A couple of months ago, I had the Best. Day. Ever. Me and four of my friends spent the day at Rancho Valencia , in Rancho Santa Fe (California). Despite the picture on the spa website, rest assured that there is no requirement to stand in an outside shower half-naked. To the right is another picture of the resort, right outside the relaxation room. I didn’t take that picture. In fact, woman in the picture isn’t even one of the friends I was with that day. The woman in the picture is my friend Alice, who went to Rancho Valencia on a totally different day, and who has no idea that I’ve nabbed her Facebook photo for my own selfish purposes.
From what I hear all the Auberge resorts are to die for, and the service is spectactular. Rancho Valencia in particular has a seasonal “quench”, which is a service that varies by season that’s 60 minutes long and costs $100. It’s great value when you consider that you have access to the resort grounds, which includes a huge, gorgeous relaxation room with a big fireplace and silk tea bags, yoga classes, pool and hot tub, and cabanas for lunching poolside. Even though the place was only minutes from where we live, we felt that we had escaped to a serene paradise where our sanity could once again be restored.
Next on my wish list? Solage Calistoga, which is affiliated with Auberge. I am pretty sure from looking at the website that I should be living there.