For the zen couple who’s used to saying “namaste,” no ordinary wedding venue will do when it comes to saying “I do.” Today, then, we’re breaking down our three favorite zen wedding venues for those looking for total serenity among the most unique of settings. Pour yourself a cup of green tea and start channelling that inner ohhhhm—we’ve got a roundup that will leave you feeling oh-so-enlightened.
1. Calliote Canyon
Tucked away in Ojai, California’s lush mountains, Calliote Canyon is a private estate sitting pretty on five pristine acres in Southern California. The property backs right up to the Los Padres National Forest and is surrounded by stunning, seemingly endless views of all-things California-zen. We especially love that the estate is just 1.5 hours north of Los Angeles, so it’s private enough to feel as though you’re in your own meditative world, but close enough to major airports, hotels, restaurants and thoroughfares to ensure your out-of-town guests have everything they need within a reasonable distance.
The Chumash tribe considers Ojai, California is to be sacred land, and Calliote Canyon was designed around that idea—making it our top pick for zen wedding venues. Created as a sanctuary, the estate’s architect focused heavily on balance and union when designing this peaceful property—two themes that are abundant in every aspect of Calliote Canyon.
The main house comfortably sleeps 10-12, two guest cottages each sleep two guests, and a 16-foot lodging yurt is complete with four twin beds—making the property a perfect overnight option for up to 20 of your family members, close friends and/or members of your wedding party.
We especially love the screened Lanai porch the property boasts, which includes a built-in barbeque grill and dreamy desert Aztec design details. The house is complete with a yoga room and a 10-person cedar steam sauna with built-in speakers—so you can pack your wedding weekend with plenty of relaxation and meditation.
The estate is home to an abundance of handcrafted local artwork and design elements, all from Los Angeles-based artist Alwy—everything from clean-lined furniture to stunning stone and woodwork play into the property’s peaceful aesthetic.
For the ceremony, we love the idea of setting up shop against one of the property's countless zen backdrops and incorporating clean-lined desert Aztec design elements to really drive home that zen aesthetic. (Think: succulents, Aztec rugs and throws, and cacti.)
Once you've said your I-dos, we recommend using the property’s outdoor amphitheatre as the serene setting for your first dance and reception. With a beautiful stone stairway leading up to an open area chock-full of lush grass and peaceful desert design elements, the area really is the perfect foundation to build upon for your post-nuptial party.
2. Cal-A-Vie Health Spa
Perfect for the zen couple who wants to celebrate their big day amongst a serene, storied spa setting, Cal-A-Vie Health Spa offers a wedding experience like no other. Located on 200 private acres in Vista, California (just 40 miles north of San Diego), Cal-A-Vie boasts French Provencal architecture amongst lush, sun-cloaked hillsides—making for an unforgettable peaceful setting.
We are particularly in love with the property’s 100-year-old chapel, which was imported from Dijon, France, as it makes for a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your nuptials. Set overlooking lavender fields, pristine groomed gardens and historic vineyards, the chapel truly embodies the definition of serenity.
Image via Elizabeth Messina Photography
For the reception, guests will head to L’Orangerie, a 300-year-old limestone building also imported from the same Carmelite Convent in France. The space features old-world French chandeliers, three 16th-century fireplaces and an antique walnut and zinc bar, so your guests are sure to imbibe in style.
If you’d prefer to party outdoors instead, guests can head to the L’Orangerie Lawn—an 8,000-square-foot manicured lawn that can accommodate up to 120 of your closest friends, family, and confidants.
For exclusive use of the award-winning destination spa, couples will need to book a three-night-minimum package—making Cal-A-Vie the perfect option for those looking to extend their celebration far beyond a single evening.
The Cal-A-Vie Three-Day Wedding Experience Package includes everything you could ever want in a destination wedding package, including:
- Private and unlimited use of the resort facilities
- Mediterranean-style villa accommodations
- Three meals per day, customized to your dietary needs (including rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch)
- Unlimited fitness classes and group activities of your choice
- Tennis, volleyball and pool access
- Daily spa treatments
- Nutrition “talks” and cooking demonstration from the property’s resident chef
3. Villa Turquesa
Situated in picturesque (and exclusive) Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Villa Turquesa is the ultimate zen wedding venue for those looking to host a destination wedding affair amongst expansive cliffside views and salty ocean air breezes. With unobstructed views of the seemingly infinite waters of the Pacific, few venues inspire meditation and relaxation like Villa Turquesa. We especially love the balance the aesthetic of the property offers—clean white lines play perfectly against colorful tile accents and exposed wooden beams.
With nine bedrooms (each boasting an ensuite bathroom), 15,000 square feet of indoor living space and 10,000 square feet of some of the most impressive outdoor living space we've ever laid eyes on, the only thing more expansive than the estate itself are the sprawling (and unbelievable) views it offers.
The villa can accommodate up to 100 guests for your soirée, every single one of which is guaranteed to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience amongst the villa’s unparalleled amenities. With a private putting green, a movie theatre, a lap pool, a swim-up bar, and a master suite complete with a steam bath, the on-site activities are endless.
For those who are looking for nothing other than some prenuptial relaxation, though, the villa’s views of the saturated blue waters of the Pacific, a dip in the property's zen-inducing infinity-edge pool and a quick sweat in the on-site sauna are all you could ever need.
Overall, when it comes to zen wedding venues, few beat those that offer expansive views, a clean aesthetic and relaxing activities. From award-winning spas to secluded villas, that's what we've rounded up for you today.
Have any zen wedding venues we missed? Share them with us in the comments section below. We'd love to hear what you have up your sleeve.