Soothing Body & Soul

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa upgrades its wellness and spa offerings amid luxe surroundings

Written by Beth Fhaner        Photos courtesy of Rouse Photography

From the moment one arrives at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, the secluded, Mediterranean-inspired, all-suite property tucked into northern San Diego County, a sense of tranquility immediately takes over. A five-star, Five-Diamond resort and Southern California’s only Relais & Châteaux property, Rancho Valencia offers the ultimate in relaxation and pampering.

Emphasizing wellness, the resort recently elevated its spa experience with several enhancements, including new Elemental Wellness spa therapies, spa treatment packages, and a monthly workshop series featuring a variety of topics ranging from yoga techniques to living a plant-based, whole-foods lifestyle.

A new epigenetics wellness program known as the Wellness Collective also launched earlier this year to provide spa members and guests with the resources to make viable changes in their overall wellbeing. The resort partnered with Lifewellness Institute, the premier wellness center in San Diego, to present lectures, workshops, and activities founded on the cutting-edge science of epigenetics (external modifications to DNA that turn genes “on” or “off,” but don’t change the underlying DNA sequence).

“We wanted to combine the already incredible wellness experience and offerings available at Rancho Valencia with a personalized plan from Lifewellness Institute to create a transformative program for long-term, health and wellness,” says Kristi Dickinson, spa and fitness director at Rancho Valencia. 

The Wellness Collective program consists of six chapters (each represented by 60 days) that offer participants an opportunity to transform a specific lifestyle factor. The programs are based on the sequencing of the human genome and the idea that genes change in response to individual care. With retreats provided over three, four, or seven days, the Wellness Collective includes accommodations, wellness consultation on a chosen chapter focus, three healthy spa cuisine meals a day, personal training and private fitness, unlimited yoga, Pilates, spin, barre, and TRX classes, a daily customized 90-minute spa therapy, lectures by industry experts, and more. Topics for upcoming retreats include Attitude & Perspective (through April) and Nutrition & Toxicity (May and June). 

Additionally, the Spa recently launched the Siesta Suite, a new, private outdoor spa treatment area, as well as a new spa menu and brand partnership with ISUN, a plant-powered, eco-conscious luxury skincare collection. Guests and locals alike are welcome to use the resort’s fitness facilities, including the Serenity Yoga Pavilion and 97 complimentary fitness classes a week. Following each class, participants can indulge in fresh, organic juice or a protein shake.

Aside from the numerous spa and fitness offerings, including award-winning tennis facilities, guests shouldn’t miss the new Rein Poolside Retreat, which is located at the Spa’s adults-only pool. Also, be sure to reserve time to simply enjoy the resort’s peaceful property that spans 45 acres and includes lush gardens and olive groves. Its 49 casitas boast an authentic Spanish vibe mixed with a casual, California ambiance, ensuring guests a pleasant stay with spacious interiors, both indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and private outdoor terraces with a Jacuzzi. 

For on-site dining options, Veladora and The Pony Room serve savory, farm-to-table cuisine, along with an extensive wine menu with over 600 hand-selected vintages and craft tequilas. Other lovely touches include fresh-squeezed orange juice and the newspaper delivered daily to one’s room, locally sourced Dallmann fine chocolates at turn-down service, and Orange Blossom macarons presented upon check-out. All contribute to the overall posh experience at Rancho Valencia. 

With new fitness and wellness improvements, ultra-luxurious accommodations and thoughtful and gracious service, one departs from Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa feeling wholly transformed—and longing for an immediate return to the world-class destination.