Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Fitness Retreats

by Justin Ocean

Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico

Perfect for: Gluttons for choice

Sweat it out: The sexiness of a population tends to be proportional to the beauty of the surrounding area (see: Brazil). So at Rancho La Puerta, nestled in the wildflower-speckled foothills of Mexico's Mount Kuchumaa, you've got 3,000 acres of prime Baja California beauty working in your favor—that, and this family-owned and -operated ranch's 70-plus years of making people look and feel good. The retreats are strictly self-tailored, with as much pampering or pummeling as you want. A fitness concierge helps you navigate the long list of classes and activities: There are typically four to ten options every hour between 6 am and 5 pm, including hiking, aerobic dance, cardio, Pilates, yoga, and tennis.

Cool down: The vibe here is about restful recharge; no smoking is allowed, and no alcohol is served on campus (although you can privately imbibe in-room with, say, a neighborly nightcap). The climate—325 days of sunshine and temperate weather—brings a peace all its own, perfect for the ranch's outdoor spa treatments (alas, for an extra fee). Group meals of organic dishes, prepared with greens harvested from the on-site organic farm, take place in a Spanish Colonial dining hall. At night, retreat to your private casita with folk art decor to relax by the fireplace, or whoop it up with nightly cabaret entertainment, dancing along to a live band—or a rocking game of bingo. Being lucky is sexy, too.

Rancho La Puerta
Tecate, Mexico
Tel: 800 443 7565
Eight-day retreats, including meals and transportation from San Diego Airport, from $2,835 per person; spa services are additional

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