With its year-round sunny climate, quiet valley location and mountainous surrounds, Ojai (pronounced ‘oh-hi’) has a natural laidback vibe that not surprisingly has attracted artists, musicians, hippies and spiritual seekers. It is quirky and independent; chain stores are prohibited to encourage local businesses. Choosing one of our best places to stay in Ojai, is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the town’s gentle, slightly alternative, way of life.
Hiking, cycling and horse-riding trails, some through Los Padres National Forest, mean you can embrace the big outdoors. Or visit Lake Casitas, three miles outside the centre, for fishing, boating and kayaking. Golfers and tennis-players are also well-catered for.
If you prefer something less active, there are galleries, second-hand book-stores, artisan delis and bakeries, craft and jewellery boutiques to browse as well as the famous weekend organic farmers’ market.
Take an art class, chill out in one of the spas or nurture your soul on one of the spiritual retreats. Throughout the year there are festivals such as the May ‘Art in the Park’ and June Music and Lavender Festivals. Come evening, you need to get yourself to the lookout atop Meditation Mount to enjoy the town’s famous sunset over the mountains. Choose one of our best places to stay in Ojai and you’re well on your way to a trip where you will chill and revive.
A stunning 5* resort. Offers a relaxing retreat overlooking the mountainous surroundings. Beautiful, modern rooms feature a chic and elegant decor, many with private patios. Luxurious pools and gardens. A variety of activities including tennis, hiking, art classes and cocktail making.