Rancho Valencia Resort Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, California

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Pros

  • Within walking distance of the Farms golf course
  • Huge, private suites with fireplaces and patios
  • Excellent fine dining restaurant with outdoor seating
  • Wonderful spa with high-end treatments
  • Two outdoor pools -- one adults-only, one family-friendly
  • Nice fitness center with free classes and a yoga studio
  • 18 tennis courts, a croquet lawn, and free use of bikes
  • Free access to Callaway Golf Clubs
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour room service

Cons

  • 20-minute drive to the beach

Bottom Line

This 49-room luxury resort is located in Rancho Santa Fe, a wealthy residential community in the hills of Southern California, on 40 acres of lush grounds. The Spanish-style suites, all with fireplaces and patios, are located in 26 casitas spread across the sprawling property, creating a rare level of privacy for guests. Excellent freebies (including Wi-Fi, minibar items, parking, morning juice and newspaper delivery, and breakfast), as well as a wonderful restaurant and an upscale fitness center with free classes contribute to the experience of exclusive pampering.

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 Scene

Spanish-style casitas dotting 40 acres of lush, beautiful grounds

Rancho Valencia's sprawling grounds, dotted with just 26 casitas and one large hacienda, allow guests to experience a rare level of privacy. The stucco buildings with clay tile roofs are surrounded with gorgeous, lush landscaping -- bougainvillea, palm trees, citrus trees, flowering bushes, crawling vines -- which adds to the feeling of seclusion. (No wonder celebrities like Bill Gates and President Clinton have chosen to vacation here.)

The resort is truly luxurious, with lots of free amenities (including Wi-Fi, breakfast, and even minibar items) along with a full-service spa, 18 tennis courts, and a wonderful restaurant.

 Location

In the rolling hills of Rancho Santa Fe

Located just outside of beautiful and affluent Rancho Santa Fe, the 40-acre Rancho Valencia is surrounded by beautiful scenery, golf and country clubs, and parks. It's a 10-minute drive away from Rancho Santa Fe's upscale (but limited) dining and boutique shopping.

  • 20-minute drive to the beach
  • 35-minute drive to Downtown San Diego, Balboa Park (home to museums and the San Diego Zoo), and the San Diego Padres' Petco Park
  • 2-hour drive to Los Angeles

 Rooms

Large Spanish-style suites with vaulted wood beam ceilings, tile floors, fireplaces, and private patios

Casita Junior Suite King with Outdoor Spa
Casita Junior Suite King with Outdoor Spa

The 49 one- and two-bedroom suites are housed in 26 stucco casitas spread across the property, and feature white-washed wood beams, fireplaces, and French doors leading to the private patios.

Minor amenities in the rooms (phones, light fixtures, electrical switches, faucets) are very slightly dated. (At this price point, we have to nitpick.)

  • Fireplaces and private patios is all rooms
  • Lisa Galimbierti 600 thread count linens and down bedding
  • Illy espresso makers with milk frothers
  • Flat-screen TVs with cable channels
  • iPod docks
  • Soaking tubs and separate showers; Amala toiletries
  • Free minibar items
  • Free orange juice, milk and newspaper delivered every morning
  • Free Wi-Fi

 Features

Two outdoor pools, a lovely spa, and 18 tennis courts

The spa
The spa
  • Full-service spa with upscale treatments and salon services
  • Two heated outdoor pools and hot tubs (one for adults only, and one for families)
  • Fitness center with up-to-date equipment and classes, complete with a yoga studio
  • 18 tennis courts free for guests to use; instructional clinics offered daily; match play, private, and semi-private lessons available
  • A croquet lawn, basketball court, and free bike rentals
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free juice, milk and newspaper delivered daily
  • Free continental breakfast
  • 24-hour front desk staffers (who double as concierges)
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free laundry service for guests who stay multiple days
  • 24-hour business center with free computer and printer access
  • Scavenger hunts and other activities for kids
  • Free Mercedes-Benz test drive, depending on availability

 Food

Pricey, but excellent, California cuisine

  • Veladora: Serves upscale California-inspired American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaraunt has indoor and outdoor seating.
  • The Pony Room serves small bites (afternoon and evening) along with craft drinks. The bar also hosts live music on weekend nights.

 Bottom Line

This 49-room luxury resort is located in Rancho Santa Fe, a wealthy residential community in the hills of Southern California, on 40 acres of lush grounds. The Spanish-style suites, all with fireplaces and patios, are located in 26 casitas spread across the sprawling property, creating a rare level of privacy for guests. Excellent freebies (including Wi-Fi, minibar items, parking, morning juice and newspaper delivery, and breakfast), as well as a wonderful restaurant and an upscale fitness center with free classes contribute to the experience of exclusive pampering.

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Address

  • 5921 VALENCIA CIRCLE, RANCHO SANTA FE, CA, 92067, US

Room Types

  • Casita Junior Suite with Garden Patio
  • Casita Junior Suite with Outdoor Spa
  • Casita One Bedroom Suite with Garden Patio
  • Casita One Bedroom Suite with Outdoor Spa
  • Casita Two Bedroom Suite with Garden Patio
  • Casita Two Bedroom Suite with Outdoor Spa
  • Luxury Three Bedroom Villa

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 49
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego
Address: 5921 VALENCIA CIRCLE, RANCHO SANTA FE, CA, 92067, US
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