We never stay at the same place twice for vacation because there are so many great possibilities out there. Rancho Viejo became the exception. We had so completely enjoyed our stay in one of their roomy, comfortable villas for the month of February, 2013 (we were located with our patio viewing the 18th fairway and pond - perfect for golf lovers and there are many other great locations, like backing onto a resaca [waterway] for example), that we returned in February 2014. The accommodations were even better with new kitchen appliances including dishwasher and clothes washer and dryer as well as new furniture. The free WIFI in the villa made keeping in touch with family and office so easy. Staff as courteous and helpful as remembered and the cleaning staff again looked after our villa so well.
They have the best golf course and practice facility in the area plus a first rate teaching program, as well as a fantastic pool and poolside area, tennis courts and a great fitness centre.
As well, the nice bar that opens onto a beautiful patio overlooking a resaca and lovely restaurant are both enjoyable and excellent to have within walking distance (and room service is available), and they host fun events that guests are welcome to join - loved the Super Bowl party.
Location is a quick easy drive north of Brownsville in a quiet, charming community where you can walk for miles in pleasant, interesting surroundings at any time of day. Actually we saw a greater variety of birds while walking around Rancho Viejo than in the reserves, everything from a rare roseate spoonbill to herons, egrets, orioles, kiskadees, green jays, tree ducks and lots more.
There are excellent state parks and museums just a short drive away and outlet shopping half an hour up the road. In less than an hour’s drive you are at South Padre Island with its great beach, seafood and marine reserves.
Rancho Viejo is the perfect spot for playing, exploring or just relaxing, for a day, a week or a month. Would we return to Rancho Viejo resort? Absolutely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rancho Viejo is a golf community and resort that stretches across 1,400 verdant acres in the tropical Lower Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. At 26.04 degrees latitude, the lower Rio Grande valley is at the southernmost point of the mainland United States; practically due west of Miami.Originally carved through citrus groves and built along resacas, the ancient waterways of the Rio Grand Delta, Rancho Viejo offers a golfing paradise, on two par 70 eighteen-hole championship golf courses. Also located on property are two excellent dining facilities and a conference center with plenty of meeting and special occation event rooms. Our award winning swimming pool, with its very large waterfall and beach landing, will remind you of the South Seas.Cruising the resaca aboard the Delta Dawn (coming soon), playing tennis in the evening on lighted tennis courts or an opportunity to practice your golf game on our driving range, chipping and putting greens is also available. Rancho Viejo, dates back to the Espiritu Land Grant by the King of Spain 1771. Ever present is the influence of the Spanish and Mexican heritage. You see it in the red tile roofs, fountains and tropical gardens that grace the public areas of the resort. Hotel accommodations are in 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas located along the El Diablo golf course or the Resaca del Rancho Viejo. All villas are furnished with new modern-style furnishings and have beautiful views. They are quiet and peaceful. Parking is plentiful and available in front of each villa as well as around the other resort facilities. ... more less
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