Who doesn’t like the sound of getting away and finding refuge in a place where rolling hills and elegant wineries are the only thing around? Where you can stay at luxurious boutique hotels that offer wine tastings and lavish spa treatments while executive chefs create your locally sourced, organic meal. For those looking to getaway and relax, Wine Country is the perfect option. Check out a few of the best luxury resorts in Napa Valley.
Carneros Resort and Spa
Carneros Resort and Spa is situated on 28 bucolic acres with 100 cottages, suites and luxurious, private homes. Inspired by the local countryside and agrarian lifestyle of Napa Valley, Carneros Resort and Spa features an elevated farmhouse design that captures the winsome resort’s distinct charm and blends into its scenic wine country surrounding – while remaining easily accessible from Southern California and the Bay Area and offering easy access to both downtown Napa and Sonoma.
STAY… Blending a “from the land” philosophy with modern resort accommodations, each cottage, suite and home features a refined farm- house design paired with informal elegance. Cottages are secluded and have roughly 400 square feet of living space and up to 800 square feet of outdoor living space. For the ultimate Wine Country living experience, guests can indulge in one of six private 2,400 square foot homes featuring complete luxury amenities in a gated neighborhood.
EAT… A quintessential Napa Valley destination unto itself, Carneros Resort and Spa offers three on-site dining destinations: FARM at Carneros, BoonFly Café, and Hilltop Dining Room. FARM is the signature restaurant offering an elegant wine country experience with dishes that feature produce from the Resort’s half-acre culinary garden. Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli oversees the food and beverage program and is focused on managing seasonally changing menus to complement the region.
DO… Inspired by the local countryside, in July 2018 the Spa at Carneros Resort completed a renovation that transformed the 5,919 square-foot space, including a new spa entrance, airy guest reception and retail space, expanded relaxation area, as well as newly-designed treatment rooms and suites. There are nine indoor treatment rooms, including a new couple’s suite which boasts a private outdoor deck, soaking tub and solarium shower.
www.carnerosresort.com; Photo: Carneros Resort and Spa.
The Estate Yountville is comprised of the luxurious Hotel Villagio, Vintage House, and The Villa, which offer bold interpretations of Yountville luxury expressed across glamourous guest rooms, spa and executive conference center situated in a garden setting accented by vineyards, fountains and a flowing central water feature.
STAY… Hotel Villagio offers 112 guest rooms and 22 suites, each layered with natural materials and textures in a luxe stylish setting. Vintage House is an intimate 80- room hotel that embodies the serene spirit of California wine country and provides the perfect place to relax. The Villa at The Estate is a luxurious five-bedroom residence with private pool, jacuzzi and Hästens 2000T king sized beds.
EAT… The Marketplace, a retail lifestyle shopping and dining complex houses in the former 147-year-old Groezinger Winery offers upscale specialist shops and restaurants.
DO… Guests are invited to unwind in a stylish private cabana at the recently refreshed pool or at the redesigned Spa at The Estate – one of the largest spas in the Napa Valley area – offering personalized treatments in one of their seven treatment rooms or five couples’ spa suites.
www.villagio.com; Photo: Hotel Villagio.
Hotel Yountville presents guests with a wine country home inspired retreat anchored by a Heritage Valley Oak. Beckoning guests with stone buildings constructed of stacked Napa river rocks, heavy timber beams and copper accents, Hotel Yountville offers 80 romantic, spacious guestrooms, The Spa, Heritage Oak and its decadent pool courtyard and pool bar.
STAY… Each guest room at Hotel Yountville provides luxury in-room amenities without losing the inviting and warm ambiance that makes for a personable experience. Guests may choose from a variety of room sizes and layouts, including the largest suite in the area, the 1,100 square foot Yountville Presidential Suite.
EAT… The signature restaurant of Hotel Yountville, Heritage Oak, is a must-experience classic American breakfast and lunch spot with a seasonally conscious menu.
DO… Centered upon a promise to deliver a zen-like and blissful experience, The Spa at Hotel Yountville is a full- service haven that encourages rest and rejuvenation.
www.hotelyountville.com; Photo: Hotel Yountville.
St. Helena, CA
Settled on a private estate, Meadowood is the center of social, cultural and viticultural life in Napa Valley and a second home for those who enjoy the beauty and hospitality of the wine country. Reminiscent of a bygone era and surrounded by a beautiful, 250-acre valley, Meadowood hospitality defines the style of service and timeless, natural beauty in this space.
STAY… Eighty-five cottages, suites and lodges are settled into the forested hillside providing serenity and privacy. All rooms have decks and terraces overlooking wooded areas, the golf course or croquet lawns. Terraces offer ideal settings for quiet contemplation or intimate meals.
EAT… The Restaurant at Meadowood has been awarded the prestigious Three Michelin Star award. The Restaurant is a modern American restaurant meant to speak to and positively impact the Napa Valley community.
DO… While at Meadowood guests are at the very heart of wine growing in the Napa Valley. Comprehensive wine experiences, from comparative tastings to all-day winery and vineyard tours, are also available daily and offered by talented Meadowood sommeliers.
www.meadowood.com; Photo: Meadowood.
St. Helena, CA
Las Alcobas, an adults-only retreat in St. Helena in the heart of wine country, facilitates experiences that incorporate every sense. Be pampered at Atrio Spa or relax beside the spectacular pool with unsurpassed vineyard views. Guests can indulge in the finer things at Las Alcobas while taking in everything that Napa Valley has to offer.
STAY… Opulent hotel rooms are styled by designer Yabu Pushelberg to reflect the authentic essence of St. Helena. Most of the 68 guest rooms and suites are adorned with private terraces and firepits, soft seating, large soaking tubs and separate showers to create a private, spa-like atmosphere.
EAT… The signature restaurant, Acacia House, by Top Chef Master Chris Cosentino features a wraparound veranda and delights palates with innovative cuisine.
DO… Atrio Spa features aromatherapy, Ayurvedic treatments and other transformative therapies that include artisanal oils and meditation. Find a transcendent sense of calm in the steam room or reserve a romantic couple’s massage one is sure not to forget.
www.marriott.com; Photo: Las Alcobas.
Auberge Du Soleil
Auberge du Soleil enjoys one of the most famous panoramic views in all of Napa Valley. Tucked within a sunlit hillside overlooking renowned vineyards on the valley floor and the Mayacamas Mountains to the west, the view offers a mesmerizing tableau constantly shifting with the light. Each of the 50 guestrooms and suites, housed in maisons named for towns in the south of France, evoke the stylish sophistication of Provence and extend a seamless connection between the luxurious residential interiors and the natural beauty outside.
STAY… For unrivaled luxury, sophistication and romance, free- standing private maisons offer 1,800 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, with a trellised terrace featuring an outdoor sculptural tub and rain shower and unobstructed valley views.
EAT… The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil has maintained its legacy as a “must experience” culinary destination with 13 consecutive Michelin Star awards.
DO… From exceptional personalized winery tours and tastings, impeccable boutique and gallery shopping, nearby outdoor adventures and recreation, the resort is perfectly situated mid-valley for easy access to indulgent excursions throughout wine country.
www.aubergeresorts.com; Photo: Auberge Resorts.
Located in a secluded valley, far removed from the bustle of Napa, Calistoga Ranch is an exclusive mixed-use resort located in Upper Napa Valley. The property is managed by Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of award- winning small luxury resorts, residences and clubs.
The resort has been designed with the feel of a vintner’s sprawling estate, capturing the rich culture of nature, wine and food inherent to the region. Calistoga Ranch has taken the utmost care to preserve the integrity and beauty of the valley’s ancient oak trees, redwoods, the creek bed and Lake Lommel. Each cedar-shingled lodge is comprised of a series of free-standing rooms connected by decks, trellised walkways and expansive outdoor living areas, set thoughtfully amidst the pristine natural setting.
The property comprises 157 acres and offers opportunities for private dining in The Lakehouse overlooking Lake Lommel, extraordinary events in the Wine Cave, and exquisite treatments at Auberge Spa at Calistoga Ranch.
STAY… The resort offers 50 guest lodges and 27 owner lodges, all designed with relaxation and comfort in mind. Each guest lodge features an outdoor shower where guests can shower under the stars. Owner lodges are uniquely placed around the property, with some even appearing to float over streams.
EAT… The Lakehouse offers the ultimate in private dining and is open to resort guests and owners. The restaurant celebrates the legendary food and wine culture in Napa Valley and makes use of organic ingredients from local farmers and the resort’s own greenhouse.
DO… Auberge Spa at Calistoga Ranch is designed to pay tribute to Calistoga’s centuries-old legacy as a site for healing mineral waters and offers a natural mineral pool and quiet treatment rooms with outdoor garden showers and private soaking tubs.
www.aubergeresorts.com; Photo: Auberge Resorts.