By Kelly Gibbons, Contributing Editor


A luxury Spanish retreat without leaving the country. 

With its lush gardens, olive groves, and gorgeous villas, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in San Diego will make you feel like you’re on a beautiful Spanish retreat without ever leaving the country! Luxury doesn’t have to come at nature’s cost–Rancho Valencia uses landscaping that preserves water, and energy-efficient fixtures that minimize waste.

SPA_Yoga PavilionThe staff also composts food waste, recycles wherever possible and converts oil into bio-diesel fuel to power local school buses.  Traveling with children or pets, no problem. Upon arrival to the resort, your pup will enjoy a resort pet guide, custom made doggie bed, and food and water bowls with a very special treat. Rancho Valencia even offers an in-room dining menu with dishes crafted just for pets and the hotel can arrange for childcare for your date at starting at $18 an hour.

No need to skip your workout routine just because you’re away–Rancho Valencia has a state-of-the-art fitness facility which includes a brand new Serenity Yoga Pavilion, spin and Pilates classes, exercise programs and retreats hosted by top-tier professionals. Not to mention the pro-level tennis complex! There are also a variety of complimentary recreational activities at the resort, from croquet and bocce ball to nature walks and bikes for exploration.

SPA_Treatment RoomRelax and unwind at The Rancho Valencia Spa with its Watsu treatment pool, a sauna and steam room along with several treatment rooms for organic massages and facials, including our favorite orange citrus facial by Natura Bisse. With so many amenities and activities at your fingertips, you’re sure to have a vacation you’ll never forget.


Photo credits:  Rancho Valencia