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
This is a great hotel for conferences. The rooms are large and have refrigerators. There is no elevator if you are on the second floor. Bring your walking shoes as your room can be a distance from the meeting rooms and dining hall and there are wonderful walks. It's wonderful to walk the grounds, and if needed, you can get a ride in a golf cart back and forth to the main building. Staff is wonderful.
This was a last minute stay due to a change in our original plans. Everything was excellent. Rooms are unique, food was delicious, service was excellent and the grounds are beautiful! Highly recommend!
We hosted a 2 day meeting for our small group of 15 and everything went off without a hitch. The staff was outstanding. There were quite a few other meetings going on at the same time, but we never felt like we were conflicting with other guests. Signage was clear for events all day long. Conference planning staff was very communicative.
We also utilized their Sports Activity Lawn for some team building- very nice.
Chaminade is a wonderful get away for a business retreat. Wish I had had time to visit the spa!