Between the mountains of Mayacamas and Howell Range lies the Napa Valley wine region. The volcanic mud baths and naturally created geothermal springs in this area have attracted spa goers and encouraged luxury accommodations. If you are looking for a top hotel, you won’t have trouble finding it in Yountville, Calistoga and St. Helena, cities where the Five Star Alliance has acknowledged Napa resorts.
Sustainability is the key word at Yountville’s Baredessono Resort. This hotel strives to stand up to being green, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get five-star treatment here. Even the standard suites having soaking tubs, steam rooms and outdoor showers in private yards. The rooftop pool has cozy bed cabanas for guests, with poolside food and drinks available. The restaurant features fresh meals based around herbs and vegetables grown in the garden. While dining, check out the bathrooms with their multi-choice computers that spritz and spray.
Calistoga is at the top of the Napa Valley and is known for its thermal waters that enhance spa treatments. The Calistoga Ranch’s Bathhouse Spa offers secluded treatment rooms and outdoor soaking tubs to get the most from the area's natural resources. The accommodations are definitely five-star, with guests getting a lodge of their own, complete with fireplaces and private decks. Calistoga Ranch, which offers twice-daily maid service and 24-hour concierge, has its own lake and a vineyard for a private-label wine.
Villagio Inn & Spa
The Villagio Inn & Spa is another five-star hotel in Yountville, a small Napa town with big spas, pricey hotels and restaurants like Thomas Keller’s exclusive French Laundry. It’s the extra touches that help make the Villagio Inn & Spa for the discriminating traveler. The hotel has 112 rooms with large sunken bathtubs and private balconies or patios. Guests are treated to a champagne breakfast daily, as well as afternoon tea. The spa offers an array of treatments within your choice of 16 treatment rooms or five spa suites.
Meadowood Napa Valley
The Meadowood Napa Valley, located near the winery-filled Silvarado Trail of St. Helena, has received “Travel & Leisure Magazine’s” World’s Best Award. It has a restaurant that is AAA four-diamond and Michelin star rated and was built in 1979 specifically as a luxury accommodation. Guests stay in one of 85 cottages that offer privacy and relaxation within the large porches. The Meadowood Napa Valley offers a large selection of activities for those looking to take a break from the vineyards, including croquet, tennis, complimentary bikes, yoga, pilates and hiking trails.
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