Located in Santa Barbara, California, Belmond El Encanto is a hotel wedding venue. It has recently been restored to include more modern amenities while paying homage to its original Spanish-colonial style of craftsmanship. Stretching over seven acres of garden, it offers stunning views of the American Riviera. Since opening in 1918, it has provided its guests with a combination of luxury and comfort. The resort exudes an air of peace and relaxation, ideal for easing any wedding stresses or worries before the celebration begins. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available for all stages of the wedding, from an engagement dinner to the reception. Elopements are also welcomed.
Facilities and Capacity
Belmond El Encanto offers several event spaces for couples to choose from. Due to its sunny location, it is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and receptions and provides naturally stunning backdrops for wedding photos. It can accommodate a maximum of 200 guests, whether that is outside in the Arbor by the lily pond or inside in the Riviera Ballroom. Ideal for a fairytale-feel, the Arbor offers a tranquil setting for guests to mingle and catch up with each other. The ballroom measures over 3,000 square feet and includes an elegant heated patio. The Channel Islands room and terrace is is a combination of indoor and outdoor event spaces. Guests can enjoy the breathtaking views from the terrace or relax in nearby gracefully decorated reception rooms. For a more intimate feel, the Fireside Room and Patio offer coziness alongside the hotel’s innate elegance. It also boasts incredible views of the Channel Islands across the waters of the Pacific, which guests can enjoy from the pool patio. An onsite spa offers the couple a chance to relax and be pampered for a few hours before their wedding. The hotel features 92 suites, bungalows, and rooms, and is located just nine miles from Santa Barbara airport, making it perfect for out-of-town guests.
To unwind, Belmond El Encanto features a new, zero-edge swimming pool where guests can unwind and enjoy the warm California sun. The hotel’s own wedding experts are on hand to support couples through the planning process, using their expansive knowledge of the venue and local area. Menus can be customized for each celebration, using locally produced wines. This hotel also welcomes couples on their honeymoon.
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Debra H. · Married on 09/05/2020
Historial Wedding at The Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA
The Belmond Hotel, which opened in 1918, has hosted the likes of Hollywood royalty like William Clark Gable. Decades later his only child and son John Clark Gable and Debra Hartsell Gable married on September 5, 2020, at the same location. We worked with Irene Robles, Event Planner for The Belmond Hotel. We thank the entire staff for making our wedding a "Dream Come True".Sent on 10/06/2020
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Tatyana L. · Married on 08/12/2020
The most amazing wedding!
We originally had plans to have wedding in Hawaii however due Covid 19 the wedding had to be canceled. Thankfully we came upon Belmond El Encanto where we were able create a wedding beyond expectations thanks to the help of Irene Robles, the meeting and event coordinator. In three weeks we were able to re-plan and have our wedding on the original date. Irene was beyond accommodating and was very professional and responsive to all questions and needs. Any request was fulfilled and delivered with no hesitation. Food and service also was beyond expectations and left our guest feeling amazed with the wedding. Irene was able to overlook and organize our whole event from the beginning to end and managed all her staff to give us the best service during the event and our whole stay at Belmond. Highly recommend to work with the Belmond hotel!Sent on 08/25/2020
Melody C. · Married on 05/11/2019
A place that makes you say WOW!
Santa Barbara is our favorite city in California, so naturally that’s where we felt we should wed. We looked at dozens of places, but as soon as we drove up to the El Encanto, we knew it was right. The hotel grounds are beautiful and stunning, the employees are kind and there’s this quiet peacefulness in the air that is literally palpable. We had a small ceremony in the Oak Tree Suite and party in the Channel Islands room. We got a lot of compliments on the food and location. It was beyond anything I could ever dream of, I only wish I could do it again!Sent on 01/27/2020