CAL­I­FOR­NIA

Wedding Bells (West) - - Destinations -

There’s nowhere on earth quite like SoCal … the breezy ocean vis­tas, chill vibes and the flaw­less weather make this des­ti­na­tion pos­i­tively utopic. For an exclusive hon­ey­moon lo­cale that’s pri­vate, in­ti­mate and oh-so-luxe, head 30 min­utes north of San Diego to Ran­cho Va­len­cia in Ran­cho Santa Fe. South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s only Re­lais and Chateaux re­sort will spoil you with in­cred­i­ble food, lush Mediter­ranean gar­den vis­tas (olive and cit­rus trees abound on the property’s 45 acres) and swish ac­com­mo­da­tions.

The five-star Forbes-rated re­sort, which re­peat­edly tops travel best lists, is to­tally plush. There are 49 spa­cious and luxe ha­cienda-style ca­sita suites on the property, com­plete with fire­places, pri­vate pa­tios and plunge pools. Ran­cho is renowned for its in­cred­i­ble spa. Set ad­mist lush gar­dens guar­an­teed to soothe the soul, the spa menu here is ex­ten­sive and fo­cused on restor­ing bal­ance and well­ness. You can even get your sweat on in one of three stu­dios of­fer­ing fit­ness, pi­lates and yoga.

An­other part of post-wed­ding re­ju­ve­na­tion is eat­ing well, and the culi­nary team at Ran­cho Va­len­cia will take care of that. With a wealth of fresh lo­cal pro­duce at the ready, all of the property’s eater­ies (Velodora, The Pony Room and Rein) have in­cred­i­ble Cal­i­for­nia-cool food and bev­er­age menus. Ru­moured to be a hide­away that celebs in­clud­ing Robert Red­ford and the Clin­tons adore, Ran­cho de­liv­ers noth­ing but the best travel ex­pe­ri­ence, which is ex­actly what you want for your hon­ey­moon.—Ali­son McGill

The adults-only pool at the spa is ab­suloute seren­ity.

Al fresco din­ing and drinks at the Pony Room.

En­joy the sweet­est sleep.

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