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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 851 Reviews
Awesome
Reviewed 2 days ago

The staff was very nice. Beautiful location close drive to capitola beach. Very clean and spacious room. Will definitely stay there again. 😊😊😊😊😊👍👍👍. Went there last minute for Father’s Day and we all had a wonderful night there.

Fun Relaxing Time
Reviewed 3 days ago

This resort is amazing. The check-in, rooms, food & amenities are all easy for adults and kids alike. We love it. There is a good restaurant on the premises and there is a ton of food nearby. Much better than staying near the water in Santa Cruz as you can get the best of both worlds at Chaminade.

Beautiful resort grounds and rooms, relaxing, expensive food
Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved this place! It is beautiful, relaxing and elegant.

The rooms are spread out enough to be quiet, but close enough to meet up with people staying in other buildings. The pool is smack dab in the center of the resort and is very well maintained.

Staff are friendly and accommodating. We arrived about an hour early and were able to check in with no problem.

There's a fully appointed fitness center on the grounds with bot a steam room and a sauna.

Our friends were married here and the planners seemed to take great care of every detail for them. It was a gorgeous ceremony and reception.

The only downside is that it is also a bit isolated and the food is fairly pricey, but that is normal at a resort.

Great but needs Refresh
Reviewed 6 days ago

This place has so much potential. There is so much activity at the site, but the infrastructure is getting a little dated. The rooms needs updating and the pool could be cleaner, but overall I would do the visit again because the ups outweigh the downs.

Enjoyed Chaminade!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed Chaminade...weekend trip from San Francisco, near Santa Cruz and Capitola. Lovely setting in the forest, with forest hikes on the premises. The best part, in my opinion, was the firepit with a view all the way down to the ocean (just like it looks in the pictures). As I was sitting by the firepit, the owner, Kevin, came by to chat for a little while and offered me a glass of wine...great hospitality. The rooms were nice. The vegetarian offerings were good. Overall great stay!