Chaminade Resort, Santa Cruz

WHERE: The unique feature of Santa Cruz is that the beach and forests are within close proximity to one another. The historic Chaminade Resort & Spa offers spectacular sweeping views of the Monterey Bay, yet is set in the mountains. Following a $7.9 renovation, this luxurious hotel in Santa Cruz, California, fulfils all our desires.

WHAT: A stunning, Mission-style resort nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Chaminade’s three miles of scenic nature trails and 200 acres of pristine eucalyptus groves and grassy meadows are perfect for a stroll. Chaminade also boasts a heated, 50-foot outdoor pool, four tennis courts and an acclaimed spa overlooking wooded valleys. All just 15 minutes from the beach…

WHY: Chaminade’s design combines creativity with luxury, paying homage to Santa Cruz’s historical past and vibrant arts and culture scene. Tranquil meditation alcoves in select Junior King Suites feature tailored cushions and pillows next to sliding glass doors or windows with picturesque views of towering eucalyptus trees and the resort’s natural landscape. And if mindfulness sounds just a bit too virtuous for you, head over to the terraced patio for a Sunday Champagne Brunch!

Image credit: VSCC/Chaminade Resort & Spa