This reinvigorated mountaintop resort skillfully blends a casual attitude with low-key luxury.
Named for the priest who founded the Society of Mary in 19th-century France, the Mission-style Chaminade Resort & Spa soothes the spirit. Tucked among fragrant eucalyptus trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Monterey Bay, the expansive, 300-acre property boasts spectacular views in every direction, along with proximity to a wealth of attractions including state parks, wineries, the charming downtown Santa Cruz district and the beach boardwalk. An extensive refurbishment updated guest rooms and common spaces with a fresh look that honors the area’s arts culture.
Guests can take their pick of 156 airy accommodations within 11 villas, all done up in inviting earth tones and eclectic bohemian décor, and furnished with feather beds, down duvets, granite bathrooms, flat-screen LCD TVs and safes. On the grounds, visitors can stroll picturesque hiking paths, play a game of tennis or sand volleyball, or simply lounge by the pool. An on-site day spa offers pampering massages and treatments. Dining ranges from Champagne Sunday brunch at Sunset Restaurant to contemporary California cuisine at Linwood's Bar & Grill. Farm-to-table wine dinners are perfect for groups, and there is even a dog-friendly menu if you're traveling with your pooch. A full range of business-friendly features include team-building events and exhibit space. Outdoor weddings are a specialty, with views overlooking the bay.
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