San Diego, California, United States of America
At a Glance
Ranked California's #1 Tennis hotel by Tennis Magazine
Highly personal service with only 49 casitas
Complementary fitness classes from spin to yoga
Just a 20-minute drive to beaches for surfing, paddle boarding and snorkeling
Guests can enjoy access to over 80 golf courses including The Farms and Torrey Pines
Close to premier attractions including Lego Land, Sea World, Aquatica Water Park, Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo
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San Diego has a year-round climate. Summer (June - September) is the peak-tourist season, this is when the weather is at its hottest and the city can be over crowded. If you are visiting in May or June watch out for the 'marine layer', a cloudy overcast, almost fog-like cloud which may affect the beach and first mile or so of the coastal strip, especially in the mornings.
Rancho Valencia is an award-winning resort and spa located in the picturesque Rancho Santa Fe, within easy reach of Del Mar, La Jolla and San Diego's coastline.
Rancho Valencia spans 45 acres of landscaped gardens and olive groves, offering the ideal retreat for guests seeking intimate and luxurious accommodations within easy reach of San Diego's attractions. Since its opening in 1989, Rancho Valencia has been a Southern Californian staple for stars from entertainers to politicians looking to enjoy San Diego's year round summer weather. Having recently undergone massive refurbishment, the resort has remained true to its historical routes whilst offering the guests an elevated luxury experience.
With only 49 hacienda style private casita's, Rancho Valencia feels intimate enough to offer a very personal experience and attentive service. The hotel boasts a world-class spa, fine dining restaurant, an award-winning tennis program that was voted #1 in the US by tennis magazine, yoga program and golf nearby at The Farms by Tom Lehman.
Rancho Valencia has a collection of well-appointed casita-style guest rooms. The spacious yet intimate rooms are some of the largest to be found in California. The room styles range from junior suites to one or two bedroom casita's. Privacy is at the heart of the design as each room has its own garden patio or outdoor spa patio with a Jacuzzi. Guests can also choose to stay in the three bedroom hacienda, with its own private swimming pool. Rooms and suites embrace all the latest technology by Bang and Olufsen and luxurious bedding to provide a stay in ultimate comfort.
Rancho Valencia offers a chance for rest and relaxation but also for activities. If you’re looking for some adventure, why not take one of the complimentary bikes out for an exploration of the local area. For those after a more peaceful time, they can enjoy the luxurious spa amenities. If you’re keen to keep active, exercise classes, yoga and Pilates are offered daily among other classes in the fitness suite. Having a world-renowned tennis facility on your doorstep means that it’s the perfect opportunity to try your hand at a new sport or improve at it. Beyond the resort’s extraordinary canyon setting, guests can discover championship golf courses, local beaches, hot air ballooning, surfing, sailing, and attractions such as Legoland, Sea World, water parks and the San Diego Zoo.
There are 49 guest rooms in total and all feature private patios, fireplaces, individual furnishings, oversized soaking tubs, walk in closets and living areas. The suites are up to 1,300 square feet in size and embrace all the latest technology by Bang and Olufsen and luxurious bedding to provide a stay in ultimate comfort. Bathroom amenities are custom made, natural and organic products by Amala. Fresh orange juice, newspapers and milk are delivered in the morning, Illy cafe espresso machines are fitted in each room, and complementary snacks and Wi-Fi as standard.
Rancho Valencia is well suited to families. The suites are ideal to accommodate families in separate sleeping areas. The outdoor pool and hot tub designed for children means that children can play happily in private gardens whilst parents relax. The tennis program has been particularly popular with children as the instructors teach all abilities and ages. The resort also offers baby-sitting services so parents can enjoy an evening out in the knowledge that their children are in safe hands.
Dining at Rancho Valencia is centerd on eating locally sourced food whilst taking in the breath-taking views of the rolling hills. Veladora serves traditional coastal ranch cuisine in a cosy hacienda setting. There is a choice of over 600 hand-selected wines to choose from. Moreover, the restaurant features a private wine room where guests can sample rare bottles of wine to celebrate special occasions.
The resort boasts a full-service spa and boutique; complimentary use of a world-renowned tennis facility; access to tennis pros; match play and pro shop; croquet lawn; complimentary bikes; yoga pavilion; state-of-the-art fitness center; outdoor heated family pool and hot tub; outdoor adult-only heated pool and hot tub; access to private championship golf within walking distance of the resort; DVD and CD library and baby-sitting services.
The Pony Room is a newly established bar and eatery at the resort. It serves up craft tequilas and one-of-a-kind cocktails on a terrace scattered with fire pits overseeing the Croquet Lawn and beyond; the perfect environment to unwind in the evening. Guests can also enjoy a rustic lunch or dinner in this welcoming setting.
Rancho Valencia is also well placed for dining in nearby La Jolla, Del Mar and for an evening in the buzzing Gaslamp District. Concierge are on hand to make recommendations and assist with advanced reservations.
The Spa at Rancho Valencia is nestled away in the luscious gardens; providing the perfect escape from the stresses of the modern day life. The expansive list of treatments available at the spa use the invigorating benefits of herbs, flowers, oils and minerals to leave guests feeling relaxed, peaceful as well as giving them a wholesome feeling of wellness. The freshly-made organic fruit and vegetable juices and the variety of yoga and Pilates classes at the spa never fail to leave you feeling re-energised. The spa also features outdoor elements to include three therapeutic pools, a Watsu therapy/massage pool, a lap pool and private sun gardens.
Rancho Valencia is famed for being a Tennis Resort and has been named the Number 1 Tennis Resort in the US since 2008. The tennis programs and facilities are encompassed by the verdant landscape. There are 18 playing courts to include a central court with seating. Fresh towels and iced lemon water are available at the courtside to refresh the players. Tennis clinics are on offer for all ages and skill level; whether you are looking to perfect your serve or a complete beginner, the team of U.S.P.T.A certified professionals will help you to achieve your goals.
For guests that have a yearning to stay active and fit during their stay they need look no further than the fitness center and spin room. This center offers complimentary weekly classes of intense cardio and aerobic exercises led by certified fitness instructors.
Holly Brightwell (Staff)
A stylish and luxurious haven, perfect for some rest and relaxation, a health kick and amazing cuisine! The hotels prides itself on its standards and service, and doesnt disappoint. The pool area is peaceful with two hot tubs to enjoy a glass of Champagne in. The extensive tennis grounds are great for beginners and experts alike pre book a private instructor for some extra attention to your serve! The restaurant in the resort is famous in the local area, so again do pre book and youll be in for a treat.
Camilla Swift (Staff)
Rancho Valencia defines rustic luxury. Not a single detail is missed but it's done in an effortless way. Fire-warmed terraces, worn leather chairs, valley views, coastal-ranch cuisine, gorgeous casita-style accommodation with private sunny terraces overlooking the Californian hills.
For dining, choose from signature restaurant Veladora with its delicious seasonal menu, and one of Damien Hirst's famous Kaleidoscope works in the dining room, made from thousands of colorful butterfly wings in intricate patterns reminiscent of stained-glass windows, or the polo-inspired Pony Room. Be sure to have some pre-meal bar snacks here and a drink or two, however you would need a fair amount of time to sample all of the 100 craft tequilas they have on offer!
Rancho Valencia has world class tennis facilities (17 hard courts), staffed by tennis pros and former champions, so you're sure to get top-notch tuition and tips! On top of the tennis clinics, private classes or independent use of the courts, there are numerous complimentary fitness classes on offer, and even a bocce ball court and croquet lawn. The facilities are truly impressive.
Finally, the enchanting spa tucked away in lush gardens and olive groves really could be a destination within itself. It features a beautifully peaceful yoga pavilion, an adults only swimming pool, sauna and steam room, as well as fitness studios for Pilates, spinning, Zumba and boxing. I loved sampling the fresh fruit and vegetable juices after my morning spin class, when I visited the resort in October.
Without a doubt Rancho Valencia would be my number one pick for active families looking for a lively, yet relaxed and luxurious stay in Southern California!
Rancho Valencia was recently featured in Cond Nast Travelers 2013 Hot List as one of the 154 best new hotels in the world. Cond Nast Traveler has also ranked the resort #7 of the Top 20 Resorts in Southern California and #1 in all of San Diego. In 2012, Rancho Valencia was recognized as the #7 resort in the country and #1 resort in California by U.S. News & World Report. In 2011, Rancho Valencia was listed among Cond Nast Travelers and Andrew Harpers Hideaways, Worlds Best Resorts lists, in addition to being named one of Travel + Leisures Best 500 Hotels and Tennis Magazines #1 U.S. Tennis Resort from 2008-2012
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Location & directions
San Diego, California, United States of America
Rancho Valencia is 90 miles south of Los Angeles, 30-minutes north of downtown San Diego and a short drive from Del Mar and La Jolla.
How to get there
A 11-hour 10-minute flight from London to San Diego International Airport and a 30-minute transfer to the resort. Alternatively, fly in Los Angeles and it's a 2-hour drive south to San Diego. British Airways depart daily from San Diego to London.