Happy in Hidden Valley
Submitted: December 4, 2012
Stayed: November 2012
Our group of 34 greatly enjoyed the Hidden Valley Retreat and Spa during a four-day family reunion in November of 2012. The setting is beautiful, secluded and private and the units are clean and very functional. We had people of all ages, from infants to senior citizens like me, and they all would choose to return for another visit. We learned of Hidden Valley Spathrough online research.
The owner/management team was easy to work with and even stayed in a separate onsite unit one or two nights while we were there. The large event center (reception room) was a huge plus for our group, as was the huge patio with outdoor fireplace overlooking the valley. Having multiple refrigerators and two kitchens (among the 3 buildings we used) was excellent. The three units are built on a hillside and one gets good exercise going from the bottom one ("barn" unit) to the top one. We senior citizens stayed in the highest facility near the event center and younger families stayed in the lower two units. The facility was clean and the systems all worked.
This is a place to go and enjoy its beautiful surroundings, not to hibernate and watch TV, although there are several television sets that accommodate DVD's or the huge selection of VHS movies onsite. There was not a TV connection and that was a plus in my view. There is also an extensive library of novels, self-help books and other good reading material. In the Hidden Valley vicinity there is internet and phone reception but it's not the best. That applies to that area as a whole and is not a knock on this particular retreat facility. If and when we use the facility again for a family reunion we may use a walkie-talkie system to be able to communicate from house to house among the various units that we will occupy. If you have the good fortune to stay there you may wish to take a few small flashlights for afterhours walking around.
If you are like our group you will enjoy the solitude and beauty of the Hidden Valley location, about 20 minutes from town (Escondido). There are fruit trees and other vegetation galore. There is a pool table for ages 16 and older, table soccer, a jacuzzi, board games and more already on site. As it was winter we did not use the nice swimming pool that was there. Some in our group enjoyed jogging nearby trails and pathways. There is much variety in nature to observe onsite.
We even had a visit by Clint Eastwood---well, sort of.
I hope this writeup is useful to someone else.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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