Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa was voted “Best for Fitness Program”, “Best for Hiking”, “Best for Cooking Classes”, “Best for Going Solo” and “Best for Mind-Body-Spirit” in Spa Finder magazine’s 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards. Located just 45 miles southeast of the city of San Diego, the world’s first fitness resort (est. 1940) rests in the embrace of sacred Mt. Kuchumaa’s foothills. In this paradise for nature-lovers, walkers, and adventurous hikers, 3,000 private acres of rolling terrain afford each guest a plethora of panoramic sights, challenging trails (beginner to advanced), and an expansive feeling of freedom and well-being.
The original fitness resort and spa, Rancho La Puerta welcomes some 140 guests each week to its 3,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows. All facilities and land are for the exclusive use of its guests, who come for the week, ensuring the delights of a warm and welcoming shared community. The climate is near-perfect; warm and dry, with some showers, in winter, and warm with very low humidity in summer. Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa is located only about 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1,700 feet.
A fitness program led by a team of expert instructors features more than 60 different classes per week, including Tai Chi, Pilates, strength and conditioning, NIA, Fit Ball, water aerobics and more. Tennis and other sports are popular activities.
The Ranch’s landscaping is world-renowned. Casitas nestle into a botanical palette of perennial-blooming native plants, sycamores, oak woodlands, wildflowers, and granite boulder outcrops covering almost half of a square mile. Year-round and migratory birds frequent the oasis-like grounds to the extent that Audubon Society groups consider it a birder’s paradise.
The spa’s own organic farm provides a talented culinary staff with ample fruits and vegetables for the freshest meals possible. Its Mexican-Mediterranean cuisine has been celebrated by Gourmet magazine: the Ranch calls it “modified vegetarian,” and it is rich in low-carb, low-fat essentials that make it compatible with most popular diet regimens today as well as an active week of exercise and relaxation. Fresh fish from the seaport town of Ensenada is a daily mainstay.
A new culinary center, La Cocina Que Canta, opened in September 2007. Literally “The Kitchen
That Sings”, this 4,500-square-foot layout comprises a large hands-on classroom / kitchen, cookbook library, and culinary gift shop -- all set in the heart of the destination spa’s famous 6-acre organic farm “Tres Estrellas” (Three Stars). Guests can harvest their vegetables and learn how to cook healthy.
Personal services at the top destination spa’s three health centers include a wide range of massages, facials, herbal wraps, and body treatments. Evening programs feature noted speakers, authors, adventurers, physicians and other luminaries.
“We provide the true luxury of time and space,” says founder Deborah Szekely, “that which is most lacking in today’s life. Space to breathe freely, to relax and enjoy what will be ‘the longer-living, younger life.’”