About The Oaks at Ojai
Voted as a Top 100 spa by Spas of America in 2015, The Oaks at Ojai is an all-inclusive California fitness resort and spa serving women over the age of 40. Focusing on a foundation of fitness, nutrition and relaxation, The Oaks aims to help guests learn better wellness habits in order to nurture themselves and lead healthier lifestyles.
With diverse structured fitness and nutrition routines and the serenity of a Southern California community, The Oaks at Ojai provides visitors a luxurious and educational stay that they hope will leave guests feeling relaxed and armed with the right tools to sustain a healthy lifestyle upon returning home.
The resort offers stays starting at a single day and lasting to a month or more. All spa services and classes are offered on-site, though the resort offers day trips for hiking or exploring the town of Ojai.
The Oaks at Ojai is currently closed for renovations due to the widespread forest fires that hit California in late 2017. According to their website, they plan to reopen as soon as possible.
The Oaks at Ojai offers a variety of guest rooms including a standard, superior, and luxury rooms, as well as spa junior and courtyard suites.
All boarding options include the following:
- High speed WiFi
- Free parking
- Cable television
- Closet space
- Full shower/bath
The courtyard and spa junior suites also include a refrigerator, personal safe, a Jacuzzi tub, and private patio. In addition, the courtyard suites also include a full living room, fireplace, and wet bar.
The Oaks also has a steam room, sauna and a full spa that offers these additional services to guests at an added cost:
- Professional massages
- Manicure and pedicure services
- Skin care treatments
As part of the fitness program at The Oaks at Ojai, guests can chose between eleven 45-50 minute fitness classes each day. The fitness regimen at this resort changes weekly, but includes a diverse range of activities and difficulty levels to keep guests engaged and having fun.
Fitness class options include the following and more:
- Water aerobics
- Belly dancing
- Boot Camp Cardio
- Hula Hoop
- Qi Gong
This FitStay also offers advanced guests the option to participate in spinning, lap swimming, and vinyasa yoga.
After exercise, the program offers guests full spa service (extra charge) and gives visitors a chance to take advantage of one-on-one consultations with staff at an additional cost (30-90 minutes, $40-$135).
The nutrition program at The Oaks of Ojai is headed by a team of integrative nutritionists and focuses on calorie-conscious meal preparation and a well balanced diet.
Guests are given three fresh, full meals per day, as well as three snacks (broth in the morning, vegetables in the afternoon, popcorn in the evening). Meals typically include whole-grains, white meat or seafood, fruits, and vegetables. To drink, the resort offers coffee, tea and water, available 24/7 in the resort’s lounge.
The Oaks at Ojai also caters to gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian dietary restrictions, and additionally offers 24-hour access to fruit if guests do not feel full from meals alone.
In addition to fitness and nutrition classes, The Oaks at Ojai also provides guests with life-enriching classes that allow visitors to make friends, learn, and expand on their health and wellness. These classes vary weekly and are built into the cost of a guest’s stay. They include group bingo, book club, coloring, music courses and more.
Only 20 miles off of the Pacific Ocean, The Oaks is located in Ojai, California, about 80 miles west of Los Angeles.
The resort offers several transportation options, including two shuttle services from all Southern California airports, taxi services, and a limo service. The resort also offers guests the option to utilize the Amtrak. All transportation options are available for an additional cost.
The Oaks at Ojai offers a variety of all-inclusive packages that vary in price depending on room type, length of visit, and whether guests stay in a single or shared room. Standard weekly pricing starts at $2,100 and goes up depending on room and boarding selections. The Oaks at Ojai also offers discounts for extended stays of at least two weeks.
All meals, snacks, enrichment programs, and fitness classes are included in the cost of a guest’s stay at the resort. Guests also have the option to purchase fitness or spa one-day only packages that cost anywhere from $140 to $215.
The Oaks at Ojai is a fitness retreat and spa focused on structured nutritional and exercise routines and relaxation, and specifically designed for women over 40 years old. The Oaks offers several fitness and food options to motivate and improve guests, all while encouraging mental health and wellness as well. With additional enrichment classes and community activities, guests can experience Southern California while improving their health habits with the help of expert staff members in a friendly environment.
For women over 40 looking for a private, motivational weight loss retreat, The Oaks at Ojai may be worth considering.
The Oaks at Ojai Pros
- Cost – The Oaks at Ojai fitness retreat is on the less expensive side for Southern California FitStays, and the option to room-share is a feature loved by many budget-conscious guests.
- Helpful resort staff – This resort is family-owned and operated and guests have appreciated their friendly and welcoming services, some even noting that the staff members are why they have chosen to visit the property more than once.
- Location – Many guests appreciate the relaxing, peaceful environment that The Oaks provides to achieve their fitness goals.
The Oaks at Ojai Cons
- Outdated accommodations – The Oaks at Ojai was built in the 1920s and some guests have mentioned that some accommodations and equipment need updating.
- Less rigorous classes – Some younger guests have commented that because the resort is designed for guests 40 & up that the exercise classes lack rigor and the right amount of pushing for those who need or want it.
- Rules – Though many guests appreciate the structure of The Oaks at Ojai, others have said the program’s rules aren’t clearly represented before guests arrive at the resort, such as no children allowed, or no added salt or sugar at meal time.