This was the first time I spent a week at a spa. I went by myself looking for rest and relaxation, exercise opportunities, and good healthy food that I didn't have to think about. I got some of the R&R, and the exercise and food were fine.
There are many exercise classes, both indoors and outside in the pretty pool area (look at the "sample" schedule on their website). They also have minimal but adequate cardio - 2 treadmills, a stepper, an elliptical, an upright and a recumbent stationary bike - plus some weight machines. They offer a range of walks and hikes every day, and there was an extra-fee 16-mile bike ride. The other comments about the classes are still applicable.
The usual range of spa and salon services was offered, and the massages I had were great.
The lunches and dinners were delicious, and there were alternatives available if you didn't care for the day's menu. Breakfasts were cold and boring, and service didn't begin until 7:45, which could be a problem for anyone with blood sugar issues.
It's a small, very casual and friendly place, and they have many return guests.
The facilities themselves are dated, but well-maintained and comfortable. There is an ongoing renovation process, which is a good thing. The rooms and "cottages" that have been renovated are beautiful. The rooms in the "lodge" that have not been renovated are small, with small bathrooms and tiny (18"!) sink areas. Beware of rooms 203 and 217A: those rooms are "split" doubles, which means that there are 2 adjacent rooms that share a bathroom, but the bathroom is on one side of one room, not between the rooms, so you have to walk through the middle room to get to the bathroom. 217A has its own door to the hall; 203 does not. The smaller room in 203 is tiny - not quite 8' by not quite 14' - and it doesn't even have a closet, let alone a comfortable chair and a table or desk. It also has only one light. They charge the same for this room as for any other shared double in the "lodge". I accepted this room because it was the only one available during the only week I could go, but I wish I hadn't. After one night in it I begged to get out, and they did have a cancellation in one of the cottages so I got a huge double room to myself at the shared double price for 3 nights. Then it was back to the tiny room for 2 more nights before there was another cancellation and I spent the last night in a lovely renovated room in the lodge. Staying in 3 different rooms in 7 nights, especially when 3 of those nights were in a tiny dark cell, was not relaxing or restful. If I had known what that room was really like I wouldn't have gone.
Having said that, my advice is to go, but to be very specific when booking your room, and confirm your specific room before you leave - they've been known to change a reservation without notice to the guest.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Oaks At Ojai Hotel Ojai
- The Oaks Ojai
- The Oaks Hotel Ojai