Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2019

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Reflecting the passion of its original owner, the property debuted in 1989 with 18 tennis courts, a huge number for a resort with just 50 rooms. e resort has retained its draw as a haven for tennis enthusiasts as reflected in its rating by Tennis Magazine as Southern California's No. 1 tennis resort each year since 2008. e new owners added two European clay courts and refurbished the 16 plexi-pave championship courts, tennis clubhouse and pro shop. Court time and use of a ball machine are included amenities that fall under the $35 daily resort fee. Robin White, a two-time U.S. Open Women's Doubles Champion who played professionally for twelve years, used to train at Rancho Valencia in the 1990s. Today, "Rockin" Robin is back at the resort as its Tennis Director, leading an esteemed team of tennis professionals. Her passion is as palpable as her patience while instructing newbies, and in short order she had me feeling relatively comfortable on the court. I was ready for a reprieve after working up a sweat on the tennis court, and the spa at Rancho Valencia offers up ample opportunities for relaxation. Finding a quiet nook and soaking up the sun in the spa gardens or seeking shade and solace inside a cabana next to the lap pool is a restorative exercise in and of itself. Spa treatments incorporate Natura Bissé and ISUN skin and body care products. During my blissful 90-minute facial, which included the trifecta of a scalp, foot and hand massage as part of the service, the products that were applied to my face smelled good enough to eat! Dining is a delight, whether you are inside one of the exquisitely outfitted dining rooms, or al fresco, where you can frequently spot hot air balloons dotting the sherbet-colored sky at sunset. While each on-site dining destination has its own distinct personality, they share a conscientious commitment to utilizing the best of what's freshest according to the season, as well as sourcing as locally as possible, including the resort's own gardens. e Pony Room slmag.net 35

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