Chaminade Resort & Spa
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The resort is in a beautiful location tucked away from everything else. It is very quiet and recently remodeled with a modern and young feel. They also have complimentary valet parking, which is a bonus except for the night that our valet left our keys in our car. One of the downsides to the hotels location is that it was quite spread out and while we were close to the main check in and restaurant we were a ways away from the pool and spa. The distance is totally walk-able though. We were also disappointed that they didn't have any availability at their spa. So if you are going be sure to book a spa treatment a few weeks ahead of time. It truly was a beautiful location and in the center of all the things that we wanted to do.
Dear Angela. Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience at chaminade for my mother in laws birthday- everyone had such a great time. The waitstaff were super helpful with all the details and so professional yet warm and personal. The venue was just perfect and the view of the ocean from the patio was amazing. The food just more than I expected and the whole roast pig was fabulous. I was very impressed with the whole experience and would definitely recommend you and chaminade in the future.
Thank you again so much,
This place is a hidden gem!
The drive through the redwoods up the hill is magical.
Breathtaking views from the restaurant and best pool in town!
I am a local and frequent Chaminade for staycations.
I never want to leave.
It really feels like a secluded retreat (even though you are still within very close proximity to town). Added bonus: Once you are there you do not have to deal with summer / tourist traffic. Ahhhh.
Excellent dinner at Linwoods (for me, my kids AND our furry family member).
This is a beautiful resort and spa! The staff were great! Everyone was friendly, helpful and accommodating! Room service was quick and the portions were plentiful! The rooms had quirky, creative, and modern decor and I LOVED how the rooms were numbered using dominoes! This was a great experience and I hope to return soon!
My family has enjoyed Mother's Day brunch at Chaminade for years but this year I decided to stay the weekend with my family. Best. Decision. Ever. No traffic, no hassle. Just lovely room, heated pool and wonderful staff Friday to Sunday. Overcast on Saturday morning? No problem- the Boardwalk is a 10 minute drive. Back to the pool when the sun came out. Capped off the stay with champagne brunch and 14 family members. Can't wait for next year!