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The Spa at Rancho Valencia Named Five-Star Spa by Forbes Travel Guide in Its Official 2018 Star Rating Announcement

The Spa at Rancho Valencia Earns Prestigious Five-Star Award

Forbes Travel Guide unveiled today its annual Star Rating list, naming The Spa at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa as a new Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Spa. The Spa at Rancho Valencia will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on

“We are honored for our Spa to be named among Forbes Five-Star rating,” said Jeff Jacobs, coowner of Rancho Valencia. “In addition to offering five-star luxury accommodations, it has been our focus to place a continued emphasis on our wellness and spa programming for guests, and it shows through our staff’s dedication to offering the most advanced and world-class spa services and offerings.”

The Five-Star, Five-Diamond property is pleased to have The Spa join the Five-Star rating. Among the Mediterranean inspired, all-suite property, The Spa at Rancho Valencia offers a lineup of 95 complimentary fitness classes a week including yoga in the scenic 1,000-square-foot Serenity Yoga Pavilion, luxurious spa treatments and an array of expert wellness workshops.

New to The Spa and with the goal of providing guests and locals with the tools to make sustainable changes in their overall health and wellbeing, Rancho Valencia has partnered with Dr. E. Lee Rice of Lifewellness Institute in San Diego to launch its Wellness Collective, a robust calendar of intimate workshops, enlightening lectures and activities based on the cutting edge science of epigenetics. Created by an expert team of specialists in epigenetics, health, wellness and preventative medicine, the Wellness Collective is a truly unique program, available to guests in the form of retreat packages that resort members and locals can book any time throughout the year. Retreats include accommodations in an Agave Suite, all meals, daily 90-minute customized spa treatments, a daily private fitness session, daily cold pressed juice delivery, a daily amenity, and access to all spa and fitness facilities. Packages start at $1,500 a night with a three-night minimum. Rancho Valencia will also host an Executive Retreat on May 6-9, 2018 for C level executives looking to reconnect with their optimal self, grow through wellness coaching with Dr. E. Lee Rice, network and more. The Executive Retreat is $7,500 per person.

Additionally, The Spa launched new Elemental Wellness spa therapies customized and based on William H. Sheldon’s Somatotypes. The Spa is one of only two spas in the U.S. to implement therapies incorporating somatotypes, which draw from both modern science and ancient wisdom to encourage innate healing resources with the intention of addressing imbalances to increase longevity and vitality. The treatments use bespoke blends, crafted with organic herbs and oils, nutrient-rich seaweed and clay to form a perfectly custom treatment. Essential oils act as catalysts to the marine elements, promoting nutrient absorption, detoxification, enhancing the regenerative effects, and a sense of wellbeing. Prior to the treatment, guests complete personal Elemental Wellness quiz which will determine their constitution (or Somatotype – Ecto, Endo or Meso) to customize a spa experience unique for their biochemical needs. Treatments include The Elemental Massage, Vitality Ritual, The Restoration, and Wellbeing Ritual.

The Spa at Rancho Valencia is the latest addition to the luxury travel ratings that have been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958.

“We are pleased to honor the 2018 Star Rating recipients, an exceptional collection of hotels, restaurants and spas that demonstrates a strong culture of service,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “In an online environment of confusion and clutter, Forbes Travel Guide is the most trusted source of information to assist guests in making informed decisions,” Inzerillo said. “These properties, the largest and most global group in the company’s history, achieve an impeccable standard of excellence in hospitality, underscoring our overall mission of positively contributing to the international tourism industry as well as individual hotel experience. We are proud to congratulate everyone associated with the prestigious properties recognized today.”

About Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Started as Mobil Travel Guide in 1958, the company created the first Five-Star rating system in the United States. Today, Forbes Travel Guide’s incognito inspectors travel the world, evaluating properties based on up to 900 rigorous, objective standards. The company’s annual Star Ratings, reviews and daily travel stories help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit

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 awardwinning tennis program, as well as 12 residential villas. For more information, please visit or call 800-548-3664.

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