Megan and I recently took a trip to California. We drove the 1 and the 101 from San Diego all the way to San Francisco. It is a gorgeous drive!
When we got to Santa Cruz we decided to stay at the Chaminade Resort & Spa! The resort is nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains and is only a 15 minute drive from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk! It has the best of both worlds; a secluded and private resort as well as close proximity to the beach and down town.
After a long drive up the coast it was a welcome respite to pull up to the beautiful, mission-style resort. The staff was very welcoming and immediately made us feel at home. They got us checked in very quickly and we were on our way.
Our room was beautiful. I loved the abacus bed frame! The rooms were recently renovated so it has the feel of a new hotel while still maintaining its charm.
Connected to the room we had a living area with a pull out couch, large TV, table and chairs and a bar area completed by a fridge. This living space can be a common area between two rooms or be used for just one room. Having the additional space made for a much more comfortable stay.
The Chaminade has a gorgeous pool. This is where we spent most of our free time. No pool is complete without lounge chairs but the Chaminade’s lounge chairs are SO comfortable! It’s like sitting in a super comfy recliner by the pool. They also have little shelters available as well. Of course they have a hot tub that was the perfect temperature and pretty good sized as well.
At the resort they have several activities. There are tennis courts. The property is 200 acres with hiking trails throughout. They have a gym and a luxurious spa. If that isn’t enough they also have golf courses within very close proximity.
One of the best parts about staying at the Chaminade; however, is the view. You can see the the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary from the main building. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating. If you sit on the terrace you can see the bay while enjoying you food. The breakfast buffet was also incredible!
All in all we really enjoyed our stay at the Chaminade and can’t recommend it enough!
Thank you Chaminade for having us! Our stay was comp’d in exchange for photos/video that we provided for the hotel which you can view in this post. All opinions, photos, videos, and reviews in this post are my own.