the Arts Fund Gallery, which showcases local and up-and-coming talent as well as established artists. Around the corner, pop into the Santa Barbara Surf Museum for a reminder that for all its fancy design stores, world-class wine and culinary verve, Santa Barbara is a beach bum at heart.

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Genuinely one of the only wifi (and electricity!) free luxury island escapes in the world these days...this paradisal pearl of the ocean allows you to truly switch off and unwind. Seafood is 'caught that day' by you and the island team, enjoy toes in the sand bbq's on the beach by star and candle light...heaven on earth.

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Island of the week

Le Sauvage Private Island, Hotel Kia Ora - French Polynesia

Genuinely one of the only wifi (and electricity!) free luxury island escapes in the world these days...this paradisal pearl of the ocean allows you to truly switch off and unwind. Seafood is 'caught that day' by you and the island team, enjoy toes in the sand bbq's on the beach by star and candle light...heaven on earth.