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What We Love

  • An award-winning spa resort overlooking Monterey Bay and the mountains, with breakfastEnjoying a spa day, with a treatment, a steam-room session and a group fitness class
  • Sipping on local wine and dining on local fare at signature Linwood’s Bar & Grill
  • Enjoying resort activities like hiking trails, tennis, badminton, movie nights and barbecues
  • Exploring Santa Cruz, from the boardwalk to the Big Basin redwoods

What To Know

  • The hotel is pet-friendly, so bring your fur babies along
  • WiFi is slow and cell reception is spotty
  • There is valet service available as well as ample onsite self-parking
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Overview

A luxe, newly renovated Central Coast hideaway high above scenic Santa Cruz, with room for up to four

The Lowdown

Restore and renew at Chaminade, a 300-acre resort and spa in Santa Cruz. Boasting a AAA Four Diamond Award, this getaway offers a peaceful back-to-nature experience, with badminton, croquet, volleyball and tennis, as well as three miles of hiking trails. Property views are of the mountains and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the spa’s treatment areas are flanked by trees and blooming flowers, and the signature restaurant features local ingredients in its contemporary Californian fare.
 
There’s an outdoor pool, too – not to mention a fitness center and an adventure course, if you’d like to boost your endorphins, along with your spirits. Evenings sometimes bring movie nights or barbecues, as well. But if you’d like the full R&R experience, we also recommend some time off Chaminade’s grounds, exploring the Central Coast. You’ll find a boardwalk on the beach and a grove of Big Basin redwoods in the national park of the same name, and if you’re still not sufficiently carefree, don’t forget Santa Cruz wine country – one of the oldest AVAs in the state.
 

Rooms and suites

 Bohemian, craftsman-inspired artisan furnishings pair with vintage accents in Chaminade’s guest accommodations, which recently underwent a renovation. Luxuries like feather beds and granite bathrooms promise that your Santa Cruz retreat is a comfortable one.King Guest rooms measure 235 square feet, with one king bed, while Two Queen rooms are a larger 300 square feet to accommodate their two queen beds; both room types look out over either the resort or forest. Junior King suite with forest view abodes are even more spacious – 400 square feet – and hold a king bed, a large chair and a pull-out sectional sofa in the corner.

Dining

 Stunning views and exceptional cuisine are on the menu at Sunset Restaurant, where you’ll enjoy bountiful breakfasts overlooking the Monterey Bay. Also offering lunch, as well as dinner, Linwood’s Bar & Grill is Chaminade’s signature restaurant; under the supervision of Chef Nick Church, its team whips local and artisan-sourced ingredients into Central Coast delights, like tempura fried green beans, teriyaki-salmon salad and fried buttermilk chicken. Other dining options include award-winning Sunday brunch, happy hours and dog-friendly meals, for those whose pups are kicking it on the Pooch Patio.

Spa

 A premier day-spa destination, The Spa at Chaminade will put you in a relaxing state of mind. Revitalize your skin with the Sea Enzyme Facial, find balance with the Simply Zen Massage, be invigorated with the Body Glow Sugar Scrub, and give any treatment an upgrade with an aromatherapy enhancement. Afterwards, take advantage of three miles of hiking trails, a spa patio with peaceful valley views, outdoor Jacuzzi tubs, a relaxing steam room and an outdoor heated pool.

Location

 California has a lot to offer, and much of it can be found within Santa Cruz, with its combo of coast, woodlands and wine country. The Santa Cruz Mountains house dozens of vineyards that collectively make up one of the oldest AVAs in the state, and the beach – well, there’s a reason this is known as the real Surf City. You can also explore one of the many state parks, including Big Basin Redwoods State Park, with its ancient and towering trees. Alternatively, go shopping in Capitola Village, view local art, or hop on one of the Roaring Camp Railroad’s trains.

How to Get There

Chaminade Resort & Spa
1 Chaminade Ln
Santa Cruz, CA 95065-1557 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 826 Reviews
Great birthday getaway!
Reviewed 5 days ago

First time guests and we will definitely go back! Beautiful retreat style hotel. We got checked into our room early, had a wonderful dinner with a view of the ocean and despite the rain, took a night swim since the pool was heated! Next day we had a spa treatment and love it! Going back when the weather is better to try out the hiking trails and tennis courts!

Great for families
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time visiting Chaminade Resort. It offers so many fun outdoor activities that families can do together. We hiked on the trails, swam in the pools, and worked out at the large fitness center. The resort is spacious and the setting is beautiful. If you’re looking to get away to a peaceful place to enjoy the outdoors, this is a great getaway.

Peaceful get away
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chaminade is a lovely little get away. I love that there are good walking trails (not just half a mile, but like 3 miles). I had a massage with Brandon that was amazing! I would definitely recommend Chaminade to others.

Just average rooms for a Resort & Spa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ground is serene and beautiful. We had a one bedroom suites, it was nice and big, but definitely needs some update. We enjoyed a nice walk along the trail, the air was crisp and fresh. The view from the restaurant was awesome, just hope they'll update their rooms in the near future.

Beautiful location. Poor management
Reviewed 2 months ago

We have stayed at this property several times previous to our satisfaction. We enjoy that the property is within the city of Santa Cruz and easy access to downtown, although secluded next to a forest with walking trails. We have enjoyed the relaxing on site spa during previous stays. This latest booking left us wishing we had booked elsewhere after an unrestful stay. It seems that the property has gone downhill since we started staying here years ago. We look forward to time away from work and home in order to simply relax, eat well, sleep well and return home renewed. We retired to our room at Chaminade around 9 pm after dinner to hear the neighbors quite loud, we tried to tune out the noise as we got ready for bed etc. The quiet time policy at Chaminade is 10 pm. At 11 pm we called the front desk because the noise from the room next door had only intensified to loud music, yelling, laughing and swearing in which it sounded like these several people were actually in our room with us! The front desk manager said he would send security to check on the noise level. 20 minutes passed, no security and no change in noise level. We called again to say security had not arrived and asked to be switched rooms because we had to work in am and had been trying to sleep for hours in an impossibly loud room. We had to pack up our luggage and move several buildings away with no assistance. Arriving to the new room close to midnight we found the thermostat was not working and the room was frigid. Sleepless night due to very cold temperature in room. In am when attempting to warm up in steam room, it was inoperable. Spoke in person to front desk and emailed management complete with videos of the extreme noise and partying happening in adjoining room of what was supposed to be a quiet hotel room. No response.