Life is stressful, and lately I feel like I haven’t had time take care of myself, let alone the most important relationships in my life. I’ve been eating lousy, not keeping up with my exercise routine and taking days to return phone calls… even to my mom. I needed to get away–to relax, renew and reconnect. Thankfully, fate stepped in at just the right moment when I was contacted by The Oaks at Ojai, an all-inclusive spa about an hour and a half away from Burbank, to come do a review with my mom.
The Oaks is a world away in Ojai, just a short drive up the 101. It’s just far enough to feel like you are away from home but not too far so that when you get there you don’t feel exhausted from the journey. Once you arrive, there’s nothing to worry about – food, drinks (no alcohol) and classes are all included in the per person fee based upon the type of room you book. That means, when you arrive you have one job: leave your normal life behind.
Kick start your physical and mental health
The Oaks is more than a place to get away, it’s a place to reboot your health. All food at The Oaks is low-calorie with no refined sugar or salt. If it is a sugar or salt detox you are looking for, this is a great place to go. Many also go to jump start their weight loss journey. It is common for most guests to check-in for a week or longer to really give their bodies a full, complete reboot. All guests receive breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, as well as snacks and access to water, tea and coffee around the clock.
Cooking demonstrations are also held so that guests can take home the knowledge that’s needed to make the transition from The Oaks back to the real world.
The Oaks offers classes for all fitness levels–from low-intensity water aerobics to sweat-inducing hikes. All classes, except for some of the larger hikes and private (one-on-one) classes are included in your stay. And like I said, food AND classes are included. I took in as many yoga and Pilates classes as possible. The teachers are amazing, patient and knowledgable.
Other activities and talks are offered daily and range from movies to sessions on healthy living and fitness to mental wellness and more. We took a watercolor class one evening and had a great time.
If I haven’t talked you into booking a stay yet, I encourage you to take a look at the calendar of activities on the The Oaks website. Although it changes weekly, it will provide you with an idea of the daily/weekly offerings. Click here to see the classes and the link to the weekly schedule.
***Hot Tip: If you book a trip to The Oaks, you can request a particular class be taught the week you are there if you see that it is not scheduled. There was a returning family with us in a class during our trip. They had taken the class during a previous visit, and when it wasn’t on the schedule before they arrived, they called and requested it. The Oaks staff was nice enough to add it to the lineup.***
Relax & Refresh
There are a variety of rooms at different price points at The Oaks.
Our room was freshly remodeled and still smelt brand new. The photos of the room don’t do it justice with exquisite Spanish tile in the bathroom, jetted spa tub, comfortable beds with soft linens and ample storage with two large closets with a safe, plus a lovely patio sitting area.
Because there is so much going on each day, and so many shops within walking distance of The Oaks, you end up not spending a lot of time in your room because you are always out and about.
Get Healthy Inside & Out
While you are at The Oaks, the spa treatments are absolutely not to be missed. They offer massages, facials and salon services. While there, I received a “Fit and Firm Vita D Fortified Lifting Facial. The 50-minute treatment is vitamin-infused and includes a sugar cane AHA resurfacing followed by an infusion of Vitamin D and blue-green algae extract mask that delivers a high concentration of amino acids, vitamins and minerals for healthy skin formation. While the mask hydrated my skin with essential oils, the therapist did the most amazing hand, arm and foot massage EVER. The facial culminated with a skin growth factor Fit & Firm Eye Lift Treatment and application of Wrinkle Reversing Serum and Moisturizing Lift Cream all by Skin Authority. It was by far, the BEST facial I have EVER had. I absolutely could not BELIEVE my skin afterward.
Special Packages & Experiences at The Oaks
Throughout the year, The Oaks offers special themed weeks and specially priced packages tailored to meet the wants and interests of its guests. Themed weeks cover interests including dance, yoga, Pilates, hiking, relationships and more. The special discounts can provide quite a savings and are listed on The Oaks calendar of events and specials. We went during one of the mother-daughter discount specials, which when used, provides a significant savings.
For more information about The Oaks, I encourage you to read more on the resort’s website.
Thank you to The Oaks for providing my mom and me with a glorious three-day, two-night trip. We had an amazing time.