Celebrity-loved California resort offers dreamy private cottages with outdoor showers
In this year’s iteration of Travel + Leisure‘s The best prices in the world, San Ysidro Ranch was named one of best resorts in California, and it’s easy to see why. The Santa Barbara property is nestled between citrus groves, olive trees and a sycamore canopy, as well as perfectly manicured gardens brimming with the sweet scents of jasmine, magnolias and orange blossoms.
All of this sets the stage for a luxury getaway in equal parts isolated and romantic – so much so that both modern and historical celebrities have visited the San Ysidro Ranch. John and Jackie Kennedy spent their honeymoon at the sprawling 550-acre property, while other notable guests range from Winston Churchill to Gwyneth Paltrow to Justin Bieber.
Whether or not you are a celebrity, the San Ysidro Ranch attracts a crowd looking to relax in a private setting. Accommodation is in the form of 38 bungalow-style cottages, each with its own private entrance, fireplace, outdoor shower and plunge pool.
The vineyard-covered cottages are also individually decorated with antiques and artwork from around the world, giving each one a unique look and feel. Guests can even choose to book the exact chalet where the Kennedys stayed during their honeymoon.
Beyond the cozy cottages, San Ysidro Ranch is home to two award-winning restaurants – Stonehouse and Plow & Angel – where meals are included for all guests.
Wine connoisseurs shouldn’t miss a meal at Stonehouse, home to a 12,000-bottle cellar featuring some of the world’s most sought-after vintage varietals. The restaurant recently added a new vertical collection of 70 vintages of Château Petrus, the most comprehensive restaurant offering from Petrus in the United States.
Meanwhile, Plow & Angel offers elevated comfort food in an intimate atmosphere surrounded by antique stained glass windows and original artwork.
The San Ysidro experience continues with other on-site amenities such as a heated pool, spa, and new golf course. Guests can also tempt their taste buds with a wine tasting led by a sommelier or relax with a private yoga class or sound meditation session. They can even bring their four-legged friends, as dogs are welcome.
Cabin rates start at $ 1,595 including meals, with no parking or resort fees. For more information and to book, visit the Ranch San Ysidro website.
Jessica Poitevien is a Travel + Leisure associate currently based in South Florida, but is still looking for her next adventure. Besides traveling, she loves to cook, talk to strangers and take long walks on the beach. Follow his adventures on Instagram.