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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 821 Reviews
Hidden spot in Santa Cruz.
Reviewed 3 days ago

Chaminade resort is a wonderful hideaway in Santa Cruz.
The room is beautifully decorated, clean and comfortable.
We spent most of our time at the pool. particularly, I love the salt water pool. The water temperature was warm and perfect for swimming.

The resort has a restaurant with a fantastic view. We had a chance to enjoy tacos Tuesday and live music.

Definitely, we do recommend this resort and will stay here again.

Ps. Front desk staffs were very hospitable and informative.

Stay-cation
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Chaminade for 2 nights. We were taken care of by the front desk. The spa was peaceful and clean. The desserts at night were outstanding. We were close to golfing and the beach. The junior suite was super clean and had everything we needed. So quiet and romantic

A wonderful Conference
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to a conference at Chaminade. The whole facility is lovely and the rooms wonderful. Food was great. The rooms were comfortable. It did feel a bit far from the beach areas in Santa Cruz but you could get there with a short drive. I would highly recommend this place.

A little disappointed....
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a niece of mine come visit for New Year’s Eve and saw that Chaminade was having a NYE celebration. We were able to check in early and went to our room. I booked a larger room that had two beds and a sofa bed. Knowing that the room was booked for three people, why would you not make sure the sofa bed was fixed? We called housekeeping and requested extra blankets, pillows, and sheets. The guy must have came to the room three times; one, brought a blanket, two, brought the pillows after I informed him the first time that we needed pillows and sheets, and the third time, he brought a rollaway bed, which had I known I could get a rollaway, I would have gotten the standard room, but the reservationist said there were no rollaway beds. After all the waiting, I went to the front desk to make sure I will not get charged extra for the rollaway. When I told the front desk that the sofa bed should have been set up for a third person to use, but we got a rollaway, she said, “Oh, we can take the rollaway and give you sheets.” What???? First of all, it is not my job to set up the sofa bed. For what I paid, it should have already been set up, especially if this was suppose to be a high caliber resort!

The final straw was when we ordered room service and when we received our food, there was no utensils or water. How do you forget utensils???? Why weren’t classes of water provided???? Every resort I stay at always provided water when I ordered room service as a courtesy. When we called, they tell us “we’re real busy right now and we’ll bring utensils as soon as we can.” Are you kidding me???? After waiting about 15 minutes, we called again stating that our very overpriced breakfast was getting cold and we want our utensils! The guy who answered was kind enough to go out of his way to bring us utensils.

Last note, the staff in the spa were very nice and the valet staff were great, but the front desk ladies....not so friendly and lack multi-tasking skills.

Great Place to Get Away
Reviewed 1 month ago

Great location with beautiful view and wooded retreat area with many beautiful hiking trails.Nice exercise facilities at the spa, outdoor pool and hot tubs. Excellent bar and restaurants at the hotel.