Bacara Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This upscale property is a gorgeous destination resort boasting top-notch amenities, including some especially included with families in mind. The kids’ club is an 1,800-square-foot facility with a ratio of six-to-one child-to-adult staff offering daily activities for kids ages five to 12. There are half- and full-day programs available, including sports, science projects, arts and crafts, and multimedia games. There are three saline-filtered pools, each with gradually-sloping, zero-depth entry. The tennis center offers adult and junior clinics as well as private instruction, and the Bistro restaurant features kids’ menus. Cribs, rollaway beds and high chairs are available upon request.
Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara Rating: 3.0 Pearls
While there's no kids' club here, this cute boutique earns a spot for its beachside location. There are also two lovely, quiet pools on-site, and free bike rentals, great for getting to the beach across the street or to the action in town. Deluxe Rooms have either sleeper sofas or two double beds, and the Santa Barbara Rooms can sleep up to four.