Chaminade Resort & Spa 1 Chaminade Lane • Santa Cruz • CA 95065


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

Set high on a mountain bluff overlooking forested hills and the Monterey Bay, Chaminade Resort & Spa is a sublime Mediterranean-style retreat blessed with spectacular views. Thanks to a multi-million dollar renovation, the historic estate a bright, up-to-the-minute polish, blending the best of Old-World elegance and modern luxury. This gracious haven is surrounded by meticulously tended gardens and 300 acres of native oak, redwood, and eucalyptus—a naturally romantic setting for weddings.

Ceremonies are lovely on the Courtyard Terrace, reminiscent of a Spanish plaza, complete with a tranquil tiered fountain. Couples exchange vows beneath an arbor laced with climbing roses and seasonal wisteria. A scintillating backdrop of native woodland and the brilliant blue bay accents the photo-worthy moment. Another pretty possibility is the Sunset Patio, which guests enter through an archway of bougainvillea. As the couple recites their vows, they’re framed by a dramatic panorama of rolling hills and the bay on the horizon.

Large receptions are held in the new Seascape Ballroom, a gorgeous space with wood beams, coordinating wall treatments, and industrial-chic wrought-iron fixtures. Two sets of French doors open onto the Fireside Patio, where guests survey the wooded valley and Monterey Bay in the distance. Other options include the Sunset Room, with arched floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outside in, and the Santa Cruz Ballroom, which boasts a wall of windows that capture the forest and ocean vista.

The resort's accommodations are as enticing as the scenery: the updated guest rooms and suites, situated in the 11 two-story Villas nestled in the wooded landscape, evoke a luxe-casual vibe. Newlyweds will especially appreciate their private patio, where they can savor the serene surroundings along with a little late-morning lingering.

Another feel-good feature: Chaminade Resort is a certified Green Business. This commitment extends to their spa, which takes a holistic approach to relaxation and rejuvenation and uses only natural products. Special bridal options include makeup consultation and application; you can even throw a private spa party for your best gal pals or book a couples’ massage for some pampering for the two of you.

With an on-site pool, Himalayan salt sauna, hot tub, tennis courts, and miles of hiking trails, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Wine and dine at the scenic View Restaurant and Terrace, or head off property, where you can stroll on a beach, go wine tasting, rock climb or board a yacht for a sunset cruise.

Throughout your stay, you’ll be able to relax and truly enjoy yourself, knowing you’ve entrusted your celebration to experienced professionals, dedicated to providing world-class hospitality down to the tiniest detail. Along with the indulgent amenities and gorgeous mountaintop setting, a “dream come true” wedding at Chaminade Resort & Spa is virtually a sure thing.


Extra Night Stay!
Book your wedding and wedding night at Chaminade, and you newlyweds get an extra night stay for free!

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Package Prices
  • $155–200/person
  • All-inclusive wedding packages include:

    • venue rental fee
    • generous hors d’oeuvres
    • entrées (buffet or sit-down)
    • furniture, linens, umbrellas, heat lamps, etc.
    • Ceremony rehearsal
    • Cake-cutting & menu tasting
    • Venue coordination
    • An extra overnight stay in the bridal suite for the couple (when one night is purchased)
Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 25%
Additional Info
  • Special rates are available for overnight accommodations for the wedding couple and guests.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 130 200
Cocktails, etc. Standing 200 200
Reception Seated 200 200
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 200.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • On-Site Accommodations
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info







Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, Saturday-Sunday, midnight event curfew, outdoor music 10pm curfew.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Conference Center
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Hotel
  • Mountain
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Resort / Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Retreat

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Hills
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Ocean / Bay
  • Panoramic
  • Pool Area
  • Valley

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: included in package
Dressing Area: yes, based on availability, extra fee may apply
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided in package
Parking: valet, on-site lot
Accommodations: 156 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided, excluding décor
View: garden patio, pool area, fountain, landscaped grounds; panorama of forest, valley, Pacific Ocean, and rolling hills
Other: spa services, tennis courts, hiking trails, event coordination


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house, BYO wine with corkage fee
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK, but must end by 10pm outdoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, silk petals, confetti, birdseed, or sparklers


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