Belmond El Encanto is perched high in the Santa Barbara hills, this iconic hideaway offers the best views of the American Riviera. Spread across seven acres of secluded gardens, Belmond El Encanto opened in 1918 and has been part of Santa Barbara’s social scene ever since. The resort is gleaming and glamorous, yet relaxed and low key. The kind of place that invites you to recline poolside, breathe in the ocean air, and sip a glass of crisp local wine.

Celebrate your wedding in sun-soaked Californian style

Celebrate your wedding in sun-soaked Californian style with flower-filled gardens and sweeping ocean views set the scene for a picture-perfect wedding. Wander hand-in-hand through the Wisteria-lined Arbor; pose for photographs by the picturesque Lily Pond; or host an elegant reception in the ballroom. From rehearsal dinners to ceremonies and post-wedding brunches, they have a unique venue for every occasion.

The sun setting over a soft pink sky, a warm breeze rustling through gorgeous gardens, views unfolding to the ocean—Belmond El Encanto is brimming with romance. Whether you choose an alfresco reception or an indoor ceremony for your Santa Barbara wedding, their expert team will ensure a magical day.



Arbor and Lily Pond

Frequented by butterflies and other wildlife, the Arbor and Lily Ponds provide a serene escape for beautiful weddings or corporate events with a fairytale finish. 

Max 200 people


Riviera Ballroom

One of the best wedding venues in southern California, the Ballroom offers 3,000 square feet of sun-drenched style. Glass doors open onto a covered heated patio. Host welcome cocktails in the reception area, then spread out into two adjoining rooms. 

Max 200 people


Channel Islands Room and Terrace

Gather on the expansive terrace during golden hour with friends or colleagues, cocktail in hand. Or head into adjoining rooms to enjoy a grand banquet, reception or conference in the sophisticated interiors. Enjoy stunning ocean, garden and city views. 

Max 109 people


Fireside Room and Patio

During the cooler months, host a spectacular event in the toastiest of hillside locations. Guests can curl up in front of the roaring fireplace on stylish, plush seating. Head out onto the pool patio for a moonlit stroll to see the Channel Islands flickering on the horizon. 

Max 125 people


Santa Ynez Room

The perfect place to gather in any season, this light, airy space features the latest audiovisual equipment to ensure your presentations have an impact. The room comfortably accommodates small groups for intimate gatherings, business lunches or conferences. 

Max 44 people


The Wine Room

Located in the hotel’s dining room, our chic wine room is an atmospheric choice for intimate celebrations or private parties. Speak to our sommelier to arrange a bespoke introduction for guests, followed by a tasting of the room’s best bottles.

Max 14 people