Southern California’s only Relais & Chateaux property

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

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 near Del Mar, California underwent a complete renovation in 2013 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. 2020 and 2021 brought about further enhancements to our San Diego resort, including a major renovation of the gorgeous Forbes 5-star rated Spa which has just reopened its doors to our members and resort guests with an expanded fitness center, locker rooms, lounges, and retail area, and a beautiful new salon.

Among the property’s offerings are 49 luxuriously appointed guest casitas with private patios, rejuvenating spa treatments and a wellness-oriented fitness program at The Spa, our iconic restaurant The Pony Room – showcasing Rancho Valencia’s farm-to-table philosophy, and an award-winning tennis program.


About Relais & Châteaux

Established over half a century ago, Relais & Châteaux is an association of the world’s finest independent innkeepers, chefs and owners who share a passion for their businesses and a desire for authenticity in their relationships with their clientele, that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality. Relais & Châteaux has redefined luxury hospitality by emphasizing holistic experiences that transport its guests, taking them on a sensual journey and introducing them to a deeper, truer understanding of the Art of Living.

Relais & Châteaux hotels have a driving desire to protect and promote the richness and diversity of the world’s cuisine and traditions of hospitality. They are committed to preserving local heritage and the environment, as encompassed in the Relais and Chateaux Charter presented to UNESCO in November 2014.

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Natural Beauty, Inspired Luxury

Rancho Valencia was hand selected by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the finest Five-Star hotels and spas in the world (2021) and was awarded the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award (2020), both for five consecutive years. Our San Diego resort has also been ranked as the #1 Best Hotel in California and #1 Best Resort and #1 Best Hotel in California by U.S. News & World Report (2022), #2 Best Hotel in California by Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Awards (2021), and on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards List.

In 2019, Rancho Valencia was among the Top 10 World’s Best Rooms by Forbes Travel Guide, and Tennis Magazine continues to name the resort as a top U.S. Tennis Resort each year.

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Sustainable Practices

At Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, we are committed to sustainable practices and treating our planet with the utmost respect. From employing green design principles, to using landscaping that preserves water, and installing energy-efficient fixtures that minimize waste, we strive to make positive contributions to both the surrounding environment and the local community. See a our full list of sustainable practices here.

Rancho Valencia is proud to be partnered with Produce Good, a local organic upcycling organization that contributes their annual collection to San Diego County’s charitable food supply to fight hunger in our local community. Market Share, their farmers’ market produce recovery program, is making the upcycling of edible organics a reality in San Diego.