My Stay at Rancho La Puerta

Two weeks ago, I spent five days at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. It was my first experience at a fitness resort but, thanks to the incredible time I had there with Lana Rogers, Caroline Gault and Noah Lehava, it will not be my last. If you’ve never been to a wellness resort — this one has been around since 1940, by the way, and is just an hour’s drive from San Diego — think of it as summer camp for adults. All day, every day, you have your choice of incredible fitness classes, meditation sessions and lectures by visiting experts, not to mention spa services of every kind. I was in heaven. We started every day with a hike at 6:15 a.m., had breakfast and then hit our first classes at 9 a.m. In my short stay there (most people stay a full week), I tried the following classes: body bar, cardio muscle blast, abs and cycle, mobilize and release (massage with tennis balls), Qi dance (we laughed through the whole thing), yoga sculpt (yoga with weights — amazing), sculpt and strengthen and more. I was in heaven. I was also bagged at the end of every day, hitting my bed by 8:30.

I’ll be writing about Rancho for Wine Access magazine — with a focus on the healthy fare and local wine we tried — so will keep you posted on when the issue comes out!

Till then, have a look at Rancho’s incredible surroundings. The grounds cover 3,000 beautiful acres that have everything from meadows with swinging chairs to many gyms, pools and health centres. Did I mention it was heaven?

One more thing: the coolest activity I tried there was an incredibly moving and peaceful experience, called Watsu. It’s essentially water shiatsu performed one-on-one in a warm pool. With flotation devices strapped around my legs, the, um, Watsu Guy (my own technical term) held my upper back and head out of the water, all the while stretching and massaging me. I drifted in and out of the sunlight — and what felt like in and out of waking — and it was bliss.

On our flight home the next day, I felt like a new (and very well-rested) person. I can only imagine what a full week there would do for you. Actually, I don’t want to imagine it for long — I’m going to head back to Rancho La Puerta as soon as I can. Who’s going with me?


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