The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa - Classic Luxury in the Land of Shangri-La

29th May 2002

OJAI, CA—- For over seven decades, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has been a sophisticated escape with the feel of a private country estate. Guests come to relax and rejuvenate in an atmosphere of casual elegance and to enjoy the quiet peace of the scenic Ojai Valley that has been a special kind of Shangri-La.

As a member of Historic Hotels of America, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is rich in history and is a landmark of the California Central Coast. Surrounded by the Topa Topa Mountains, the Inn offers panoramic views of the valley that was portrayed as the mythical paradise of Shangri-La by film maker Frank Capra in his 1937 classic, “Lost Horizon.”

The Inn`s original design is by noted California architect Wallace Neff, whose signature Spanish Colonial style features terra cotta tile roofs, decorative iron work and tiles, flagstone terraces and wood beams and corbels. Located on 220 tree-shaded acres with expansive gardens, the Inn`s ten buildings create the feeling of a Spanish estate. The historic resort`s 206 guest rooms and suites—some with wood-burning fireplaces—provide spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the rolling hills of the golf course. In the original 1923 Hacienda building, each room has been redecorated in the Spanish Colonial style with four-poster beds, carved furniture, and carefully restored hardwood floors and decorative tile from the 1920s. Other rooms and suites on the property have been recently renovated in a contemporary interpretation of the style of early California.

Hailed as a “marvel of golfing architecture” the course has been made famous by the professionals and celebrities who have chosen it for exhibition play and competition. Site of seven Senior PGA TOUR events, and the EMC Golf Skills Challenge seen on NBC television, the 6,235-yard course is par 70 and is a GOLF Magazine medalist.

The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is a haven for those seeking to enjoy a variety of recreational activities in the valley`s clean air and moderate year-round temperatures. Horseback riding at the Inn`s own Ranch & Stables take guests beyond the sites and sounds of civilization on trails through canyons and meadows. Guided hiking and bird watching tours in the Los Padres National Forest and at nearby Lake Casitas offer adventure and education. The Inn has three heated swimming pools, two outdoor whirlpools, health club and exercise facility, and a full service tennis center with eight hard courts.


Spa Ojai`s twenty-eight treatment areas provide an unusual variety of therapies, programs and activities in a Spanish style village setting. An art studio, Mind/Body fitness center, hair salon, and spa boutique adjoin the village courtyard where group activities are held. The 3,500 square foot penthouse with private elevator, private treatment room and sauna features indoor and outdoor fireplaces and whirlpools, and spectacular views of the golf course and mountains.

The Ojai Valley Inn has over 11,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting facilities throughout the property which can accommodate up to 400 attendees. The Topa Conference Center and Ballroom have been designed for small and medium-sized groups and reflect the character and scale of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

The Inn specializes in California Regional Cuisine, emphasizing foods that are grown in the Ojai area and in the Inn`s own gardens and orchards: fresh fruits, nuts, olives and vegetables, seafood from the nearby Pacific coast, and award-winning local wines. Maravilla, the Inn`s fine dining restaurant, serves our signature cuisine that is a modern interpretation of the classic style of Provence. Oak Cafe serves American grill-style food either fireside or on the terrace in the shade of 250 year old oak trees.

Since 1923, vacationing guests have sought the tranquil pleasures of the historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, located on 220 tree-shaded acres only 73 miles northwest of Los Angeles, yet a world away. Affirmed by its many prestigious awards, the legendary Inn is one of the nation`s unique hidden treasures. Reservations: 1-800-422-6524 (OJAI). Internet:



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