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Never has decadence felt so healthy as at Rancho Valencia, a village-like compound of spa treatments, tennis lessons and locally sourced dining set amid the horse farms and citrus groves 25 miles north of downtown San Diego.

Rancho Valencia | Mr & Mrs Smith hotels

Style Courting favour
Setting Californian ranchlands

Rancho Valencia restaurant | Mr & Mrs Smith hotelsWhy this week? We never need a reason to go somewhere sunny, beautiful and luxurious, but it certainly doesn’t hurt that this outdoorsy retreat-of-the-stars just finished its brand-new tennis courts and clubhouse and is putting the final touches on its miles of picturesque private hiking trails. Throw in their $250 resort credit offer for stays from now until the end of June 2014 and we don’t need any more nudging.

Our favourite bits… At this sprawling, Southern California ranchland resort, the spa treatments are all-natural and all-indulgent, the tennis club is staffed with former champions and each Spanish-style Suite has only the best creature comforts, along with private patios overlooking classic California hills. We’d move in forever if we could, and feel absolutely great about it.

Rancho Valencia suite | Mr & Mrs Smith hotelsMr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Waking up here is an anticipated event. After all, what better motivator is there for springing out of bed than to collect the carafe of freshly squeezed orange juice, made right on property, at one’s door? All just part of the morning routine.

Designed with the lingering escape in mind, this is the spot where I’d run away to recuperate if I was a first wife banished by the arrival of a second trophy-ier wife. Walking around the olive grove on the property – all the herbs for the kitchen are grown on-site, and there are also six honeybee hives – it hit me, too, that this might be a good place to come and write a two-act play. Peace. Serenity. And a more likely retreat scenario for yours truly.’ Read the full Mr & Mrs Smith review

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