Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Two award-winning restaurants under the direction of chef Eric Bauer
- Free croquet, bocce, and resort bicycles for cycling into Rancho Santa Fe
- Two heated saltwater pools with Jacuzzis
- Plant-based treatments in the soothing spa
- READ MORE: 72 Hours in Santa Fe
What To Know
- Villas are larger and have views of the ocean but bungalows are closer to the main pool
- Some bungalows back onto a main street; ask about location when you book
- Guests have to be 18 or older to use the gym, spa pool, and sauna
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
All Moorish tiles, striped pool loungers, and Mediterranean-meets-Southwest casitas, Rancho Valencia is a romantic 49-room getaway. Despite its intimate size, choices abound; there are two saltwater heated pools so guests can pick where to sun themselves, (not to mention an adults-only plunge pool in the spa.) More active types can choose between tennis, yoga, and biking, then select from among seven types of massage in the spa. And when it comes to dinner, there’s Veladora for candlelit Mediterranean feasts or the Pony Room for more casual American fare (along with killer craft tequilas.)
In the Area
There’s plenty to do home on the Rancho. But it would be a shame to miss nearby attractions including hiking in the 2,000-acre Torrey Pines State Reserve, stocking up at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market, or hitting some of the 15 museums in Balboa Park, a 1,2000 acre cultural center. And kids will definitely be coaxed out of the pool with promises of trips to Legoland, the San Diego Zoo, or Sea World San Diego. After sunset, grown-ups head into San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District for a taste of San Diego’s burgeoning foodie culture.
How to Get There
Love this resort! Our dog was treated like a prince. Dog bed, dog bowls and pet menu for room service and at their restaurant. They also provided a receptacle outside our door for the doggy poop bags. For the humans, really nice too! Comfortable roomy bathroom and beds. Nicely stocked minibar and it’s free! They replenish everyday. Our room had a nice patio plus a jacuzzi. We would have room service set up the breakfast on the patio! And the best part-freshly squeezed orange juice waiting outside every morning! Room service food and restaurant food was excellent!
We were due to stay here for 2 nights but due to an issue with another hotel we booked an additional 3 nights, and I am glad we did. We had 5 nights in one hotel before we headed home to the UK.
We had not been to San Diego before and we didn't realise that the hotel was situated quite a distance away (30 mins by car), but it was certainly not a problem. The room was VERY large and EXTREMELY comfortable. It had absolutely everything we needed, and the bathroom was enormous. Daily nibbles were delicious, and turn-down was super too. We loved having the onsite laundry - it makes a huge difference and I have wondered why more hotels don't offer this as standard.
Breakfast could be a la carte if you wanted to order specific dishes, but the buffet table was more than enough for us - fresh berries, yoghurt, hams and cheese etc. We ate twice at night onsite and it was delicious with superb service to match.
The spa was excellent and the massages were super - thanks Stephen! The relaxation room was very loud despite signs asking for quiet.
There are 2 pools, one for families and one for adults only by the spa. The adult pool greets you with a notice saying that it is a phone free zone. I thought this was a great idea. However, the hotel plays music around this pool (and indeed the other) and between that and the general volume of chatter from other guests, it meant that I managed to read absolutely nothing in 5 days and we avoided going in the end. On one occasion I even tried using my airpods to listen to a podcast to distract myself from the noise.
Why play music??? Everyone has headphones so if they want music they can listen to their own. It is my only complaint, but it is quite a significant issue if you are hoping to switch off and rest. There were also quite a few people by the pool who are members of the gym/spa, so ironically the family pool was often quieter.
If it wasn't for the ubiquitous music, this would have been quite exceptional.
We celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary here and it did not disappoint. Well maintained and secluded, it was a wonderful and special treat. Great food, nice ambiance, and excellent service. Loved everything about it and sorry we spent only one night.