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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa combines the warmth of authentic hacienda-style accommodations, the comfort of modern amenities and the charm of Mediterranean landscaping for an ambiance that is relaxed yet elegant. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, which recently underwent a $30 million renovation, boasts 40 acres of lush rolling gardens with citrus trees, olive groves and flora for an Old World look. The resort’s ruggedly romantic casitas, villas and other edifices rise from the gardens in arcaded silhouettes awash in the rich alluring tones of Mexican country estates and Spanish Colonial manors from bygone eras.
The San Diego hotel’s abundance of expansive patios and courtyards are adorned with handcrafted Mexican furnishings clustered around traditional adobe fireplaces inset with brightly painted and vividly patterned tiles. Multi-tiered fountains, Saltillo pavements and a collection of large Metzca pots complete the serene scene. The resort’s interior spaces reflect the hacienda-meets-Mediterranean design style as well. Spanish Colonial antiques intermingle with Mexican country objects and are set under soaring open-beam ceilings hung with iron chandeliers. Meanwhile, contemporary artworks and fabrics create a balance between old and new at the luxury hotel.