With suite-only accommodations, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa exudes luxury down to its finest details. The gorgeously appointed, hacienda-style lodgings all feature 600-thread-count linens, custom organic bath products, and an Illy espresso machine. Every morning, fresh-squeezed orange juice and a newspaper will be waiting outside your door. The detail-oriented approach extends to the resort’s two restaurants, which work with local growers to source the highest-quality ingredients. From olive oil, herbs, and honey produced right on the property to grass-fed steaks, the food is as farm-to-table as possible.
While leaving your suite might be a challenge, two outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, free golf club rentals, a tennis facility with 18 courts, and the Serenity Yoga Pavilion beckon. You can also borrow croquet and bocce ball equipment, board games, and bikes. Or, just get lost on the Mediterranean-inspired estate’s grounds, where you can wander through beautiful gardens and olive groves.
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One of the closest towns to Rancho Santa Fe is Encinitas. Head to Swami’s Beach for prime surfing or to the sandy Moonlight State Beach. There’s nothing like playing in the ocean to work up an appetite, so afterward order a handcrafted pie from Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria, where gourmet combinations like the Truffle Shuffle (white truffle oil, wild mushrooms, goat cheese, and mushroom cream) shine. Next door, Chuao Chocolatier entices with inventive confections made with Venezuelan cacao beans. Pick up a pretzel-toffee twirl bar or try the drinking chocolate.
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Rooms: 49 suites. From $620. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Veladora serves refined Mediterranean cuisine. Try the Dungeness crab Benedict or the lemon soufflé pancakes at breakfast. Dinner standouts include the signature Bolognese and the Pacific salmon with couscous. The Pony Room serves local craft beers, more than 100 tequilas, and upscale bar bites like bacon-wrapped dates. Order a signature cocktail such as the Sassy Sangrita, a mix of Cointreau Noir, Tres Agaves Blanco tequila, and housemade sangria. Spa and gym details: The Spa at Rancho Valencia rejuvenates with treatments such as the Citrus Supreme facial, which uses a mandarin exfoliation and a citrus soufflé mask, and the Valencia signature massage. In addition to a fitness center, the resort offers more than 85 fitness classes—including Pilates, spinning, and different types of yoga—each week.
Who's it for: Luxury-minded couples who plan to treat themselves to a one-of-a-kind getaway, and wellness enthusiasts who seek a retreat-like stay. Our favorite rooms: Each of the 10 Olive Grove Suites has even more luxury amenities than some of the ranch’s other accommodations. You’ll get a fireplace, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and even a heated toilet seat. In the evening, unwind on your private patio and take in the views of the citrus grove, the valley, and a waterfall. Travel in style: Experience the thrill of driving a Porsche, thanks to the hotel’s complimentary test-drive program. Choose a 911 S Convertible, a Cayenne GTS, or a Panamera S Hybrid, and then you’ll have four hours to do as you please. Head to the beach, show it off in town, go cruising down the highway—just bring it back in one piece.