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Shangri-La Paradise Hotel Review: In keeping with Ojai's alternative mindset, this private retreat and healing center has created a 4,000-sq-ft garden spa surrounded by banana plants, exotic flowers and musical groves of bamboo. By staying here overnight, guests can enjoy discounts on spa services as well as private access to the spa's Jacuzzi, Finnish dry sauna, sun deck, teahouse and a waterfall pool. Hawaiian lomilomi, hot rock, deep tissue, shiatsu and couples' massage sessions are on the spa menu, which also lists facials, floral baths, body scrubs, private yoga sessions, organic juices and herbal teas for complete rejuvenation. The spa suite and cottage accommodations all feature king or queen-sized beds, organic breakfasts and even a private lanai in some (but no phones). Private candlelit dinners with a bottle of organic wine can be arranged. Because guests' privacy is a priority, entry to this in-the-know locals' spot is by advance reservation only, and the address is only given upon confirmed reservation.