My week at The Ranch Malibu — Hollywood’s favourite wellness retreat

Rexa Vella

My week at The Ranch Malibu — Hollywood’s favourite wellness retreat

For me, the idea of a week centred around different daily trails appealed because I consider myself a fine walker who inherited my mum’s sturdy Austrian legs, complete with calves that grow astonishingly muscly with the slightest provocation. So walking, I can do. And I do it often, usually around the park, easily sailing past that arbitrary 10k step count. I was therefore undaunted and booked in, only to be a bit taken aback by the contents of the missive I received from The Ranch six weeks prior to my stay. Detailing the kit list (think Camelbak rucksack, wool socks, and sweat-wicking tops galore) and how I should start to prepare, it suggested sit ups, press ups, runs. It sounded more intense than the nice rambles across California I’d imagined, and dread started to descend. A colleague who’d been to the Italian outpost assuaged my fears, telling me that I mustn’t be put off by the term hiking. He equated it to the word picnicking, which he reminded me is essentially just eating al fresco with more equipment. The Ranch, he proclaimed, was a bit like that — just a very long walk, with some additional gear to make the process easier. Reassured, I didn’t complete the suggested exercises and instead stuck to my usual gentle pilates routine and set off for The Ranch.

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