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Healing Focus

Healing yourself is ultimately your responsibility – so it’s important to listen to your needs in order to renew, reflect or redirect your life. Rancho La Puerta helps you to find new paths to healing, providing you with the surroundings and programs to change, and the space to breathe. Living up to the motto, “Embrace your life. Start today!” the world’s oldest healing resort is the perfect escape from life’s stress and distractions – allowing you to experience a transformative vacation that empowers your true self.

Create your days by choosing the food, nutrition, exercise, rest, relaxation, education and expression you need to leave feeling rested and reenergized.

„Although fitness is a fundamental pillar – with more than 70 indoor and outdoor activities on offer – allowing your soul to stretch by connecting with nature is key to the Ranch’s healing philosophy.“
  • Fitness
  • Organic Cuisine
  • Sustainability
  • Stress Release


In 1940, Professor Edmond Szekely and his wife Deborah founded Rancho La Puerta with the goal to transform guests’ lives. Known as “the friendly spa”, Rancho La Puerta feels more like a close-knit eco-village than a destination spa. Set in the midst of colourful gardens with a private 4,000 acre nature preserve – everything from the front gate to the deep soil of the Ranch’s organic gardens, the medicinal plants and herbs that are grown for use in the spa’s healing treatments to it’s own meditation labyrinth – is deeply entwined with nature.

Here, in the proximity of Mount Kuchuma’s “exalted high place” there is also a sense of the sacred. For centuries, the Native American Kumeyaay tribe has honoured this mystical mountain as the womb of the world where creation sprang from and only shamans were allowed to summit.

For three generations, the Szekely family have also been committed to sustainable practices and protecting the natural world. As a guest you’ll feel like you are visiting a natural oasis and experience the preciousness of this beautiful landscape reflected back at you by participating in the Ranch’s many eco programs at the nearby Tres Estrellas organic farm, in the community of Tecate and the trans-border region beyond.


Features & Benefits


An eco-village of 86 private tile-roofed “garden casitas”


Sustainable & Social Practises

  • The building and surrounding landscape is located in a biodiversity hotspot (approximately 200 different plant species on the grounds)
  • The majority of landscape maintenance is done using hand tools
  • Chips the Christmas trees from the surrounding area from which they make mulch for the grounds
  • Minimal to no use of chemicals to maintain Rancho La Puerta grounds
  • Employs many water conservation practices to ensure the landscape, pools and farms will flourish year-round
  • Used local materials and works in traditional ways while building
  • Uses natural cleansers and refillable water bottles
  • Installed composting toilets, switched to compact fluorescent light bulbs and uses natural ventilation for buildings
  • Participates in a federal environmental and safety program called “Empressa Limpia”

Healing & Spa

Spa Facilities
  • 11 gyms, 3 swimming pools, WATSU pool & 3 hot tubs
  • Pilates studio, running track, labyrinth, 4 lighted tennis courts, volleyball & basketball courts
  • Men’s and women’s health centers with steam rooms, whirlpools & saunas
  • 3 dozen hammocks for rest & balance
Healing Therapies & Treatments
  • Acupuncture, (detox cupping) massages, reflexology, chiropractic
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, energy medicine, WATSU®, WaterDance™, Feldenkrais® Method & Xocolatl Skin Replenishment
  • Facials, body wraps/scraps, beauty Services (nails, hair, waxing, etc.)
Healing Therapies


The ranch offers over 70 indoor and outdoor activities including:

  • Body-mind classes ( yoga, pilates, tai chi, The Bar Method, gyrokinesis, stretch and flexibility training, Feldenkrais & postural therapy), dance classes (cardio drum dance, Zumba, salsa, Soul Motion™, hoops, Bollywood, NIA/Neuromuscular Integrative Action), mindfulness classes (meditation, chanting & sound healing) & art classes (jewelry making, landscape sketching, watercolor & sculpture)
  • Cardio fitness and strength training (cardio, cardio boxing, interval training, boot camp, Cycle 30, ranch cycling, TRX, Par Cour obstacle training, Tabata Sculpt, Bosu fit, cardio drum dance & world drumming) & men’s fitness & spa programs
  • Labyrinth meditation walk  & guided mountain trail, tennis/pickleball & birdwatching
  • HYDRO-FIT aqua training & swim coaching
  • Nutrition talks & cooking classes, eco-programs organic gardening
  • Annual calendar of events and special programs with visiting experts


  • International-style cuisine with Mediterranean, Latin American and Asian influences
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian menu (no meat or poultry) with “catch of the day” (seafood), gluten-free and vegan options available
  • Largely vegetarian, low in fat, sodium, and refined flour and sugar — while high in energy, fiber, and complex carbohydrates
  • “Slow food” principles using fresh, local and seasonal produce farmed from the Ranch’s own gardens and the nearby Tres Estrellas organic farm

Healing Programs & Retreats

Healing Programs
Elisabeth Ixmeier, COO, Founder
Dr. Elisabeth Ixmeier
Healing Hotels of the World
Even though it’s tempting to sleep in, don’t miss out on the morning hikes! You won’t regret it.


  • Tranquil, rural setting near the designated ‘magical village’ of Tecate
  • At the foot of Baja California’s sacred and mystical Mt Kuchumaa
  • Round-trip bus service from San Diego (provided on Saturdays)
  • Car
    San Diego: 1 hour


Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort & Spa

P.O. Box 69
Tecate, CA 91980



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