An ultra-luxe wellness retreat in Napa
8 Treatment Suites (2 Couple's Suites and 6 Singles Suites)
Once you arrive at Meadowood Napa Valley, an iconic wine country enclave surrounded by acres of lush greenery, visiting Meadowood Spa to unwind might seem unnecessary — but that would be a mistake. The new spa, which opened late 2015, is a sumptuous hideaway worth your time. Located on a hill above the tennis courts, the spa looks and feels more like a wellness retreat located at a modern cozy lodge than it does a traditional hotel spa.
The scent of redwood lingers in the air as you walk through the gates and toward the white window-paned doors. Inside, a hand-foraged steel fireplace roars at the center of the welcoming reception room. Natural elements — cedar, oak, stone, ferns — flow throughout the masculine, rustic-chic space. As you sip a steaming cup of Ikaati's soothing tea and sink into the plush organic linen sofa, you will likely feel yourself sinking into relaxation with ease.
All of the suites at the Napa spa, which were designed by Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects with interiors by Leslie Hemmings, are large suites with a private bathroom and steam shower. With high ceilings, a window-side lounge seating area, and treatment bed in the middle of the suite, the treatment suites are spacious, yet intimate. Even the suite’s color palette — warm browns and grays, soft creams, muted greens and faded blacks — is calming and meant to reflect the unique flora and fauna of the surrounding Napa Valley.
All treatment times last at least 90 minutes and begin with a conversation with a spa therapist. While the therapist asks you typical spa questions — where you’re holding tension, what areas of the body need focus — she also inquires about your well-being. What has been causing you stress lately? How are your sleep patterns? What is your diet like?
Your answers will help the therapist customize a treatment specifically to your needs. First, she figures out the essential oil that will be most beneficial to you in the aromatherapy steam shower. Next she guides you to the massive glass box shower filled with billowing hot steam.
You’re instructed to rub the oil across you neck and chest and sit in the shower for a certain amount of time. This pre-treatment steam-shower period ensures that you begin your massage, facial or scrub completely relaxed.
The Essential Journey, the starting point for treatments, includes either a massage, body treatment or facial with time in your suite to relax. Longer, curated experiences begin the same way and entail multiple treatments and can last up to five hours. Each of these several packages is unique.
From the Fields focuses on the body with organic botanicals and includes an exfoliation, wrap, massage, relaxation time and a culinary treat. From the Vines homes in on the skin with use of vinotherapy via massage and facial.
Treatments conclude with a chat with your therapist who will have spent the last 90 minutes considering a wellness solution to your personal issues. She’ll provide you with advice and you’ll be treated to a housemade elixir — a wildly delicious fresh carrot ginger or lime coriander juice.
The entire Meadowood Spa is a series of suites and walkways, creating an indoor/outdoor living space. The walkway that leads to the treatment suites is all wood with stone fountains and high exposed beams. There are two relaxation gardens, one for women and another for men, each with a sauna, mineral soaking pool and steam room.
Meadowood Spa uses a selection of luxury skincare products, including Caudalie, Luzern Laboratories, Aromatherapy Associates, Glycelene, and HydraFacial MD. There are two 350-square-foot boutiques, one that carries the aforementioned skincare products along with local beauty and cosmetic brands, and another that carries high-end items like uncommon fragrances, sophisticated knits, cashmere travel throws and leather journals.
Unique to the spa is its culinary program. Crafted by Meadowood Grill chef Victoria Acosta, the menu offers you the chance to enjoy a full meal, not just light snacks. Food items are inspired by the spa’s treatments and focus on a different element: vine, earth, air or field.
Nibble on heirloom tomatoes with dandelion pesto, eggplant and couscous, or indulge in a watercress and kale salad with dungeness crab, Meyer lemon and ginseng while you relax alfresco in the relaxation garden.