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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 387 Reviews
Beyond excellent
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best places I have ever stayed.

Five stars.

First class resort experience. Especially liked that price of services on site not excessive. The minibar is free, for example. Food and beverage reasonably priced for property of this caliber.

Extraordinary in every way!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely incredible resort and spa, particularly for the tennis lover. We stayed in the villas and found them to be spectacularly decorated and wonderfully relaxing and comfortable. The living room/TV layout was a little odd, but it worked. The private patio was awesome.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful property, fabulous rooms, excellent exercise and spa facilities and great food in the restaurants. Spent the last 2 days of a 10 day California trip here and it was the perfect place to unwind and finish our holiday. Highly recommended.

Won’t stop visitng
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live near by and have stayed in the villas, the suites and visited not only the spa but restaurant on a regular basis. I have even taken tennis lessons here. I love the luxury of the spa and the beauty of the rooms and villas. I took some friends last Friday night to the Pony Bar, the bar at Rancho Valencia. There was a beautiful wedding taking place, however, we were accommodated easily with a table in the bar. The food and drink are a 5 star price BUT....if you could come up with a 10 star rating on service and hospitality Rancho Valencia deserves it. I felt respected and pampered the entire time. Can’t wait to go back.

Spectacular Wedding Venue
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last weekend was the best of our lives, and we couldn't have been happier to celebrate our wedding at Rancho Valencia! From the minute we had our first tour, our events coordinator Dedra made us feel like her only client and did everything possible to make our day perfect. The venue had everything we needed for the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and after-party, all in one place. For the various things we chose to rent instead, Dedra was incredibly helpful, answering questions quickly and ensuring a smooth process. Many others here talk about the quality of the rooms, pools, and grounds of the property - they are all correct - and I'll leave it to them to describe it. I'll just say that all the guests who chose to stay at the resort were delighted and those who didn't will choose to do so next time. For our wedding, the food, from the Michelin-starred restaurant, was incredible (even when served to 100 guests). They plated dinners simultaneously, a formality that we're used to at high-end restaurants, but that can sometimes be lost or forgotten when serving for an outdoor dinner setting. The sea bass was tender, the filet was cooked perfectly to order, and the passed hors d'oeuvres were fought over (especially the lamb lollipops and mini grilled cheese!). The bartenders were friendly, quick to serve, and nobody waited for drinks. The wine pairings, suggested by the sommelier, were a hit of the evening (even the house wine would've been fantastic, but we chose a small upgrade because it was great value for the price). Overall, we could not have been happier with the experience, the venue, the wedding day and the entire weekend. Dedra and the entire staff have our undying gratitude and while we looked at the various other venues at similar prices nearby, we are confident that Rancho Valencia was the best choice, hands down.