Since its opening in 1989, the award-winning Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa – Southern California’s only Relais & Châteaux property – has garnered a reputation as one of the West’s most sought-after five star resorts. A sanctuary of good living tucked away on 45 acres of lush gardens and olive groves, this Mediterranean-inspired, all-suite property recently completed a $30 million renovation including remodeled guest casitas, a brand new restaurant and new bar, and completely remodeled meeting space, as well as major enhancements to The Spa and fitness center. Among the property’s offerings are 52 luxuriously appointed guest casitas with private patios, rejuvenating spa treatments and a wellness-oriented fitness program at The Spa, two distinctive restaurants – Veladora and The Pony Room – showcasing Rancho Valencia’s farm-to-table philosophy, and an award-winning tennis program.
Since the extensive remodeling in late 2012, Rancho Valencia began to pile on the accolades including, most recently, being named U.S. News & World Report’s #1 Hotel in the USA for 2015. The hotel was also selected by Forbes Travel Guide as a Five-Star hotel as well as being named to AAA’s list of Five-Diamond hotels.