The setting: The property is on a ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. This is in Malibu, but a good fifteen minute drive to the beach. Consequently, you will only see the beach one time a week, although, some of the hikes offer views of the ocean. Most hikes offer views of mountains and valleys. The resort, more of a compound/camp centers around the main building one large building that houses the dining room, spa services, small convenience store, and the front desk. There is a large pool and a decent hot tub, but no saunas or steam rooms. There are two large tents, one housing the gym and the other the stretch/cardio-strength classes. There are dozens of trailers that are used as sleeping quarters.
The facilities: The large tent that houses the gym is spacious and airy, with a wall of windows. The second large tent for stretch and other classes is windowless and reeks of sweat from the frequently used kickboxing gloves and yoga mats. This windowless, airless tent is a deplorable space for early morning yoga. The pool and hot tub are nice but the lack of a steam room and sauna is a huge disappointment. There aren’t any bathrooms by the gym and the pool, making it extremely inconvenient to have to run to the main building or one’s own room.
The rooms/trailers: Although on the smaller size, these fit queen size beds nicely, are outfitted with a good A/C system, have a medium flat screen TV, and enough dresser/closet space. The bathrooms are basic and on the smaller side with poor water pressure.
All in all: This place will get you the results that you desire in terms of fitness, so long as you put your all into it. The food is filling, but the quality varies. You won't go hungry here. The facilities, however, leave much to be desired. The lack of bathrooms by the gyms and the lack of a steam room are ridiculous. The worst is the windowless tent for stretch classes. The odor is horrible and the lack of light is a true disappointment.