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In the Spotlight | Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia: A Romantic Oasis

Luxurious, rejuvenating and stunning, Rancho Valencia is an oasis of romance tucked among and atop the hills of Rancho Santa Fe, California. Full of Mediterranean-inspired charm and Southern California character, this lush property is the perfect location for the most important day of your life, all the special days leading up to it, or a relaxing honeymoon getaway.

Whether an indoor or outdoor celebration strikes your fancy, Rancho Valencia can accommodate large and intimate guest lists alike in impressive fashion. For a smaller event like a rehearsal dinner, the wine cave is a spectacular and beautiful option. If an airy, indoor-outdoor vibe is what you desire, the Sunrise Room and Sunrise Patio are perfectly suited for charming events. Of course, if you want to take advantage of the ideal San Diego climate, then the Croquet or Upper Lawns will impress! And who can forget a classic, ballroom affair? Rancho Valencia’s unique ballroom is full of thoughtful, luxurious details and offers an accompanying deck for additional space. No matter your guest list or ambiance preference, Rancho Valencia can exceed all expectations!

Not only does Rancho Valencia offer exquisite onsite celebration locations, the service and staff at this luxury resort are unmatched. Having received impressive accolades like #1 resort in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and a Forbes 5-Star ranking, their attentive staff is well-equipped to meet your every need. In fact, Rancho Valencia boasts an impressive staff to guest ratio of six to one. And you can tell! The perfectly manicured property, spotless and stunning rooms, and every other part of the resort speaks to the meticulous attention to detail provided by this incredible team of Rancho employees. You can be confident that an event at Rancho Valencia will be taken care of in the best possible way.

As a perfect compliment to their stunning property, the culinary options at Rancho Valencia are incredibly delicious and beautifully presented. With a large focus on farm-to-table cuisine, the chefs at Rancho Valencia visit a nearby farm, Chino Farms, daily to provide their guests with a fresh, delectable menu. Whether enjoying the The Pony Room, Veladora or having your event catered elsewhere onsite, your guests will be amazed with their flawless dining experience!

If a spa or tennis day is just what you need to de-stress before the wedding, Rancho Valencia can deliver in a huge way. Their 1.5 acre spa offers a variety of treatments, work out classes, lounge spots, and a serene pool area. If tennis is on your list, you’ll be impressed with Rancho’s award-winning tennis facility. In fact, Rancho Valencia was ranked #1 Tennis Resort in 2008 by Tennis Magazine.

After a day of wedding prep, relaxation or a healthy dose of both, you’ll be thrilled to retreat to your elegant suite. Unwind with a dip in your outdoor hot tub, enjoy drinks on the private patio, relax in the deep soaking tub, or sink into your luxurious bed — it’s all yours to enjoy!

No matter the event size, design style or reason for celebrating, you’ll be swept away by Rancho Valencia’s charm and overcome with the beauty, relaxing environment, luxurious accommodations and savory cuisine. After just one stay, you’ll be dreaming of your next trip to the ranch.

Want to see the inside-scoop from guests, brides, wedding professionals and Rancho Valencia-obsessed travelers? Take a peek on social media using #RanchoValencia and #HowDoYouRancho!

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Be sure to check back in for more Rancho Valencia details in Ceremony 2018!

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Ceremony Magazine Los Angeles 2016 | Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams
Nearby Destination Weddings and Honeymoons at Rancho La Puerta

 

In 1940, wellness gurus Edmond and Deborah Szekely had a revelation, “If we build it, they will come.” And so began the modern fitness evolution.

Rancho La Puerta became the first health spa as we know them today, and over the past 75 years they have earned a healthy resume, including the #1 ranking by Travel + Leisure as the top destination spa in the world four out of the past five years. What started out in a windowless adobe “house” amongst the vast desert fields of Baja California with a wondrous view of Mt. Kuchumaa, a mountain held sacred by Native Americans for thousands of years, is now a 3,000-acre world-renowned destination for those seeking health, fitness, relaxation, and notably romance. The Ranch is still operated by the Szekely family today and is richly ingrained in Mexico’s deep-rooted traditions of family and hospitality.

Notable areas of The Ranch’s growth include the 83 sprawling casitas decorated with fine folk art and authentic Otomi textiles, La Cocina Que Canta culinary center and cooking school, an unparalleled 6-acre organic farm, a top-notch spa, several gyms, structures and pools that seamlessly blend into its exquisitely manicured acres, and lucky for you, its new offerings for weddings and special events. The options are seemingly endless for The Ranch’s truly special experiences that take you from pre “I will” to post “I Do.”

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Destination Wedding Weekend
Rancho La Puerta is the ultimate in destination weddings! If you are looking for an intimate destination wedding with your closest family and friends, without the added time and costs for travel, the three or four night stay for you and your guests would be a perfect option. Your wedding weekend may be one of the few times in your lives where you have everyone you truly love all together in one place at one time. The Ranch’s inherent qualities help to make that experience all the more special. With its “unplugged” mantra, all-inclusive amenities, family style dinners and variety of activities offered, there is something for everyone to do and yet still be together. You and your guests can partake in the array of fitness classes available for any level (including the popular cardio drumming); attend the Salsa y Salsa event where you will not only learn to make delicious salsa, but dance it as well; enjoy an exhilarating morning hike to La Cocina Que Canta for a healthy and tasty organic breakfast; hone your cooking skills in a hands-on cooking class and delight in the fruits of your labor; luxuriate in a hot stone facial followed by a rooftop outdoor spa dip and shower; indulge in wine tasting of the surprisingly phenomenal wines from the Valle de Guadalupe with sommelier Alberto Cortez; enjoy select breakfasts poolside during the splendid, gorgeous mornings; and best of all, revel in Manuel’s dance classes for the most fun you’ve ever had exercising.

Perhaps you are dreaming of a destination wedding with a larger guest list and unique weekend activity options. The less- traveled, clean and somewhat sleepy border town of Tecate and its neighboring Valle de Guadalupe beckon. Guests may choose to stay at nearby Santuario Diegueno Hotel and visit The Baja’s magnificent wine region in the days before or after. While wine touring, dinner at Finco Altozano is a must. The outdoor country setting of Tijuana Chef Javier Plascencia’s restaurant is brilliant with a menu to match. For an ultra-casual meal, the tacos at El Amigo alone are worth the trip.

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The Wedding Day
Whether you and your guests are staying at the resort or coming in for the day, the natural wedding setting is a true sanctuary. You can choose to get married and host your reception outdoors amongst the tranquil gardens with sacred mountain views, perhaps with a Mariachi band at dinner under the arbor of twinkling lights, or within the grand rancho ambiance of the tiled great room and courtyards. Either way, on-site wedding planner Maura Montoya and Chef Denise Roa will help make your wedding day a most memorable one. Chef Denise is as creative as she is talented. Of course, she reaps the fruits of their long-time gardener’s labor, but her innovation shows when she cooks and plates a radish to look like a scallop and taste as delightful. Healthy never tasted so delicious. She will cater to any allergy or dietary restrictions with finesse, and although sustainably caught seafood is magnificently prepared, it is often the organic garden-to-table produce that is the star on the plate.

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Honeymoons and Elopements
Honeymoons aren’t only for the just-married. A pre-wedding moon allows you to de-stress and reconnect before the big day.

Either way, a week at Rancho La Puerta will start your marriage off in a healthy and rejuvenating way – for both the mind and body, as well as romantically and spiritually. The unplugged life on The Ranch reminds guests to live in the moment, to seize the experience of being with our loved ones in all of nature’s beauty. There is wifi in some areas, if you are so inclined, but it is limited so that you won’t be all-consumed.

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Endless Experiences
The opportunities are endless for events at The Ranch that give you quality time with a loved one or two, or six. Saturday at the Ranch is a great opportunity to spend a quality day with your mom or your bridesmaids. During the monthly scheduled events, guests are able to enjoy the amenities for a day, including spa time and massage, a nature hike, fitness classes and a culinary cooking experience.

Like most of their guests, once you find your way to The Ranch the first time, you will return time and time again. From weddings to honeymoons, to engagement parties or a day with your maids, Rancho La Puerta is bar-none when it comes to fulfilling experiences that nourish the mind, body and soul and providing an environment for investing in each other.

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Getting There
When people think of crossing the border, it is often assumed that means Tijuana. However, Rancho La Puerta sits just a few short miles from the clean and easy Tecate border crossing, which is only 40 miles from the San Diego Airport. You and your guests may drive across, or you may drive to the border and have resort drivers pick you up and escort you through. Another convenient option, especially for a bit larger weddings, is to arrange for Rancho La Puerta’s charter bus to transport your guests to and from the San Diego Airport or a designated San Diego hotel. Any option is extremely convenient and seamless, as Rancho La Puerta has been transporting guests for three quarters of a century.

The Details
Minimum 25 guests and maximum 120 guests for wedding-only packages. Minimum of 8 guests for destination wedding weekend packages at The Ranch. Elopement packages also available. Couple and all guests must have valid passport at time of travel.

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Sweet Summertime Savings at Rancho La Puerta

Rancho La Puerta has just released several special summer-long rates. There is a deal for everyone, no matter the reason for your getaway! Find savings for singles, couples, triples, or quads, as well as short stay packages. Details for all summer specials can be found on Rancho La Puerta’s website.

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Spa Specials at Rancho La Puerta

Are you looking for some relaxation, pampering, and serenity? Rancho La Puerta offers spa packages that will give you all these things and more! Keep reading for more information.

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The Natural Healing Process Package takes you through the 6-day process of cleansing, relaxing, restoring, and energizing. See the day-by-day treatments and pricing online.

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The Rancho La Puerta Spa Package allows you to indulge in any eight spa treatments at a discounted price, giving you the ultimate blissful experience. See more information and a list of available treatments online.

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Even more spa packages and details on Rancho La Puerta‘s luxurious treatments can be found online.

Ceremony Magazine San Francisco 2015 | Destination Paradise

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Photography | Brandon Kidd Photo
Location | Montage Kapalua Bay
Planner | LVL Weddings & Events
Floral Design | Wildheart
Bridal Shoes | BHLDN
Linen | ModMix Studio
Cake | Maui Sweet Cakes
Ceremony Arch | Pacific Isle Rentals
Tableware | Set Maui
Rentals | Signature Boutique Rentals
Invitations | Design Corral
Calligraphy | Miss B Calligraphy
Hair & Makeup | Ry-N Shimabuku
Cocktails & Bar | Garnish Cocktails
Suit | Ted Baker
Gowns | Christos, BHLDN