Fodor's Expert Review Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, California, 92067, USA Fodor's Choice

Elegant and luxurious two-level, hacienda-style casitas—appointed with corner fireplaces, luxurious bathrooms, and shuttered French doors leading to private patios—are nestled among 45 acres in one of Southern California's most affluent neighborhoods. Each of the 900- to 1350-square-foot units feels like a private home, with wood-beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, steam showers, and hand-painted tile bathrooms. Big spenders can reserve the three-bedroom Presidential Suite for around $7,000 a night. Throughout the gated grounds are tennis courts, walking trails, and the enchanting spa with an adjacent fitness center, two pools, yoga pavilion, and Pilates studio. Daily resort activities range from tequila tastings and lawn croquet to fireside s'mores and yoga for kids. Stop by the Pony Room for cocktails and sumptuous American cuisine or Veladora, which is known for its coastal ranch dishes and extensive wine list. Privacy, though, is the amenity cherished by many guests of Valencia, who have included Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, and Bill Clinton.


  • splendid surroundings
  • impeccable service
  • large rooms
  • complimentary four-hour use of new Porsches
  • impeccable personalized service
  • minibar and fitness classes included in rate
  • one of nation's top tennis resorts
  • one of the few properties in the U.S. with both 5-star spa and resort
  • use of minibar, fitness classes, Porsches, and tennis clinic included in rate
  • one of the few properties in the United States with both five-star spa and resort


  • secluded
  • expensive
  • $30 daily resort fee
  • very expensive
  • far from San Diego attractions




Phones: 858-756–1123 | 866-233–6708


49 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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