Wine Country Bliss: 6 Spa Retreats of a Lifetime

Spend a few hours (or days) unwinding in the Napa Valley.

Waves of rolling hills, abundant sunshine, mild weather, natural springs and a peaceful atmosphere—the Napa Valley is the perfect destination to spend a few hours or days unwinding. After a relaxing getaway at one of these world-class resorts, you’ll feel healthy, balanced and inspired.

Calistoga Ranch

Auberge Spa at Calistoga Ranch

Built in a wooded canyon among moss-coated oaks and a bubbling creek, this secluded, 50-room resort has an open-air spa where it invites guests to “take in the waters,” or continue the historical practice of soaking in Calistoga’s mineral springs, believed to hold healing and purifying properties. Bathe in a private tub, rinse off in a garden shower and then indulge in holistic-themed therapies that use organic ingredients, some which come directly from the property’s gardens, before cozying up by a fireplace. A treatment inspired by the native Wappo peoples called Sense of Place entails a smudge of sage and a meditation followed by a detoxifying mud mask (made with the area’s mineral-rich volcanic ash) and a rhythmic massage. 580 Lommel Rd., Calistoga

Indigenous Luxury: Honey Dream Bee Well. This massage uses warm honey from the resort’s own hives blended with whipped shea butter for luxurious and fragrant hydration.

Solage Calistoga

Spa Solage at Solage Calistoga

The 20,000-square-foot spa at this eco-conscious, desert-chic resort makes use of local natural elements in its treatments, from a body butter made with lavender to a scrub made with Pacific sea salt. The surrounding manicured grounds create a tranquil setting that attracts honeymooners and celebrities. A soak in the spring-fed pools, warmed to body temperature to improve circulation, is a must. 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga

Indigenous Luxury: The Mudslide. This adventurous experience in the mud bar and bathhouse involves a body mask made of mineral-enriched mud that’s blended with essential oils followed by a session in a tub of geo-thermal water.

Auberge Spa at Calistoga Ranch

Auberge Spa at Auberge du Soleil

In Napa, the name “Auberge” is synonymous with luxury. This spacious spa at the resort of the same name greets guests with a gorgeous view of vineyards and an olive grove. Appointments commence with the water ritual—a soak in a trio of mild springs. The Melisse Suite has its own hot spring and floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the far-reaching vista. Services incorporate house-infused oils and other handcrafted ingredients, some made with the flowers and herbs grown in the spa garden, including calendula, rosemary and lemon balm. 180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford

Indigenous Luxury: Vineyard Déjà Vu. Sip a glass of regional red wine before a therapist uses warm crushed grape seeds in a Cabernet base to buff your skin.

Spa Terra

Spa Terra at Meritage

The nation’s only full-service spa in a wine cave, this expansive facility situated 40 feet below hillside vineyards prides itself as being “in the heart of the earth.” The subterranean setting creates a hushed ambiance, and treatments make use of regional products like wine cave mud, Cabernet grape seeds and orange peels. 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa

Indigenous Luxury: Oliva. This hydrating treatment uses stone-ground olive granules to exfoliate and a body wrap of olive, fig and cassis body butter to moisturize.

Meadowood Napa Valley

Spa at Meadowood

Located on an expansive private estate, the ultra-exclusive Meadowood resort is home to an equally exclusive spa. Services use products incorporating a bounty of local ingredients, such as the exfoliating Cabernet crush scrub and a rosemary and hibiscus scalp refresher. For a wellness-focused getaway, book the Healthiest Year Yet package, which comes with garden juice blends, a personalized fitness class and more. Later this year, a new state-of-the-art, Howard-Backen-designed spa is set to open. 900 Meadowood Ln., St. Helena

Indigenous Luxury: Grape Seed Harvest Wrap. Grape seeds—rich sources of vitamins A, C and E as well as antioxidants—are the stars in this 90-minute treatment that concludes with a scalp, neck and face massage.

Spa Villagio

Spa Villagio at the Villagio Inn & Spa

Located in Yountville, a town best known for Michelin-starred restaurants, this spa has a Mediterranean vibe, complete with fountains, waterfalls and reflecting pools. Along with the 16 treatment rooms, five private suites feature valley views, fireplaces and private terraces. 6481 Washington St., Yountville

Indigenous Luxury: Tranquility. This aromatic, anti-stress exfoliation treatment and massage uses natural extracts, including amaranth and grape.

Rachel Ward
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