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Rancho Valencia Resort

After entering through an unassuming guard gate, guests of Rancho Valencia follow a winding driveway past tennis courts and pink Spanish-style bungalows. Aside from the Hacienda—a 5,000-square-foot adobe home with three bedrooms, a kitchen, Dining room, a pool, and cabana—all of the rooms at Rancho Valencia are of comparable quality, with equally impressive ocean and mountain views. Most of the 49 suites offer separate sleeping and living areas, fireplaces, expansive terraces with Jacuzzis, and large bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and steam showers. Accommodations The 49 suites range from 850 to 1,250 square feet, while the three-bedroom Hacienda spans 5,000 square feet and has a hot tub and pool. Recreation The resort’s new spa offers a variety of massages and body therapies. Also on-site are a pool, 18 tennis courts, and a croquet lawn. Dining California-Mediterranean cuisine at Rancho Valencia Restaurant. Worthy Diversion Just a few minutes drive from the resort, the ocean-view Del Mar Race Track hosts 43 days of Thoroughbred racing each summer. Rates Suites range from $450 to $1,665; the Hacienda is $5,000 per night.

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