South Coast Winery Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Location in the heart of the Temecula Valley, with views of the vineyards and Mount Palomar in the distance
- Mix of 72 villas and 50 hotel suites dotted across the resort’s 38 acres
- The grounds include a 17,000 square-foot spa, pool and wine tasting rooms
- Meals at the award-winning Vineyard Rose restaurant, known for its wine pairings and popular brunches
What To Know
- Appointments for GrapeSeed Spa should be booked at least two to three weeks in advance
- Daily wine tours kick off at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and cost $40 per person (reservations required)
- There’s some car noise from nearby Anza Road
- If you're checking in on Saturdays, you must stay at least two nights
- A $19 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
An hour north of San Diego in the heart of the up-and-coming Temecula Valley Wine Region, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is a romantic spa escape in a working winery setting. Spread across 38 acres, the property encompasses 50 hotel suites and 72 standalone villas, a celebrated restaurant, tasting rooms, the GrapeSeed Spa and a lounger-dotted outdoor pool. Guestrooms range from a comfy 490 square feet to an apartment-sized 1,150 square feet, and all have King or Queen beds, faux or gas fireplaces and spacious bathrooms with double granite vanities and standalone or over-tub showers. Rooms overlooking the vineyards have private balconies with breathtaking views. The Tuscan-style Vineyard Rose restaurant is a favorite for hearty brunches, meat-heavy dinners with expert wine pairings, and afternoon drinks on the outdoor terrace. The restaurant also dishes up a special five-course private chef’s table dinner for special occasions (by reservation only). For spa lovers, the award-winning 17,000-square-foot GrapeSeed Spa specializes in vine-based treatments, including the GrapeSeed Renewal body treatment, which uses Himalayan salt and crushed grape seed.
In the Area
The rapidly growing (and increasingly popular) Temecula Wine Country lies on the town’s northeast side, with most of the wineries along Rancho California Road. Among the best are the hilltop Miramonte, sprawling Wilson Creek and eclectic Falkner, known for its edgy architecture and leafy gardens. And if you’re in search of Lady Luck, Pechanga Casino offers 200,000 square feet of gambling and headliner concerts. While you’re there, be sure to make the 10-minute drive down to Old Town Temecula; once a stop on the overland stage coach route, it now houses restaurants, boutiques and artisanal craft shops in many of its Wild West buildings.
How to Get There
Wonderful location and the views are simply beautiful. The winery tasting room was very nice. Too many good wines to pick just one favorite. The restaurant had fabulous breakfast and dinner. Really enjoyed the florentine omelet. Had the peri peri chicken for dinner and it was wonderful. Also enjoyed the calamari for an appetizer.
We rented their highest price room for two nights, a villa overlooking the vineyard. For the money we paid all I can say as a very seasoned traveler is, DON"T BE CONNED. It was not worth it. The rooms were clean enough but tech-wise and amenities provided for the $$ were behind 2nd world country amenities. In fact I just got back from a trip to Tunisia where my room at a Ramada Inn was far superior. I wasn't provided as little as a free tasting offered and for what we paid, that is ludicrous. The furniture is straight from the 1980's The décor just as old, the patio small and cramped and the bedding was so-so. The best part of the room was the bathroom. They make a big deal out of the in room fireplace but its in a spot you don't even see if you're lounging in bed. Location-wise this place is good. My advice, get their cheapest room because its a convenient location if you plan on seeing other wineries and don't want to drink and drive. DO NOT BUY THE HIGH PRICE PACKAGE!!! This was a major disappointment. The food at the restaurant was our biggest surprise. I normally like to eat at Leoness which is twice named USA TODAY Best Winery Restaurant in America. The Vineyard Rose at South Coast Winery was better than Leoness this trip. The Pulled Duck Confit being the real star of the show. I also enjoyed their dessert and Petite Sirah. I will be back to the Vineyard Rose without doubt. If I return to South Coast for a stay it will be in their lowest priced room. Please note* This review is based on the price paid. It isn't a bad place but is WAY OVERPRICED. I don't mind paying for the best, but I expect it to be a good value. It was not even close.
#1 The staff is awesome - polite, informative, helpful and fun.
#2 The villas are exceptional- clean, quiet, relaxing, romantic
#3 The spa is outstanding - massages, sauna, steam, Jacuzzi
#4 The Rose - extraordinary food and service - Great Happy hour - Awesome dinners
#5 The grounds - immaculate and so colorful
#6 The wines - excellent choices
My experience was wonderful....My husband is an over the road truck driver, I only get to see him once every 3 mos...so this was special to me because this is as a way for us to spend quality time together.
Patio was up against spa wall, no place to relax and enjoy the spring day. Room was nice and restaurant very good. Although there was ample space they would not seat us until we said we were staying there. After seated all was good.