Two hours' drive from LA and a stone's throw from chic Santa Barbara, Ojai Valley is the West Coast's best kept secret and a Hollywood favourite (Johnny Depp and Reese Witherspoon have houses here).

Nestled among the Topa Topa mountains, the award-winning Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is a sprawling Spanish Colonial-style resort offering unbridled luxury and views of the surrounding 220 acres of luscious countryside.

The Inn has 308 guest rooms, including suites and penthouse haciendas, which have fireplaces, four-posters and courtyards, perfect for basking in the setting sun. Stop by at the recently renovated spa or staff can arrange private horse-riding lessons, a meditation session or even an aromatherapy workshop at the on-site artist's cottage.

Wow factor: Watch the 'Pink Moment' at sunset while you sip matching pink champagne.

Flight time: Eleven hours 20 minutes via Los Angeles.

Go: Expedia (0871 226 0808; offers seven nights in a king room from £1,600 per person, including Virgin Atlantic flights.