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Making the Spa Life Your Permanent Home

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Making the Spa Life Your Permanent Home


October 20, 2020
Wellness class at Rancho La Puerta spa.
Photo: courtesy Rancho La Puerta

Rancho La Puerta, in Tecate, Mexico, is one of the world’s leading spas. The haven for health and wellness seekers is renowned for its organic farm, workshops, spa treatments, all-natural dining menus, and classes like the Organic Breakfast Garden Hike and Cardio Hip Hop. 

The property is creating a new-home community for spa enthusiasts to live in on site. Homes at the Residences at Rancho La Puerta start at 1,961 square foot casitas priced from $733,163 and go up to 4,299 square foot villas starting at $1,692,600. Even the entry-level units feature a wellness home technology package that automates water and air quality and offers circadian lighting. They also include outdoor living spaces and comfort amenities like meditation areas, hammocks and water fountains. 

Sarah Livia Szekely Brightwood is the daughter of the destination spa’s founding couple who grew up on site and is its president today. In this Forbes interview, she shares how her family’s focus on wellness has led to the expansion of Rancho La Puerta into a wellness design community – and what that means for a new generation of resident enthusiasts.

“I have always loved environments that are designed to celebrate our connection to the natural world,” says Brightwood. “By this, I mean a home that is sensitive to seasonal changes, reminding us of the rhythms and cycles that have shaped our bodies over the millennia and enlivening the senses. We live in a world of so much unhealthy stimulation, distraction and hurry, I feel that a home should be a place where we can shed our stress and all the world demands of us at the door and feel safe enough to fully inhabit our bodies.”

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