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AirBnB's TOP-RANKED property - The 5-star Malibu Yurt and the Zen Retreat with 300 guest reviews!
Ocean Views in Malibu on an Organic Citrus Farm with private pool entrance, bathroom and patio just for you! Enjoy Our Organic Home-cooked Meals!
This serene Zen bedroom looks out onto the prestine nature of Malibu's secluded canyons.
AirBnB's TOP-RANKED Malibu property - The 5-star Malibu Yurt and the Zen Retreat with 140 guest reviews!
Ocean Views in Malibu on an Organic Citrus Farm with private pool entrance, bathroom and patio just for you!
DESIGNED BY AWARD-WINNING INTERIOR DESIGN/TRAVEL AUTHOR BIBI JORDAN
Enjoy our Organic Home-Cooked Meals prepared from scratch just for you. See the Menu under the section "Interaction with Guests' To reserve a meal with us on the ocean-view sun deck or dining room, just send me a note.
The Zen Room at Malibu Orchards is an airy room with wide panoramic sliding doors that look out onto prIstine parklands and the Pacific Ocean beyond. With a private bathroom and balcony, it has its own private entrance alongside the pool in an organic Meyer Lemon orchard nurtured by a professional couple that embrace diversity.
The Zen Room was inspired by author Bibi Jordan’s travels through Japan where Nature is the focus of every interior. The clean aesthetic interior featuring bamboo floors and Japanese tensu chests takes a back seat to the 180 degree views of canyon and sea. From your feather-bed for two with fluffy down comforters, you can watch the dawn paint the sky pink in the morning or the constellations illuminate the sky at night. A private bathroom features a shower large enough for two. Throw open the double glass doors onto your own private outdoor ‘sitting area’ with table and chairs overlooking the nature-scape of canyons and sea. Occupying its own level of the main house and with its own private approach, the Zen Room lets you immerse yourself in the joy of the surroundings and your companion(s).
The Zen Room accommodates two in the bed nook. An air mattress can be set up for another two.. A tea-and-coffee bar is provided, and three-course home-made meals and/or breakfasts cooked just for you from organic produce from our vegetable garden and local farmers can be arranged at reasonable prices.
If you request an additional queen-bed air mattress, there is a $15 house-keeping charge. For additional guests beyond the standard two guests, there is a $30 charge per additional guest per night.
In this rustic retreat, you’ll enjoy the tranquility of a sustainable life style in the midst of our organic orchard and organic gardens watered with our own spring water. Just a little over a mile up a scenic canyon road from the Pacific Coast Highway, our neighborhood is home to deer, coyotes, raccoons and hawks and just a few families. Floating above the coast, the property has amazing views of the canyon and the ocean beyond with limitless lookouts for sunrise, sunset, moonrise and star-gazing. Surrounded by our Meyer lemon and avocado orchard, the Zen Room is complemented by our organic vegetable gardens and free-range chicken.
Home-cooked organic meals featuring our own garden-fresh produce and local wines can be arranged at a reasonable price.
Committed to an ecological lifestyle, we alert guests to a few limitations. Well-behaved children over the age of 8 are welcome.. Wifi is available from 6 am to 11 pm., but no TV. No loud music. No parties or non-paying guests unless cleared by the management. Smoking allowed outside only, on decks or patio - use ashtrays only. This is a highly flammable wildlife area.
Please note that there is no kitchen associated with the ZEN reTREAT. You may bring take-out food to eat on your patio or by the pool. When weather is inclement, you may eat in the room, but please try to take advantage of the numerous outdoor picnic areas we offer. We provide basic disposable, bio-degradable picnic-ware. Note that all left-over food must be thrown immediately in the garbages. Do NOT throw left-over food in the toilet or wash plates in the sink. Please clean up immediately any crumbs or scraps to avoid an ant infestation. There is a small fridge by the pool bar for storage of limited drinks and supplies. Please respect our privacy by not asking to use the kitchen in our house.
We also want to advise guests that this is a working orchard and vegetable garden. People uncomfortable with domestic animals (dogs, chickens) or scared by the sounds of canyon animals (coyotes, owls, song birds) may prefer an urban location. Also, those who are very light sleepers should consider using earplugs if the possible sounds of coyotes, owls, or dogs keep them awake. While we strive to avoid walking on the deck which is above your room before 10:00 a.m., we may be walking across the deck as we go about farm work etc. during the day which many guests find fascinating.
Whether you wish to retreat to Nature or explore the surroundings, you have a wide choice of activities. Our canyons and beaches boast world-class mountain biking, hiking, horse-riding, wine-tasting, surfing and sunbathing. Nearby are local restaurants and hangouts while the towns of Westlake Village & Thousand Oaks are just 15 miles away to the north. There are hiking trails right out your door which access Nicholas Canyon Park and lake as well as Leo Carillo State Park. We can arrange trail guides, horseback lessons and trail rides locally, as well as rental of surfboards, wet suits, and mountain bikes. Yoga, dance, Pilates, acupuncture, massage, and gym usage can also be arranged.
While secluded, we are easily accessible by major roads. A 3 minute drive down the canyon takes you to Pacific Coast Highway’s most pristine beaches in southern California. It’s just a few more miles to beautiful Malibu town and pier with all lots of shopping, dining and recreational opportunities. A 12 minute drive in the other direction takes you to the Ventura Freeway for easy access to Burbank. Downtown L.A., Disney land and beyond. Or heading north to Ventura, Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, and other sights on the way to San Francisco.
If you wish to book, please include in your message this specific information:
* Number of People
* Intentions of having guests
* If you have food or animal allergies.
At the beach:
Sunset Restaurant – elegant beachside dining in Point Dume.
Neptune’s Net – seafood and snacks – surfers’ and bikers ‘hangout.
Spruzo’s Café – pizza and Italian dining with beach view.
Kristy’s Café – oven roasted dinners with panorama sea view
Malibu Seafood – world famous Malibu outdoor fish dining with sea view
Paradise Cove – beach-side dining and take-out on the beach
More Local Cafes:
Book Barn - organic coffee bar
The Juice Bar - organic smoothies and health food
Lily’s Café – Mexican breakfast and lunch. A local hangout.
Zuma Sushi – Delicious and reasonable – a Zuma favorite
Mexican Café – Margarita happy hours
In the Canyons:
Calamigos Ranch – Romantic indoor/outdoor canyon dining
The Old Place – Wild West dining – good for brunch
Saddle Peak Lodge – elk, bison, ostrich – great atmosphere
Rock Store – local hangout – good for beer and burger
Malibu Golf Club – quiet place to mingle with Malibu locals
In Malibu/Pier area
Nobu - Sushi with the stars!
Geoffrey’s - Italian elegance overlooking the ocean
Mr. Chow – elegant Chinese food
Dukes of Hawaii – oceanside fish and steaks
Tony Tavernas - willdly popular Greek cuisine and music
Malibu Kitchen – breakfast & lunch delights
Howdie’s – organic Mexican
Moon Shadows – Surfside American steakhouse
Gladstone’s - Fish overlooking the beach
Cholada Thai Beach Café, and many more.
Farmers’ Market – Sunday mornings
Vital Zuman organic farm stand – all grown on local farm
Pavillions Super Market – nearby modern convenience
PC Greens – wonderful organic market and deli
Erewhon Organic Market – (coming soon in 2013)
Malibu & Vine
Troutdale (trout fishing)
Paramount Ranch Movie Set Park (home of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman)
Malibu State Park (home of MASH filming)
Point Dume Park
Paradise Cove (home of Rockford Files TV show)
Malibu Surfrider Beach – considered one of the greatest surfing beaches on Earth
El Matador Beach - gorgeous pocket beach with natural arches
Pescador Beach – gorgeous pocket beach
Broad Beach - Luxurious beach houses on long beach
Leo Carrillo – another beautiful beach with natural nooks and crannies
County Line - On of the best surfing beaches
Zuma Beach – 3 mile long white sands beach
Note: There is natural tar seeping in the Pacific Ocean which sometimes comes onto the beaches. Look before placing your towel on the sand. If you get tar on your feet, stop at the grocery shop to buy some oil. Remove it with oil before coming into the Zen Room please!
Embrace the Zen philosophy to rejoice in harmony and nature.
Guests have access to the pool and pool patio in addition to their own private terrace. They also have access to hiking trails right outside the door as 180 degrees of the property is bordered by Santa Monica Mountains Parks. Malibu's best surf beaches and most secluded beautiful beaches are just 2 miles down the road and in the other direction are wine-tasting sites in the midst of Malibu's vineyards. And, don't forget to star-gaze here in one of LA's only Dark-Sky preserves. Finally, guests have access to Malibu's most affordable, quality dining option - our own farm-to-table, all organic home-cooked breakfast or dinners.
Interaction with Guests
We're happy to interact with guests as much or as little as they want. Honey-mooners, for example, are given total privacy. Other guests who want to mingle will enjoy hearing stories of our travels and behind-the-scenes working on Hollywood Studios as well as great tips for how to enjoy Malibu. The best way to do this is to indulge in one of our very affordable farm-to-table, all-organic home-cooked breakfasts or dinners. See Menu below:
Malibu Orchard Menu – ALL ORGANIC!
Feast on a meal that is 100% organic and cooked from scratch just for you!
AT A GLANCE:
Breakfast: $20 pp plus gratuity includes Breakfast Plate, Toast, Home-Made Jams, Fruit, Coffee or Tea. All organic and cooked just for you!
Dinner: $39 pp plus gratuity is a 3-course menu that includes a Main Course with Seasonal Veggies, a Garden-Fresh Salad and a Home-Made Dessert. BYOB – no corkage charged!
Meals are often served ‘al fresco’ on the ocean view sun deck so please dress in layers. All guests enjoy the same meal, so please choose one menu. Specify if you require a special diet (gluten-free, lactose-free; Paleo, etc.) Intimate meals, Wine-Tasting Picnics, and Special Requests can also be arranged. Feel free to invite along local friends to join us for dinner.
Hearty Safari Breakfast features Fresh-Laid Organic Eggs with a side of our Home-Smoked Organic Bacon, Roasted Tomato, Harsh Browns, Fresh Fruit, Toast and Bibi’s own Marmalades and Jams - a memory of my safari days.
Home-made Belgium Waffles served with Home-Made Fruit Preserves on a dollop of Organic Greek Yogurt with a side of Fresh Seasonal Fruit - an indulgence brought home from Brussels.
Roasty-Toasty Coconut French Toast drenched with Maple Syrup and accompanied by a plate of Fresh Seasonal Fruit - a New England treat.
English Scones fresh from the oven served with a selection of our Home-Made Marmalades - a momento from my Grandmother’s recipe box.
Cowboy Pancake breakfast - stacks of Fluffy Pancakes with Syrup and a side of our Home-Smoked Bacon and a Fresh Fruit.
Galician Spanish Tortilla (like a frittata) made from our Fresh-Laid Organic Eggs, Potatoes, Onions and Garlic served with Pesto-Roasted Tomato, Fresh Fruit, Toast and Bibi’s own Marmalades and Jams – inspired from my 500 mile walk across Spain on the Camino de Santiago.
Hot Quinoa Pistachio Cereal served with Coconut or Almond Milk and Fresh Fruit, Fresh Fruit, Toast and Bibi’s own Marmalades and Jams – a health-conscious start to the day.
Organic Pork Tenderloin Medallions prepared in a Grape-Pomegranate sauce served with Garden-Fresh Steamed Spinach cooked with Toasted Macadamia Nuts and Feta Cheese and Mashed Orange Sweet Potato – a recipe made famous by my muse, the renowned French Chef, Jacques Peppin ($39 pp)
Slow-Roasted BBQ Baby-Back Ribs of all natural, hormone/antibiotic-free free range pork rubbed with coriander and cumin slathered with our signature BBQ sauce served with our Signature Peanut Cole Slaw and Molasses Baked Beans followed by a Home-Made Dessert for a taste of the American West. ($45 pp)
Grass-Fed Spice-Encrusted New Zealand Rack of Lamb with Home-Made Mint Vinegrette served with Ratatouille from our garden Vegetables and Pesto Orzo accompanied by a Garden-Fresh Salad and a Home-made Dessert – my personal favorite. ($45)
Grass-fed organic Hamburger spread with Fig/Hazelnut Preserve, layered with a slice of Brie and topped with Caramelized Figs and Onions served on a Portabelo Mushroom or Brioche Bun accompanied with Sea Salt French fries and a Baked Basil/Garlic Tomato or Corn on the Cob served with a Garden-Fresh Green Salad and Dessert ($39 pp)
Grass-Fed London Broil with Stuffed Baked Potato and Mint Baby Green Beans served with a Bacon Bit Green Salad and a Apple-Passionfruit Crumble with Whipped Cream - the home-coming meal for my son ($45 pp)
Spaghetti Bolognese made with Organic Grass-Fed Beef in an Heirloom Tomato Sauce topped with fresh-grated Parmesan and herbs served with garlic bread accompanied by a Garden-Fresh Green Salad and a Home-Made Dessert – a hearty comfort food loved around the world.
Traditional Shepherd’s Pie featuring hearty Organic Meat Sauce from Grass-Fed Beef and home-grown Heirloom Tomatoes layered with Baby Green Beans and topped with Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Melted Cheese – an elegant version of the ‘pub food’ I ate as a student at the London Film School. ($39 pp)
Organic Vegetarian or Beef Chili with Cornbread Madelaines - packed with fresh vegetables and spices slow-cooked in dark ale served with rice accompanied with a Garden Fresh Green Salad and Home-Made Coconut Ice Cream - savor the flavor of the SouthWest. ($39 pp)
Eggplant Parmesan with Grass-Fed Organic Beef in an Home-Made Heirloom Tomato Sauce layered with Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese and smothered in a baked Grilled Cheese Topping served Farfalle Bow Tie Pasta with a Garden-Fresh Salad and Home-Made Dessert. (Vegetarian option available) ($39 pp)
Organic Bourbon Chicken smoked over apple-wood chips served with Sweet Potato French Fries and Almond Green Beans accompanied by a our Signature Peanut Cole Slaw and followed by a Home-Made Dessert – a new spin on the American South. ($39 pp)
Organic Roast Chicken cooked with Meyer Lemon and Rosemary with mashed garlic potatoes and caramelized carrots served with a Garden Fresh Salad and Home-Made Dessert- a family favorite Sunday roast. ($39 pp)
Organic Roasted Turkey Breast with Cranberry-Orange Relish. Mashed Orange Sweet Potatoes, and Braised Brussel Sprouts with Bacon Bits and Crumbled Feta served with a Garden-Fresh Salad and Home-Made Dessert - because every visitor to the USA should have a taste of Thanksgiving. ($45 pp)
Coconut-Encrusted Organic Chicken Tenderloins served with Thai Sesame Noodles and Fresh Vegetables with a Garden-Fresh Green Salad and Home-Made Coconut Ice Cream - inspired from river-boating in Thailand. ($39 pp)
Nobu-style Sea Bass Marinated and Grilled in a White Miso and Sake Sauce served with Steamed Yams and a Seasonable Vegetable and our Signature Cole Slaw with Peanuts and Dessert - because not everyone can afford Nobu’s but everyone can enjoy at taste of Nobu’s at Malibu Orchards! ($45 pp)
Fresh Wild Pacific Fish braised in a Coconut Penang Curry served with Rice Pilaf and a Seasonable Vegetable, a Garden-Fresh Green Salad and a Home-Made Dessert – a heavenly dish discovered in Thailand. ($39 pp)
Catch-of-the-day Fish 'n Chips featuring Fresh Wild Line-Caught Pacific Fish with a selection of tangy dipping sauces, a Seasonable Vegetable and our Signature Cole Slaw with Peanuts and Dessert - because fish 'n chips is like surf 'n sun! ($39 pp)
White Truffle Farfelle Bow Tie Pasta with Porcini Mushrooms and Baby Vegetables (Sweet Corn, Sweet Pea Pods, and Red Peppers) served with a Kale-Quinoa-Grape Salad and a Home Made Dessert - memories of a Tuscan summer ($39 pp)
Organic Vegetarian Chili Slow-Cooked in a Spicy Dark Ale/Mole Sauce with Cornbread Madelaines served with Organic Rice accompanied with a Garden-Fresh Green Salad and Home-Made Coconut Fruit Sorbet- savor the flavor of the SouthWest. ($39 pp)
Galician Spanish Tortilla (like a frittata) made from our Fresh-laid Eggs, Potatoes, Onions and Garlic served with Roasted Pesto Tomatoes and accompanied by a Kale-Quinoa-Grape Salad and Crème Caramel – inspired from my 500 mile walk across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. ($39 pp)
Note: There is a $10 Housekeeping Charge for serving breakfast or dinner in your room. .Prices quoted are based on the same menu being served to all guests in your party. No split plates. Gratuity (15%) not included in price and will be added to the bill
Malibu West is the real, authentic Malibu populated by the surfers, ranchers, and artists that together create a unique environment. While neighbors are hardly visible here in our canyon, a great way to enjoy the architecture of the area is to stroll along the shore of Broad Beach where many Malibu celebrities live.
Having a car is best, but if you don't we can pick you up at the bus stop at Trancas down the road.
Other Things to Note
It is very important to PRINT OUT and BRING the Directions/Home Manual etc. with you so you know where we are, where to park, the gate code, the dog policy, etc.
Absolutely NO PETS. Absolutely NO babies or small children.
Read directions and house rules before arrival.
If you are a light sleeper, please bring earplugs.
Please bring your own beach towels.
Self Check In instructions;
Use the gate code to gain car entrance. Ignoring the dogs who are just being curious, drive just past the chicken coop and park next to the yellow pickup truck being careful not to block the upper driveway to your right. Proceed directly ahead of the cars to the pool area and then make a right turn to follow the steps upward. The Zen room is the first door on your left at the top of the steps.
Cell service in our canyon is limited to either Verizon or Sprint. ATT, T-Mobile, and any other services do not work here, but you can use (website hidden) voice on your laptop. You can use our land line as an emergency number.
Please note that there is no kitchen associated with the ZEN reTREAT. You may bring take-out food to eat on your patio or by the pool. Please do NOT eat in the room. Note that all left-over food must be thrown immediately in the garbages. Do NOT throw left-over food in the toilet or wash plates in the sink. Please clean up immediately any crumbs or scraps to avoid an ant infestation. There is a small fridge by the pool bar for storage of limited drinks and supplies. Please respect our privacy by not asking to use the kitchen in our house.
ORGANIC home-cooked are available. Please request menu and pricing in advance. Or, enjoy a meal with your hosts on the roof deck or indoor dining room depending on availability.
The success of AirBnB relies on mutual respect and good communication. Please understand that you are being welcomed into our own home. We endeavor to give you the best stay possible because happy guests make for a happy home. Should you need anything or have any concerns, please let us know immediately so we are able to address those issues. We hope you will honor our intent to provide complete satisfaction by being as open, generous, and forgiving as we are with you.
No guests without prior arrangements. No pets. No children under 10.
No parties. No loud music or loud conversations. No smoking indoors and only in designated areas. Use ash trays - this is a flammable area.
Please help us endorse a sustainable lifestyle. Utilize the natural heating element of the sun and the cooling element of the ocean breezes rather than turning on the heat or air-conditioner when possible. Help us conserve water by drying your towels in the sun rather than using all the fresh towels provided. Do not use our white towels for a bathmat... if the bathmat gets wet, please put it out in the sun to dry. Keep screened doors shut. Wash all make-off your face before using our white towels. Feel free to brush your hair outdoors - you'll enjoy seeing the birds gather strands to weave into their nests.
Do not feed the dogs or let them in your room.
Should you have any problems or concerns, do not hesitate to talk to us. We are here to help you have the best stay possible!
Most importantly, try to allow time to just relax and soak up the beauty of our canyon. Feel the sunshine, lounge by the pool, listen to the birdsong... and enjoy the peace and tranquility!
The room is tastefully decorated with authentic Japanese antiques from the hosts' travels.
Nothing short of amazing!!
Both Bibi, her house, her friendliness, her tips and the great aura she exudes made this rental very special for us. This is why Airbnb can be so great. The chance to stay in beautiful locations with a human touch and meet great people. Oh and she's a great cook! Def look into the meals. Organic and delicious. Never mind the stunning pool and beautifully kept room.
We had the best night's sleep ever at Bibi's place - very comfortable bed. Really beautiful and peaceful retreat in the mountains near Malibu. Bibi and Bruce made us very welcome and gave us lots of useful info about where to go on our journey. The home cooked organic food was delicious. I'm not used to dogs and was a bit worried about how we'd be greeted - no need - the dogs are very gentle and friendly. Nowhere nearby to eat so do eat with Bibi and Bruce - we had dinner and breakfast. Only drawback could be the sound of chainsaws from 7.30am on neighbouring land. A lovely place to stay. Thanks Bibi!
We had a wonderful time staying at the Zen Retreat. Bibi was such a friendly and gracious host. The room was just as pictured with a big airy bathroom and a gorgeous view. Bibi gave great beach and hike recommendations! We enjoyed one of her home cooked meals with her husband and had a great conversation. The bed was also super comfortable. All in all everything was great and we would certainly return!
The experience at Bibi's ocean view retreat was perfect, just what we were looking for. We arrived just after check in, and was greeted by Bibi and her loving dogs. She gave us a detailed walk through of the room and recommended an evening hike for us to enjoy before dinner. Bibi is an excellent chef, we joined her for a home cooked organic meal around her kitchen table and spent the night sharing stories over delicious food. I had seconds, and thirds, so happily stuffed! After dinner Bibi recommended some places to explore during our stay. The room was clean, the bed was so cozy, I slept so well. The experience was restful, comfortable, welcoming, one I won't soon forget. She is even working on building another yurt. I can't wait to come back and see her farm grow even bigger. If you stay here, don't pass up the meal, and the surrounding hikes. To top it all off, the communication before, during, and after our stay was more than exceptional. I can not wait to return, and would recommend this retreat to any of my friends.
Bibi was such a wonderful host and always responded back immediately to any questions or concerns I had about restaurants in the area and what to bring. The Zen retreat was even better than I thought it would be and was the perfect weekend getaway! I will definitely go back and I recommend it to anyone looking for a unique and comfortable place to stay.
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About the Host, Bibi
WE EMBRACE DIVERSITY! I'm an author/photographer by profession, but a traveler by vocation ... that's why I'm running an AirBnB... because even when I'm not traveling, I'm always on a journey! I love learning languages and speak Spanish, Portuguese and French with a smattering of Japanese and Arabic. Bruce is a Director of Photography specializing in 3D films. But, we both share a passion for organic gardening. Besides our orchard of 100 Meyer Lemons, we grow organic vegetables and herbs. We both love sharing recipes and conversation with friends, new and old, from around the world ... as well as favorite travel tales, books, and music.