(October 13, 2010): Tecate, Baja California, Mexico: Rancho La Puerta, the original fitness resort and spa in North America, has recently been named “World’s Best Destination Spa” by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine and has received a top honor from another leader in the travel spa industry, Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

Travel + Leisure magazine’s 15th annual World’s Best Awards readers’ survey ranked Rancho La Puerta as “World’s Best Destination Spa.” Destination spas are ranked based on readers’ ratings in five categories: accommodations/ambience, treatments, service, food, and value. In the 15th annual World’s Best Awards survey, readers rated destinations, properties, and travel companies they had recent experiences with. The 2010 poll yielded a record number of votes, proof that Travel + Leisure readers have an even more powerful voice as they determine the travel experiences that matter now. The complete survey results are currently posted on www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.

Condé Nast Traveler magazine has awarded Rancho La Puerta an Honorable Mention in the category of Education Programs as part of its World Savers Awards 2010. Companies recognized in these annual World Savers Awards have been deemed creative in protecting, conserving, and supporting natural environments and local communities. A record 164 applications received this year with each applicant required to give detailed responses to more than 20 questions. It took 22 expert judges (academics, CEOs, philanthropists) and seven passionate Condé Nast Traveler editors to pick 32 honorees in five categories: education, environmental and/or cultural preservation, health, poverty relief, and wildlife conservation. All winners are listed on http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/502974.

Ranch Background: The original fitness resort and spa, founded in 1940, Rancho La Puerta (www.reservations@rancholapuerta.com) welcomes 100 to 125 guests each week to its 3,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows. All facilities and land are for the exclusive use of guests, most of whom come for an entire week, ensuring the delights of getting to develop lasting friendships with other guests and staff. The climate is near-perfect; warm and dry, with some rain showers, in winter, and warm with very low humidity in summer – cleansed by an occasional mountain thunderstorm that lasts but an hour or two. Rancho La Puerta is located at the juncture of the Laguna and Sierra Juarez mountain ranges only about 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1,700 feet.

Guests enjoy inclusive rates that cover all accommodations, fitness classes, gourmet organic meals, activities and special presentations. Spa treatments, personal training sessions, and cooking classes at the new culinary center, La Cocina Que Canta, are available at reasonable fees. The Ranch’s approach to wellness strikes a mind, body and spirit balance. Outdoor activities in nature such as swimming and guided hikes are coupled with over 50 different classes each week in yoga, Pilates, tai chi, dance, and many other traditional strength, stamina, and flexibility disciplines.

The cuisine is lacto-ovo vegetarian with some seafood options and features an abundance of organic fruits and vegetables from the resort’s own six-acre organic farm. Freshest-of-the-fresh seafood comes from the port of Ensenada, Baja California; brought in from a fishermen’s market where the local boats come in daily, allowing Ranch chefs to prepare spectacular seafood meal options five times week. All meals offer both vegetarian and modified-vegetarian alternatives.

“We provide the true luxury of time and space,” says founder Deborah Szekely. “These are most lacking in today’s life. Here you will find the space to breathe freely, to relax and enjoy what can be ‘the longer-living, younger life.’”

Week-long packages start at $2,795 per person for a double occupancy room, a price that includes accommodations, all meals, a wide array of fitness classes, use of all facilities, daily learning workshops and seminars, nightly entertainment, and complimentary scheduled transportation to and from the San Diego airport.

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