Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa wins Best Culinary Hotel in The Americas at ‘Boutique Hotel Awards.’

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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa proudly accepted the award for Best Culinary Hotel in The Americas at the Boutique Hotel Awards. The prestigious award recognises Rancho Valencia’s inimitable gastronomic offerings, style, Forbes Five-Star facilities and excellent service.

On 12th November hoteliers, press and industry insiders attended the World Boutique Hotel Awards Ceremony at The Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch, London. The annual event celebrates the best boutique hotels from around the world.  

The awards were hosted by Kathryn Pretzel-Shiels of American Express and this year’s keynote speech was delivered by Edward Griffiths, Deputy Master of the Royal Household, Buckingham Palace. Other esteemed guest presenters and speakers at the event included Harry Murray MBE, Chairman of Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Russell Kett, Chairman of HVS London, Professor Peter A Jones, Dean of the eHotelier Academy, Alex Buchanan co-owner of Catering in Scotland, David Coubrough, Chairman of Castle Hotel and Ciaran Fahy, Chief Executive Officer of Ellerman Hotels.  

In October 2012, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa reopened after a 10-month, $30 million property-wide renovation. Since 1989, the award-winning hotel - Southern California’s only Relais & Châteaux property - has garnered a reputation as one of the area’s most sought after luxury resorts. As voted in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice World's Best poll, Rancho Valencia is the #1 Resort in Southern California, #6 Resort in the United States, #25 Resort in the World.  

Spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, casitas and more, this Mediterranean inspired, all-suite property offers the finest accommodations and service that San Diego has to offer. Among the property’s offerings are 49 luxuriously appointed guest casitas with private patios, a three-bedroom Hacienda with a private pool and backyard, a world-class spa, fine dining restaurant and award-winning tennis program, as well as 12 residential villas.  

Rancho Valencia was recently featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice World’s Best 2014 as #1 Resort in Southern California, #6 Resort in the United States, #25 Resort in the World. 2013 Hot List as one of the 154 best new hotels in the world. Condé Nast Traveler has also ranked the resort #7 of the Top 20 Resorts in Southern California and #1 in all of San Diego. In 2012, Rancho Valencia was recognized as the #7 resort in the country and #1 resort in California by U.S. News & World Report. In 2011, Rancho Valencia was listed among Condé Nast Traveler’s and Andrew Harper’s Hideaways, “World’s Best Resorts” lists, in addition to being named one of Travel + Leisure’s “Best 500 Hotels” and Tennis Magazine’s “#1 U.S. Tennis Resort” from 2008-2012. In January 2014, Rancho Valencia was awarded 5 stars by Forbes Travel.  

Rancho Santa Fe where the resort is based is just a 30 minute car journey from San Diego International Airport where direct flights with British Airways fly from London.

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