Tucked into the wilderness, three miles above the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Monica Mountains,
there’s a place that takes getting away to a whole new level: The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu. Imagine seven days at a boot camp-cum-spiritual retreat with just enough luxury thrown in — French limestone bathrooms, handmade Italian linen bedding, nightly massages and spa treatments — to make you forget you’re suffering through nine hours of exercise, hiking, ab work and yoga each day. This longtime fashion insiders’ secret promises measurable reductions in weight and cholesterol levels after a stay, but the one immeasurable result most guests would be willing to pay any price for? The sense of zen that comes from unplugging and detoxifying.
(For those who can’t miss a full week of “living in the real world,” there’s now a four-day version at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village.)