Visiting Rancho La Puerta: A health spa and fitness retreat guide

Organic eats, enthralling terrain, and luxurious spa treatments, we explore the benefits of a health spa and fitness retreat.

Feb 14, 2013
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Noah Lehava
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Rancho la Puerta
Visiting Rancho La Puerta: A health spa and fitness retreat guide

Your crazy schedule may have you dreaming of sipping frosty mojitos by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. But why not consider a getaway that will leave with more than just a hangover? Come back energized, refreshed and maybe even a little lighter. Whether you’re an exercise novice or a 3-time triathlon champion, health and fitness retreats can be both invigorating and relaxing. They offer a transformation of body, mind and spirit with a mixture of high-intensity workouts, therapeutic programs and lush spa treatments. We chat with Toronto fitness expert, Jannah Watt, Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology and owner of Kuhoot, on her tips on how to stay balanced with exercise and treatments while on vacation.

Where: Rancho la Puerta, Tacate Mexico.

Why: It is the oldest destination fitness retreat, founded in 1940 by Deborah Szekely (who at 90 years old, is still actively running the fitness retreat). The retreat, boasts 87 villas, spaced throughout the beautifully landscaped grounds to encourage lots of walking. Located on the cusp of the Baja Region, Rancho offers guests a menu of fitness classes, lectures, cooking classes and health spa treatments that have them coming back over and over again. Its weeklong program offers a vast variety of activities that let guests curate a custom schedule to fit their needs. The celebrity hotspot has attracted the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Sophia Loren. Get fit and pampered at every level as we take you through a day at Rancho la Puerta.

THE NOVICE


Fitness:
a.m: Start your day with a brisk 2-mile hike to view the luscious grounds of the 6-acre organic garden.

Snack: Take a break in the heart of the garden, where the renowned La Cocina Que Canta cooking school is nestled. The ultimate treat, feasting on freshly picked rainbow-hued garden tomatoes, free-range organic eggs, and delicious lemon tea.

p.m: Get your heart rate up again with the Hot Latin Drum Dance that will have you laughing and burning calories without even noticing.

Health spa treatment: After a relaxing yoga session, opt for a soothing body treatment like the Energy Balance Therapy which balances your chakras and restores holistic health.

Expert tip: "Since this may be your first time at a fitness retreat, make sure to listen to your body. Ease into the week with mind-body workouts, such as yoga and Pilates, and have a rest day if needed. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the pool!" - Jannah Watt

Local option: If you're looking for a mini-escape for your body and mind, head over to Yogathletix in Toronto. This bright and spaceous studio combines the spiritual aspect of yoga with other mind-body methods for a full rounded experience.

If you're looking for a slightly more intense experience at health and fitness retreats, read on to the next page...

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