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Rancho Valencia

Rancho Santa Fe, California, United States

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

If you think California is all about the ocean, you haven’t been to Rancho Valencia hotel in Rancho Santa Fe. Set inland from the Pacific, the cluster of Spanish-style bungalows is spread over 43 acres of flowering trees, manicured croquet fields, champion-staffed tennis courts and olive groves, with a spa and a top-notch restaurant at the core.

Rancho Valencia

5921 Valencia Cir Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067United States

Courtyard

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Compliments of the House 

Breakfast for two each day (up to $40 a person, including tax and gratuity)

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Rates usually exclude breakfast (from $15) and a nightly $30 a room resort fee, but include in-room minibar, fitness classes and bicycle use.

FACILITIES

Spa, yoga pavilion, fitness centre, tennis centre, bocce ball court/croquet lawn, gardens, boutique, DVD/CD library free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar.

PACKING TIPS

Tennis whites: Rancho Valencia has a renowned tennis program, with immaculate courts, and an array of former pro champions as instructors.

CHILDREN

Welcome. The hotel has cribs available free, and each room has a queen-size sofa bed for older children. There is also a welcome backpack for children, which includes a colouring book and stuffed toy. The hotel can arrange babysitting, from $18 an hour.

ECO-FRIENDLY

The staff compost food waste, recycle wherever possible and convert oil into bio-diesel fuel to power local school buses.

SPA

The spa could be a destination all its own. Set off to the side, the building has its own adults-only pool, a Watsu treatment pool, a sauna and steam room and a fitness centre along with several treatment rooms for organic massage and facials. There is a spin studio, Pilates studio, and space for Zumba, boxing and TRX classes. The hotel offers several daily yoga classes, dawn hikes and other activities.

POOL

The family-friendly outdoor pool has a hot tub, plenty of loungers and a nearby bar. The indoor spa pool and hot tub are strictly for the grown-ups.

ALSO

Almost anything you forget can be found at the hotel's two boutiques. The main shop off the lobby has designer clothes and Alexis Bittar jewellery; the smaller shop in the spa has beauty products, gym gear and swimwear.

Rooms 

Each room has outdoor space and an indoor fireplace for chilly nights. Olive Grove Suites have outdoor hot tubs. Room 140 has an outdoor dining area with leafy views and extra privacy. Rooms nearest the main building have better access to the pool.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

The setting of Veladora, from chef Eric Bauer, nearly matches the excellent coastal-ranch cuisine. The dining area is split between a large, fire-warmed terrace and a Spanish-style dining room with an original Damien Hirst painting and valley views. The ultra-seasonal menu includes dishes like pastrami-spiced ono and roasted lamb, all served with local vegetables. The kitchen staff tend the hotel gardens, and make olive oil, honey and preserves.

Liquid Bliss 

The polo-inspired Pony Bar is a cozy mix of overstuffed chairs, dark wood and worn leather, with patio dining that has perfect views of the nearby hot-air balloons. Open only to those 21 and older, the bar serves prosecco on tap and over 100 tequilas. The bar menu includes sirloin sandwiches, flatbreads and a charcuterie board.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

There are so many fitness classes, spa treatments and tennis tricks that it can be tempting never to leave the 45 rolling acres of Rancho Valencia. But if you do head out to explore, take to the skies for a hot-air balloon ride. Nearby Temecula and Del Mar send dozens of balloons up on clear days, and offers spectacular views of the mountains, Pacific ocean and San Diego sprawl. Due west, Del Mar and Solana Beach are laidback coastal towns with cute shops and classic California beaches. Bring boogie boards and surf gear if you want to take advantage of the waves. Or bet on winning horses at Del Mar's race track. Those who prefer golf clubs to a tennis racket should have no trouble finding a good place to tee off. Torrey Pines, Aviara and The Farms are all top-rated courses, and should pose a challenge for even the most confident golfers. Don't overpack: San Diego has excellent shopping for all types. Charming La Jolla has the best independent boutiques, and is an excellent place to stock up on kaftans, sandals and swimsuits. (Those who aren't interested in shopping should check out the coves, where seals often beach themselves for afternoon naps.) Further south, Fashion Valley is an outdoor promenade-style mall with all of the top shops, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and an Apple Store. Even bargain hunters won't be disappointed. Carlsbad Premium Outlets® has well-discounted duds from retailers including Barneys, Ralph Lauren and Theory.

Transportation 

Rancho Valencia is located in Northern San Diego County, a few miles off Interstate 5 in Rancho Santa Fe.

Planes 

San Diego International Airport is the nearest, a 35-minute drive from the hotel, and has direct flights from New York (www.jetblue.com), Chicago (www.united.com) and other major cities. Los Angeles International Airport is the largest regional hub, less than two hours from the hotel.

Trains 

Amtrak and Coaster offer train service down the Southern California coast, from Santa Barbara through Los Angeles, down to San Diego. The nearest station is Solana Beach, a 15-minute drive from the hotel.

Automobiles 

Californians drive everywhere, so those wishing to see more than the hotel are best renting a car. There are ample rental kiosks at the airport, and the drive is a fairly straight shot north on Interstate 5. The hotel has plenty of parking.

Location

5921 Valencia Cir Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067United States

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