The luxury, Mediterranean-inspired resort features 49 guest casitas on a 45-acre site in Rancho Santa Fe.
“Rancho Valencia is a little off the beaten path. But that’s why people love it,” the U.S. News & World Report editors wrote in the ranking released Tuesday.
The resort emphasizes fitness and wellness with an indoor-outdoor yoga pavilion, 18 tennis courts, and a luxury bicycle course. There’s also adventuresome fine dining at Veladora and The Pony Room.
“We are thrilled to have been named the number one resort and hotel in California,” said Coni Thornburg, Rancho Valencia’s general manager. “We take tremendous pride in nurturing a luxury experience that exceeds expectations of the most seasoned traveler.”