Santa Barbara Welcomes the Third Annual Belmond El Encanto Polo Classic

  • Photo by David Lominska
    Belmond El Encanto Polo Classic Final Photo by David Lominska
  • The Belmond El Encanto resort in Santa Barbara
  • Photo by David Lominska

At the third annual Belmond El Encanto Polo Classic Final on Sunday, July 12, two teams will square off on the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club grounds, located just south of the seaside city. Leading up to the event, guests of the 92-cottage Belmond El Encanto—which reopened in 2013 after an extensive eight-year renovation—can enjoy local food and wine with the Taste of Belmond package (from $525) that includes meals prepared by executive chef Leo Andres Ayala using seafood locally sourced and fresh vegetables picked from the resort’s on-site garden.

Polo fans can enjoy the fast-paced final match from the Santa Barbara Racquet & Polo Club’s exclusive field-side Grande Field Cabanas (from $350), which can accommodate up to 20 guests and feature a 6-foot–long banquet table to serve food of one’s choice. (Belmond El Encanto, belmond.com; Santa Barbara Racquet & Polo Club, sbpolo.com)

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