I recently traveled to San Diego and stayed at one of the most AMAZING resorts I’ve ever experienced. I was heading to San Diego to do some work with my fave boutique, VDV, and needed a place to stay. I was referred to Rancho Valencia by Andrea, the owner of the boutique, and was told it would not disappoint. Well, she was right.  Rancho Valencia far exceeded my expectations.


When we arrived at the private gated entrance, we were greeted by the sweetest gentleman who genuinely made me feel welcomed. The resort had me at “Hello”! The grounds are absolutely breathtaking with ample walking paths throughout. The room was literally a small condo complete with a gas fireplace and a private hot tub on the spacious terrace. The service was impeccable and every staff member was so kind and gracious. The fresh squeezed orange juice delivered every morning was such a treat. It came in the cutest little wood crate along with that day’s paper. If that isn’t attention to detail I’m not sure what is. Dinner at Veladora was fabulous and the Pony Room Bar for drinks was the perfect nightcap.


The world renowned spa is a definite must do. From the moment you enter, you feel a total sense of relaxation. Its luxurious sitting area opens to a beautiful outdoor terrace of stunningly beautiful foliage and the sweet fragrance of flowers. It is a dream for all of the senses. The locker room is complete with all amenities to enjoy after any treatment. I chose to treat myself to the RV Signature Facial. I must say, it was 60 minutes of absolute heaven. As you might know, I am a big believer in taking care of my skin. I have had several facials in the past, and I can honestly say this one tops the list.

After two nights of pure bliss, I was not ready to leave. This property is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a girl’s spa weekend. Not to mention I’m sure the weddings they host are INSANE. I am looking forward to returning soon and next time I will stay a little longer…I wonder if they’ll just let me move in! 😉

lauren b