I am a 49-year old woman and just spent 4 nights here with my mom (84) and a friend. Had a great time and would definitely go back. Agree with what other reviewers have said about the relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere, the surprisingly good food, the very good value, the great variety of classes and activities. Now for a few FYIs that have not been mentioned by others and are also not super clear from the property's website.
(1) Property has recently undergone a major remodel and the lobby is now absolutely lovely, in the same Spanish style that characterizes the charming town of Ojai.
(2) The official names of the different types of rooms do not accurately capture the tremendous differences between them. The rooms in the main building are really just ordinary, not-great hotel rooms--affordable, which is good, but decidedly non-fab. The "double cottage" sounds a lot cooler than that, but isn't: ordinary non-fab room, only a little bigger and set apart from main building. The "mini suites" sound like just a modest upgrade from the other two, but in fact, are a HUGE upgrade worth every penny. Another reviewer used the word "casitas" and I think The Oaks should adopt that as their permanent terminology. I stayed in one and was absolutely blown away. Like living in a Spanish cottage, complete with patio and wisteria arbor. Each casita is a little different, too. 308 has a working fountain outside. 307 has a refrigerator and walk-in closet. 303 has dual closets perfect for a couple or 2 roommates. All casitas are beautiful!
(3) Unlike many fitness resorts, The Oaks offers a unique combination of atttributes that explains why it attracts a national clientele, not just people from California. You're not fenced in and can come and go as you please. You're right in town, but it's somehow quiet and serene. The property is small but very pleasing and well laid-out. The classes are varied and you can pick and choose whatever you like; it's not regimented at all. You also have flexibility in your diet; a couple alternative meal choices are always available and there are restaurants just steps away for those who are just not on board with the low-cal, low-salt, alcohol-free cuisine (give it a chance, though, it's better than you think). The town itself is absolutely adorable, a slice of Spanish California paradise, and the natural beauty of the local area is just stunning! Millions of beautiful walks and hikes practically everywhere you look, and guides/group excursions easily arranged thru the front desk. And the place is just perfect for a certain kind of middle aged woman who values wellness and humanity, as opposed to status and material things. I felt completely comfortable there without makeup or fancy clothes.
My only complaints, and they were minor, were the bad quality massage I received (probably just the luck of the draw) and spotty training among staff members. For example, some of the dining room staff were not sophisticated enough to see for themselves that some members of our party were still eating. The service has an "institutional" feel. Okay, that said, I forgive them this because the facility, location, activities, food, and clientele are all grrrreat! Can't wait to go back.
- Also Known As:
- The Oaks At Ojai Hotel
- The Oaks At Ojai Hotel Ojai
- The Oaks Ojai
- The Oaks Hotel Ojai
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the all inclusive program of: Up to 16 exercise classes and fitness activities per day; Our 1,000 calorie-a-day spa cuisine food plan; Massage, facial, watsu, wellness services and more. Interesting evening programs. A visit to The Oaks is more than a spa vacation - it's a life affirming experience. The Oaks is mostly women who get a chance to leave the designer sweats at home; this is a place where you can let your hair down and take in all the positive, nurturing elements of a healthy lifestyle...from nutrition, to exercise, to attitude. ... more less