Weekend Escape: A Spanish-Style Retreat You Wouldn’t Expect in San Diego-------
It might seem completely illogical to travel all the way to San Diego and not set up shop directly on one of the many (some, heartbreakingly picturesque) beaches, but spend time at the Rancho Valencia resort, tucked away in the rolling hills of Rancho Santa Fe, eight miles east of the ocean, and you’ll reconsider the merits of a countryside getaway. The spa, housed in its own Spanish-style compound, offers thirty-five treatments—some of which make use of the shower or tub in the private outdoor patio found in many of the rooms. (I had a particularly deep massage that unwound muscles that had been coiling for months and ended with a delicious green juice in lieu of the usual cup of water or tea.) For those who want to jump-start their morning before winding down, a complimentary workout session at the yoga pavilion, sunlight-filled Spin studio, or TRX room are also on offer. Still itching to feel the sea breeze? Hitch a ride to the coast from one of the three complimentary Porsches available to guests.
Why go now: The resort is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year by offering its guests a major party favor: Rates that typically start around $700 are now beginning at $420, and no matter what type of room you book, you’ll get a $250 resort credit until June 30.
5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067, ranchovalencia.com