By Melanie Haiken on November 20, 2014
Rancho La Puerto, the original wellness and fitness retreat, still offers an incomparable experience for those seeking the fountain of youth.
By Melanie Haiken on July 20, 2014
Long known for its relaxed atmosphere and gorgeous setting just outside of Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge has now added a wellness-themed spa to its list of luxuries.
By Melanie Haiken on May 23, 2014
I’m having a surreal moment. I’m standing, covered head to feet in slick, graphite-colored volcanic mud, when suddenly the deep guttural honk of a howler monkey reverberates almost directly overhead. I walk gingerly up the slatted wooden walkway that traverses the boiling hot river, craning my neck for a glimpse of the monkeys and at […]
By Melanie Haiken on November 22, 2010
I went to Rancho La Puerta, the legendary wellness retreat and spa in Tecate, Mexico, to whip myself into shape and get healthy and centered. Certainly those goals seemed ambitious enough for one week. What happened instead was quite unexpected; I discovered a series of classes and activities that allowed me to focus on alleviating […]
By Melanie Haiken on October 5, 2010
One of inspiring aging-related messages at Rancho La Puerta I haven’t had a lot of examples of healthy aging in my personal life; sadly, both of my parents died at relatively young ages. So I find myself constantly on the watch for role models to learn from; I’m hungry for the example of others as […]
By Melanie Haiken on September 1, 2010
Shirodhara = stress relief September brings excitement, yes, but along with that brave-new-start feeling comes a wallop of stress. It’s easy to feel like there’s just way, way too much to do and not enough time, money, energy, and attention to get it all done. When you feel you’re about to lose it — or […]
By Melanie Haiken on May 19, 2010
Since arriving at El Silencio Lodge, an über-private nature retreat in Costa Rica’s high volcanic mountains, I’ve been contemplating the meaning of silence. Because silence, at least here in the jungle during the early days of the rainy season, is anything but quiet. Let’s start with the cicadas, which sound like buzz saws about ten […]