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.
Spa Facilities and Health Centers
Step into an oasis of tranquility, complete with a relaxation lounge, sauna, steam room, showers, and private treatment rooms. The indoor area flows beautifully into the outdoors where you can sunbathe on a secluded patio, take a dip in the hot tub, and rest peacefully in nature. – 5,825 square feet.
Rejuvenate and revitalize at the Men’s Health Center, where you will indulge in spa therapies in private treatment rooms, unwind in the relaxation lounge, take a dip in the hot tub, rest in the sauna or steam room, and sunbathe on the private outdoor patio. – 5,390 square feet.
Experience complete relaxation and rejuvenation in this peaceful spa setting, where you will enjoy spa therapies in private treatment rooms. The center is complete with separate men’s and women’s changing and shower areas, a hot tub, sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge, and cold water immersion. – 13,372 square feet.
Enhance your natural beauty in the relaxed setting of our full-service salon, complete with hair services, manicures, and pedicures. Specialized beauty treatments for special events and bridal parties are available. – 2,590 square feet.
Take an Abs and Back class, or attend an inspiring lecture at Arroyo Gym. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide lush garden views and plenty of sunlight in this high-ceilinged, carpeted gym. – 910 square feet.
Work out in this state-of-the-art weight room, equipped with twenty-five HOIST strength-training stations and equipment, Precor Elipticals, eight Star Trac treadmills, eight Life Cycles, eight Stair Masters, and a complete set of free weights. – 3,920 square feet.
Try out Cardio Drumming, African Dance, or Zumba in this beautiful dance studio. This spacious room has tons of natural light, a gleaming wooden dance floor, high ceilings, a chandelier, a sound system, a stone fireplace, a mirrored wall, and large windows. – 2,450 square feet.
Slip into a peaceful state in this tranquil meditation oasis. Equipped with meditation support cushions, yoga blankets, and a carpeted floor, this comfortable space provides an atmosphere that allows you to go deep within yourself. – 514 square feet.
Nourish your mind, body, and spirit during yoga classes in Montana Gym, a spacious studio with shining wooden floors, vineyard views, and tons of natural light. Yoga mats, blocks, straps, and blankets are provided. – 2,806 square feet.
You will feel at home in this warm and inviting room, with its pillows, blankets, wood-burning fireplace, baby grand piano, and floor-to-ceiling views of the mountain and vineyards. This spectacular round wooden building is the site of life-changing lectures, retreats, and musical performances.
Challenge yourself to an intense fitness class or sit back and learn at an inspirational health and wellness lecture in Olmeca Gym. This room is chock full of exercise equipment, including a ballet barre and a wall-to-wall mirror for the ideal workout session. – 2,112 square feet.
Workout in a Ranch Cycling, TRX or Kettlebell class at this fully equipped gym. Large windows provide tons of golden sunshine, which will keep you naturally energized during your workouts.
This state-of-the-art Pilates studio contains six Pilates Allegro® Reformers, two Studio Reformers®, one Trapeze table, one Wunda Chair, one work table, and a wide variety of supportive equipment. This room is designed to transform the body. – 1,540 square feet.
This giant workout room is centrally located and is equipped with exercise equipment, hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. It’s the ideal location for stretching classes, basic Pilates courses, and general Releasing and Mobilizing. – 2,444 square feet.
Many activities take place in this carpeted gym that features an array of workout equipment and floor to ceiling mirrors. Challenge yourself to Kettlebells, TRX, or postural therapy, or attend an informative lecture. – 2,138 square feet.
In addition, there is a running track (1/6-mile); four lighted tennis courts; pickleball; sand volleyball and a basketball court; four 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
The Ranch’s rich and diverse art classes will inspire everyone from beginners to professional artists. Express yourself through many creative media, including sculpting, jewelry making classes, and painting. The Art Studio is always open, so guests can practice their newfound skills at any time, day or night.
Showcasing the work of our resident artists, Jennifer Brandt and Jose Ignacio Castañeda, Ember Gallery is the Ranch’s newest art space. Guests can view current works, including sculpture, paintings, jewelry and other wearable art; our artists are in residence and happy to talk about their work, demonstrate techniques and illuminate the creative process.
This is a Wi-fi hot spot is a hidden gem in the Villas Sol area. The Bazar Del Sol serves local wine from the Guadalupe Valley, has an espresso bar, and a boutique full of handmade artisanal creations from Mexico. Relax on an indoor sofa by the fireplace or on the outdoor patio to soak in the gorgeous mountain views.
This cozy center is open 24 hours and offers community computers, complimentary wireless Internet, and basic printing services.
This cozy lounge and Wi-Fi hotspot is nestled in the heart of the Flores area. Relax on the sofas by the fireplace while enjoying coffee and tea, connect with new friends, and simply unwind!
Socialize or simply relax under the shade of the palapa, a huge umbrella roof of woven palm fronds in the centrally located Gazebo. We invite you to indulge all your senses here, by enjoying the afternoon refreshments, noticing the aroma of the garden flowers, feeling the fresh breezes, and taking in the golden sunlit days and starry nights.
The Ranch’s poolside juice bar, Tierra Alegre, which means “Joyful Earth.” The environment is warm and welcoming, designed with maple wood, bricks and ceramic tile, and decorated with fresh flowers and fruits and vegetables. Tierra Alegre is a farm-to-juice bar, all of the ingredients used in the beverages come straight from Tres Estrellas, the organic farm on six acres that surround La Cocina Que Canta. The menu changes according to what is available in the garden.
“The Kitchen That Sings” is the culinary center of Rancho La Puerta. Situated beneath sacred Mount Kuchumaa, and nestled in the heart of Tres Estrellas 6-acre organic garden, guests experience unforgettable farm-to-table cooking classes with top chefs in this fully equipped teaching kitchen.
Rancho La Puerta library houses several thousand fiction and non-fiction titles that will inspire and nourish your mind and spirit. This reading room also acts as a classroom and cinema for evening movies.
Hold a special gathering or corporate event at this private conference room, located above the Dining Hall. With advanced notice you may reserve the space for up to 30 people. Full table service is available at all dining events.
Unwind at this Wi-Fi Hotspot where you can view cable television or simply read a book.
The Main Lounge is essentially the family room of The Ranch, where connections are made and guests relax. Gather here and enjoy a wood-burning fire, socialize with new friends, read newspapers, enjoy teas and smoothies, connect to the Internet, and play board games. Be sure to check the bulletin board for updates and sign-up for classes in this lounge. This is also meeting place for early morning guided hikes.
A Wi-Fi Hotspot. Relax in this comfortable lounge while enjoying coffee and fresh fruit. Daily newspapers, magazines, and cable television are also available.
This Ranch boutique will fulfill all of your travel needs. Choose from a wide selection of souvenirs ranging from Talavera pottery to books written by Ranch Presenters to Mexican vanilla. The shop also features athletic apparel, resort wear, and handmade jewelry.
Travel back in time at the Rancho La Puerta founders home, where Edmond and Deborah Szekely resided from 1940-1950. Today, guests can learn about the history of The Ranch through museum displays placed decoratively inside and around this adobe structure.
24-hour free wi-fi is available in our Main Lounge, Maya Lounge, Flores Lounge, and the Bazar Del Sol
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).