With a stunning hilltop setting and vibrant landscaped grounds rippling with fountains, it’s little wonder why Chaminade is a favorite vacation and special event destination. The relaxing, nature-filled retreat feels remote yet is only 10 minutes from downtown, offering guests easy access to local attractions and locals a favorite locale for sunset drinks. Whether you’re seeking an atmospheric spot to gather with friends or planning an overnight getaway, here are five more reasons to consider Chaminade for your next leisurely escape.
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Last year, Chaminade completed a $7.9 million renovation that included a head-to-toe refurb of its 156 guest rooms. New rooms are decked out in a playful, contemporary design inspired by Santa Cruz’s boho culture and wired with modern tech conveniences. You can also store your devices and unplug in a meditation alcove or soak up the resort’s natural surroundings on an outdoor patio. Spring is an especially good time to visit. You’ll beat the summer rush, and California residents get 20% off room rates and free breakfast.
Chaminade’s top-of-the-world views are legendary. You’ll see stirring vistas of Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay all over social media, but they’re best enjoyed in person with a sunset drink. Nab a comfy spot around a blazing communal fire pit, the coveted fire pit tables at Linwood Restaurant, or—if you’re a spa guest—the lush zen garden, and enjoy the views.
Every Sunday, Chaminade presents a special occasion brunch at an everyday price of $30.95. With a expansive spread that includes stuffed french toast, custom omelettes, prime rib, a healthful salad bar, and a chocolate fondue station, you’ll have the options to take your meal where you think it needs to go. Adults love that champagne glasses remain full, while little ones love a dedicated section with kid faves like dollar pancakes and mac and cheese (okay, adults also love that children 5 and under are free). Add a sunny patio with sweeping views, and it’s easily the best deal in town.
Modern Spa + Fitness Center
Hit the hard reset button at the Spa at Chaminade, the only fully-equipped day spa in Santa Cruz. The 1,700 sq. ft. spa features seasonal skin and body treatments as well as saunas, steam rooms, private lockers, and a killer fitness center. Before and after your treatment, bliss out in the private zen-like patio garden that’s exclusive to spa guests and features chaise lounges overlooking sweeping vistas. Local residents are invited become spa members with regular access to the fitness center, outdoor heated pool, and other recreational amenities including tennis courts.
Scenic Hiking Trails
Want to walk off brunch with more scenery than a treadmill can provide? Hit the three nature trails that traverse the diverse terrain of Chaminade's nearly 300 acres. Paths range in length from .5 to 1.75 miles, and span Eucalyptus forests, oak-shaded paths, grassy meadows, and a redwood grove with rippling creek. Nab a trail map from the Pro Shop or front desk to set off on the trail that’s right for you.
All Photos by Garrick Ramirez