Rancho La Puerta’s 3,000 acres include 32 acres of gardens; hiking trails; an organic farm; several pools; extensive spa and fitness facilities; a salon; individual casitas for guests; a large dining hall, gift shop, and an intimate library — as well as numerous inviting lounges and conference rooms.
Within walking distance, our organic farm, Rancho Tres Estrellas, grows the healthy fare we dine on daily.
Women’s Health Center
Massage/therapy rooms, lounge, hot tub, sauna, locker room, showers, nude sunbathing – 5,825 square feet.
Villas Health and Skin Care Center
Massage/therapy rooms, lounge, hot tub, sauna, locker room, showers, nude sunbathing – 13,372 square feet.
Men’s Health Center
Massage/therapy rooms, lounge, hot tub, sauna, locker room, showers, nude sunbathing – 5,390 square feet
Complete hair salon for men and women, manicures and pedicures – 2,590 sq.ft.
We offer the most complete program of any fitness resort and spa: over 70 different indoor and outdoor classes and activities–a total of approximately 325 instructor-led clinics and classes to choose from throughout an entire week.
The Ranch’s 11 gyms total 22,742 square feet:
- Arroyo: 910 sq.ft.
- Azteca: 3,920 sq.ft. equipped with 25 HOIST strength-training stations and equipment, plus Precor Elipticals, 8 Star Trac treadmills, 8 Life Cycles, 8 Stair Masters, complete free weight assemblage.
- Kuchumaa: 2,450 sq.ft.
- Milagro: 514 sq.ft.
- Montana: 2,806 sq.ft.
- Oak Tree Pavilion: 3,588 sq.ft.
- Olmeca: 2,112 sq.ft. Free weights and ballet barre
- Pai Pai: Spinning cycles, TRX, Kettlebells
- Pine Tree: 2,444 sq.ft.
- Tolteca: 2,138 sq.ft.
- Pilates Studio: 1,540 sq.ft. Six Alegro reformers, two Studio reformers, one Trapeze table, one Wunda chair, one work table, and a wide variety of supportive equipment
- In addition, there is a running track (1/6-mile); four lighted tennis courts; volleyball and basketball court; three swimming pools, five hot tubs, and three dozen hammocks (to entice you to rest and read, beneath ancient oak trees).
Guest Lounges and Community Spaces
24-hour free wi-fi is available in our Central Lounge, Maya Lounge, Flores Lounge, and the Bazar Del Sol
- Bazar Del Sol: Nestled in our Villas Sol area. Enjoy tastings of locally sourced wine & coffee or shop in our new Ranch boutique. Wi-fi hot spot
- Central Guest Lounge: Gather in the Central Lounge around the fireplace to chat, read newspapers, enjoy teas and smoothies, hook up to the Internet, and play board games. This is also the meeting place for early morning guided hikes. Other shared spaces are listed below.
- E-center: 24-hour access to e-mail, printers and wireless internet.
- Flores Lounge: A cozy gathering area with coffees and teas and a fireplace. Wi-fi hot spot
- Gazebo: A shady, centrally located palapa (a huge –umbrella– roof of woven palm leaves) for relaxing and afternoon refreshments.
- Library: Several thousand titles, fiction and non-fiction. Reading room, classroom (Spanish lessons) and cinema lounge for evening movies.
- Los Olivos Conference Room: Full dining and meeting facility used for corporate events and special gatherings, accommodating up to 30 guests.
- Maya Lounge: An intimate central lounge. Cable television and Wi-fi hot spot.
- Men’s Lounge: A comfortable area with daily papers, magazines, cable television.
- Mercado: Boutique filled with Mexican folk art, resort wear and fitness fashion, books, jewelry, and other travelers– needs.
- Museum: Founders– 1940-1950 adobe residence, with history displays.
- Oak Tree Pavilion: A spectacular round building, with floor-to-ceiling views of the mountain and vineyards, used for music performances, lectures, and retreats – 3,588 sq.ft.
Rancho La Puerta, founded by Edmond and Deborah Szekely, is the original destination fitness resort and spa — family-founded, -owned and -operated. Today’s guests enjoy the very best resort spa experience, shaped by expertise developed over 70 years.
Each week, some 150 guests share 3,000 acres of mountains and meadows beneath 3,885’ Mount Kuchumaa. The peak straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, and Native Americans consider its slopes and summit a sacred place — so much so that it was the first geographic feature in the U.S. to be named a National Historic Site by the Department of Interior based on spiritual significance.
We provide space — that which is most lacking in today’s life. Space to breathe freely. To relax. To renew, reflect and redirect one’s longer-living life. All facilities and land are for the exclusive use of our guests who come for the week, arriving on a Saturday and departing on the next, ensuring the delights of a warm and welcoming community.
Thanks to the careful use of water through drip systems and mulching, plus a biological marsh to recycle gray water for irrigation, plants from many parts of the world thrive. A generally free-draining, neutral soil derived from decomposed granite provides ideal growing conditions, especially when amended with organic compost made on-site. The Ranch has its own nursery and propagates a wide variety of native plants, as well as Mexican, Mediterranean, Australian, South African and cottage garden species.
Mature… but never complete
Nothing can replace time as a maker of gardens. Those at Rancho La Puerta’s have had 60 years of care by the Szekelys, and approximately a century of farming use before that. Sweeping views and winding paths lead you past venerable wisteria and grape vines, and through layered canopies of mature palo verde, acacia, olive, plum, apricot and almond trees, as well as peppers, Chinese elms, honey locust, palms, sycamores, oaks and eucalyptus.
Color and fragrance greet you at every turn. Flowering plants include rosemary, lavender, sage, masses of billowy shrub roses, great drifts of calendulas, narcissus, ranunculus and alyssum. These are followed by hollyhocks and sunflowers, Lavatera (tree mallow), buddleia, matilija poppies and cactus blossoms. Jasmine and honeysuckle frame doorways. Hummingbirds swoop in to feast on the towering flowers of the century plant and the fleshy bells of Our Lord’s Candle, the native yucca.
The Villas Health Center Art Gallery displays 30-plus works by contemporary Latin American artists, along with the famous J.P. Morgan Collection of primitive Brazilian art.
Well-known artists, craftsmen, writers, poets and photograpers often spend a week working and teaching at the Ranch. In addition, there is an on-site art studio which offers workshops in jewelry making, as well as a weekly fine art program that includes classes in sculpture, drawing and painting. Enjoy a glass of local Baja California wine with resident artist Jennifer Brandt and sculptor Jose Ignacio Castaneda at an exibition of their works in the gallery adjoining the art studio.
Brief bios of several of the artists are included here. To fully appreciate and discover their works, join a tour led by our artist-in-residence during your stay.
Victor Hugo Castaneda
Jose Ignacio Castaneda
Well-known artists, craftsmen, writers, poets, and photographers often spend a week working and teaching at the Ranch (see Events Calendar).