Travel + Leisure Names Mexico’s Rancho La Puerta ‘World’s Best Destination Spa’



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 for the second year in a row.

Travel + Leisure magazine’s 16th 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 the16th annual World’s Best Awards survey, readers rated destinations, properties, and travel companies they had recent experiences with. The 2011 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.

Overall winners for 2011 included World’s Best City—Bangkok; World’s Best Hotel—Singita Grumeti Reserves (Saskwa Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp, and Faru Faru Lodge), Tanzania; World’s Best Island—Santorini, Greece; World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line—Crystal Cruises; World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line—Seabourn; World’s Best River Cruise Line—Tauck; World’s Best International Airline—Singapore Airlines; World’s Best Domestic Airline—Virgin America; World’s Best Tour Operator/Safari Outfitter—Micato Safaris; World’s Best Car-Rental Agency—Zipcar; World’s Best Destination Spa—Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort & Spa Tecate, Mexico; and World’s Best Hotel Spa—Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa New Zealand.

Complete survey results are currently posted on Travel + Leisure’s website. Rancho La Puerta’s win will be featured in an upcoming Fall 2011 issue. 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.

Weeklong packages start at $2,985 ppdo, 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 from San Diego airport, and the return. Spa treatments, personal training sessions, and cooking classes at the new culinary center, La Cocina Que Canta, are available at reasonable fees.

Travel + Leisure, www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest,  Rancho La Puerta, 800-443-7565, www.rancholapuerta.com