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Belmond El Encanto

Santa Barbara, CA View map
4.4 out of 5 rating
8 reviews
Up to 200 guests

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Up to 200 guests

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鈥檚 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.

Services Offered

To unwind, Belmond El Encanto features a new, zero-edge swimming pool where guests can unwind and enjoy the warm California sun. The hotel鈥檚 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$12,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$10,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$12,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$10,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$52

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

200

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Garden
Historic Building
Hotel
Resort
Restaurant

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Preferred Vendors Only
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
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    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".

    Belmond El Encanto's reply:

    Dear Debra and John,

    It was an absolute pleasure working with you to plan your special wedding celebration here with us at Belmond El Encanto.

    I will be sure to share with our team. We thank you again for choosing to host your wedding with us and look forward to welcoming you back to celebrate your wedding anniversaries with us! Wishing you all the best, Irene
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    Tatyana L. Married on 08/12/2020
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    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!
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    Melody C. Married on 05/11/2019
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    A place that makes you say WOW!

    Santa Barbara is our favorite city in California, so naturally that鈥檚 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鈥檚 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!
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800 Alvarado Pl Santa Barbara, CA, 93103
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