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Rancho Valencia, you are everything I wanted you to be and more. Growing up in San Diego, I have attended luncheons and even coordinated a wedding here, but never got to actually experience it like a guest. This summer while I was back home I had the chance to, and I was thoroughly impressed! Highlights: the best massage of my entire life, an abundance of healthy food, and pure r-e-l-a-x-a-t-i-o-n.

This expansive resort in the Rancho Santa Fe area of San Diego offers 49 guest casitas, an award-winning spa, and numerous activities & restaurants over 45-acres of land. It is nearly completed with its final phase of renovation which has helped the resort win multiple awards such as the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, AAA Five Diamond Award, was included in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards, Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, and many more.

Now here’s a look at my perfect day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa!

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A Perfect Day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

7am – Breakfast at Veladora

Start your relaxing day off right with a nutritious breakfast at Veladora. They offer an abundance of options at their continental table or order a la carte off the menu! Veladora’s bright patio is a great spot to sip your morning coffee and ease into the day.

Breakfast for two is included when you book your stay at Rancho Valencia with Passport To Friday!

What to order: Wellness Journey Juice, Pitaya Breakfast Bowl, RV Smoked Salmon Breakfast Salad, or indulge in the Bavarian Cream Stuffed French Toast

A Perfect Day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

9am – Take a Fitness Class at the Spa

Now that you you are fueled up for the day, get active in one of the many fitness classes that Rancho Valencia offers. Try anything from Spin to TRX to Reformer Pilates to Power Sculpt Yoga to Yoga Flow... the options are endless! All classes are complimentary for guests and make sure to sign up for Pilates classes in advance.

A Perfect Day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

10:30am – Get a cabana for the day at the Spa Pool

The best way to enjoy the pool is by reserving a cabana for the day. You will be given the superstar treatment being greeted with a glass of cava and a fridge fully stocked with water, sodas, Perrier, fruit, and dessert bread slices.

A Perfect Day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

A Perfect Day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

1pm – Lunch at Rein at the Spa Pool

After all that sun and relaxation time you have to recharge with a light lunch, and the newly opened Rein is the place to do this. Located at the spa pool, Rein has a wide selection of colorful, healthy dishes to choose from. Detox with a juice or celebrate with the famous Pony Express Margarita and munch on fresh seafood or nutritious veggies. They even have Ezekiel bread upon request… this is my type of place!

Use your $100 credit that’s included when you book your stay with Passport To Friday! 

What to order: The Pony Express Margarita, Vitamins & Minerals Juice, Ahi Sashimi “Poke Style”, Scarborough Kale Salad, or Lobster Tacos

A Perfect Day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

A Perfect Day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

A Perfect Day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

3pm – Get a Valencia Massage at the Spa

Arguably the best massage I have had in my life, you must treat yourself to a massage when staying at Rancho Valencia. I got a Valencia Signature Massage which is essentially a customized massage tailored to meet your desires. Spend some time in the relaxation room with a cup of tea and grab a healthy snack before you are led to your massage room. My massage room opened up to a private patio giving it that indoor/outdoor feel. The massage itself was incredible utilizing different scents, lotions, and was the perfect amount of pressure. At the conclusion of your massage, you’re given a glass of green juice which is the perfect ending!

Use your $100 credit that’s included when you book your stay with Passport To Friday! 

A Perfect Day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

7pm – Drinks & Dinner at The Pony Room

You’ve had a long day so now it’s time for a casual meal in an intimate setting with great cocktails. The Pony Room’s decor is composed of neutral colors, dark wood, and a tall wood-beamed ceiling giving it a cozy yet sophisticated vibe. With over 100 variations of tequila, an extensive wine and craft beer list, and one-of-a-kind signature cocktails, you will not go thirsty here. The food here isn’t your typical bar fare either so order up!

What to order: Any of The Pony Room Margaritas, Magnificent Seven Cocktail, Chino Carrots & Hummus, Crispy Skin Salmon, Surf & Turf Lettuce Wraps, Baked Alaska

Use your $100 credit that’s included when you book your stay with Passport To Friday! 

Safe travels y’all!

Best,

 Chelsea Rose Martin