SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (Oct. 23, 2014) – Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa recognized as #1 Best Resort in Southern California category and #25 in the Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World category with a score of 95.378.
“We are honored to be named the top resort in Southern California overall by the well-respected readers of Condé Nast Traveler. When we purchased the resort in 2010, our goal was to provide a legacy for San Diego and we’re thrilled to see our vision come to fruition,” says Jeff Jacobs, co-owner of Rancho Valencia. “This award reflects our continued dedication to providing the finest five-star luxury experience to our guests.”
More than 76,600 dedicated readers cast votes for 7,721 hotels, 642 cities, 453 cruise ships, and 148 islands, in an average survey time of 16.5 minutes. The result? The 1,182 best travel experiences in the world.
In fall 2012, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa completed a massive $30 million property-wide renovation which comprised of major updates including a complete re-design of the 49 guest casitas and private three-bedroom Hacienda, two new restaurants and a bar, Veladora and The Pony Room, a private dining wine room, an expanded fitness center, refreshed tennis facilities, and the addition of the Serenity Yoga Pavilion. Also included in the revitalization was the introduction of a brand new spa treatment menu and the addition of more than 70 fitness classes offered per week. With the help of the renovation, Rancho Valencia has recently earned additional numerous awards this year including Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award, AAA Five Diamond Award and Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards as #6 in the top 25 resorts in the U.S.
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers.
This year, Condé Nast Traveler introduced two new categories: Hall of Famers, iconic properties that debuted in the first Readers’ Choice Awards; and The Newcomers and The Comebacks, new and recently refreshed properties that are destined to become future classics.
The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 28, 2014. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.
About Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
In October 2012, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa reopened to guests after a 10-month, $30 million property-wide renovation. Since 1989, the award-winning Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa—Southern California’s only Relais & Châteaux property—has garnered a reputation as one of Southern California’s most sought after luxury resorts. Spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, casitas and more, this Mediterranean inspired, all-suite property offers the finest accommodations, service and programming that San Diego has to offer. Among the property’s offerings are 49 luxuriously appointed guest casitas with private patios, a three-bedroom Hacienda with a private pool and backyard, a world-class spa, fine dining restaurant and award-winning tennis program, as well as 12 residential villas. For more information, please visit www.ranchovalencia.com or call 800-548-3664.