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One Chaminade Lane

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Reservations: (800) 283-6569

Resort Direct: (831) 475-5600

At A Glance

A Spectacular Mountaintop Retreat

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Situated on 300 wooded acres in scenic Santa Cruz, Chaminade Resort & Spa is a spectacular resort featuring  breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

This award-winning resort is the ideal place to discover Santa Cruz at its most peaceful, providing guests ample opportunity to lounge and relax in wide open spaces amidst lush green landscaping. Enjoy your stay in one of eleven two story villas, no elevator needed! Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you walk along one of our Redwood lined hiking trails. 

Immaculate golf courses, sandy beaches, and bustling downtown Santa Cruz are all within reach, making it the perfect location for your next roadtrip. Our 156 guest rooms in eleven villas are spread amongst bright Eucalyptus trees and natural landscaping. You choose from a selection of deluxe guest rooms or suites featuring forest or resort views.

Relaxation is king here, you can expect unsurpassed service from every member of the resort team. This is a place to truly take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and settle into our wide open and quiet spaces while enjoying the Santa Cruz sun.

For more information, please contact us at 831.475.5600

The pool will be closed beginning November 1 and scheduled to reopen March 2022

Aerial view of Chaminade Resort

Location and Directions

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Chaminade Resort & Spa is located at One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, California 95065

Although when you’re at Chaminade, it feels like you’re miles away from everything, we are conveniently located just minutes off the highway and close to three major airports.

Driving Distance from:

  • San Jose Airport- 34 miles
  • Monterey Airport – 40 miles
  • San Francisco Airport – 68 miles
  • Downtown Santa Cruz -  3 miles
  • The Beach/Waterfront - 2.9 miles 

From San Francisco International Airport

Take Highway 101 south to Highway 85 south towards Gilroy to Highway 17 south to Santa Cruz. Exit Highway 1 south to Watsonville/Monterey. Continue on Highway 1 south. Exit on Soquel Avenue (first exit after Morrissey Blvd.). Turn right at stop light. Turn right at next light onto Soquel Drive. Crossing over Highway 1; at first stop light turn left onto Paul Sweet Road. Continue north 1/4 mile to Chaminade Lane.

From San Jose International Airport

Take Highway 880 (17) south to Santa Cruz. Exit Highway 1 south to Watsonville/Monterey. Continue on Highway 1 south Exit on Soquel Avenue (first exit after Morrissey Blvd.). Turn right at stop light. Turn right at next light onto Soquel Drive. Crossing over Highway 1; at first stop light turn left onto Paul Sweet Road. Continue north 1/4 mile to Chaminade Lane.

From Monterey Airport

Take Highway 1 north to Santa Cruz. Exit Soquel Drive (first exit after 41st Avenue). Cross Soquel Drive (traffic light) and continue north 1/4 mile on Paul Sweet Road to Chaminade Lane. Allow 40 minutes travel time. Follow signs to REGISTRATION area. Valet parking is available.

History of Chaminade

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Historical photo of Chaminade

Chaminade has a rich history, stretching back to 1904. The Spanish mission-style of the property and names found throughout pull inspiration from these early roots.

1904 - 1920 Judge Curtis Lindley

Judge Curtis Lindley was at the top of his profession as a lawyer and in 1904 began purchasing property in Santa Cruz to build a summer home. 'Linwood Lodge', which still stands along Chaminade's nature trails, was one of the first parcels developed.

1921 - 1923 The Blakes & The Society of Mary

When Lindley passed away in 1920, his property was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Blake. The Blakes lived on the property until they sold in 1923. The Blakes had invited Brothers Peter, Adam and Joseph of The Society of Mary along with their real estate agents to visit the lodge. Having searched near and far for a suitable piece of land that was secluded yet accessible, they were enchanted with Chaminade and purchased the 300 acre property.

1923 The Society of Mary

Twenty-seven Brothers arrived for their first retreat. At first, the Brothers lived at the lodge only during the summers and focused primarily on farming. In 1928, the idea of Chaminade High School was born. Within two years, the preparations would be made to transform this idea to reality.

1930 - 1940 Chaminade High School

In 1930, Chaminade Boys High School was opened on the site of Chaminade Resort & Spa. Chaminade High School was named after Father William Joseph Chaminade, a French priest and educator who founded the Society of Mary in the 1700s following the French Revolution. The school was located in the current main building, where today's guests will find the resort's meeting rooms and restaurants. Due to hard financial times, Chaminade Boys High School closed in 1940.

1941 - 1949 The Mary Burke Foundation

Mary Burke leased the Chaminade property from the Society of Mary on a year-to-year basis and ran a school for developmentally disabled children. Due to financial hardships, Ms. Burke was unable to continue her program. She declared bankruptcy and left the property in 1949.

1949 - 1968 The Postulate

After Ms. Burke left, the Brothers returned to Chaminade to open a postulate - a high school for boys who share the desire to enter a religious order. In June of 1952, the postulate was transferred to Los Angeles. As a result, the Society of Mary put the property on the market.

1968 - 1979 The property is for sale

In 1979 Chaminade's buildings along with 280 acres of surrounding land were sold to three partners: the Hildreths, Taylors and Swansons. Taking the name from the Chaminade High School, the partners developed the property into Chaminade at Santa Cruz.

1985 Chaminade Resort & Spa opens

In May of 1985, Chaminade Resort & Spa officially opened its doors to the public.

2009 Property renovations completed 

In January 2009, Chaminade Resort & Spa completed a $15 million renovation that gave new life to The Spa, fitness center, guest accommodations, and the main lobby. Guests now enjoy color palettes inspired by the California coast, contemporary Spanish furnishings and upgraded, superior amenities.

2016 Guest Room Renovations completed

In  April 2016, Chaminade Resort & Spa completed a $7.9 million guest room revamp and redesign of all 156 guest rooms. Santa Cruz's rich industrial history, arts community and bohemnian vibe lends itself to the creative design touches found in each guest room.

2020 Multi-Million Dollar Property Transformation

In March 2020, Chaminade Resort & Spa completed a $10 million transformation of the property’s public spaces including a new arrival experience, spacious lobby, signature restaurant and lounge with majestic views, along with its 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Historic photo of Chaminade
Historic newspaper clipping about Chaminade
Historic photo of when Chaminade was a religious school

Chaminade Resort and Spa Fact Sheet

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Media Contact

Ken Ellens - Ken Ellens Communications Benchmark Hospitality International
Office 201.758.2864 



1 Chaminade Lane
Santa Cruz, CA  95065



Toll-free 800-283-6569 or local 831-475-5600



Sales 831-465-3477







Chaminade Resort & Spa is situated on 300 acres of rolling hills in the Santa Cruz Mountains  with panoramic views overlooking Monterey Bay.  It's conveniently located to a variety of local  sites and attractions including multiple wineries, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, downtown  Santa Cruz and state parks.  Chaminade Resort & Spa is located off Highway 1 and is 65 miles  (90 minutes) from San Francisco International Airport; 34 miles (40 minutes) from San Jose  International Airport; and 43 miles (40 minutes) from Monterey. 



Kevin Herbst



Pebblebrook Hotel Trust



Chaminade Resort & Spa is managed by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels™



Nested on 300 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains and overlooking Monterey Bay, Chaminade Resort & Spa features 156 guest rooms including 44 suites. The historic Mission-style resort is an IACC approved meeting destination resort and features 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, Sunset Restaurant and Linwood's Bar & Grill, sparkling pool, four tennis courts, an executive fitness center and an array of recreational activities and scenic hiking trails.



AAA Four Diamond Award
Meetings Media Magazine - Best of the West
Smart Meetings Magazine - Platinum Choice Award
International Association of Conference Centers - Gold Tier Rating for Sustainability
Northern California Meetings & Events Magazine - Best Hotel with Meeting Space
Good Times Weekly Annual 'Best of Santa Cruz County' - Best Brunch, Sunset Restaurant
U.S. News & World Report “Best Hotels” list



Chaminade derives its name from Father William Joseph Chaminade who founded the Society of  Mary (Marianists) in Bordeaux, France, in 1817.  The Marianists arrived in California in 1884 and  in May of 1923, the Society of Mary purchased 300 acres of land from Frank Blake for $50,000,  where the resort is now situated.  In September of 1930, Chaminade High School opened in what  is the resort's main building today.  The school remained opened until 1940.  During World War  II, Chaminade became a center for training priests in the Society of Mary order and  continued as such until the early 1970's when it became a religious retreat.  In May 1979 the  property was acquired and in 1983 construction began to transform the building into the  Chaminade Executive Conference Center which opened its doors in May of 1985.  Benchmark  Hospitality International began managing the property in 1988.   



Chaminade Resort & Spa's 156 guest rooms are grouped into 11 villas and include deluxe double queens, junior suites, and executive king suites. Guests at Chaminade will experience eclectic, bohemian styles from the artisan community of Santa Cruz, helping to refresh and refocus their minds outside of the fast-paced world of city life. Room views vary but include picturesque forest views of oak-filled valleys, Eucalyptus groves or resort views with lush landscaping and colorful courtyards.  Chaminade has a total of eight A.D.A. guestrooms, two of which are fully accessible with roll in showers.  Guests will enjoy Wi-Fi, in-room safe, coffee maker, mini-fridge, terry cloth robes and BeeKind Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities.  Chaminade Resort & Spa is also pet friendly.



Chaminade Resort & Spa offers three miles of scenic hiking trails, a heated outdoor pool, four lighted tennis / pickleball courts, fitness center with his and hers Himalayan salt saunas, steam rooms, two outdoor Jacuzzi's, and a sports lawn filled with fun games.



The Spa at Chaminade offers an escape to an oasis of serenity in a relaxed calming environment. The full-service day spa offers a variety of treatments for men and women including massage, body treatments and express services.  Spa guests may also take advantage all resort amenities including pool, his and hers Himalayan salt saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, locker room and private spa patio before or after their treatments.  The Spa at Chaminade is open daily and available to the public and resort guests.



Sunset Restaurant - Featuring a backdrop with breathtaking views of Monterey Bay and the  Santa Cruz Mountains, the Sunset Restaurant offers a healthy, buffet-style dining experience  utilizing locally sourced farm fresh ingredients from the surrounding region.  Its award-winning  Sunday Brunch is savored by guests and locals alike and is served every Sunday from 10 a.m. to   1:30 p.m. 

Linwood's Bar & Grill - Serving contemporary California cuisine, the menu at Linwood's captures the rich flavors and seasonal offerings of the Central California Coast.  The bar features  an array of artisanal spirits and an extensive wine list highlighting renowned Central Coast vintners.  With panoramic views of the Monterey Bay and City of Santa Cruz, the outdoor dining terrace and firetables create the perfect ambience to site back, relax and take in the view and a great meal.

In-Room Dining - Guests may enjoy culinary specialties delivered to their room or suite, in  addition to the pool, spa, private patio or other outdoor locations throughout the resort.



An approved conference center by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), Chaminade Resort & Spa is an ideal meetings destination offering 12,000 square feet of flexible conference and event space. The property also features approximately 13,500 square-feet of multiple outdoor venue options including scenic courtyards, terraces and yards of rolling  green grass and manicured lawns.  Each of the 12 meetings rooms feature wireless, ergonomic chairs, and tackable walls.  Groups also have access to a dedicated conference concierge, on-site AV and 24-hour business center.  Situated on 300 expansive acres, Chaminade is notorious for its signature team building events and activities, a thrilling ropes course challenge, boat building, redwood forest scavenger hunts and more.



​Chaminade Resort & Spa provides the perfect fairytale, storybook setting for all things wedding!   Chaminade's pristine location and scenic outdoor venues have played host to engagement parties,  bridal luncheons, showers, receptions and anniversaries for more than 30 years.  Chaminade  provides complete banquet and catering services for any occasion including corporate events and  retreats, retirement dinners, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, holiday parties and more.