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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

Worst place we have stayed
Vacationer361043

We chose this hotel because it was listed as a resort & spa. Our room smelled foul, even the children commented. The hotel was so over extended for a special event they were hosting there was nowhere to park your car. It was sold as having cable channels. Had difficulty with tv and would not hold picture when asked for assistance, were told he didn't know what to do. Although listed as sound proof rooms, we listened to toilets flush and showers turn on all night which made sleep difficult. The kids went over to pool with my husband and all complained about the smell of the pool. The charges do add up unexpectedly as well and considering you are paying prime rates, not worth the stay. The food we ordered was also basically inedible. We tried a large variety of items and other than one desert, most was left barely touched. Absolutely revolting food. I will never go there again or refer. Although I had planned to take advantage of the spa services, after our experience with the other services, I passed!

Not relaxing & overcrowded, good dinner
mhaupt91

We stayed at the Chaminade for 1 night in a luxury king room during our honeymoon.

We were an hour ahead of schedule that day and called to ask, whether we could check in at 3pm already (4pm regular check in). It was hard to get hold of somebody and we could not get an answer. When we arrived at 3pm, we had to wait until 4pm to enter our room.

After dropping off our luggage in the room, we wanted to relax by the pool. However, the pool is fairly small and was crowded with 20-30 toddlers, so there was no space for anybody to swim and the noise level was too high to read a book.

The room is very spacious and came with a beautiful balcony. It has a cosy bed and gets really dark with the curtains closed. Downside are the thin walls. We were woken up early in the morning by hearing our upstairs neighbours wandering around their room. Another incident was that our smoke detector starting ringing at 1am in the night, whereupon we called the front desk that sent security to change the batteries. First question from security was, whether we had smoked in the room (we’re both non-smokers and it’s a non-smoking room!).

Despite the mixed hotel experience, the dinner at the restaurant was very good and came with an amazing view! We had the grilled chicken and the fettuccini and were delighted with the taste. Also, staff in the restaurant was very friendly and attentive.

Overall, I would rather recommend for families than for couples. And be aware that it may not be the relaxing resort atmosphere that is advertised on the website.

Great place bad management
frank B

Terrific property, beautiful views, peaceful setting, great food.

Only one problem - very bad management - saw and heard many guests composing over rigid policies. Staff are given no flexibility to address problems. We had three rooms. Two were not ready at check in which did not bother us but management would not allow for even a one hour late checkout for one of the three rooms. Management had no ability to deal with any requests outside of rules. Stayed in a lot of places and have never seen this before