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.