Ojai Valley Inn And Spa
What We Love
- The property’s championship golf course
- Views of Los Padres National Forest
- The award winning Spa Ojai’s Abhyanga Four-Handed Massage
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Golfing at Ojai is $180 per round — the best tee times often go early (up to one year in advance!)
- Pets are permitted for an additional $150 for the first pet, per stay, and $50 for the second pet, per stay; there is a two-pet maximum
- A $30 resort fee per night will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Spread over several buildings that flow down a green hillside into the valley, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa was originally commissioned by an early-20th-century glass tycoon from Toledo. It looks like a perfect California village, composed entirely of white stucco and terra cotta, a Mission-style utopia for those who want golf clubs in their hands or slices of cucumber covering their eyes.
Bed & Bath
The 308 rooms are all spacious, all with views of the manicured grounds or surrounding hills. Opt for the Fireplace Shangri-La Rooms or Mini Suites for 550 and 625 square feet, respectively, fireplaces (even in SoCal, a fire feels cozy) and verandas or balconies with views of the Los Padres National Forest.
There’s nothing wrong with spending the weekend camped out on a deck chair by the pool. But if you want to stay active, it’s not a problem here. One day can be devoted to tennis at the expansive tennis center, another to golf at the spectacular 18-hole championship course carved into the hillsides in 1923. And, of course, there’s the spa. The best-known treatment is called Kuyam, and it involves a mud cleanse, a lot of heat and a guided group meditation. Another fave is the Abhyanga Four-Handed Massage, which employs the healing hands of two top therapists.
How to Get There
This is my local staycation destination when I need to get away from Los Angeles, do some yoga/meditation, play some tennis and spend time with the family without jumping on a plane. I love that they are dog-friendly, have plenty of vegan options and an incredible spa. The grounds are beautiful and you don't feel the need to leave the property at all if you are doing a weekend stay.
Let me start by saying I’ve been lusting over this place for years and my girlfriends and I finally planned a weekday trip to visit.....it exceeded my expectations and more. We went the week after Mother’s Day so there were still a lot of families with a lot of kids around. Luckily there is an adult only pool (and a kids pool) and there were no kids at the spa pool. We spent a lot of time at the fabulous spa and ate a lot. All of the restaurants had gluten free options and vegan options. I had the most amazing dairy free, vegan, gluten free enchiladas at their Oaks Restaurant....My girlfriends had lamb and a filet steak which they both said were amazing.
During the day we went into town and visited Ojai Vineyards who makes a wonderful Grenache and ate at The Nest, a local restaurant who makes everything from scratch. I’m ambivalent about taking my husband, I’m not sure if he would enjoy Ojai the way I did. It is not new and shiny, but it has a calming feel and made me instantly feel relaxed. Truly enjoyed every minute I was there and can’t wait to go back.
The place is very small, but beautiful, quite, fresh air, a lot of thins to do, hiking, picnic, checking out the plants growing in the local, fresh olives and fruits. A small town for family to have quite time. Check out the museum and driving along the valley is nice too.
Highly recommend the Ojai Valley Inn for families with young children. Our two kids loved the complimentary kids' club in the morning and had a great time at the Pixie Pool in the afternoon. The grounds are wonderful for roaming and playing, and the rooms are lovely and comfortable. Impressed with every moment of our time here and can't wait to go back.
My husband and I spent three nights here and were checked in early (2:00 p.m.) on a Tuesday. At $439.00/night, I guess I expected a quieter room ( do not get 131), as it was located directly above the car valet station. While all the valet employees were very nice, the chatter was distracting
( especially if you wanted to sit on your balcony and look at the canopy). Granted we did not request another room. The lobby had “ pixie tangerines” for the taking every day- a nice touch. Surprisingly thin walls for a seemingly well-constructed building. Again, we were in the main section. If you can swing it, pay more for a villa or room away from the valet parking area, restaurant areas and pool area.
The service was very good, particularly in THE OAK restaurant and OLIVELLA. The concierge had made a reservation for us at THE OAK the first night ( which THE OAK claimed never to have gotten); however, we were seated anyway. Our server, Victor, was very attentive. The spa area was okay - a bit close in the changing area. The actual services were good ( reflexology with Fanny, in particular). The fitness center is adequate. The grounds are meticulously cared for and quite beautiful, despite three days of cool, cloudy weather. Too cold to use the pool, but the fire pits in front of the pub restaurant were nice. There are bicycles for rent and paths to bike on. Beautiful golf course if you are a golfer and four hard courts for tennis players.
Ventured into downtown Ojai one day. Pretty much saw everything in an hour or two. Nice downtown park and a few restaurants. “Bart’s” open air bookstore was impressive.
Decided to drive into Ventura another day and walked the pier, shopped downtown and had a fabulous lunch at LURE Restaurant ( oysters on the half shell, fresh haddock, sautéed spinach). It is about a 20 minute drive from Ojai and worth it if you are looking for a bit more to do. There is a terrific garden/home furnishings store on Palm Ave. in between Main and Santa Clara Streets.
All in all probably would not return to the Inn. Usually make a trip out West ( from Fla) every year and stay in different areas. The Belmont El Encanto in Santa Barbara is tops over OVIS in service,
accommodations, amenities and location.
OVIS seems a popular spot for conventions/seminars and girl get togethers.
Oh, there is farmhouse on site that features cooking classes, cooking exhibitions, special functions. Did not take advantage of any of them.