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“Noise Pollution”

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Rancho La Puerta Spa
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Tecate
Certificate of Excellence
L.A., CA
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Noise Pollution”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

If your idea of a health escape is a few yards away from a major highway, with semis grinding and blowing their stacks every 4-5 minutes, and another super-highway paralleling it on a higher level — its noise saturating the entire property up into the hills — then by all means go to the Rancho. It's a pity. It was there decades before the massive economic expansion of the area, but there the noise is, and it's not going away. I was glad I could. $4,000 for the week, single occupancy, with that noise everywhere, including inside my tucked-away brick casita, is ridiculously over-priced. Best price point would be $2,000 for the week, which can be done with a larger casita group-share. The spa food is great, I'll give them that. But I know CA and Mexico, and that level of road noise is totally unacceptable and a deal-breaker. There are so many other true get-away places to hike and eat healthily. Wish I had read this sort of review about the Rancho before I spent the money. It's living on an old reputation still bought into by a lot of east-coasters and midwesterners who don't know the west coast and Mexico well enough to know any better.
BTW, the travel warning on this site is a bit over-the-top. I drove there and it's fine. Just expect a wait at the border getting back into the U.S. It was an hour for me. I've heard it can be twice that.

Room Tip: Internet/WiFi only available in the main lounge.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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PeterJensenatRancho, Public Relations Manager at Rancho La Puerta Spa, responded to this review, 9 March 2012
We are very sorry that roadway noise disturbed you, and we wish that we could have helped you during your visit. Come back! We will accommodate you in a location that you will find to your liking! We occasionally get this comment from guests while they are AT the resort, and we make every effort to move them from one casita to another that is more distant from any roads. It is true that our entrance is off a public road, but our private property is huge--3,000 acres--and guests spend most of their time on a central campus (where residences, gyms, pools are located) that is approximately 1/2 mile by 1/2 mile in size. Road noise from outside our property, if perceived as a problem in areas near our entrance, can be mitigated by booking accommodations in our more-distant villas. We don't allow ANY cars on our resort property other than our own service vehicles, so once you get deep into the garden areas of the resort one finds that the noise element is eliminated or greatly diminished. And we encourage any TripAdvisor reader to contact several of the reviewers here to solicit their opinions and observations about noise.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2012

My wife and I spent a week, February 11-18, at Ranco La Puerta. Although the weather was somewhat cold and wet, we had a refresing experience. Among highlights were the many interesting and pleasant people, both guests and presenters. The hikes were not to be missed, the food was excellent and healthy, and the facilities were in terrific shape. My wife enjoyed the spa offerings, and the various yoga, pilates et. classes. I found the lectures and discussion groups interesting, andf the fitness classes challenging enough. It is well worth a stay.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2012

This was my first visit to Rancho La Puerta. After hearing so many good things I decided to give
it a go for a one day experience which they call "Saturdays At The Ranch". The luxury motor coach picked us up in Old Town
(San Diego) at 7:30am for the approximate 1hr. 15min. drive. On the bus we were
given a small bag of granola and some bottled water along with a personalized
water bottle with Rancho La Puerta logo on it. After arriving through the lovely
iron gates of the ranch we were given a small hand towel to refresh ourselves
before a short tour of the ranch. We were shown to the locker area and each given
a locker and key. The spotless locker rooms are stocked with everything you would need for showering after exercise or spa treatments. After this we were taken to the dining area and treated to a very
healthy and hearty breakfast. After breakfast we were on our own to take any
classes of our choice. I took the Circuit Training class and then the Dance Class which was a Hula-Hoop class. So many laughs during that class! Lunch was served in the main dining area and it consisted
of numerous organic vegetables, homemade breads, fruit, juice, and many other
delicious items including (my favorite) Hibiscus Tea. Yum! After lunch you could
again take many different classes, go on a hike or head off to the spa to receive
a relaxing spa treatment. At 3:30pm two vans appeared to take our group off to
La Cocina que Canta (The Kitchen that Sings) which is Rancho La Puerta's cooking
school. Here we were given a tour of the organic vegetable gardens and then
ushered into the kitchen/classroom area for a hands on cooking session. This was
so much fun and Chef Denise Roa was so passionate about her love for organic
cooking it inspired everyone. Our group of 13 then were seated around a long
table to eat the results of our cooking lessons. Everyone had such a great time
learning new skills to take home and try out on friends and family. The vans arrived back
at the cooking school around 7:30pm
to take us back to the border where our motor coach was waiting for our journey
back to San Diego. It was a long day but I came away with a good preview of
the resort and some new culinary skills not to mention some new friends. Everywhere you went on the grounds the staff was always helpful and smiling. There is nothing formal or stuffy about this resort! A wonderful
place to renew your mind, body and spirit. I relaxed just walking around enjoying
all the beautiful landscaping and garden sculptures.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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california
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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2 Thank susantravels20
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new brunswick
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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1 Thank huss
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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3 Thank MimsyAtty
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Rancho La Puerta Spa

Property: Rancho La Puerta Spa
Address: Carretera A Tijuana Km 5, Tecate 92046-3057, Mexico
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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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