The niche demographic for this "spa" seems to be 40+ year old women traveling either alone or with girlfriends. I was a 30-something year old male traveling with my girlfriend, which makes a difference in this review.
Easy pickup from San Diego airport with a long, windy trip in bus to the border and then a few minutes more to the hotel.
When I first arrived I was expecting a beautiful resort-like facility and grounds. While it is very nicely done, it is not luxury. It is functional though and still quite nice.
The days are packed full of exercise and wellness activities, not sitting by the pool with a margarita (which they don't serve). From the 5am morning hike to the pilates to the Bar Method to the water aerobics to the boot camp...newbies (like us) went all out the first day and were very sore day 2. We then scaled it back a bit and still enjoyed ourselves immensely.
The spa treatments were very nice and definitely something to sign up for. We were there on our honeymoon and one was offered, as was a consult with a nutritionist (great consult!).
A few more thoughts:
* The food portions were small, but one can always go back and get more if needed.
* There is no alcohol, but some people went "off campus" for dinner or brought back some beers to their room.
* The food is all "spa portioned" and quite healthy and mainly vegetarian. At first I was worried that a week of this would be a disaster and all I wanted was guacamole and chicken taco's and a margarita...it was Mexico after all! Luckily I survived and ended up rather enjoying the food
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The world's first fitness resort established in 1940, this spa is located right across the border in Mexico and is nestled on 3,000 private acres of rolling terrain. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rancho La Puerta Hotel Tecate
- Rancho La Puerta Tecate