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.
5 Reviews for Belmond El Encanto
Recommended by 85% of couples
Melody Castillo · 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
Meaghan · Married on 03/17/2017
Belmond El Encanto is incredible in every way. It's a beautiful resort in beautiful Santa Barbara. We had originally booked a different venue that I wasn't happy with, but we couldn't find anything better after numerous tours. I found El Encanto online and figured I might as well email them as a last try. I emailed Devin on the Fourth of July and she responded almost immediately. As soon as we saw the venue we were blown away. It fit the elegant look I was going for with our wedding perfectly. Beyond the beauty of the venue, the staff is all incredibly friendly and accommodating, especially Devin. I could not say enough good things about her; she's so kind and helpful. Also, the appetizers, dinner, and drinks were all phenomenal. They even agreed to serve green beer for our St. Patrick's Day wedding. Finally, they didn't have any stupid rules and they were very clear and accommodating about payments. Belmond El Encanto made our wedding day absolutely perfect and I'm very grateful to them for it.Sent on 04/19/2017
Janette · Married on 05/12/2016
Devin was our wedding coordinator and she did an amazing job! She made all aspects of our wedding so relaxed so we could fully enjoy or wedding. I would highly recommend Belmond El Encanto and Devin!Sent on 10/15/2016