The Experience

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

This gorgeous, golf- and spa-oriented resort sits just over the hills from Santa Barbara. It welcomes guests with its cheery, Spanish-style red roofs and massive health and beauty spa. The latter is a favorite with single gals and couples from L.A., although said guests come for more than just the massages. They’re also lured by the peaceful surroundings, a relaxing bar and unforgettable pampering. The landmark inn was built in 1923, and the resort’s post-millennium, $70 million renovation made sure to stay true to the original design.

The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa has 305 guest rooms. Many rooms feature fireplaces, private balconies or patios overlooking the golf course and the surrounding mountains. In the original 1923 Hacienda building, each room has been redecorated in the Spanish Colonial style with four-poster beds, carved furniture, and restored hardwood floors and decorative tile from the 1920s.

Cuisine at The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa emphasizes foods that are grown in the Ojai area and in the Inn’s own gardens and orchards.  Maravilla, the Inn’s restaurant, specializes in California Regional Cuisine and fine local wines. Oak Cafe serves American grill-style food either fireside or on the terrace in the shade of 250 year old oak trees. Acorn, Spa Ojai’s poolside cafe, serves fresh vegetables, local fruits, olives, cheeses and seafood seasoned with Mediterranean flavors.

The original golf course at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa was built in the early 1920s. The par-70 golf course has since then been enhanced and has hosted several Senior PGA TOUR events. Other recreational activities include horseback riding at the Inn’s own Ranch & Stables, hiking, tennis (eight hard courts), birdwatching and biking. The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa features three heated swimming pools, steam and sauna rooms, and whirlpools. Guests can participate in complimentary fitness classes, including T’ai Chi, yoga, Ojai Boxercise, spinning, the daily morning walk, guided meditation, guided Labyrinth Walk, salsa dancing, tribal rhythms, and Qi Gong.  

Casa Elar (A Private Tuscan Villa)

Casa Elar is privately situated within 44,000 sq. ft. of beautifully landscaped, fenced lawns and gardens.  This lovely Italian style Villa was built especially for the owners of the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in 2005 by architect William Mahan of Santa Barbara and is reminiscent of Villas found in the Tuscany hillside area of Italy. There is easy access from Casa Elar to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa main property, golf course, restaurants, etc. via a Golf Cart Path while at the same time being totally secure.

The formal front entry of Italian design will house approx. 8 vehicles in addition to the 2 car garage.  This area can also be utilized for entertaining as it has an entertainment power package.

Upon entering Casa Elar you will step into the Foyer which is actually a two-story Rotunda.  There are circular stairs with ornate iron railings that lead to the two (2) master Suites upstairs, each with His and Hers Bathrooms and outdoor covered porches with fireplaces. There is a Massage Room with fireplace and facilities for hair salon services.  A large roof garden overlooking the golf course fairway is off of the Massage Room and can be used for outdoor spa treatments.  

There are two (2) Large Suites downstairs, each with Bathrooms and fireplaces.  There is also a guest powder room downstairs.

The Great Room of Casa Elar includes a large seating area, dining table for 12, buffet area and wood burning fireplace.  The Library/Entertainment Room includes a large seating area, card table area, desk area, built-in bar, large entertainment cent with 61 inch flat screen TV and a wood burning fireplace.  Additionally, there is an outdoor terrace off the Great Room with a limestone fountain andoverlooks the fairway of the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Golf Course.

The large, gourmet kitchen with butler and service pantries has a Breakfast Nook leading to an additional outdoor covered porch with wood burning fireplace.  Also staff restrooms located off the kitchen.  There is an elevator/lift to the second floor suites. Additionally, there is a guest/staff apartment over the garage with Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchenette area, and Bedroom & Bath.

Casa Elar has it own private Pool and Spa.  There is a BBQ terrace which includes a stone pizza oven and a gas BBQ.  The BBQ Terrace has built-in seating and overlooks the nearby barranca.  In addition to the stone pizza oven there are twelve (12) fireplaces throughout Casa Elar. Guests Receive:

  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay
    • (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability

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