The American Riviera Hideaway for Your Next Team Retreat

Guide to business entertaining, meetings and retreats.

Belmond El Encanto can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 200.

More than just a celebratory space, Belmond El Encanto is also ideal for productive business events and strategy sessions. Four function rooms complement its gardens, allowing the freedom to plan a variety of workshops, presentations, and meetings. Host a networking event on the terrace with views of the Pacific, or reserve the entire hotel to customize an agenda that leaves every guest informed and inspired.

Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Scope: 6 indoor spaces (Riviera Ballroom, Fireside Room, Channel Islands Room, Santa Ynez Room, wine room, and dining room), and 3 outdoor spaces (Arbor and Lily Pond, Fireside Patio, and Channel Islands Terrace)
Contact: 805/770.3540 or

Notable Features:

  • Welcoming for C-suite and boards of directors meetings and retreats as well as incentive programs
  • Seven acres of secluded grounds and gardens
  • Sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean
  • 92 California-styled suites and bungalows
  • Event space for up to 160 guests
  • All function rooms feature windows/natural light with private outdoor space attached.
  • The historic, trellis-lined Arbor and Lily Pond is an ideal setting for outdoor receptions.
  • Guests can relax in a zero-edge outdoor pool and boutique spa.
  • Available for complete buyout
  • Local group activities: wine tours, city tours, coastal cruises, golf, kayaking, surfing, sailing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking
  • On-site AV services available