Villa Maria del Mar: A Gift by the Sea

Villa Maria del Mar, in Santa Cruz, CA, is a strikingly beautiful retreat center located on the bluffs overlooking Monterey Bay on the Pacific Ocean. A stunning view of the bay and easy access to the beach makes this an ideal place for quiet reflection and retreat.

The Villa serves a diversity of individuals and groups, who seek a place for prayer, authenticity and union with the Holy in their lives.

In order to foster this health, wholeness and balance, the Villa provides the following:

  • Clean rooms, private or double, with a bath.
  • Healthy meals prepared by the Epicurean Group including a salad bar and fresh fruit.
  • A chapel is available for our guests’ use. A Catholic liturgy is celebrated on Saturdays at 4:00 pm by the priests from Our Lady Star of the Sea parish.
  • Meeting rooms are equipped with TV, DVD and CD players. The main meeting room has microphones, a podium, screen, easel, chalkboard and projector. Arrangements for equipment use need to be made before arrival.

Other amenities of the Villa include:

  • Gardens for walking or sitting
  • On-site parking
  • An elevator in the main house
  • Free WIFI
  • Guest computer and printer
  • Photocopying and faxing

Arranging a Visit:

Individuals or group leaders interested in arranging a visit to tour the grounds can call the Villa registrar (831-475-1236) Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm; or email villamaria@snjmuson.org.

 

Reservation Policy:

  • A non-refundable deposit is required to secure a reservation; $50 deposit per room for overnight stay or $10 deposit for day use.
  • Please see Fee Schedule below to view our current reservation rates.
  • Payment of balance is due 1 week prior to arrival and is non-refundable.
  • Guests must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Guests are welcome any time after 2:00 pm and rooms are available at 4:00 pm.
  • No pets allowed. Certified service animals may be permitted with prior authorization.

Additional Information for Group Reservations:

  • Groups designate a coordinator to communicate with the Villa staff and hostess.
  • The group coordinator is responsible to communicate Villa policies to their participants and communicate all needs with the Villa staff.
  • Two weeks before arriving, the group coordinator assigns group members to their Villa rooms and to makes arrangements for meeting room set‐up and AV equipment. He/she assists the Villa with the event while the group is on‐site.
Rates for Villa Maria Del Mar Retreat Center
Rates for 2019 to 2020
Interested in making a reservation?

Please choose either Individual or Group retreat below or contact the Reservations Coordinator

* Overnight stay requires a $50 per room non-refundable deposit.
* Day Use requires a $10 non-refundable deposit.
* Payment of balance is due 1 week prior to arrival and is non-refundable.
* Application for partial scholarship funds is available upon request for SNJM sponsored retreats.
* Seaview Room requires 25+ guests to reserve.
* Guests must be 21 years of age or older.
* No pets allowed. Certified service animals may be permitted with prior authorization.