Rancho La Puerta

Rancho La Puerta

December 2011

I AM a SPA SNOB.   Pure and simple;  I want my surroundings to be beautiful, treatments that touch me to the core, food that delights and service which humbles me.  I found this at Rancho La Puerta!  This place has a soul.  And all within a 2 – 3 hour drive from Los Angeles.

The landscape is very different from Southern California.  RLP is situated at the foot of  Kuchumaa mountain peak, just minutes from the San Diego border to the east in Tecate, Mexico.  The hills are a mosaic of pre-historic boulders and lush chaparral.  The greet staff who escorted us from the San Diego Airport were warm, welcoming and brimming with smiles.  Crossing the border was uneventful and fairly quick.


Service at the ranch exceeded my expectations.  You can tell these people really love what they do and are treated well by management.  Some have been with RLP for 50 years!  They must have been BORN here right?!

Rancho La Puerta was developed 70 years ago, in the midst of world war II when the planet was definitely tilted on its axis.  And those who were seeking an affordable escape and place to healthfully edify their soul could capture it at “the Ranch”, albeit “tent city” accommodations.  Now fast forward to 2011, it still has an authentic setting; organic foods all grown on property, tents have been replaced by rustic casita’s (some quite spacious villas with fireplaces), innovative dishes and unique treatments difficult to find elsewhere.  Morning hikes in and among the hills and don’t miss the “organic breakfast hike”!  D-E-L-I-S-H!  As Rancho La Puerta was basically the first destination spa others have fashioned themselves after, you destination spa aficionados will feel a sense of déjà vu going on here…and that is because Rancho La Puerta put the concept on the map.

I highly recommend RLP if one is desperate for a kick start to a new and low fat (yet tasty) regime.  After just 4 days I lost pounds without even trying and gained power I had not expected!  Perhaps it’s the legendary energy invoked by ancient Kumeyaay Indian shaman’s buried in the foothills surrounding the Ranch.  I hope to return to Rancho La Puerta someday soon with clients next time who are looking for this vibe off a decidedly less beaten path!


  1.  What a beautiful ability… the opportunity to help us create a memory…  a flash in time where the kids were kids, the trip of a lifetime captured so beautifully… a love story for 2 lovers in love, the right place at the right time type of scenario…. what a gift to be given kelli Alexander, you are the intermediate to life's most precious moments… you are a visionary you are possibility, the what if, the perfect choice of luxury travel…

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