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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is located in the secluded San Diego-area neighborhood of Rancho Santa Fe, one of the most affluent cities in America. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is situated about 25 miles north of downtown San Diego near the resort towns of La Jolla and Del Mar, which is famous for its racetrack. The 49 Mediterranean-inspired, hacienda-style suites sit on 40-plus acres of rolling hills. From the resort’s private gates, it's a short drive to the clubhouse and reception lounge. The luxury hotel's grounds are also a wonderful place for wandering, as they feature lush gardens and olive groves among their trails, tennis courts, pools and a croquet lawn. Resort activities are plentiful, but if it's sand you seek, there are a number of beaches less than 20 minutes away.