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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa - Review

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The pristine Ojai Valley, untouched by ugly urbanization with its tract homes and strip malls, continues to lure an eclectic group of individuals: world-weary truth seekers (the valley was portrayed as the mythical paradise of Shangri-La by Frank Capra in his 1937 classic Lost Horizon), movie stars, busy businessmen (and women) with the need for a little R&R, hikers, golfers, globetrotters....

The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has always offered a sophisticated get-away from the thorns of life, so to speak. Yet, over the past few years, it has really come into its own as a serious resort, catering to multitudinous needs, from romantic retreat to corporate meeting ground via a serious game on the green.

Its key attraction, however, is its 31,000-square-foot spa, a sanctuary of health and wellness with trickling fountains and loggias. Endless packages are available to soothe any soul such as the "Luxury Day Package," which includes an aromatic 50-minute Luxury Facial to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and massage the skin; a 50-minute Luxury Massage combining acupressure face-points with a relaxing body massage; and an 80-minute Luxury Body Treatment. "Just for Golfers" — the Inn is a big golf destination — translates into a 50-minute Golf Stretch & Strength personal training session and a 50-minute Golfer's Therapeutic massage, all handled by the Inn's expert and friendly staff. Two 3,500 square-foot suites on top of the spa were designed with recovering celebs in mind (as a post-botox or surgery retreat), offering a private elevator, your own treatment room, a sauna and Sunset and Sunrise terraces with outdoor whirlpools. Any one in need of a little solitude will appreciate the luxury of these environs.

Spa-inclined or otherwise, don't neglect to visit the massive herb garden lined with teahouses, perfect for your morning meditation or yoga asanas.

Increased popularity has also led to a major revamp of all food and beverage operations, culminating in the assemblage of a polished and seasoned team with executive chef Anthony Keene, food and beverage director Bernard Collin, beverage manager and sommelier Jim Kelley and others.

What does the future hold? A spa expansion and the construction of several luxury suites, which we very much are looking forward to: more room to play, recuperate and recharge.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
905 Country Club Rd.
Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-5511, 800-422-6524

(Updated: 10/26/10 CT)

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