I've been so busy traveling and visiting spas in Italy or Napa or Santa Barbara
, can you believe I had never experienced Ojai Valley Inn
until last week?! Ojai Valley Inn is recognized consistently by Spa and Travel Magazines and websites
; one of the most beautiful spas is practically in my backyard and I have waited too long to visit!
I spent an entire Sunday at the resort; the 45-minute drive to Ojai from Santa Barbara was actually my first "ahhhh"; this time of year, the weather was perfect for a country drive. If you visit the Ojai Valley Inn website you can see just how breathtaking it is, but it isn't until you are actually walking on the grounds, noticing the mountain views, wildflowers, and all around beauty, can you really feel and sense the splendor.
I had arrived early to enjoy an entire spa day and indulge in all of the spa ammenities. Before my massage, I warmed my muscles in the outdoor whirlpool. I had a 50-minute aromatherapy massage; Jessica was my therapist and she was confident and intentional with her massage. At first, I wondered why she didn't ask me how much pressure I wanted for the massage (this is a typical question at the beginning of the session -- deep or light pressure), but then I could see, she intuitively knew what I needed and she had a deep massage touch which was perfect. And ... Jessica was extremely accomodating when we realized the heater on the bed wasn't working and I was a bit chilly; she made sure I was comfortable. Her energy and technique overall were delightful!
After my massage I lounged in the relaxation room a bit and then was escorted the the pedicure room. One of my esthetician students, Randi, is a massage therapist at the Inn and she highly recommended the pedicure, so I took her suggestion! Honestly, I thought, now how would this be different or any better than all of the other pampering pedicures I have received? But ... wow! Nina was my pedicurist and after picking a perfect fall espresso nail color, I sat in a big, comfy chair, soaking my feet in water with essential oils; here's the fun part ... Nina then actually reclined the chair all the way back as if I were laying down in bed. While she massaged feet and legs and proceeded with the pedicure, I drifted off to sleep! I was SO relaxed and I LOVED this pedicure....okay, yes, this is my FAVORITE pedicure ever. I have had so many wonderful treatments at my fave places in town and they are all special for different reasons, but the combination of foot soak, hot tea and reclining chair with an extra long scrub and massage on feet and legs ... well, it's incredible. I think the two most important things that set it apart and make it that special are Nina and the chair!
I finished the day with a delicious cobb salad from the spa cafe and then took a refreshing walk around the property. When it comes to spas, I actually LOVE details (otherwise details aren't my forte), but if there were a detail that I noticed that was less spectacular than I expected, it would be the relaxation room. It was more of a waiting area than a relaxation area; it lacked that cozy feeling that I get when I visit so many other spas. Often times the relaxation room is SO comfy, it's like a mini spa time and I like to spend time lounging, reading and relaxing.
Overall, my day at the Ojai Valley Inn was a Sunday of solitude; I really was in awe of the dreamy property, as I strolled along the sidewalks, followed by friendly bees because of all of the sweet wildflowers. Thank you Jessica and Nina for a perfect spa day and thank you Randi for your recommendations!