Last week, I had the chance to visit Rancho La Puerta for the ultimate fitness retreat. It’s considered a wellness resort but it’s actually more of a wellness MECCA, if you ask me. This place is pure magic and four days in my beautiful casita on the lush grounds of the Ranch had me so blissed out, I didn’t want to come home.
WHAT IS THIS MAGICAL PLACE I SPEAK OF?
Let’s back up. Rancho La Puerta is a world renowned fitness resort & spa in Tecate, Mexico. It’s only about an hour from San Diego right over the border into Mexico making it the perfect getaway for SoCal folks. However, it’s so spectacular that it draws in people from all over the world. “The Ranch,” as it’s more commonly called, has a really cool story that adds to its allure. It was started by Deborah Szekely (one of my personal heroes) and her husband back in 1940 as the first fitness destination of its kind and it eventually became an uber popular wellness getaway for Hollywood stars in the 60s. The Ranch has evolved into what is known as the World’s Best Destination Spa year after year after year.
I had the pleasure of spending three nights and four days at the Ranch but typically, guests stay a full week. With work and other obligations I couldn’t stay nearly as long as I would have liked but I think a few days was enough to get a good feel for what it’s all about; however, a few more days would have really sealed the deal.
I took a shuttle from the San Diego airport which was ridiculously convenient and I’d recommend it to everyone, even if you’re local. They hook you up with granola and water for the road. Cha-ching!
I think I was actually more excited about the food than I was to experience the rest of the Ranch (is that sad?!) All the meals are farm to table. Literally, the ingredients come directly from the organic farm on the property and with some chef’s magic they eventually make their way onto our plates in the form of a delicious meal.
Every meal I ate at the Ranch was fresh and full of flavor. They definitely weren’t serving up chocolate lava cakes but the dishes were exciting – I’m talking lasagna, polenta and eggplant parmesan!
To learn more about Rancho La Puerta visit: www.rancholapuerta.com