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Rancho La Puerta


Since 1940, this destination spa has welcomed guests for weeklong retreats that focus on health, wellness, fitness, and beauty issues. The facilities include Spanish-style villas, gazebos, and pools, as well as an organic farm and a new cooking school, all set on 3,000 acres of mountainside perfect for morning hikes. Fitness classes, life-coaching workshops, and spa treatments keep guests busy; low-calorie gourmet cuisine, served between sessions in a large communal dining room, keeps them sated. The array of activities, such as hydrotherapy massage, cooking demonstrations, and Pilates lessons, coupled with the camaraderie among guests, make this a splendid retreat.