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There is a myriad of reasons to take a vacation in the North Bay and among the best is adding a soul-soothing spa treatment. Many of the world’s top-rated resort hotels can be found in the breathtakingly beautiful California Wine Country, with the vast majority hosting the ultimate in fine dining and extravagant spa treatments. About an hour’s drive from San Francisco, a getaway within the Napa Valley or Sonoma Wine Country can be one of the most unforgettable excursions in a lifetime, particularly when getting pampered with a rejuvenating massage or other indulgences. The following are five of the best spas in the North Bay.
4048 Sonoma Highway
Napa, CA 94559
Located in the gateway to the Napa Valley, the Carneros Inn is a fabulous destination ranked among the world’s best by Condé Nast and Travel+Leisure. The award-winning inn features luxurious spa treatments that are available to both overnight guests and day guests. Spa services include 30- to 105-minute massages, body treatments, facials and beauty services, such as a bridal party makeup application. Day guests are allowed to visit the spa Monday through Thursday during non-peak hours and are required to pay a resort fee and minimum amount of services, but are afforded full use of a guest cottage for the day. A current special offered by the Carneros Inn is a Sip and Spa Package, with overnight accommodations, two 30-minute massages, pedicures and bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from the CADE Winery in the Napa Valley.
10400 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
Amidst acres of spectacular vineyards and oak groves, the Kenwood Inn and Spa is Sonoma County’s entry to one of the world’s best romantic hideaways. Situated right off the Sonoma Highway between Santa Rosa and Sonoma, the luxury resort features The Spa at Kenwood Inn, honored several times as among the country’s top three resort spas. Spa treatments include vinotherapy wraps and scrubs using organic ingredients from the wine country, therapeutic massages using high-quality grape seed or optional organic oils and a Kenwood Wine Country Signature, with massage, vinexpert and a bottle of sparkling wine. The Kenwood Inn and Spa current offers a “Locals Special” featuring a 20-percent discount off all spa treatments to Bay Area residents Sunday through Thursday.
900 Meadowood Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
The only North Bay resort with a Michelin three-star restaurant also boasts the quintessential wine country experience at the Spa at Meadowood. With a special emphasis on vinotherapy, the luxury spa menu features a grape seed harvest wrap, body glow using aromatic grape seeds and natural oils and vineyard polish body exfoliation with massage. The wellness staff is also available to provide spa treatments in the privacy of a guest room. Seasonal offerings for Napa Valley vacations include a Spa Escape package, with two 60-minute spa treatments, a welcome box of Meadowood chocolates, a bottle of Napa Valley sparkling wine, a three-course dinner at The Grill and overnight accommodations. The Spa at Meadowood is open only to hotel guests, Meadowood members and guests of members and hotel patrons.
755 Silverado Trail
Calistoga, CA 94515
Located in the Napa Valley community acclaimed for its hot spring spas and mud baths, Solage Calistoga is a fabulous resort with a Michelin star-rated restaurant and award-winning spa. Once honored as the top spa in the Americas and Caribbean by Condé Nast Traveler, Spa Solage honors the unique Calistoga experience by offering mud therapies and hot tubs with geo-thermal mineral waters. Its signature treatment at the Bathhouse and Mud Bar is the Mudslide Experience, consisting of mineral-enriched clay with pure essential oils, relaxing in oversize tubs, before resting in state-of-the-art sound/vibration chairs. Other spa packages are a Spa Solage Sampler – a body scrub, massage, Mudslide treatment and the Best of Solage Facial – and Double Your Leisure – lunch for two at the acclaimed Solbar restaurant, two 50-minute massages and two Signature Mudslides.
6481 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
Considered among the world’s finest resort spas, Villagio Inn and Spa is unquestionably one of the best North Bay destinations for luxurious accommodations, fine dining and extravagant spa treatments. Five intimate spa suites and 16 state-of-the-art treatments are featured in the 13,000-square-foot Spa Villagio, with a talented staff of 75 massage therapists, estheticians, concierge and spa attendants. Among the services offered in the extensive spa menu are the Suite Sensations, with 2.5 hours of treatments, and private suite time with wine and food pairings, an array of other massages, body treatments and facials. Current spa specials include a Spa Your Day package with an option for overnight accommodations, Synchronized Massage with two massage therapists and Viva La Diva Girlfriends Getaway, with optional overnight accommodations.