When you are driving to the hotel you go several miles through horse country (it is the other side of the freeway from the race track) , through what used to be the middle of nowhere and is now housing. Once you finally get there it definitely is worth the meandering.
The staff is very, very accommodating. Our room was big enough that you could seriously live there full time. It had a walk in closet, step down living room with a wet bar and complementary minibar, three T.V.'s and a huge patio - and I believe that is a "standard" villa. Everybody in our group was blown away! While the bed was not the best or worst we have seen, there was no noise from anywhere and it is very easy to get an excellent nights sleep.
There are numerous tennis courts which looked inviting, and a golf course that I am told was good but not great. The meals we had were way above average for a hotel.
This hotel is ideal for a meeting or a quick weekend away. While a bit expensive you get what you would expect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on 45 lush acres in Rancho Santa Fe, California, the timeless Rancho Valencia is a Mediterranean sanctuary far from the ordinary, combining gracious hospitality and inspired luxury. An all-suite Relais & Châteaux property hand-selected by U.S. News & World Report the #1 resort in California (2017) this world-class destination offers 49 luxuriously appointed casitas with private patios, stunning three bedroom villas, rejuvenating spa treatments, a wellness-oriented fitness program, two distinctive restaurants, a world-renowned tennis program and more. In recent years, Rancho Valencia has been honored with the AAA Five Diamond Award (2017, 2016, 2015), the Forbes Five-Star Award (2017, 2016, 2015), and has enjoyed placement on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List (2015). The resort has also received the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Award twice (2016, 2015) as well as multiple Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards (2016) including #1 in Southern California and #15 in the United States. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rancho Valencia, An Auberge Hotel Rancho Santa Fe
- Rancho Valencia Santa Fe