the Emerald and Blue Iguana Resorts
Ready to have your breath taken away?
Either of these resorts located in the charming village of
Ojai California will not disappoint.
Stunning architecture, original art throughout, superb craftsmanship, careful attention to detail, wonderful touches of luxury, tremendous dedication to impeccable service with a smile. Both are locally owned and operated. The staff attributes their great rapport with clients to great leadership and I would agree.
But how to choose?
The “Blue” is just slightly out of town with easy access to public transportation (bus or trolley) or you can rent a bike in town and make use of the trails that are all about, with a primary vein going directly from this resort straight to town. It may be a little less expensive because of being a little removed.
The “Emerald” on the other hand, is right in the heart of things (just a few blocks off the main street which is the centerpiece) but nestled in such a way that you’d never know it was there unless you were looking for it. Quiet and private tropical splendor. The rooms here are named in charming themes such as leaf, cricket and acorn. Definitely a treat for the nature and art lover.
Both have delightful pool areas with hot tubs and serve a beautiful continental breakfast in comfortable and relaxing surroundings.
You can learn more about services and rates at their website: http://iguanainnsofojai.com/
(They’re going to be rolling a new one out soon and using several of my photos. Exciting!)
What a delight it was for me to get to stay a total of 5 days and nights on these properties. A decadent and memorable treat. I’ve posted some preview pictures before that this is a more comprehensive collection. All together I provided them with about 900 edited images. A lot of work but an awful lot of fun.
BATCH ONE THE EMERALD IGUANA
My beautiful bed in the “Acorn Suite”. There were arches throughout that had this same outline.
Even the office area is gorgeous at the Emerald Iguana
the grounds at the Emerald Iguana in January!
The Emerald Iguana himself, herself?
This room looks great in person but for pictures it really needed some staging to do it justice. I raided the gardens and the breakfast buffet bringing in all the natural color. Notice the fruit bowl and giant bird of paradise arrangement that I created and added. Plus the succulent garden I borrowed from by the pool.
When I staged properties professionally in Orlando, I would bring many baskets of props with me so I would have lots to choose from. Here I had the go ahead to pull items from around the property. So many beautiful things to choose from made this a lot of fun. The rooms are perfectly stunning as is when you walk in but photographs also benefit from elements of composition and sometimes for a shot to feel balanced with color, contrast and texture, the addition and or removal of existing decor elements can make a really big difference. This resort owner was very generous with me so I went the extra mile putting in considerable time with extra staging effort for some of the shots. It really paid off. She was impressed, delighted and appreciative. That’s what it’s all about 🙂
THIS NEXT BATCH IS THE BLUE IGUANA
the view at sunset from the second floor at the Blue Iguana in Ojai CA
As I said, the service here is so great. Was even happy to take a pic of me celebrating my birthday by heading down to the hot tub. This big guy is art right up by the front office at the Blue Iguana.
Wonderful place to make friends or relax solo and gently start your day.
luxurious attention to detail- delicious body treatments plus comfy robes. They also offer massage services.
lots of options for different sized groups and different type stays- this part is like an actual home with a wonderful private patio area
I hope your life journey brings you at some point to Ojai where there are those who come from all over the world and where those who know come to escape, at least for a respite, the excitement and buzz of LA. And if come in from the West as many do, watch right as you come close, just a few miles out on your right hand at the intersection of Loma and there you’ll find a big blue lizard hiding behind a concealing understated wall marked with the sign Blue Iguana Inn. Stop in and at least ask to see the grounds of this beautiful property with its beautiful art and beautiful people. Ojai knows it’s special and I’m glad of that. oh, and ps… ask them about the Taft Botanical Gardens