Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa


About a 30-minute drive north of San Diego, Rancho Valencia is a little off the beaten path. But that's why people love it. Perhaps best seen in the gardens overlooking the tennis courts, the grounds of this Relais & Châteaux property brim with carefully manicured greenery. Visitors are complimentary of the respectful, thoughtful staff. Guest rooms at the hotel exude a Mediterranean ambiance with hacienda-style architecture, hardwood furnishings and colorful design accents, as well as deep-soaking tubs and private balconies or patios. For pampering, Rancho Valencia's spa offers indulgences such as herb-infused body wraps and a variety of massage therapies. The delicious cuisine served at the on-site Veladora restaurant complements the serene environment.

Quick Stats

  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA


  • 5.0-star


  • Resort, 49 rooms


  • Neighborhood


  • Rustic, Opulent


  • Business travelers, Families, Couples, Solo travelers


How It Ranks


  • Hotel Class
  • Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating Based on 211 reviews
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Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2015


Public areas have a distinctive Spanish theme with furnishings hand crafted in Mexico, and there are mature gardens, walking trails, an expanded spa with an adjacent fitness center, two pools, yoga pavilion, and Pilates studio.
Fodor's Choice

Condé Nast Traveler

Rancho Valencia draws a well-heeled crowd, younger than you might expect. Among the attractions: a stunning new gourmet restaurant and tequila bar and plenty of new landscaping to go with holdover features like the posh spa and pro-level tennis complex.


Custom-made furnishings, luxurious decorative appointments and an abundance of space in these well laid-out guest units are just the beginning of a nice stay at this hacienda-style resort.
AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards 2016


Located in the canyon of Rancho Santa Fe on 40 manicured acres of rolling hills, this relaxing retreat is just minutes from the charming boutiques and cafés of La Jolla. If you're looking for something secluded, this is it.
Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards 2015
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 211 guests have reviewed the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, giving it a rating of 5.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: | 5.0 (based on 211 reviews)

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Guest Rooms

A $30 million renovation in 2012 updated the furnishings across Rancho Valencia's 49 suites and villas. The spacious hacienda-style suites, referred to as casitas, have an air of refined relaxation with rustic furniture, commissioned artwork and wrought-iron fixtures. Guests can lounge on a private garden patio or next to the fireplace in the sunken living room.

  • Luxury touches include 600-thread-count linens, Frette robes and Illy espresso machines
  • A flat-screen TV, Bang & Olufsen stereo, Bose CD and iPod compatible sound system provide in-suite digital entertainment
  • Wi-Fi is complimentary
  • Guests with children especially appreciate the free stocked minibar

Standard room size: 900 square feet

  • Internet (free)

  • Premium channels

  • Workspace/desk

  • Minifridge

  • Bathrobes/slippers

  • Minibar

  • Shower/tub combo

  • Separate shower

  • Separate tub

  • Wireless Internet

  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies

  • Adjoining rooms available

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  • Room Service

  • Internet Access

  • Business Center

  • Dining

  • Pets Allowed

  • Parking

  • Meeting Rooms

  • Fitness Center

  • Pool

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As a favorite retreat of celebrities and former presidents, this opulent Relais & Châteaux resort is a particularly secluded property, tucked away on 45 acres in one of Southern California’s most upscale neighborhoods. It’s just about equidistant from Interstates 5 and 15, providing easy access from both San Diego and the L.A. area.

  • About 25 miles north of San Diego International Airport and 15 miles south of Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport
  • Guests can take a free test drive of up to four hours in the resort’s Porsche fleet: a Carrera 911, Cayenne GTS and a Panamera
  • Parking is complimentary

  • 24-hour valet parking (free)

  • 24-hour self-parking (free)

  • Airport shuttle

  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop

  • Train station

  • Subway/metro stop

  • Restaurants

  • Beach

  • Grocery store

  • Movie theater

  • Theater

  • Shopping


Veladora specializes in "coastal ranch" cuisine with the balance tilting toward surf over turf and an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. The wrought iron fixtures and wooden vaulted ceilings mirror the rustic and elegant decor in the casitas. Popular among both guests and locals, The Pony Room serves 100 variations of tequila, a collection of high-end wines, signature cocktails and rustic American cuisine.

  • Veladora is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • The 24-hour room service offers dishes for both children and pets

Number of restaurants: 2

Cuisine types: American

Awards: Forbes Star Rating

  • Fine dining

  • Casual dining

  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace

  • Bar/lounge

  • Room service

  • 24-hour room service

  • Free breakfast


The resort has two saltwater pools: the main pool and adults-only spa pool, both heated to 82 degrees year-round. The spa pool offers cabana rentals as well as a full food and drink menu. Both areas also have Jacuzzis.

  • Cabanas can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis through the spa concierge

Number of pools: 4

  • Lap pool

  • Wading pool

  • Lazy river

  • Family pool

  • Infinity pool

  • Whirlpool/hot tub

  • Adults-only pool

  • Seasonal

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor

  • Indoor/outdoor combo

  • Lifeguard on duty

  • Poolside service

  • Waterslide

  • Deck chairs or cabanas

  • Pool bar


The resort partnered with the Natura Bisse spa line in creating its spa menu and products. Among the spa’s many indulgent treatments are a diamond dust mani/pedi and a "fountain of youth" facial using organic Murumuru butter.

  • Spa services are offered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
  • Guests 18 and older may book spa treatments
  • In-room massages available upon request

Services offered:

  • Massage

  • Facial

  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)

  • Salon services

  • Outdoor treatment area

  • Steam room

  • Sauna


The resort offers many active family-friendly pursuits, including croquet, bicycling, bocce ball, volleyball, paddleball, badminton and ping-pong. A selection of board games, cards and puzzles are available for family game nights.

  • The resort’s tennis center offers a five-week camp for children age 4 and older
  • Babysitting services are available through the concierge

  • Kids club

  • Cribs

  • High chairs


The resort’s commitment to wellness is evident not only in its extensive offerings of fitness classes (some free, some with a fee) but also in its facilities. There’s a yoga pavilion, Pilates studio, spin studio and fitness center with cardio and weight equipment. Its lauded tennis center has 18 plexi-pave championship courts as well as daily clinics and private lessons with the staff pro.

  • Outdoor fitness options include wake-up walks and boot-camp classes
  • Offers retreats for triathlon, cycling, tennis and yoga
  • Weight equipment

  • Cardio equipment

  • Yoga mats

  • Free fitness classes

  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

  • Bicycles (free)

  • Tennis (with fee)

  • Guided runs

  • Paddle boats

  • Motor boats


Venues vary from a boardroom for 16 people to the rolling terrain of the Valencia Lawn, ideal for large outdoor cocktail receptions. Dedicated conference coordinators can assist everything from catering to A/V services to transportation requests.

  • The small business center, near the front desk, offers a computer and printer

Number of meeting rooms: 3

  • Business center

  • Meeting rooms

  • Meeting and event planners available


Four-legged guests are welcomed for a $100 fee. They’re provided with food and water bowls, a doggie bed and special treat.

  • The in-room dining menu features dishes crafted just for dogs
  • Referrals available for many pet services, including grooming to pet boutiques
  • Pets allowed (with fee)

  • Dog walking

  • Pet-sitting


The resort offers preferred rates for guests at six local courses, including the prestigious Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. Guests have complimentary use of demo Callaway club sets.

  • Golf carts

  • Golf packages

  • Club rentals

  • Club house

  • Refreshment stand or restaurant

  • Caddie service

  • Pro shop


The resort’s 45 acres provide a number of picturesque spots for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Croquet Lawn can host tented or open-air affairs for those couples with a larger guest list. The Rose Garden is a popular setting for photos. Wedding specialists can coordinate such moments as a hot-air balloon landing and horse-and-carriage sendoff.

  • Wedding packages include a complimentary suite for the bride and groom on their wedding night
  • Couples are required to hire a wedding planner to coordinate plans with the resort

Maximum wedding guest capacity: 500

  • Hotel hosts weddings

  • Outdoor space for weddings

  • Wedding planners available

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