Unwind and detox at this new Malibu resort
Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the canyons and peaks of the Santa Monica Mountains, Aja Malibu is an oasis in which to both unplug from the world and reconnect with one's vision of a more healthful self.
Opened this year, the seven-bedroom property offers 9.3 lush hectares that include crystal-embedded gardens dedicated to each of the seven chakras, an oxygenated pool, a tea room, a water bar, and a spa. Every detail here has been planned with thought, from the edible and medicinal plantings to the organic bedding, mosaic artwork, and custom tea blends.
Much of the inventive raw, vegan cuisine is culled from the private gardens. More for a spiritual rather than physical reboot, the week-long program of restoration here includes lessons with the on-site chef in preparing the artful, plant-based dishes such as layered tomato tartare with nettle pesto, workshops in making essential oils, alfresco yoga, meditation classes, and four treatments daily in the serene spa.
Treatments range from traditional massages and facials to sound and vibration therapy as well as energy balancing with one of the country's only John of God healing lights — a fixture fitted with coloured, lit crystals that correspond with each chakra. Individual rooms feel like sanctuaries with an elegant and modern mixture of woods, marbles, linens, cottons, and other natural textiles. Packages begin at $US10,000 (about $A13,200) per person for an all-inclusive one-week stay. ajamalibu.com