Napa Valley Spa’s and Napa Valley Wellness Retreats
By Dynie Sanderson
The Napa Valley truly sets itself apart from other premier travel destinations around the planet, with so much to offer. Travelers venture to this world-class wine country mecca to experience all of the flavors, sights, sounds and sensations. Guests to our valley seek to taste selections of some the highest rated wines from around the globe, dine at the finest restaurants featuring Michelin Star Chefs and rising celebrity chefs, be entertained at the best shows and venues from BottleRock to the Napa Valley Film Festival, play championship golf courses, and of course relax and luxuriate at exclusive premier 5-star spas and wellness centers.
After a day of wine tastings or before your evening dining out, let your journey take you on the pursuit of luxurious excellence and pamper yourself with the ultimate of spa experiences. Whether your mission to rejuvenate and revitalize with a holistic treatment or practice yoga amongst the vineyards, you will find a vast variety of locally inspired treatments. Each spa and wellness center will offer you a unique sanctuary that will restore, renew and revitalize the mind, body and spirit.
These Napa Valley destination spa retreats offer the opportunity to escape, pamper and indulge in an intimate environment of tranquility and Zen. You can get-a-way from your hectic day-to-day and retreat amongst the vines to nurture and rejuvenate your body. Your perfect personalized treatment will take you to nirvana. In addition, many of the spa resorts offer spa-inspired cuisine with healthy culinary menus while constantly committing to creating the perfect guest experience.
The Spa Terra at The Meritage Resort – Napa
Spa Terra is recognized as one of California’s premier spas offering locally inspired treatments in the sanctuary of their inviting underground estate cave. Their vast menu of services and luxurious amenities are there for your sheer enjoyment, also offering a relaxation lounge, Jacuzzi and steam room. The offer skin care treatments for both men and women, packages such as the couples escape and Spa Terra Journey and a wonderful selection of massages and body treatments. www.spaterra.com
Carneros Resort and Spa – Napa
The Spa at Carneros Resort
The resort and spa is location on 28 acres in the Carneros region of Napa surrounded by rolling hills and scenic vineyards. Their spa provides tranquility and nature to mend the body mind and spirit. They offer an inviting selectin of treatments incorporating detoxifying “from the land” culinary ingredients, they also offer healing treatments that aim to cater to every guests’ personal needs. The spa directors favorite pick from the menu is the “Tranquility Pro Sleep Massage” which is a unique treatment that acts on three different sensory pathways to achieve a peaceful mind and body state for profound relaxation. Fitness center and classes are also offered. For a complete list of their services go to www.carnerosresort.com
The Spa at Silverado Resort – Napa
Girls Afternoon at Silverado Spa
Their 16,000-square foot spa facility has 16 indoor and 3 outdoor treatment rooms in the Meyer Lemon Garden. They also feature the Boost Café offering delicious spa cuisine, a Relaxation Pool and Spa Boutique. In addition to their vast selection of spa packages, massages, body treatments, they also offer a full-service nail and hair salon, wellness coaches and skin care. The state of the art fitness center with more than 30 fitness classes weekly, also provides assisted weight machines, outdoor running and stretching areas as well as strength training and cardio equipment with private TV’s and headsets. The Spa at Silverado’s signature treatment is the “Lomi Lomi Massage” – a rhythmic full-body massage technique where the therapist works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous flowing strokes enabling the recipient to relax and feel their Aloha. www.silveradoresort.com/spa/
The Spa at the Estate – Yountville
The Spa at the Estate In Yountville
Wellness at the heart of Yountville where soothing fountains, cascading waterfalls and serene reflecting pools envelop their guests in an atmosphere of quietude and creature comforts. They offer seven treatment rooms and five private spa suites appointed with relaxation lounges with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, Swiss experience showers, steam showers, saunas and outdoor hydrotherapy soaking baths. They offer Holistic Body Therapies, blending ancient traditions and cutting-edge technology where their therapies are designed to soothe sore muscles from 50 minutes to 110 minutes. They also offer a selection of massage therapies and facial therapies. For those on the go they offer a tasting menu of 25 minute treatments or combine them to have a multi-treatment experience. Gentlemen you weren’t left out, there are special selection for you too! http://www.villagio.com/spa-villagio-en.html
The Spa at Bardessono – Yountville
Bardessono Spa Yountville
They are nestled amid the picturesque Napa Valley hills in the heart of the hamlet of Yountville where nature guides the nourishment of the body and spirit. You will come away relaxed from head to toe with their luxury spa packages. Combining the best of the East and the West their spa massage treatments promote health and wellness and are customized to fit their guests’ unique needs and personal preferences. You choose your desired style and pressure for relief from stress, for relaxation or for aching muscles. It also includes your choice of a special seasonal blend of essential oils or unscented organic oil. Non-guests can also take advantage of Bardessono’s spa services with Day Guest options. Weekly yoga is complementary for guests and also available for non-guests with drop-in and weekly pass options. www.bardessono.com
Meadowood Spa Resort – St. Helena
Meadowood Spa Treehouse Retreat Room
The new Meadowood Spa offers a unique all-suite concept, creating an elevated spa experience and giving guests a true sense of retreat and privacy. These intimate private treatment suites include a private bathroom, steam shower and built-n seating area in from of tranquil views through open sliding windows to the nature beyond. The offer facials, scrubs, wraps, massage, treatments designed for men, in guest room services, and a spa boutique. Meadowood Chef Victoria Acosta has designed culinary seasonal menu, offering delicious and healthy options for guests to enjoy in their spa suites or in the relaxation gardens. http://www.meadowood.com/spa
Auberge du Soleil Spa – Rutherford
The Spa at Auberge du Soleil
The spa at Auberge is based on the design of a Zen master, creating a physical and emotional barrier from the outside world, which allows guests to focus inward while taking in the beauty of nature. Their new seasonal treatment, “Winter Harmony Retreat” will treat you with an array of luxurious services to nourish, refresh and replenish your skin. In addition to a warm aromatic sesame oil massage, you also choose one or more treatments of Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub, Winter Forest Clay Wrap, Pink Himalayan Salt Bath, Balancing Energy work, Hand & Foot, Reflexology, Hair and Scalp Renewal. 30, 90 or 120 minutes. In addition to their inviting variety of spa treatments, they also offer the highest in quality fitness classes and private instruction. https://aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com/spa/
Solage Resort and Spa – Calistoga
Solage Couples Treatments
The spa facility is artfully designed and ecologically conscious creating the ultimate retreat to experience relaxing and invigorating services including new twists on the renowned “Calistoga Mud” and mineral water therapies. The Bathhouse as Spa Solage offers the ultimate wellness experience, featuring healing geo-thermal pools and mineral rich mud therapy in a restful, restorative setting. Their spa menu offers a vast selection of services – massage, body renewal, body scrubs, enhancements, signature facials, advanced skin care, facial enhancements, waxing, couples connecting, and just for him. In addition, there are mid-week wellness packages, fitness programs and specialty wellness sessions. Try the “Chai Spice Body Renewal” – body brushing, a warming vanilla coconut oil massage and finished with a nurturing wrap and foot treatment. The also serve delicious inspired spa cuisine at the Solbar outdoor patio. https://solage.aubergeresorts.com/spa/
The Spa at Calistoga Ranch – Calistoga
Yoga at Calistoga Ranch
The experience is one of the most unique spa experiences nestled away in a wooden canyon. It provides and oasis where you will find soothing soaking pools overlooking a creek and moss-laden oaks. The offer restorative organic spa treatments in restful private rooms where you will enter upon a journey to pure relaxation. In addition to their signature treatments they also offer complimentary classes in their state of the art fitness facility or out amongst nature. Classes range from Yoga to Qigong to Pilates and Circuit Training. One of their newest seasonal treatments is “Toastie Toes and Fell Good Fingers” where you will receive a revitalizing hand and foot treatment, exfoliates, hydrates and nourishes with warm towel wraps and relaxing reflexology. https://calistogaranch.aubergeresorts.com/spa/
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Compline Wine Bar is one of Napa Valley’s newest dining hot spots that have popped up recently on the wine and dine scene in Napa. This savvy wine bar is located in the heart of downtown in the courtyard of the old Gillwood’s location. Its innovative concept was designed and created by owners Master Sommelier-Matt Stamp and business partner Ryan Stetins. In addition to being a wine bar, Compline also offers a restaurant, wine retail shop and wine education classes. It is heralded by industry locals along with Napa Valley chef’s and winemakers as one of the hottest new places to hang-out in trendy new Napa.
Matt Stamp is no stranger to wine and is recognized amongst his peers as one of the best in the industry. For the last 6 years, he served as Education Director for the Guild of Sommeliers. He has also worked as Sommelier for the French Laundry, The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant and as GM of V. Mertz in Omaha, the first and only restaurant in the state to achieve a semi-finalist James Beard nomination for “Outstanding Wine Service.” He is regular contributor to Decanter Magazine and was included in Wine Enthusiasts 2013 “Top 40 Under 40” list. It’s no wonder that members of the wine industry flock to his specialized wine education classes held at Compline.
Business partner Ryan Stetins also brings a wealth of wine knowledge and restaurant expertise to Compline and has been very instrumental in its development and success. Ryan worked with the late Charlie Trotter for nearly 6 years as his wine director at both the Chicago and Las Vegas locations. Upon returning to Napa in 2015, he was in the position of General Manager for Richard Reddington’s Redd Wood. He is also hands on with the educational classes and certainly knows his way around the kitchen.
The Wine Bar and Restaurant name Compline is derived from a Latin word used to indicate the completion of the working day. As Matt explains the naming of their establishment,” The hour of Compline is the monastic hour just before bedtime, when monks congregate to reflect on the day. In our way, the name of Compline is a tip of the hat to those monks that brought vines up the California Coast from Mexico, and those who stewarded vineyards through the Middle Ages in Europe.”
Chef Yancy Windsperger is the master behind the menu at Compline. He draws from global inspiration by focuses on local products, developing a Napa cuisine that celebrated the bounty of our Valley with creative, honest, wine-friendly menu. His vast culinary experience spanned impressive stints at Morimoto, Spago, Jose Andres Bazaar and Napa’s La Taberna. His dishes are innovative and delicious. Starters such as Lamb Meatballs or Cucumber Gazpacho or try their Bavette Steak or Half Duck.
Compline’s classes and inspired events are part of what stands them above the crowd. Most classes are offered during the day, though occasionally they host and evening educational events. Classes have offerings for both the wine professional who seeks to hone their knowledge base on wines and wine regions and classes geared to the wine enthusiast wanting to learn a bit more on the lay of the land such as their Gateway Napa Valley Class.
Come visit, pop in for a glass of wine, shop for a bottle to take along with you or indulge in their cuisine. There is something for everyone. Compline is located at 1300 First Street in Napa www.complinewine.com
Norway Island Glamping
If 5-Star Luxury Hotels in big bustling Metropolis’s is not your thing, but luxury travel is a must and with an added twist of adventure, then look no further than Off the Map Travel, soft adventure specialists.
Off the Map Travel creates unique travel experiences off the beaten path with hand-picked authentic destinations where you can experience amazing natural wonders in their pristine habitat. Whether is a custom made itinerary or one of their specially crafted adventures, they are there to make sure your experience is 5-star.
Lofoten Islands Norway
One of Off the Map Travel’s specially created excursions this summer is taking you “Glamping” to the Lofoten Islands in Norway. You will venture to the Norwegian Sea above the Arctic Circle, and for 3 days you will nest in richly decorated Sami tepee’s known as lavuu, lushly appointed with the finest of linens outfitted with stunning Scandinavian Décor.
The Lofoten Islands in Norway offer a vast variety of magestic landscapes painted with fjords, mountains, fishing villages, and home to a plethora of wildlife including the white-tailed sea eagles, porpoises and whales. You will visit a goat farm where you will be served a delightful 3-course meal prepared with local artisanal foods. You will take a Trollfjord and wildlife cruise among the surrounding islands and take a picturesque hike providing you many photo opportunities. Kayaking the brilliant blue waters is another treat where many seabirds make their home.
Off the Map Travel – Luxury awaits!
During the summer months of June and July, guests will enjoy 24 hours of the renowned “Midnight Sun”. One of the special parts of the program is the “Fish your Dish” cooking experience. Guests will have the chance to fish for their own dinner and learn foraging and wilderness techniques for preparation. You certainly won’t go hungry as their food creations are delightful.
Kayaking in Norway
This intimate glamping excursion offers a breathtaking campsite consisting of six private and luxurious tepees which can accommodate 2 each. So, you can assure your adventure will be a custom personalized adventure where you can leave the crowds at home.
Pricing for this custom travel experience is just under $2,000 US per person based on double occupancy. This will include all meals, accommodations, cruise, kayaking, farm and museum visits.
For more information this adventure or other tailor made travel Itineraries – call +44 (0) 800 566 8901; email [email protected] or join in the conversation on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Pinterest
Off the Map Travel is a team of travel experts who work with experiences and destinations that allow people to explore hidden wonders of the world. Specializing in soft adventure and viewing of the Northern Lights, Off the Map Travel creates tailor-made itineraries that offer a distinctive vacation based on first-hand experience. Off the Map Travel vacations anticipate all travelers’ needs with pre-planning and customization. Each bespoke itinerary is tailored to the ages of participants, creating experiences for families, groups, couples and singles that are comfortable and luxurious, with activity levels appropriate for all participants. www.offthemap.travel
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Here are a few really special gift ideas to take away with you from the Wine Country. Whether it is a gift for a special occasion or gift to yourself, these will surely put a smile on your face. As a matter of fact, these gifts will pair perfect with the wines you bought on your last trip to Napa Valley.
Wouldn’t it be fun to pack up that case of the wine you just bought in Napa and put it in a suitcase custom-made to take your most special vintages with you to your next travel destination or to have a glass when you get home and not wait for a shipment? Absolutely! It used to be that you could travel with a 6-pack carry on as a souvenir from your visit. Though that luxury is long gone, the good news is you can still take it with you!
FlyWithWine is the ultimate wine travel suitcase which was designed exclusively for safely transporting wine. Put your favorite vintages comfortably in this indestructible check-in bag and pick it up with confidence at baggage claim knowing your 2005 Estate Cab is safely intact. And fully loaded with a case of wine it still weighs less than 50 pounds. You can also customize your wine luggage too, as they have a variety of inserts for fit your various bottle sizes and even your special Riedel Wine Glasses.
They have just added to their luggage collection two new colors to the VinGardeValise Portfolio, now available in black and burgundy. And if it is too hot to ship over the long hot summer, you can add a Chiller Sheet insert, so you can travel with your wine in a temperature controlled environment for up to 36 hours. How cool is that! They even have a wine glass insert too!! www.flywithwine.com
Though if you want to use all of the space in your customized suitcase for wine, there is an option. Grab a box of your favorite GoVino shatter proof drinkware and put it in your backpack or carry-on and you will be ready-set-go to enjoy a glass or two of the one of your Napa Valley wines as soon as you land in your next destination. These innovative sommelier-approved wine glasses can go with you anywhere and were established in the Napa Valley in 2008 by Joseph T. Perulli.
The GoVino glasses have quickly been adopted by some of the world’s most renowned wine estates and it is the first shatterproof wine glass of its kind to be accepted by the industry. GoVino offers design driven glassware options for wine, beer, champagne and cocktails and they even have a decanter as well. These are perfect when proper stemware isn’t available or in settings where breakable glass in prohibited. May your Holidays be Smashing … Not Your Glassware! www.govinowine.com
You just packed your FlyWithWine suitcase with a selection of wines from Hestan Vineyards and while there, you had the opportunity to go to The Hestan Barn for an amazing cooking demonstration by Hestan Chef Philip Tessier. He was using an amazing line of cookware, the Nanobond. Hestan just debuted the Hestan Cue: A Connected, Smart Cooking System which redefines the home kitchen. What an amazing culinary innovation. Now that you have Chef Philip’s new book “Chasing Bocuse – America’s Journey to the Culinary World Stage”, The Hestan Cue is a must have in your kitchen.
Hestan Cue is a video-guided cooking system that automatically controls temperature and time, every step of the recipe. Their smart cookware, induction burner and recipe app all communicate with each other using Bluetooth technology and embedded sensors – automatically adjusting the cooking temperature and time as you proceed through each recipe. Cue doesn’t cook it for you – it helps you cook better food, more often. And the best part…you are learning to cook beautiful meals from chefs like Philip Tessier.
NanoBond cookware in Napa, Calif. (Photo copyright Nader Khouri 2016, naderkhouri.com)
The Hestan Cue Team includes acclaimed chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants, pioneering software developers and meticulous designers dedicated to tirelessly reinventing the cooking experience. You can find the Hestan Cue at William Sonoma and Amazon or at www.HestanCue.com