Rancho La Puerta

The original fitness resort and spa founded in 1940, Rancho La Puerta welcomes 100 guests each week amongst 87 guest rooms on over 3,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows. Only an hour’s drive from San Diego, California located in tranquil Tecate, Baja California, The Ranch is located at 1,700 feet and enjoys an ideal year-round climate. Weeklong packages include accommodations, gourmet organic meals, a wide array of fitness classes, use of all facilities, daily learning workshops and seminars, nightly entertainment, and roundtrip transportation to/from San Diego airport.

Rancho La Puerta’s fitness program is presided over by a staff of over 20 fulltime instructors where exercise classes and activities include Pilates, extensive yoga offerings, guided hikes on over 25 miles of wildlands trails, Feldenkrais, fitness ball, Qi Gong, T’ai Chi, trekking, volleyball, aqua-exercise classes of all types, dance, circuit training, NIA, strength training, cardio-cycling, and many more. Approximately five classes are offered every hour.

The cuisine is semi-vegetarian, featuring an abundance of organic fruits and vegetables from the resort’s own six-acre organic farm, plus fresh seafood from the nearby port of Ensenada, Baja California. All meals offer both vegetarian and modified-vegetarian alternatives.

Spa treatments and therapies, offered in three spacious “health centers,” include nine types of massage, body wraps, body masks, polishes and showers, facials, and full salon services.

Afternoon and evening programs are a vital part of the Ranch experience. A program of lectures, games, workshops, world-class entertainers (musicians especially), arts and crafts classes, and various discourses takes place throughout the week. Guest lecturers today frequently include such luminaries as journalist Bill Moyers, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright, novelist Erica Jong, actress Jane Fonda, and many others.

Most important, many guests feel, is the friendliness of Ranch staff and other guests. Camaraderie is a key factor in many guests’ passionate loyalty—hardly a week goes by when there aren’t 20 or more guests who have been to the Ranch at least 10 times or more. Finding solitude and quiet is as easy as finding laughter and the excitement born of new experiences.

Week-long packages start at $2,795 per person for a double occupancy room and are inclusive of complimentary transportation from San Diego airport and back, meals, snacks, accommodations and a wide array of fitness classes.

Address: Rancho La Puerta
P.O. Box 69
Tecate, CA 91980
Tel: 1-800-443-7565
Website: www.rancholapuerta.com