Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa may be just 40 minutes from downtown San Diego, yet it feels worlds away. The swanky property — one of the priciest in the area — is well worth a spot on your bucket list for its postcard-worthy surroundings, opulent all-suite accommodations, wellness-centric offerings, and ample outdoor activities. Located in the canyon of Rancho Santa Fe on 45 acres of rolling hills, it feels like a luxurious mini retreat, and one that offers something fun for everyone. We've got the full rundown below.
The Look of Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Sprawled across manicured gardens and beautiful olive groves, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa features magnificent Mediterranean architecture and design elements. The extensive grounds are also dotted with lush courtyards and fountains, enhancing the European-inspired aesthetic.
Retreat to one of the ultra-luxe hacienda-style suites (aka casitas), which span from 900 to 1,300 square feet, depending on the category. Regardless of which one you book, each offers rustic-chic custom furnishings and décor with pops of vibrant colors — as well as specially commissioned artwork, soaking tubs, cozy indoor fireplaces, and, last but not least, private garden patios with sweeping canyon views. Those craving even more space may opt to rent one of the three-bedroom villas, the 5,000-square-foot Spa House, or the extravagant Casa Valencia.
The Vibe at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Despite how luxe the resort is, it never feels pretentious. And despite its massive size, the property feels intimate thanks to a dedicated 6:1 staff-to-guest ratio.
Most guests can be found on-site enjoying the slew of activities and amenities — including but not limited to: sipping margs by one of the pools; playing a round of tennis, bocce, croquet, or pickleball; relaxing at the stunning spa; wandering through the culinary garden; or embarking on a scenic bike ride or hike. When it comes time to refuel, head to The Pony Room to mix and mingle with other guests. Here's also where you’ll find 100 varieties of tequila — along with breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner staples ranging from giant cinnamon rolls and acai bowls to housemade guac and fish tacos.
Who Will Love Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Pretty much anyone — couples, friend groups, families, wellness-seekers, and outdoor enthusiasts — will enjoy a stay at this expansive oasis.
Who Might Not Love Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
With rates starting around $1,000 per night, it attracts a certain clientele. There’s also only one signature restaurant, which, while delicious, may be a turn-off for those looking for a variety of drinking and dining options without having to leave the property.
Best Amenity at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
With so many options, it’s pretty much impossible to choose. However, we’d have to go with the 1.5-acre spa flanked by gardens and groves. Here, you’ll find the hotel’s adults-only pool plus a plunge pool circuit. The colorful treatment rooms have private patios, many with outdoor soaking tubs and rain showers; the couple’s treatment rooms have all of the same luxe touches, along with fireplaces and tubs for two. Pre- or post-treatment, unwind al fresco by the roaring fireplace.
Other honorable mentions include the new Paddock pool (which is family-friendly), free bike rentals, and activities like sound baths, guided hydrotherapy, hiking, and a whole slew of yoga and fitness classes.
What’s Included at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Extra Fees & Costs You Should Know About at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
The $64.80 nightly resort fee includes the above and complimentary use of the tennis courts, fitness center, yoga pavilion, and all fitness classes.
How to Get a Deal at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Check the specials tab to browse all available promotions and themed packages, some of which include perks like resort credits, breakfast, daily spa treatments, free golf (not on-site), and private tennis lessons. California residents and AAA and AARP members can also score discounted rates.
The Sweet Season
November to February is the region’s low season due to the (slightly) cooler weather. If you can brace a bit of a chill, you’ll be able to score cheaper rates on lodging — not to mention fewer crowds.
In the Neighborhood of Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
The property is located in Rancho Santa Fe, an affluent residential community known for its golfing, fine dining, and stunning natural landscapes, which is why hiking and biking are so popular here.
Nearest Airport to Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
San Diego International Airport is 25 miles away (around 35 minutes by car).
Nearest Public Transportation to Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
There is no nearby public transportation; however, you will have access to the resort’s fleet of Bentleys.
For a splurge-worthy SoCal stay chock-full of activities, amenities, and luxury touches, check into Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa.