This Acclaimed Resort Captures the True Spirit of Ojai – Hotels Above Par – Hip Travel Guide

Some hotels are places to spend the night. Others feel like destinations unto themselves. The winner Ojai Valley Inna sprawling 220-acre resort in the small and quaint Southern California town of Ojai falls into the latter camp.

Ojai Valley Ranch Inn Resort & Spa

It all starts with the drive through past hardwood oaks and putting greens. As you enter the valet roundabout, the enchanting Spanish hacienda-style architecture really comes into its own. After check-in, guests can choose to walk to their room or hop in a golf cart. Whichever mode of transport you choose, it’s worth the long journey to experience the land, where fragrant lavenders bloom and lemon trees glisten in the sun.

Ojai Valley Inn Resort

Ojai Valley Inn offers a ton of different types of rooms and suites, all decked out in warm hues and featuring luxurious contemporary comforts. Some have fireplaces and private balconies, while others feature giant soaking tubs and local art.

Variety remains a constant theme throughout the property, which offers an endless array of activities aimed at groups, families with children, and couples. The interactive beekeeping experience and honey tasting are particularly appreciated. Recreational facilities include a multi-court tennis center and a championship golf course that has attracted casual players, pros and celebrities like Bob Hope and Kevin Costner over the years.

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If you prefer to make recreation the primary goal, that’s totally doable. Make an appointment for a personalized massage, a brightening botanical facial or a signature orange blossom and honey body wrap at the Ojai Spa. Wellness programming goes far beyond traditional treatments. Pilates, yoga, meditation, wellness talks and stretching are some of the holistic offerings. The Artist Cottage offers creative workshops on mandala stone painting, candle making and homemade aromatherapy blends.

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Right in the middle of it all but somehow secluded, the adults-only Indigo Pool is great for ordering a cocktail before diving into a good book. The sounds of kids splashing and laughing echo the Pixie Family Pool, which offers toys, floats, and poolside cabana service that’s sure to please guests of all ages.
The Ojai Valley Inn has an impressive collection of fine dining outlets. The Oak serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in an indoor-outdoor setting facing the golf course and mountains. An atmospheric restaurant with a distinctly grown-up vibe, Olivella features California cuisine with Italian influences. Jimmy’s Pub offers a stellar selection of microbrews on tap as well as salads, burgers and wood-fired pizzas. You can buy coffee and pastries at Libbey. There’s also a spa cafe with a juice bar and healthy fare. The Farmhouse at Ojai is a unique dining venue that hosts seasonal culinary events and tasting dinners from world-class chefs.

Best takeaways

Location: Ojai, California

Evaluation: Five stars

The atmosphere: An elegantly laid-back, citrus-scented Ojai retreat set against a backdrop of rolling mountains.

Food + Drink: With seven culinary options, ranging from grab-and-go breakfast to fine dining, you’ll never go hungry (or thirsty).

Approvals: several restaurants; two swimming pools; spa; Artist’s Cottage and Apothecary; Fitness Center; golf field; tennis court; bike rental; event space

Our favorite thing about the hotel: The incredible range of activities and leisure.

5 nearby attractions: Los Padres National Forest, Ojai Valley Museum, Valley View Preserve, Ojai Valley Trail

Neighborhood personal recs? Ojai has a quaint, walkable town center with plenty of local shops and restaurants. Ojai Tortilla House is a no-frills, cash-only establishment with excellent burritos. Share irresistible seasonal plates of eloté fries, crispy Brussels sprouts and smoked golden beet tostadas at The nest. Interested in tasting local wines? Walk up to Casa Barranca Tasting Room.

Rooms: 303 spacious rooms and suites, plus a private villa

Pricing: Rooms start at $679/night

Nearest airport: Santa Barbara Airport

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