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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


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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45 acres of gardens, olive groves, and relaxation at the only Relais & Chateaux property in SoCal

The Lowdown

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

Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa
5921 Valencia Circle
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 United States


5.0 Excellent 362 Reviews
Majestic Property
Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly the gem of all gems!! Every small touch is thought about!! It's unlike any property you'll ever stay at and exceeds all expectations in spite of the high price tag. You'll simply let go of every worry and stress to capture a slice of perfection!

Most amazing place
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The experience at this place was amazing. Although we only stayed for one night and didn‘t get to do everything it must be one of the nicest placed we‘ve ever been. It is for sure better than the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara which we expected to be top notch. The staff was so kind everywhere and we got to check out 2 hours later at no extra cost. Everything in the room is included... coffee, snacks, even the whole mini bar. Our room was huge and the bathroom is out of this world. We had a large outside terrace and breakfast in the morning outside with fresh orange juice. From Start to Finish just an amazing experience. We travel a lot and all over the World and this place is right up there. We will definately reccomend and will come back and make sure to stay longer than one night.

Celebrity Luxury
Reviewed 2 months ago

The staff was absolutely incredible. They make you feel like the visiting celebrity by all calling you by name and waiting on you hand and food. They make sure that you understand where to go on their expansive property. The casitas are incredibly spacious and provide luxurious privacy outside of the busy San Diego area. They are still conveniently located to do easy trips to the coastal cities. The restaurant has outstanding fare.

Awesome get away!
Reviewed 2 months ago

This maybe one of my new favorite places. I began with a sit down check in with choice of cava or tea. My room wasn’t ready so my son enjoyed the pool. The casitas met & exceeded all expectations. The fireplace was so cozy at night & breakfast on the patio was unbeatable which included complimentary fresh orange juice delivered each morning with a newspaper of choice. Probably one of my favorite things to see in a hotel room is a nespresso machine! I loved the complimentary selection of drinks in the fridge & 350 ml of red wine. The bathroom is Gorgeous & inviting but unfortunately this is also where they lost points. I got SEVERAL towels that looked dirty making you wonder how clean the linens & bath robes are. I shouldn’t have to worry if they laundered the bath robes or not. By the way, these bath robes were not your average robes! They are exceptionally soft but after dirty towels, I passed on trusting the robes are being properly attended. I really hope they address this problem because I’d love for this to be my go to get away from LA!

The Wedding of our Dreams
Reviewed 3 months ago

We got married here on 10/27/18 and it was the best weekend of our lives. The resort is the most amazingly beautiful place and they treated us like queens. Upgraded us to the Valencia Suite which was perfect for our 4 nights there.