Rising like an ivory and adobe mirage amid the towering hills of Southern California, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa curates recreation and relaxation across stately grounds that date back to 1923. Guests can trade forehand hits on one of the resort's four lighted tennis courts or hunt for birdies across the acclaimed 18-hole golf course that has hosted seven Senior PGA Tour events and welcomed rarefied guests such as Bob Hope, Will Smith, and the mashie niblick from a bygone era.
Massage therapists and aestheticians tend to weary travelers at the resort's sprawling spa, which instills tranquil thoughts with everything from plush massage beds to the ornately patterned tiles in the Kuyam chamber room dedicated to mud- and clay-mask treatments.
Locally sourced produce and herbs harvested from the inn's garden are infused into dishes at the inn’s restaurants, which feature both indoor and outdoor dining experiences. The resort also encompasses 308 guest rooms that embody the rustic refinement of Spanish colonial style for those looking for a relaxing weekend or a romantic getaway with their beloved tennis racket.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 70 course
Length of 6,292 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.0 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 132 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
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At ArchiTexture, coloring specialists are just as likely to infuse a client's hair with a dusky glow as they are to stencil in some neon-pink lightning bolts. Owner Erika Harding values technical expertise as well as artistic expression—an attitude that's also shared by her team of seven hair stylists, an aesthetician, and two licensed massage therapists.
All visits begin with a consultation, during which staffers work with clients to determine their style goals. While colorists infuse hair with colors ranging from subtle to avant-garde, stylists perform custom cuts for men and women. In the spa, steady hands massage visages with an array of organic facials and PCA peels. The salon's creative atmosphere also extends to its in-house art gallery.
Kali Institute's clinical curriculum and experienced instructors effectively transform pupils into licensed massage practitioners and somatic therapists. By covering subjects such as anatomy, body mechanics, and ethics, the 250-hour massage-therapy program produces licensed practitioners who know much more than just basic kneads and strokes. Students may advance their studies with additional programs that cover topics ranging from neurostructural bodywork to Asian medicines and herbs. Kali Institute also houses a student massage clinic, where graduation-bound pupils calibrate their kneads, strokes, and soft, soothing voice by pampering customers during 60-minute Swedish massages.
Alongside the rest of the team at Silhouettes By The Beach, Jamie Wyllie performs her aesthetician duties in the privacy of a tucked-away suite. Out front, light streams through floor-to-ceiling windows that face Ventura Harbor, and clients lounge in custom-made purple chairs lined up in front of head-to-toe mirrors during hair appointments. The decor is no accident—Silhouettes By The Beach was designed to make clients feel at ease, unlike the queen in a rugby scrum. The salon’s manicure stations, meanwhile, set fingers at ease with OPI nail lacquer that blankets fingernails and toenails with bright pops of color.
At Color Reflexology, Margaret H. Lambert, CCP, CRflx is on a peaceful mission to eradicate stress. At her practice, the certified hypnotherapy, reflexology, and colorpuncture specialist provides metaphysical therapies that work to relax clients inside and out. Her methods vary to suit individual needs—she might use colors to stimulate the body's acupuncture points, or soothing hypnosis techniques to calm minds unable to stop practicing long division. Margaret's unique treatments have helped movie stars and movie fans alike recover a greater sense of wellbeing.
A little bit of nature lurks around every corner inside Vital Body Salon & Spa. Green plants and flowers decorate not only the haircutting stations inside Vital Body, but spa areas too. Such accents make the salon and spa feel like a home away from home—if only your home had massage therapists and aestheticians there, too. Inside the relaxing atmosphere, specialists get to work with massages, facials, waxing, haircuts, and body wraps that help bodies feel just as good inside as they look outside. The center also offers energy-healing sessions that can help you begin the day with recharged batteries.