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Rancho Valencia Named Five-Star Resort in 2014 Forbes Travel Guide

The Luxury Resort Celebrates Successful Re-­‐opening With a Year of Impressive Accolades

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (January 22, 2014) - Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, the 45-acre luxury resort in prestigious Rancho Santa Fe, has been named a Forbes Travel Guide Star Award winner. Evaluated among 500 hotels and resorts, the recently renovated property and only Relais & Châteaux resort in Southern California, was hand-selected for excelling within the luxury travel market with its exquisite service and amenities by the esteemed organization.

“Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. These ratings serve as guideposts for consumers seeking exceptional travel experiences, and our primary mission is to serve the consumer,” said Michael Cascone, President of Forbes Travel Guide. “We’re proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list.”

In late 2011, the Southern California spa resort closed its doors to undergo a massive $30 million property-wide renovation which comprised of major updates including two new restaurants and a bar, Veladora and The Pony Room, an expanded fitness center, addition of the Serenity Yoga Pavilion, wine room, and a complete re-design of the 49 guest casitas and private 3-bedroom Hacienda. Also included in Rancho Valencia's revitalization was the introduction of a brand new spa treatment menu and an enhanced range of more than 50 fitness classes offered per week.

“Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is pleased to be recognized with this great honor, being named as one of the best hotels, spa and restaurants around the world from such a celebrated source,” says Jeff Jacobs, co-owner of Rancho Valencia along with his brothers Hal, Gary and Paul Jacobs.  “This recognition illustrates our team’s strong dedication to continually offering the finest luxury experience to our guests.”

In addition to achieving the Forbes Travel Guide Star Award, since the reopening, over the past year, the Rancho Santa Fe spa resort has garnered several additional awards as a result of the renovation and its enhanced amenities and superior service level. A sampling of accolades earned in 2013/2014 include:

Condé Nast Traveler – March 2013

#22 Top 100 US Resort Spas


Condé Nast Traveler – April 2013

2013 Hot List – Best New Family-Friendly Hotels


Successful Meetings – May 2013

Top Meeting Destinations in San Diego


Modern Luxury Brides – June 2013

Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations


Meetings & Conventions – June 2013

Top Meeting Destinations in San Diego


ABC News – July 2013

Top Hotels with Amazing Amenities


Redbook Magazine – July 2013

Top 10 Most Relaxing Spas in the U.S.


Travel + Leisure – July 2013

2013 World’s Best Awards : Top Resorts in the Continental U.S.


The Hollywood Reporter – July 2013

Top 25 Fresh Escapes


Organic Spa  – August 2013

Top 10 Organic Spa Awards


USA Today – August 2013

Top 10 Places to Play Tennis


Wine Enthusiast – August 2013

 Hotels with the Best Wine Offerings


The New York Times – August 2013

Most  Amazing Hotel Showers Around the World


New York Post – August 2013

Top Southern California Hotel Facelifts


Food & Wine – August 2013

Top Stylish Summer Resorts


California Wedding Day – September 2013

Top 10 Haute List


Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report – September 2013

2013 Reader’s Choice Awards


Forbes – October 2013

Travel Guide Hot 20 Hotels and Resorts


Condé Nast Traveler – October 2013

2013 Reader’s Choice Awards – Top Five Resorts in Southern California


Riviera Magazine – October 2013

Top Hotels in Southern California


Andrew Harper-January 2014

North America Grand Award Winner


Andrew Harper-January 2014

Top 10 Gastronomic Highlight


Andrew Harper-January 2014

Indelible Memory-California Spa Heaven


Condé Nast Traveler-January 2014

Gold List


Travel + Leisure-January 2014

500 World’s Best Hotels


For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings, visit To celebrate this award, Rancho Valencia is offering the “5 Star Classic” package February 1 – February 28. Guests will receive a $100 resort credit per stay. Rates start at $420 per night.

About Rancho Valencia

In October 2012, the San Diego area five-star resort reopened to guests after a 10-month, $30 million property-wide renovation. Since 1989, the award-winning Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa—Southern California’s only Relais & Châteaux property—has garnered a reputation as one of Southern California’s most sought after luxury resorts. Spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, casitas and more, this Mediterranean inspired, all-suite property offers the finest accommodations, service and programming that San Diego has to offer. Among the property’s offerings are 49 luxuriously appointed guest casitas with private patios, a three-bedroom Hacienda with a private pool and backyard, a world-class spa, fine dining restaurant and award-winning tennis program, as well as 12 residential villas.  For more information about the luxury resort, please visit or call (800) 548-3664.

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