Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
The 220-acre Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, situated in a mountain valley that aptly portrayed Shangri-la in the 1937 film Lost Horizon, has long been known for its classic 18-hole golf course and for its Native American–culture- inspired spa. Now it has upped the ante with a $70 million renovation, creating a new lobby, adding an additional 100 guest rooms, and refurbishing the existing 205 rooms with four-poster beds and decorative Mexican terra-cotta tiles. The style is Spanish colonial, but the substance is fully 21st century, including Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV’s. In the spa, signature treatments incorporate locally grown organic ingredients (citrus, lavender), and a dedicated men’s menu lures golfers with treatments such as the Gentleman’s Luxury Facial and Golfer’s Post-Round Massage, which can be administered, upon request, in a room outfitted with a fireplace.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.