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Rancho La Puerta Spa
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Tecate
Certificate of Excellence
california
2 reviews
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“Take care of yourself physically emotionally and spiritually at this amazing retreat.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

Rancho La Puerta is a wonderful spa where you can really get away from the world in an atmosphere of beauty and healthy living on all levels. It is a great place to go alone or with friends and family. There is something for everyone and a new lease on life.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

This was our first visit to the Ranch and we are already planning a return.
The yoga classes and hikes were personal favorites.
The grounds are beautiful and our casita was lovely and quiet despite being an easy walk from all amenities.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

I've been to the Ranch 9 times since 1999, most recently the week of January 7th. I love going there around the holidays to get away from the madness, but this year I went after the holidays, and boy did I need it. Exercising all day, eating delicious healthy food, getting terrific treatments in the afternoons, that's the vacation for me.
The food was satisfying and delicious. The advanced yoga classes were challenging and fun. The instructors were fantastic. The yoga inversion and rope wall classes were exciting. There's even yoga strength classes using weights. I was in yoga heaven!
I love the morning walks, and the walk to the organic garden breakfast. I challenged myself hiking to Alex's Oak Tree one afternoon. I went on the bird walk and nature walk. And, of course, there's Bingo!
Every time I go, I try something new. Next time, I'm bringing my husband...we'll see what he has to say!

Room Tip: Single women should stay in a Ranchera. When I go with a group, I like Villas Sol. But the accommo...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

I'm still on a Ranch high. The four-hands massage was out of this world. I've never felt such joy.The food was spectacular and the activites world class. Add in the quality of personnel both working there and guests and it is a Must location to visit/experience.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

People think of spa's as relaxing, getaway places where you sit sit around and veg. This is the opposite of that, although you can also dothat if that is what you want. They offer a myriad (like 50+) ways to feed your mind, body and spirit. Everything from guest chef cooking classes, to experts in their field on nutrition, yoga, pilates, writing, mexican history, bird watching, jewelry making, sculpture and painting...and much more. The food is mostly grown organically on their huge property and the people that tend to come are open, accomplished and easy to talk to..It's not a fussy, "LA" style experience like Canyon Ranch! Eating is done in rounds of 8 so you can meet new people or you can dine by yourself if you prefer....I go every year and will forever.......

Room Tip: Alll rooms are well acquainted and the question is whether you want to be close to the dining room o...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Washington, D.C.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2011

This was my second trip to Rancho La Puerta, but many of the people I met there have returned time and again and it's clear why they keep coming back, despite the slight hassle of having to cross the border. (The process is fairly efficient going into Mexico - we didn't even have to get off the shuttle bus to fill out our visa forms - but upon return from Mexico, there is a very long line of cars going North and you have to take your luggage off the bus, walk through US Customs, and reload. If you depart RLP on the 7:45 am bus, it is likely that the trip will take over 2.5 hours owing to very long lines at the border - RLP advises you to allow 3 hours travel time. I have heard that those able to take the later bus at 10 am get through faster due to shorter lines.) But aside from that, you get to spend a week in a thoroughly lovely campus with extremely attentive and friendly staff and very high quality instruction, ranging from art to meditation to cooking to all kinds of exercise at various levels. A big advantage for those new to certain types of exercise like yoga and pilates is the progressive classes that are great for those who want to start at a very basic level and not have to worry about the class being too advanced. But even experienced exercisers can fine tune their programs and take classes that are not often available at home, such as the wonderful Postural Therapy. The food is really delicious - vegetarian plus fish entrees available on some days - and the small portions are perfect for those wanting to jump start healthier, less caloric eating. But don't worry - you can have as much to eat as you want. There are several presenters each week, most of whom are very interesting and informative, plus musicians and artists and chefs to entertain and /or instruct. And don't miss Bingo night even if you're tempted to skip it - it's really fun. In general, you get great value for your money, especially compared to the pricier places like Canyon Ranch in Tucson, where I have spent many vacations. What Canyon Ranch has that RLP doesn't is a much broader range of hiking options, biking, and a wider range of spa services, such as Thai Massage, along with medical programs and extensive health/fitness testing, as well as an indoor pool for colder months. But if you can do without those things, RLP has the same high quality instruction and attention to detail at a much better price. Talk to the reservations people about the rooms and get a good understanding of the options. They are all lovely, filled with charming Mexican tiles, mirrors and folk art. The Villas rooms are less central to the campus, so you have to walk a bit further to get back to your room. (There is a lot of walking during the day as you go from building to building for classes, treatments, meals, etc., so you may want to be in a more centrally located room. I highly recommend Flores 23. It is very conveniently located and has a wonderful window seat about the width of a single bed that juts out from the room with windows on three sides looking out over greenery, perfect for reading or just relaxing. Unfortunately, the room has two double beds instead of queens, so great for two singles sharing a room, but not so great for couples. Make sure you get the size bed you need! My husband was with me, by the way, and he had a great time, too. There are definitely more women than men, but there is plenty to entertain men and even some male-specific classes, services, and orientation. You can sign up for e-mails to get news of special deals - we paid only $2500 per person for a week, which was a huge savings, and there were no single supplements that week, so it's no wonder that it was pretty much sold out. You can also use the website to see who each week's presenters are and choose your week based on what's interesting to you. As for any safety concerns, the drive there is mostly in the US - you cross over at Tecate and you are hardly over the border before you arrive, as the ride is only about 15 minutes from/to the border (not including time spent waiting in line to get back into the US). There is security on the RLP campus, although it's very unobtrusive (unlike many US cities!) I did notice the highway noise this time, but mostly it's a dull buzz and you can only hear it when outdoors, so it shouldn't be a problem at bedtime. It was about as chilly as it gets when we were there the first week in December, with lows around 30F and highs around 60-64, so we only had lunch outdoors, but in warmer weather all meals are served outdoors. I was told that May and October are great months weather-wise, but it all depends how hot you like it. It's a Mediterranean climate, however, so I don't think you can go wrong whenever you can get away.

Room Tip: Flores 23 is a great room if you want two double beds. Make sure you specify the bed-size you want...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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new york city
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2011

I have been to Ranch la Puerta 15 times. The first time was in 1995. The place keeps getting better each year. Guests arrive on Saturday and are picked up and then returned the following Saturday to the San Diego Airport and driven to the border and then directly to the Ranch. It takes one hour and once you enter through the gates of Rancho la Puerta its as if you entered a different world that is calm, safe and remarkable. Everyone speaks English and is very attentive. There are never more than 150 guests and because almost everyone arrives and leaves on the same day there is a sense of comardiere and friendliness that one doesn't find at places like Canyon Ranch. The best activity is the morning hikes that range from a breakfast walk to a 3.5 mike rigorous mountain hike or later in the week a 9 mile hike. After breakfast every hour there are six different classes to choose from until lunch at noon and then in the afternoon the classes begin again. There are no televisions in the rooms which range from small casitas to beautiful villas with fireplaces and private patios. Guests are asked to use their cell phones and blackberries in their rooms. The food is delicious and very healthy. The seating is open for all meals and guests sit with other guests. This is a place where one can easily go by oneself but can go as a couple or with a group of friends. A place where people return again during thr same week annually.

Room Tip: The Villas Luna are beautiful and have the best views.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Rancho La Puerta Spa

Property: Rancho La Puerta Spa
Address: Carretera A Tijuana Km 5, Tecate 92046-3057, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Norte > Tecate
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Tecate
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The world's first fitness resort established in 1940, this spa is located right across the border in Mexico and is nestled on 3,000 private acres of rolling terrain. ... more   less 
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Rancho La Puerta Hotel Tecate
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