The Oaks at Ojai – Ojai, California


Chelsea Kate Isaacs

By Chelsea Kate Isaacs

Hike Ojai

Staying active and being in nature at The Oaks is part of the health program. In this photos, guests enjoy a daytime hike through the mountain of Ojai.

After searching the country for a healthy vacation at an affordable price, we came across The Oaks at Ojai, a charming 1920s hotel-turned-spa in the peaceful town of Ojai, less than 90 miles from Los Angeles. It has most of the wellness amenities and programs of a luxury destination for a fraction of the price.

A five-night all-inclusive stay at a luxury spa can cost $6,000 or more. Meanwhile, a 5-day all-inclusive package at The Oaks starts at $1,625 per person, and includes private accommodations, three calorie-conscious gourmet meals per day, healthy activities such as hiking, kayaking and fitness classes, and a complimentary spa treatment. The spa’s most affordable option is to share a room with another guest; a shared room costs $240 per night, which includes the all-inclusive package plus all taxes and service charge, compared to $325 per night for a private room.

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Spa Cuisine: Grilled Ahi

Guests can choose to participate in 15 fitness classes per day, hiking, art tours, in-line skating, guided kayaking tours, belly dancing, yoga ropes and qi gong. A full menu of relaxing and therapeutic spa services is available as well as private consultations with a variety of health experts. The hotel has a total of 46 guest rooms, including private rooms and courtyard suites, double lodge rooms and double cottage rooms.

The Oaks at Ojai Food

Healthy cuisine at The Oaks.


“Most guests come with a common goal in mind to jump start or maintain their fitness program in a way that is fun and relaxed with healthy food options,” Cathy Cluff, president and CEO of The Oaks at Ojai, told New York Smash. “The Oaks has no bad choices when it comes to food.  Everything is prepared in a healthy manner and is designed to support the body’s overall health.  It is refreshing for people to not have to think about making a healthy food choice — it is just provided.  This also allows The Oaks to be a teaching spa to assist people in making simple lifestyle changes to improve health and longevity.”

Villa at The Oaks at Ojai

Villa at The Oaks at Ojai

For those with weight loss goals, it’s easy to drop pounds at The Oaks. The cuisine is designed to promote healthy eating and weight loss, with fat portions below 20 percent and a 1,200-calorie per day meal plan.

“The goal at The Oaks is to teach guests to develop a healthy relationship with food and seek out whole, real foods and learn to avoid packaged and processed foods,” Cluff said.

“We have found that by preparing dishes with fresh herbs and healthy twists to some common dishes, it allows people to enjoy good-sized portions and walk away satisfied versus craving what they do not have.”For those with weight loss goals, it’s easy to drop pounds at The Oaks. The cuisine is designed to promote healthy eating and weight loss, with fat portions below 20 percent and a 1,200-calorie per day meal plan. The food plan eliminates bad fats, added salt and refined sugar. Meals are freshly-prepared using fresh local produce and fish.

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The pool at The Oaks at Ojai

“It is a non-intimidating environment.  No one is going to ask you if you are dining alone or need a table for just one,” Cluff said. “Many long-lasting friendships have been created at The Oaks.  The fact that most guests are female and feel like they can be real at The Oaks is unique — spending an entire day, including meals, in workout clothes, no makeup and no judgement is freeing for many.”Although The Oaks is co-ed, most guests are women who want to unwind and get healthy in a peaceful environment that has a great fitness program, weight loss-friendly food and perfect weather. Because of its laid-back atmosphere, The Oaks is a popular destination for women traveling alone.

 The Oaks at Ojai is located at 122 East Ojai Avenue (Ojai’s main street). For more information, please visit www.oaksspa.com or call (800) 753-6257 or (805) 646-5573. Check out upcoming promotions and events on The Oaks at Ojai’s calendar here.