Hollywood hellraiser Sean Penn – notable for punching out camera men, maintaining a sustained presence in Haiti with his relief organization J/P HRO, and winning an Oscar for his Best Actor turn in Milk – recently decided to give himself a break and visit the historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California.
Accompanying Penn was none other than starlet Scarlett Johansson, Penn’s latest romantic conquest, post-divorce from actress Robin Wright of The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump fame. Penn and ScarJo recently went public with their romance at Reese Witherspoon’s opulent wedding and decided to further see and be seen at Jimmy’s Bar within the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Overdressed for the casual restaurant and watering hole, all eyes were on the high star-wattage couple as they sipped gin and tonics and dined on brick oven pizzas and club sandwiches. One onlooker said, “Scarlett looked mortified that everyone was staring at her. But she also looked radiant and rested.” Her radiant and rested look was no doubt a direct result of the spa and its numerous luxury treatments. For over 80 years, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has been a retreat for Hollywood types who want to enjoy its casual Spanish-colonial elegance and rejuvenate from the grind of the movie set. The spa features several signature treatments that can’t be found anywhere else. The Essence in Balance treatment starts in the spa’s Apothecary where you are encouraged to rely on the needs of your unconscious to blend your own oils that will soon be used in a customized, classic full body massage that will help restore balance to your present state. The Shangri-La Body Treatment utilizes local honey and lavender grown on the property in a full body buffing and deep heat wrap. The treatment also includes a warm oil scalp treatment and a finishing touch of lavender shea butter over the entire body. The spa is also notable for its Kuyam Experience, named for the Chumash Native American Indian word, which means “a place to rest together.” Through a combination of self-applied desert clays, dry heat, and inhalation therapy accompanied by traditional Chumash wisdom, the Kuyam Experience is like no other.