Frequently Asked Questions
It is our hope that the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
will better prepare you for your Oaks stay.
Q: How do I make a reservation at The Oaks?
A: You may call our Toll Free Reservations number at 1-800-753-6257. While staying at The Oaks, you may also make reservations for a future stay. We do not book reservations online at this time.
Deposits are fully refundable when notice of cancellation is given prior to 7 days in advance of arrival. Within 7 days of arrival, deposits are forfeited. Cancellations for stays during our discounted specials (Mother/Daughter, Bring a Friend, etc.) require 14 days notice. This applies to date changes as well.
Q: What payment methods are accepted?
· Personal Checks
· Traveler’s Checks
Q: Can I arrive prior to the 3:00pm Check-In time?
A: Yes, you may arrive prior to the designated Check-In Time. However, we cannot guarantee your room until 3:00pm. If you come early, you can secure your belongings in a locker with the Front Desk and begin your Oaks experience.
Q: Do I have the choice of sharing a room?
A: Yes, we offer both private and shared accommodations. If you chose to share a room, you are agreeing to make it comfortable and equitable for both you and your roommate.
Q: Who is your typical guest at the Oaks?
A: The typical Oaks guest is a fifty-year-old woman who just wants to relax and take in all the positive, nurturing elements of a healthy lifestyle. The Oaks guests range in age from 16 to about 85, both male and female.
Q: Is the use of electronic equipment permitted?
A: The Oaks is a cell-phone free environment. You may use your cell-phone in the privacy of your own room and outside The Oaks front doors. The Oaks has one laptop for guest use provided on a first come, first serve basis. We also have Wi-Fi hotspots in the common room here at The Oaks known as the “Winner’s Circle.” The lobby and most of our rooms have Wi-Fi access if you prefer to work on your own laptop. You may want to consider bringing your CD player, mp3 or IPod to listen to when working out on the exercise equipment as well.
Q: Do you have a laundry facility?
A: Yes, we have a self-service washer and dryer on site. A wash load costs 75 cents and a dry load costs 25 cents. Detergent is available, but feel free to bring your own. We do not sell or provide dryer sheets, however.
Q: Do you have a safe place for my valuables?
A: Yes, The Oaks offers complimentary safety deposit boxes (2.5” X 22”), which are located at the front desk. The Suites have personal safety deposit boxes. Most guests choose to leave their valuables at home.
Q: What is the policy on tipping?
A: A daily service charge is posted to your account to cover gratuities for the cooks, wait staff, housemen, and housekeepers. Tips are not included in the price of any ticketed service. Tips can be paid in cash after your service or can be added to your ticket and charged to your room.
Q: How many Guests can you accommodate?
A: The Oaks has 46 rooms and can comfortably accommodate 78 guests. Our cozy atmosphere is what keeps guests returning year after year.
Q: Will I feel comfortable if I come alone?
A: Yes! In fact, Spa Magazine selected The Oaks at Ojai for the Silver Sage Awards in four categories, one of which was “Favorite Spa for Traveling Solo.”
Q: What is the smoking policy?
A: The Oaks is a non-smoking facility. If you choose to smoke, you must do so outside The Oaks property.
Q: How do I make Spa Appointments?
A: Spa service appointments can be made at any time during your stay at the Front Desk. We do not book appointments prior to arrival.
Q: What if I need to cancel a service or forget to show up?
A: Spa Service cancellations must be done by 8:00am on the day of the service. You will be held responsible for cancelled or missed appointments after that time and will be charged. Some services have a 24-hour cancellation policy, so please check the tickets you sign.
Q: What is the Oaks Spa Cuisine?
A: Our daily 1000-1200 calorie menu features foods that are low in fat, salt, and sugar, and are all prepared with less than 20% fat. We use the freshest fruits and vegetables, a variety of whole grains, seafood, and white meat or poultry. Our food is seasoned with both dried and fresh herbs (many of which are grown on site, in our own herb garden), lemon, wine, spices, gourmet vinegars, and our own tomato salsa.
The Oaks does not provide grain sugar, salt or artificial substitutes because our philosophy maintains that these items can be found naturally in many foods, and their over use in the refined form can lead to a variety of health concerns.
It has been well established that the only way to maintain weight loss is to make permanent changes in your eating and exercise habits. It is our hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to experience some new dishes and then take the recipes home.
Below is a typical menu for one day at The Oaks.
7:45 - 9:15 Breakfast: (200 cals) Whole Grain Muffin, Fresh Fruit (Hard eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, prunes, cold cereal, and oatmeal are also available)
10:45-11:15 Broth Break: (15 cals) High Potassium Vegetable Broth
12:00-1:00 Lunch: (350 cals) Soup or Salad, Entree, Fresh Fruit
3:00 Veggie Break: (20 cals) Assorted veggies w/non-fat sour cream herb dip
5 pm Beverage Break: (30 cals) Assorted fruit or veggie beverage.
6:00-7:00 Dinner: (350 cals) Starter Soup or Salad, Seafood, Vegetarian or Poultry Entree, Delicious Spa Dessert and Gourmet Flavored Coffee
8:15-8:30 Evening Snack: (25 + cals) Popcorn or Cooking Demo Sample
Fruit Bowl: (50-100 calories per fruit) Available 24 hours in the Winner’s Circle.
Beverages: Coffee (regular and decaf), Tea (black, herb & iced), lemon water, and agave nectar are available in the WC.
The fruit and beverages are available all day everyday at the bar in the Winner’s Circle.
Q: Will I be able to survive on this type of diet?
A: We are a single menu health resort, but we make an effort to accommodate the special needs of our guests. Therefore, we make alternatives and options available. We offer high protein and high fiber meal substitutes/additions with each meal.
Q: Do you offer a vegetarian menu?
Vegetarian meals are a part of The Oaks weekly menu, and a tofu stir-fry entree is available upon request.
Q: Can you accommodate guests with food allergies?
A: Yes! The Oaks Health Center will comprise a menu that addresses your dietary restrictions and alert the kitchen staff of your special needs.
Q: Do I need to bring anything special for early morning walks/hikes?
A: You need to bring comfortable hiking/walking shoes that have an appropriate amount of tread. The hiking trails do not require hiking boots, but some guests do prefer wearing them for stability purposes.
It is advisable to dress in layers during the early morning activities to accommodate for the changing climate and your increase in body temperature.
You do not need to carry your own water on the hikes because your hike leaders will carry a backpack filled with water, cups, napkins and of course a First Aid Kit. Your only concern during the early morning hike should be to have fun and enjoy the scenery!
Q: What will I need to bring for the exercise classes?
A: The Oaks offers a wide variety of exercise classes, featured both inside and outside. The inside exercise classes are equipped with all props needed for classes. Bring an appropriate pair of athletic shoes and come ready to work out!
If you plan to participate in an outdoor pool class, be sure to bring your swimsuit, sun block, hat, and flip-flops. The pool water is heated to a comfortable 80-84 degrees year round. Many guests also bring water shoes to protect their feet from the pool surface. And yes, towels are provided for your convince by the pool side.
Q: How fit do I need to be before coming to The Oaks?
A: The Oaks accommodates most average levels of fitness. The Oaks can be a perfect start to a fitness program or a way to maintain your current fitness regime. We do not target the elite athlete, or the completely immobile.
Q: How much weight can I anticipate losing?
A: The weight loss that occurs at The Oaks varies greatly. Like any other weight loss program, the amount someone can lose depends on personal factors like age, weight, current fitness level and more.
While here at The Oaks you will eat controlled portions of healthy tasty food and have the opportunity to participate in up to 12 exercise classes a day. Combining healthy low calories eating with exercise will no doubt help you get on the right track to reach your desired weight.
If you have further inquires please contact us directly at 1-800-753-6257
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