Janice and I recently returned from our annual week at Rancho La Puerta feeling refreshed, invigorated and revitalized. Rancho La Puerta is located about one hour from San Diego, just over the border in Baja California, Mexico.
The spa, one of my favorites, is actually what many are now calling a “destination spa” and/or “fitness resort.” Destination Spas boast a combination of distinctive factors that set their facilities apart from the plethora of resort spas: day spas, stay spas, and other spa-like vacation or one-day options now flooding the wellness market.
A true Destination Spa, like Rancho La Puerta, is one where guests can feel better than they have ever imagined. It is a getaway created expressly to be a fitness resort and spa. Its goal is to set guests on a healthier path in a nurturing environment and having been going there for the past 10 years, I can honestly say that it is succeeding. It has its own mostly live-in fitness staff, unique classes and programs plus the necessary classics (yoga, tai chi, Pilates, hiking, water aerobics, fit-ball etc.), tennis, evening lectures (which I am fortunate to be a guest presenter at), and delicious food.
The Ranch, as it is affectionately called by guests, is known for its organic gardens, private casitas, top class staff, over 60 types of classes a week, and incredible natural space. The “Mexican-Mediterranean,” cuisine at the Ranch is as healthy as the physical activity; the menu is vegetarian-based, with some fish. The ranch’s more than 6 acres of organic vegetable gardens and fruit orchards known as Rancho Tres Estrellas supply approximately between 50-90% percent of the ranch’s produce depending on the season. The property is on over 3,000 acres, most of it mountain and valley nature preserve surrounding an Eden of landscaping.