San Ysidro Ranch Welcomes Valmont: The World Leader For Anti-Aging


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WHAT A LUCKY DOG.... he's the one that's getting younger!

The Chuda’s and Journey are welcomed by Scott Cordle Manager San Ysidro Ranch

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You could say he’s spoiled. Or you could say so are we. You’re right. Living the life with a Lab in Luxury can only happen at the posh and prestigious San Ysidro Ranch. Where in the world can you experience a couples massage while your dog stretches out on your private terrace and gets one too.


Nestled in the lushness of Montecito in Santa Barbara California you enter THE RANCH in what has become known as a private 500 acre reserve. Dating back in history, the natural surrounds; trees laden with fresh citrus, the smell of a wood burning fireplace, the melodic pulsations of frogs at twilight and dawn…. all of these accompaniments take you back to a time when life for the very wealthy (the Kennedy’s honeymooned here) was well preserved.

Queen Elizabeth needs to take her entire brood of Welsh Corgi’s for a visit. They would love it and so would she. Not a bad idea for another Beanie! Triplets in this case with a free collectible SYR tea cup and saucer.

The New Valmont Spa at the San Ysidro Ranch

A Healing Nest. It’s a great idea! You check into your cottage, put on your robe and slippers, call the front desk and within less than 2 minutes you’re jettisoned to one of the most charming cottages on the property.

The soft palate of an artists creation rendered the walls with the branches and birds that are common to the area. The sweet smells from an array of aromatherapy oils, a new signature product of the spa, greet your senses with an immediate feeling of relaxation. And within only a few feet down a corridor you are welcomed by two well trained therapists, (mine was Nomi and Jim’s was Pamela) who offer you the chance of serenity and togetherness in a space that you never want to leave. The warm water from the large soaking tub, turns colors of the rainbow into a primordial blessing. You soak in deep relaxation and undisturbed with only the sound of champagne bubbles (complimentary for guests experiencing a couples massage) luring you into the “mood” for a celebration. Together, you put aside the familiarity of your everyday lives and get lost in the warm glow of this haven and heavenly retreat. Both therapists were fantastic. So warm and welcoming. We left the nest begrudgingly and wanting more.

For me, the Eucalyptus Cottage with its fabulous hand painted bath tub and soaring ceiling, in-cottage dining at your finger tips… and more… the warmth and amber glow from the fireplace while relaxed in the magnificent 4-poster bed… the sound of the frogs…. but best of all… the look of contentment on your beloved dogs face makes this one of the best vacations of your lives. Togetherness has a new meaning…just three of us and it’s darn swell.

Editors’s Notes: Tell them Journey sent you.

The San Ysidro Ranch

Set on 500 acres, this upscale boutique hotel dates to 1893. It’s just off Highway 101, a 6.1-mile drive from Santa Barbara.

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