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
- 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
This was our third visit to this beautiful hotel and like the previous stays, we were very happy with our time here and look forward to more return visits. That said we have always noticed a pattern at this property that seemed more pronounced to us this time.
If you spend some time at the spa complex or the hotel restaurant you will most likely notice the majority of the people around you are not guests of the hotel. They are local residents that use the hotel as their private club. While not a big deal, on this visit it seemed like hotel guests were in the extreme minority. So much so that at times I felt like an outsider invading their space and not a part of their click. I am sure I am being a little oversensitive but from the numerous personal training sessions going on in the gym with obvious regular clients, to over hearing a member order his special item at breakfast, it just seemed like the staff and members were one big happy family that I was not a part of.
Regardless of my personal hang up, we still love this hotel. We always stay in an Olive Grove suite to get the extra bonus of a private hot tub. The room is spacious with a charming ambience including a fireplace, beautiful full luxury bathroom, and great outdoor space. The spa complex is low key and gorgeous with a light and airy gym with outdoor space, and a tranquil adult pool. There is a separate pool that is also very nice and a place for the whole family to enjoy. The restaurant and separate bar have a beautiful Spanish country décor that looks elegant but relaxing. It’s all very nice, small and exclusive, and a great place to do as much, or as little as you want. Just know that there is a chance you might feel a little bit like an outsider.
Our visit to the San Diego area include a stay of 3 nights at this gorgeous tennis resort, where every room is a private enclave. The weather did not cooperate with our vacation, bringing a torrential monsoon of the century during our stay here. But what better place to watch the storm than from our beautiful suite with a roaring fire, private hot tub and room service? Unquestionably one of the finest hotels I’ve ever stayed at.
Just finished a birthday celebration for my mother here. The property is magnificent. Been here several times before, so knew the property, views, scenery, etc is great.
But, what I want to share is how awesome the staff is. From planning to execution, the people here are outstanding.
Planned things with Dedra. Niki helped as we needed to make adjustments and Amber was our go to on the day of the event. Kudos to all.
And.....the food was great. Heard many compliments. This is such a great place to host an event. Thank you Rancho Valencia.
I adored this hotel. The rooms are huge and luxurious. The bathrooms are phenomenal. There were so many fabulous things about the room and bathroom I found it hard to leave. My room had a gorgeous patio with a hot tub as well. Room service was wonderful. I definitely had some amazing dishes. I did make daily visits to the spa and enjoyed it and the workout room immensely. The property is gorgeous and there are beautiful walking trails. I look forward to returning in warmer weather so I can utilize the pools. If I could give this property more stars I would!
Went for a spa day. The spa “relaxation room” is like grand central station. It’s literally a lobby and barely indoors. There are sliding doors to the outside that are always ajar... this doesn’t work on chilly days when you are just wearing your bathrobe. And speaking of just wearing a bathrobe, the relaxation room is coed, so throw modesty out the door. It literally is a passing-through high traffic lobby. Maintenance men in warm winter coats were traipsing through all day. The attendants ignored the dirty dishes lying around. And there was no place to bus your tea mug if you wanted to clear it yourself either. No one asked if I needed anything ever. Ever. No orientation on how to use the lockers. Honestly I can’t believe how ripped off I feel. Spent over $300 for nothing.