Santa Barbara Welcomes the Third Annual Belmond El Encanto Polo Classic
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)