Te­cate, Mex­ico

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Re­con­nect post-nups by re­treat­ing to this 3,000-acre par­adise out­side Te­cate, Mex­ico, which is only 90 min­utes from San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia. From its hum­ble be­gin­nings 75 years ago, Ran­cho La Puerta has rein­vented it­self into a luxe desti­na­tion spa/fit­ness re­sort re­moved from the out­side world. Fur­nished with Mex­i­can decor, the 83 unique ca­sitas (many over 1,000 square feet, each with ter­race) are scat­tered amid lush land­scap­ing, be­stow­ing re­lax­ing pri­vacy.

Travel + Leisure’s num­ber two 2015 World’s Best Desti­na­tion Spa (its sis­ter prop­erty was num­ber one), RLP has hosted Oprah, Kate Winslet and Madonna. Started by Ed­mond and Deborah Szekely as a well­ness camp­site, it’s still fam­ily-owned by Deborah, 95, the “mother of the mod­ern spa move­ment.”

RLP’s phi­los­o­phy in­volves hourly body/ mind/spirit pro­grams for all lev­els of fit­ness and in­ter­est, with en­cour­age­ment to move at your own pace. Hikes on var­i­ous trails of sa­cred Mt. Kuchu­maa range from mod­er­ate to stren­u­ous. Mul­ti­ple ex­er­cise pavil­ions of­fer dozens of ex­tra­or­di­nary classes, from car­dio, weightlift­ing and spin work­outs to yoga, Pi­lates and stretch ses­sions. Weekly spe­cial­ists demon­strate re­align­ment and heal­ing ther­a­pies (i.e. Egoscue, med­i­ta­tion). One of four pools hosts as­sorted wa­ter fit­ness ses­sions; or spend your days in tran­quil pool­side re­pose un­der breath­tak­ing views and waft­ing aro­mas of sage.

Each week top ex­perts en­rich your mind with af­ter­noon and evening cour­ses, in­clud­ing artists (such as sculp­tors, pho­tog­ra­phers, gui­tarists) and lec­tur­ers (like nu­tri­tion­ists, art spe­cial­ists, fic­tion profs).

When it comes to food, gourmet meals are cre­ated with pro­duce from RLP’s stun­ning or­ganic gar­den, and its La Cocina Que Canta culi­nary cen­tre of­fers guests hands-on cook­ing classes with the week’s guest chef.

Fin­ish your hon­ey­moon re­ju­ve­na­tion with world-class treat­ments from the two on-site spas—we love the Five El­e­ments: Fire ther­apy.

—Kate Yorga Clock­wise from top left: Ran­cho La Puerta’s main en­trance; the beau­ti­ful pool & views; in­side a guest suite; the food at RLP is fo­cused on or­ganic, lo­cal in­gre­di­ents; spa re­lax­ation; sun­rise yoga is a re­sort treat.

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