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
I have visited Rancho 4 times and it has never been disappointing. The people were all lovely, friendly, accommodating and was right there when we needed them. I remember when we would come back for the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time they would greet us with a "welcome back" The rooms are beautiful, clean and comfortable and had all the necessary room and supplies we needed. The fact that this hotel is on the sunny beaches of California just makes the hotel so much more enjoyable like the refreshing drinks by the refreshing pool or the outdoor eating where you could eat a (very delicious) meal and watch the sunset. The features were always awesome. There were fabulous hot tubs and pools, the croquet field and spas were an incredible touch and were tennis courts were so enjoyable and the kids camps was just, great. It was so fun and the kids didn't want to leave! The overall property was beautiful. Thank you.
What a beautiful resort - we stayed 3 wonderful nights here and enjoyed every single minute. The plants are just gorgeous so lovely to stroll about and explore, filled with lemon trees, vivid colours and humming birds, the gardens are so beautifully tended. Service excellent, staff in all areas of the resort were so professional and friendly, and of course the spa makes this a place to return to. The casitas are extremely comfortable and ours was so quiet - particularly loved the freshly squeezed orange juice delivered every morning. A lasting memory and I cannot wait to return.
Superb resort with excellent restaurant and spa. A little on the expensive side but well worth if you can afford it.
Splendid accommodation, very good service and decorated with excellent taste. Even if you do not stay there for the night(s), stop by and enjoy the restaurant or even just a drink. It is an experience to be remembered.
Reminiscing about our wedding one year ago at Rancho Valencia. The property is stunning, but the staff, particularly Niki Ellis, made our day perfect from start to finish. Niki helped us with everything from finding our wedding planner to executing our big day! The event was amazing and the hotel stay following the wedding was unbelievable. So relaxing, quiet, and romantic for the two of us. We loved our little villa with a private patio with hot tub and outdoor fireplace. Can't wait to be back to celebrate our anniversary soon!
Did not stay at the resort but did partake in the spa and restaurant which were amazing. Spa was top notch and beautiful.
Restaurant was fantastic just not cheap.
Resort has rooms, villa and casita's. villas have kitchens casita do not.
Separate pools for kids and adults.
Beautiful grounds and property is amazingly well cared for.
tons of things to do - biking, hiking, tons of tennis courts.