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.