In January, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in North County San Diego’s neighborhood of Rancho Santa Fe, temporarily closed its doors to begin a six-month, $20-million renovation.
The retreat —Southern California’s only Relais Châteaux property —will undergo a renovation that will include remodeled guest suites and major enhancements to the restaurant, spa, fitness center and meeting spaces. The project is slated for completion in summer 2012, in time for San Diego’s Del Mar racing season.
The major focus of the transformation will take place throughout the resort’s 49 all-suite guest rooms. The current guest rooms average 1,000 square feet and include custom furnishing, high-beam roofs, walk-in closets, spacious bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, living spaces, fireplaces and private patios. Updates will include a new color palette of browns and blues, accented by rustic furnishings, romantic lighting and plush seating.
Also undergoing significant changes is Rancho Valencia’s 5,000-square-foot Hacienda. The signature cottage-styled guest home will receive a $1 million redesign and updates to the three bedrooms, baths and living spaces, as well as enhancements to the private backyard pool and entertainment areas.
Notable changes will also be made to the former restaurant and dining room, and a new cantina-inspired bar area will be added adjacent to the dining area. The new restaurant will take inspiration from Rancho Valencia’s Mediterranean-style with a new name, menu concept and completely redesigned indoor and al fresco dining areas. The bar will similarly feature old-world furnishings, enlarged windows and fireplaces.
Updates to Rancho Valencia’s meeting and event spaces will include the addition of a 1,000-square-foot meeting room and a remodeled and expanded ballroom that will offer 1,900 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The Boardroom, Sunrise Room and La Sala spaces will also receive refreshed Spanish-influenced design features.
The spa at Rancho Valencia and fitness center will also undergo expansion and programming changes. The spa will launch a new treatment menu and list of services surrounding the addition of Amala, a skin care and spa product line, which will exclusively be available in Southern California at Rancho Valencia. The fitness center will be further expanded with the addition of a new yoga pavilion that will host a number of Yoga sessions, Pilates classes, exercise programs, retreats and events.
Overseeing the project are Rancho Valencia’s new ownership team consisting of Jeff and Hal Jacobs; entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of Fiji Water, Doug Carlson; and San Diego real estate developer and entrepreneur Jeffrey Essakow. Spearheading the design is Todd-Avery Lenaha of ABA Design Studio.