Generously swathed  in the attributes for which Southern California is legendary, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is, not surprisingly, no stranger to accolades. However, as this year marks the much lauded resort’s 25th anniversary, I thought I would add to the accolades by highlighting 25 fabulous reasons to visit the lush California hideaway that is consistently ranked one of the top resorts in the world by just about everyone on the planet, including me.

And, because a picture is, as they say, worth a thousand words, rather than listing those reasons, I thought I’d  show you.  So in honor of Rancho Valencia’s silver anniversary, I present you with 25 glorious reasons to “Rancho” in 2014: