Rancho Valencia already boasts more travel awards than one can count, including some received just months prior to closing in January 2012 for renovation. Residents were a bit surprised by the news and the price tag, but with new ownership comes new plans and a now $30 million renovation (a 50% higher spend than was originally anticipated). Rather than bother guests with construction noise, the decision was made to close the resort until October 2012.
Rancho Valencia Suite Living Room — Photo courtesy of Rancho Valencia
Rancho Valencia is an all-suite property, and the bulk of the renovation funds were spent upgrading the 49 suites averaging 1000 square feet in size. Yes, these are some of the largest accommodations in the United States and they include complimentary benefits, such as snacks and beverages, in-room internet, daily orange juice and newspaper delivery. In addition to the already existing high-beam roofs, walk-in closets, huge bathrooms, living spaces, fireplaces and private patios, a new color palette of browns and blues, romantic lighting, plush seating and rustic furniture complete the new design.
Rancho Valencia Suite Bathroom — Photo courtesy of Ranco Valencia
The award-winning Spa at Rancho Valencia and fitness center have been expanded to include a new list of services and a yoga pavilion. Planning an event? The brand new 1000 square foot meeting room and expanded ballroom might fit the bill. The restaurant will re-open with a new name, menu and cantina-inspired bar area, along with a variety of high-end wines and craft cocktails.
Rancho Valencia Suite Patio — Photo courtesy of Rancho Valencia
It seems clear that Rancho Valencia, Southern California's only Relais & Chateaux property, will maintain it's status as one of the region's most coveted luxury resorts. Only time will tell.