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North America's first destination fitness resort and spa, founded in 1940, nestles into a mountain setting less than an hour's ride by motor coach from San Diego. Here is room to grow...3,000 acres just for you and 125 other guests each week-space to breathe, stretch, learn, and immerse yourself in serene beauty.
After hosting health retreats all over the globe, founders Deborah and Edmond Szekely chose Tecate for its ideal climate and scenery. Climate maps showed them that this valley, barely across the border, has one of the mildest, dry and warm Mediterranean climates in the world. Today "the Ranch" is a lush nature preserve. A world-class garden landscape shelters 87 very-private guest villas, each decorated with unique and rare folk art.
The location (at 1700') is ideal for year-round outdoor activity. A complete, well-rounded fitness program offers hiking and nature walks in mountains and meadows, yoga, Pilates, aquatic exercise, and much more. Originally known as the "School of Life," the Ranch carries on a mind/body/spirit emphasis today in all activities, which include arts and crafts and evening learning and entertainment programs.
The elegant Spanish Colonial dining hall serves health-focused, calorie-controlled Mexican-Mediterranean cuisine direct from the spa's organic gardens.
All guests (approximately 125 each week) arrive and depart on Saturday, which fosters a sense of community and new friendships. Rates are a true "best buy," and the Ranch prides itself on not adding on the customary service fee of many spa-resorts. Friendly service here is truly a great tradition. Experience the beauty, the spirit, and the soul of America's first and finest fitness resort!
Classical Spanish Colonial "casitas" with their own gardens and patios: Ranchera - studio bedroom (most with kitchenettes), bath. Hacienda - sitting area, fireplace or wood-burning stove, kitchenette, studio bedroom, bath Villa - large sitting area, fireplace, kitchenette, bedroom area, bath Villa Studio - large living room, fireplace, dressing area, kitchenette, bedroom area, bath Villa Suite - living room, fireplace, dining area, kitchenette, two bedrooms, two baths.
4 year-round outdoor pools, organic farm, 30+ miles hiking trails, 30-acre botanical garden landscape, 2 women's spa centers, separate men's spa center, 5 hot tubs, 10 gyms, lighted tennis courts, labyrinth, Pilates studio.
Extended hiking program (October-April), organic vegetable garden breakfast hike, birdwatching, arts and crafts studio, African dance workout, evening program every night presenting noted guest speakers and entertainers, salsa-aerobics, Inner Journey.
Theme is "modified vegetarian," with a focus on whole grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and dairy, and catch-of-the-day fresh seafood from local Pacific waters. No meat or poultry.
Size of Spa
125 guests, 390 employees
All meals and snacks, fitness activities, use of all facilities, evening learning and entertainment, scheduled transportation to and from San Diego Airport.
Range of Prices for A La Carte Services
Spa treatments $90-$155, personal training sessions $75/hour, three-hour hands-on cooking class $85.
Deposit & Pre-Payment Information
Deposit is $500 per person, per week, and is required at time of booking to guarantee your reservation. Full balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.
$50 cancel fee up until 30 days prior to arrival day. Balance refunded.
Within 29-14 days of arrival day, $250 cancel fee. Balance refunded.
From 14 days to 1 day before arrival day, $500 cancel fee. Balance refunded.
Arrival Day: entire payment will be forfeited.
Payment Methods Accepted
Cash, checks, American Express, Visa and MasterCard.
Tecate for shopping and church; Tijuana for shopping; Valle de Guadalupe wine region; touring the seaport town of Ensenada.
Nearest Major Airport & Ground Transportation
San Diego International Airport (45 miles).Scheduled complimentary motor coach to and from airport on Saturdays.
Summer: High: 90°, Low 60°
Winter: High 80°, Low 40°
Year-round sunny and warm, mild and dry, with low humidity.