When it’s chilly outside, Napa spas beckon with hot saunas, blissful soaking tubs, warm stone massages, steamy cocoon wraps and ah – warming our toes by the fire.
The unique, all-suite concept won the hospitality industry’s highest honor of Five-Stars from the Forbes Travel Guide just fifteen months after opening its doors in November 2015. That makes it the first Five-Star spa in the Napa Valley, and one of just nine Five-Star spas in the country. It’s consummate luxury, here, from the pre-treatment signature tea to the post-treatment organic elixir, to the relaxation gardens lavish with sitting areas, steam room, sauna, mineral soaking pool, and spa dining tempting with dishes like Ora King salmon atop beets, purple carrots and arugula. Pamper: Vinotherapy massage and facial using grape extracts that are rich in antioxidants and fight free-radicals with resveratrol, reducing oxidative stress.
900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena, 877-963-3646, meadowood.com.
Auberge du Soleil
The experience begins in the courtyard, flanked by mature olive trees and anchored by three stone fountains acquired from a centuries-old French monastery. Here, you can soak up views of Mount Veeder mountaintops, before moving on to the signature purification ritual of temperate water baths, steam and rejuvenation, all enjoyed on the spa’s outdoor deck overlooking the valley below. Pamper: Auberge Attunement to harmonize and revitalize the body with warm herbal compresses infused with muscle-soothing essential oils, assisted stretches, deep tissue massage, and warm and cool stone treatments.
180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford, 800-348-5406, aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com.
Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa
The Preserve Spa is a best-kept secret, since the luxury oasis is separate from the hotel, in its own private mini-mansion across the parking lot. Elegant touches include complimentary pre-treatment tea service and post-treatment sparkling wine, with relaxation time in the gardens, too. Pamper: The Escape package offers a half day retreat featuring a 50 minute Swedish massage, a classic facial, and a manicure and pedicure plus a spa lunch in the Preserve’s secluded garden.
3425 Solano Avenue, Napa, 707) 253-8600, marriott.com.
Spa AcQua specializes in natural therapies including cleansing facials and invigorating body treatments. That means organic cleansers, refreshing tonics and toners, moisturizers, nourishing serum concentrates, invigorating exfoliants and mineral rich masks showcasing local ingredients. Pamper: Couple’s Retreat with a side-by-side massage in your hotel room, including a bottle of champagne and desserts afterwards. Then, your therapist prepares a sensuous, deep soaking lavender tea bath for two.
6462 Washington Street, Yountville, 888-944-2885, hotelyountville.com.