The Ranch at Live Oak

Design and experience at a Malibu retreat

When you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night to check your phone, it’s a pretty good sign you need a break from the daily grind. Trust us – we’ve been there. For some folks it’s easy to set boundaries and unplug from technology after business hours. But for others, relaxing can be a challenging task.

 The Ranch

If you need a gentle nudge to recharge their minds and bodies free from the distractions of work and family life, we’ve found the perfect place. The Ranch at Live Oak / Malibu is an intimate spa retreat and luxury bootcamp set high above the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Monica Mountains. Whether you want to tone up, wind down, or just get off the grid for a week, the staff at The Ranch will help you restore balance in your life through exercise, diet, massage, and rest.

 The locale

When you first arrive at The Ranch, you’re immediately greeted by acres of beautiful native landscape with picturesque mountain and canyon views. The property houses a Spanish hacienda as well as a great room, organic farm and kitchen, exercise pavilion, pool, and more. It’s the perfect setting to disconnect from a busy life and refocus on health and wellbeing.

 The design

The luxurious simplicity of the interior design at The Ranch will send you into instant relaxation mode. Think floors and furniture made from salvaged painter’s scaffolding, neutral director’s chairs in the dining room, and unhemmed linen coverlets on the beds. The aesthetic exudes a perfect blend of modern elegance and minimalism.

 The experience

 Set up an automatic reply in your email account. Your screen time will be limited during your stay at The Ranch. Guests keep busy with a daily fitness routine that includes group hiking, core and ab work, weights, group yoga sessions, private afternoon massages, and more. At mealtime, you’ll enjoy vegetarian cuisine made from organically grown ingredients. When it’s time to turn in for the night, you’ll retreat to your private guest suite where you can reboot for another day of blissful detoxification.

 The takeaway

The Ranch at Live Oak / Malibu is an ideal destination for anyone who wants to take a break from the daily grind and get back in touch with their mind, body, and spirit. From the idyllic setting and luxurious amenities to the personal service and attention to detail, you’ll head back to reality with a fresh perspective – and maybe a few design ideas for your own home.

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Kate Kasbee
Kate Kasbee is a blogger and freelance copywriter living in Los Angeles. She has a background in real estate marketing and has also written about a variety of subjects including pet care, how to adopt a vegan diet, and technology. Prior to living in sunny California, Kate spent eight years in Chicago where she lived in nine different apartments in five different neighborhoods. Though she’s not quite done exploring, Kate dreams of planting her roots and owning a home with creaky floors and plenty of land for starting an organic farm.
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