Marriott International's Ritz-Carlton has taken over management and branding of the Bacara Resort & Spa near Santa Barbara, Calif., and its new owner, Carey Watermark, will make "significant additional investments" in the oceanfront property, including a new Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge with dedicated check-in and concierge areas

Opened in 2000, the Spanish-style resort comprises 24 buildings across 78 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The resort, which will be renamed Ritz-Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara, has six restaurants, three salt water infinity pools and a 42,000-square-foot spa with 36 treatment rooms.

The property is located in Goleta, Calif., 15 miles northwest of Santa Barbara proper, about 25 miles southeast of the San Ynez Valley and about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Carey Watermark recently acquired the property for a price that wasn't disclosed. The resort had already received $27 million worth of improvements during the past four years.

Seller Pacific Hospitality Group acquired the resort in 2013 for more than $150 million, according to the Pacific Coast Business Times.

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