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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa Named No. 1 Best Hotel in California

2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotels Rankings

The renowned Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, located in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., was recently named No. 1 Best Hotel in California in U.S. News & World Report’s annual evaluation of hotels that offer extraordinary experiences and top-tier amenities. In addition, U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Hotels ranking named Rancho Valencia one of the top ten hotels in the U.S. as No. 9.

“We’re excited to be recognized as the number one hotel in California and feel privileged to be named one of the top ten luxury hotels in the U.S.,” states Jeff Jacobs, co-owner of Rancho Valencia. “We strive to make our guests feel at home and have a memorable experience time and time again with our 4-to-1 staff to guest ratio, welcoming suites and world-class amenities. Guests can enjoy approachable luxury at its finest and explore San Diego in one of our complimentary Porsches, relax with our luxurious spa treatments, indulge in incredible dining at our fantastic dining concepts, and even enhance their inner being with our new wellness offerings.”

In conjunction with the luxury hotel and resorts industry accolades and class ratings, the Best Hotels methodology relies on expert and guest reviews to determine each property’s national ranking, identifying luxury hotels in the top 10 percent in the United StatesCanadaMexico and the Caribbean with Gold badges, and the top 30 percent within specific markets with Silver badges.

"The award-winning hotels on the U.S. News Best Hotels rankings meet the standards of both everyday travelers and industry experts in offering exceptional customer service and luxury amenities," said Erin Shields, travel editor at U.S. News.

Closing its doors in late 2011, Rancho Valencia underwent 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 three-bedroom Hacienda. In fall 2016, the resort debuted new features and amenities including the renovation of its 12 villas, launch of Rein Poolside Retreat and enhanced wellness and spa offerings. With well-being at the forefront of Rancho Valencia’s initiatives, the resort offers more than 95 fitness classes a week and expansive healthy menus. Additionally, Rancho Valencia launched a new customized health and wellness program called the Wellness Collective last month. Partnering with Lifewellness Institute, the Wellness Collective offers a unique calendar of intimate workshops, enlightening lectures and activities along with private wellness retreats available to spa members, resort guests, and locals alike.

In addition to the latest accolades presented by U.S. News & World Report, Rancho Valencia has earned numerous awards including Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award 2014-2016; TripAdvisor 2017 Traveler’s Choice Awards No. 15 Best Hotel in the U.S.; U.S. News & World Report No. 1 Best Hotel in the U.S., No. 1 Best Hotel in California, and #1 Relais & Châteaux Hotel in North America in 2015; AAA Five Diamond Award 2014-2017, Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Gold List and Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards as No. 1 in Best Resorts in Southern California, No. 25 in the top 100 resorts in the world and also named No. 9 in the top 25 resorts in the U.S.

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About Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

In October 2012, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa 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 the world’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, please visit or call 800-548-3664.

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