Christian Stan, at 17 Apr. 18, in Hotels, News, Ocean View Hotels

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, 14 state parks and beaches, and forest and beach trails perfect for hiking, biking, and exploring, it’s no wonder Santa Cruz County hotels are also offering exercise, wellness, and recreational activities for guests.

Here are four ways to get your wellness on:

Halotherapy Debuts at Chaminade Resort & Spa

Following a recent $7.9 million renovation, the 156-room Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz now offers a new treatment in its 1,700-square foot day spa.

Chaminade’s Halotherapy is a new spa trend that seeks to recreate the atmosphere and wellness benefits of a natural salt cave. Featuring glowing backlit blocks of Himalayan salt which both soothe and mesmerize, the salt-infused room is credited with calming stress, opening up breathing, and imparting a general sense of well-being, recreating a day at the ocean’s shore.  Guests of the spa can enjoy an outdoor landscaped patio garden boasting a bubbling whirlpool, peaceful koi pond, and lounge seating overlooking inspiring hilltop views.

The spa also offers a number of relaxing and revitalizing services including skin care, massage, and body treatments. Plus, spa guests are welcome to take a dip in the sparkling, outdoor heated pool, swing a racket on the tennis courts, or get lost on the nature trails that wind through the property’s 300-acre, oak and redwood-filled grounds following their treatment.

Barre Belle at the Hotel Paradox

Poolside Barre, a unique new guest experience has been launched at the Hotel Paradox.  Offering an outdoor wellness experience surrounding the pool, guests are led through a series of stretching and strength-building exercises as an introduction to barre.

Fresh fruit smoothies are available for purchase after each class at the poolside bar, or guests can imbibe in something a little stronger if they are so inclined. Perfect for the leisure or bleisure traveler, the class is offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM as a way for guests to maintain their active lifestyle while on the road and a nice change of scene from the traditional hotel fitness center, taking advantage of the over 300 days of sunshine a year in Santa Cruz County.

Stay Fit at the Seascape Beach Resort

The Seascape Beach Resort, located on the coast eight miles south of Santa Cruz offers in-room spa services (massages, facials etc.) as well as a variety of fitness classes, including Personal Training, Massage Therapy, Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Spinning, Zumba, Cardio Dance, Boot Camp and Aqua Aerobics.  The resort also offers bike rental and bodyboard and wetsuit rentals. The Seascape Market offers fresh local organic prepared foods, deli with healthy fruit and vegetable smoothie drinks, as well as organic fruits, vegetables etc.   Seascape guests are able to enjoy many walking trails on the property, as well as beach access for walking, surfing, swimming etc. Volleyball nets on the beach and beach fires with S’mores are part of the amenities.

Play on the Beach at the Dream Inn Santa Cruz

Staying steps away from the beach – with each room boasting an ocean view – guests of the Dream Inn have the opportunity to opt for Surfing or Stand Up paddle board rentals/lessons, and complimentary bikes to get your blood flowing on your way to the local organic farmers market. Enjoy complimentary yoga on the pool deck during weekend stays.  Overlooking Cowell Beach, an $8 million renovation of the iconic Dream Inn Santa Cruz hotel features a stylish new lobby boasting eclectic murals inspired by local surfers and beach culture, and updated, retro-chic décor in the guestrooms. Private balconies or patios with majestic views of the Monterey Bay, combines with the furnishing’s youthful, fun, historic ambiance that reflects the beloved Santa Cruz community.

Getting There:

Located along the Central Coast, Santa Cruz County, California is approximately 70 miles/113 km south of San Francisco and 349 miles/562 km from Los Angeles. Many visitors choose to take scenic Highway 1 along the California coastline to Santa Cruz, or Highway 17 through the Santa Cruz Mountains. Visitors can also choose to fly into San Francisco International Airport or Mineta/San Jose International Airport.

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