A Napa oasis with legendary mineral waters
16 Treatment Rooms
Napa’s northernmost town of Calistoga is steeped in the rich history of its restorative hot springs, whose legends of healing powers date back more than five centuries. In modern times, spas like Spa Solage, inside Solage Calistoga resort, offer a sophisticated take on the storied mud baths, with luxurious treatments and breathtaking pools of all kinds for relaxing before and after — all using local water from the acclaimed mineral springs.
After an extensive renovation (part of a recent $2.3 million property-wide makeover), the spa has reopened with 2,500 square feet of new amenities. This includes a 1,409-square-foot indoor/outdoor Relaxation Room that is coed, so couples may enjoy added time together on the plush white furniture before heading to their treatments. Returning guests will also notice an expanded locker room and two new outdoor showers.
The newly renovated Spa Solage reopened in spring 2015 with 56 additional lockers in both locker rooms, and an enhanced welcome and retail area. The boutique emphasizes local clothing and jewelry designers, some of whom you won’t find for sale anywhere else, and “conscious” skincare with organic ingredients. The store’s focal point is a stunning photo collage by the apparel line Lole that incorporates photos of the Solage property.
The dressing rooms are stunning, made of white marble and now extremely spacious after the renovations, almost doubling the space. Updates to the overall Napa spa area include a clean new color palette in shades of white and silver with ultra-plush materials that create a luxe yet informal retreat aesthetic — Calistoga is the most rural of the Napa towns after all. The 14 rooms also now feature upgraded spa linens in pale blues, grays and greens. The two couples suites also boast a tub and outdoor lounge.
The remodel also added an impressive schedule of fitness and wellness classes. Aqua yoga and mindful awareness meditation quickly became popular, as did the resort’s “bike and hikes,” which takes you on a bicycle ride up the ridges, then has you padlock the bikes and hike the rest of the way up to take in the spectacular views of northern California wine country.
The Grounds and Pools
Set in a relaxation garden that wafts of heavenly rosemary, sage, lavender and mint, the treatment rooms couldn’t be more aptly set up for relaxing into the area’s natural elements. These herbs are incorporated into the spa’s teas and products, neatly bringing it all together.
The property’s well pumps pure fresh mineral water into the Calistoga spa’s pools, including the Bathhouse Pool, which hosts a popular floating meditation class in the evenings, when the heated water steams up around the hammocks.
The outdoor clothing-optional, female-only spa opens right up to the area’s famously blue skies. Pools include a eucalyptus steam option that’s kept at 104 degrees and a cool plunge pool. Nothing is more calming than a relaxing soak under that view of sky and trees, with the Palisades Mountains rising above.
Solage’s restorative spa therapies are a nod to Calistoga’s unique mud bath culture, a sophisticated spin on a centuries-old tradition. The signature Mudslide treatment isn’t to be missed. Indulge in a solo treatment, or bond with your partner or even friends during a couple’s or group mud bath. The relaxing treat starts with a mud body mask made of the region’s specialty volcano ash and mixed with a custom blend of essential oils you choose beforehand. Then soak in the geo-thermal mineral waters from the hotel’s spring, before snuggling into a reclining sound/vibration chair to recuperate.
The recent renovations have added some impressive offerings to the spa’s facial menu. New personalized services include an anti-aging Instalift Peptide Facial, the hydrating Oxygen Infusion Facial and the toning PhytoFirm Facial performed with the NuFace Trinity device. The program also features seasonal treatments using local ingredients such as honey, wild sage and rose. For example, in the winter, stay warm and cozy with a chocolate mud wrap with ginger oil massage.