Southern California’s Super Spa

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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa shines.

Located 26 miles outside San Diego, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, in Rancho Santa Fe, has long been a favorite Southern California escape. Following a ten-month, $30 million renovation, which included a redo of all 49 guest suites and villas, there are more reasons to visit the Mediterranean-style resort than ever before. Go for the spa, consisting of ten luxurious suites, many with fireplaces and private patios with rain showers and freestanding tubs. Most treatments incorporate the organic skincare line Amala—the standout is the Celestial ($450), which combines a firming facial with a custom massage. Rooms start at $650; 5921 Valencia Cir.; 858-756-1123;