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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Pack your days with tennis, golf or yoga—or melt into a customised spa treatment—at this elegant San Diego County resort

Mornings at Rancho Valencia start with freshly squeezed orange juice delivered to your door—creating the new benchmark by which all mornings must be measured.

That small gesture is indicative of the experience at this five-star resort near Del Mar in San Diego County, where the same attention to detail applies to everything from the lush landscaping to the hacienda-style design. There’s even a menu of made-to-order dog dinners for canine travellers.

Here, your room is a Mediterranean casita larger than a city apartment, with beamed ceilings, rustic furnishings, a cosy fireplace and a garden patio. Choose a suite with a soaking bath-tub, a steam shower or even an outdoor whirlpool, perfect for relaxing with caviar bites and a half-bottle of bubbly from the room-service menu.

Resort activities range from lessons at the 18-court tennis centre to Champagne-sabreing classes, and guests can hone their swing at nearby golf courses like Torrey Pines with the complimentary loan of a set of Callaway clubs. Should you want to cruise the nearby Pacific Coast, you can get behind the wheel of a Porsche—Rancho Valencia has a test-drive fleet of the luxury cars available to borrow (and ultimately buy, if you love one enough to take it home). 

An oasis awaits at the spa, an indoor/outdoor haven of private grottoes set among gardens with tiled fountains and soaking tubs. Treatments feature exclusive products from Natura Bisse or blends of herbs and clay customized for your particular needs. When you’re ready to sweat, hop on a spin bike in the fitness centre or breathe into warrior pose in the dreamy open-air yoga pavilion, where you’ll work on your practice surrounded by a reflective pool.

Finish your day with fresh Mediterranean fare at Veladora—or try mahi-mahi tacos and one of eight signature margaritas at the Pony Room. The private, brick-lined Wine Cave serves as an intimate place to sample fine wine during special events and at private gatherings. 

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Imagine 70 miles of sun-drenched coast, an inviting ocean, and a year-round daily forecast of 70°F, and you’ll understand why this southernmost stretch of the state is all about outdoor fun. Discover top theme parks and attractions like Seaworld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and LEGOLAND California.

The first European explorer to land in California, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, came ashore in San Diego in 1542.

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