When the sounds of a popping cork are met with groans instead of cheers, and the thought of one more holiday party is too much to bear, pack your bags and head to wine country. Wait – what? Sure, it might sound counter-intuitive but trust us when we say we say there is more to do in Napa than just imbibe. As one of the premier spa destinations on the west coast, the valley’s volcanically rich soil and mineral dense water are the perfect things to detox a tired body. Not to mention the multitude of critically acclaimed restaurants dotting the area. So grab your fluffiest robe, embrace health and prepare yourself for the ultimate in relaxation.
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Calistoga Spa Hot Springs
1006 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
4 Stars, 470 Reviews
With 56 renovated guest rooms, a full service spa, mud baths and mineral pools, it’s no surprise that the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs has been an institution in the valley for decades. Located in the upper Napa Valley, this charming property is one of the few places that offers a traditional mud bathing experience. Using locally harvested soil rich in volcanic ash, guests are invited to sink neck deep into the loamy, mineral rich mud and let their cares melt away. Spa Guests receive complimentary use of the naturally heated mineral pools with 24-hour advance booking of a massage treatment or Mud Bath. For a real treat, experience a combination massage and bath treatment they call “The Works,” a true indulgence lasting over two hours.
After all that relaxation, get your blood pumping with a complimentary class from Calistoga Fit
, led by one of Calistoga’s top fitness instructions, Donovan Almond. Registered guests of the Calistoga Hot Springs Spa are invited to book any of his high energy fitness classes including, yoga, boot camp, Pilates and TRX among others.
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Golden Haven Hot Springs
1717 Lake Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
: 4 Stars, 574 Reviews
Nestled in the heart of downtown Calistoga, Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort is the perfect getaway for a little personal time. Whether you’re looking to get away for a week or just one night, their mineral water and mud baths are the ultimate in relaxation. Visiting with someone special? Book one of their 28 guest rooms and dedicate an afternoon to their famous Calistoga Couples Mud Baths. Golden Haven’s unique mud mix of clay, peat and mineral water has been perfected over the years to be the best the valley offers; and it is one of the of the few places where you and your sweetie can relax together in the baths. Their discreet personal attendants are never far off to guide guests though their spa journey. Their most popular offering is a three-part treatment of mud scrub, Jacuzzi soak and aromatherapy wrap meant to leave bodies feeling soft and renewed, and spirits rejuvenated.
With flat terrain and all around fantastic views, Calistoga is the ideal place to get outside for some healthy activity. All overnight guests of Golden Haven Hot Springs enjoy complimentary use of the hotels bikes. Next time you find yourself in need of some fresh air and sunshine, walk over to the front desk and sign one out for a three-hour adventure.
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Mount View Spa Napa Valley
1457 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
: 4 Stars, 372 Reviews
For anyone who likes a dose of history with their relaxation, Mount View Spa is just the place. Founded more than 100 years ago by former mayor Johnny Ghisolfo, colloquially known as “Mr. Calistoga,” it became a gathering place for prominent locals as well as a place to weary travelers to rest their heads. Today it has become a well-loved destination for relaxation in the spa, health, art, food and wine. The building itself is a masterpiece of Art Deco in the 1920’s style with cozy suites named after notable guests. One such suite is named after President Hoover who stayed at the Hotel during his time in office. During their visit, Mrs. Hoover planted a rose tree behind the hotel that is still thriving today. The Mount View Spa offers numerous services that include everything from hydrating facials, relaxing massages and body wraps, to hydrotherapy mud or sea salt baths. Anything and everything you need to relax and pamper yourself while enhancing overall health and well-being.
For the ultimate indulgence, spring for the Mount View Deluxe Treatment. A package that includes Mount View’s signature Mud, Salt and Oxygen Bath, Lemon Olive Scalp and Foot Scrub, a Full Body Massage and Radiant Glow Facial.
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The Spa at Bardessono
6526 Yount Street
Yountville, CA 94599
: 5 Stars, 1,245 Reviews
Napa, like all places is ruled by the seasons. From the bare vines to the tiny buds that appear in spring, the beauty of Napa is like nowhere else. Drawing on this inspiration, The Spa at Bardessono embodies an eco-chic philosophy in its design and approach to therapies, where nature guides the nourishment of both body and spirit. Here, each treatment is designed around the needs of the season. During winter, they focus on immune boosters and circulation therapy. For spring, purification and vitality. Refresh, cool and soothe during the warmth of summer. And in autumn, relieve stress and restore the balance of mind and body. Choose your path and retreat to the rooftop pool for lounging in their private cabanas and surround yourself by the breathtaking beauty of the nearby foothills.
Detoxing in wine country doesn’t necessarily mean swearing off the grapes. Treat yourself to a Vinotherapy massage at Bardessono, a treatment that relies specifically on the anti-aging properties of organic Chardonnay Grape Seed Oil to melt away the stress of the holidays.
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Health Spa at The Meadowood
900 Meadowood Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
: 4.5 Stars, 1,535 Reviews
Settled on a private estate in the heart of America’s preeminent wine region, Meadowood is a second home for those who enjoy the beauty, hospitality and romance of wine country. Gracious hospitality defines the style of service and timeless, natural beauty the sense of place. The property features eighty-five guest rooms, suites and lodges, a luxurious all-suite spa, two championship croquet lawns, seven tennis courts, a nine-hole walking golf course, Golf Studio & driving range, hiking trails, two swimming pools, health & fitness center, wine experiences and a Michelin three-star restaurant dining experience.
The guest’s experience at the Spa is intended to be a wellness journey and begins with a soothing signature tea and a conversation with a spa therapist to determine a curated treatment plan especially for the individual. A pre-treatment experience (aromatherapy steam shower, dry body brushing or foot bath) is followed by the curated treatment plan and a post-treatment organic elixir. Guests also may choose to enjoy delectable and healthy items from their Spa Culinary Menu developed by Chef Victoria Acosta of The Grill at Meadowood, mirroring the treatment menu elements of Vine, Earth, Air and Field, in the private suite or in the relaxation garden.
Hands down one of the best places for anyone that loves privacy. At the Meadowood Spa, treatments are conducted in multi-functional, personal suites that include all the amenities for any request found in the spa menu. No need to shuffle around during your stay since everything you want is right at your fingertips.
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Spa Gaia at the Doubletree Hotel
3600 Broadway Street
American Canyon, CA 94503
: 4 Stars, 856 Reviews
As part of California’s first fully environmentally sustainable “green” hotel, it’s no surprise that Spa Gaia relies on treatment ingredients from Napa’s lush, fertile valley. Their 3,000 square feet facility houses massage rooms, dual facial rooms, a couple’s treatment area, as well as rain showers and steam rooms to prepare guests for their chosen treatment. The Balinese and contemporary style setting puts guests at ease as they lounge comfortably among rich linens and imported art. Offering a range of a range of massages, facials, body treatments, soaking therapies, waxing and nail care there something for everyone.
Guests can also access to the pool and whirlpool as well as exquisite menu options from the Table 29 Bistro and Bar. If you happen to be local, take advantage of their membership program for discounted services – through this option guests have the ability to reserve spa, hot tub and pool for private party or groups.
If an invigorating scrub is more your style, check out The Crush – a treatment to reveal luminous skin that includes an exfoliation with freshly crushed Napa Valley Cabernet grape seeds and a massage with organic lavender grape seed oil.
Bio: Tiffany Bukowski
is a Northern California native and specializes in brand marketing in San Francisco. She enjoys red blends, fancy cheese boards, and talking with her hands.