16 Best Hotel Spas in Napa and Sonoma

Daniel Mangin | February 02, 2018

Northern California's Wine Country is almost as famous for blissful pampering as it is for wine touring and fine dining. With treatments like grape-seed scrubs and products that incorporate Meyer lemons and other ingredients found in restaurant dishes, all three activities converge on the spa table—and that's not even counting the post-massage glass of sparkling wine many places offer. Some resorts describe their facilities as being for guests only, but if you're not staying at a lodging whose spa strikes your fancy, call to see if staffers will make an exception for you (it's been known to happen).


North Block Hotel

Why it made the list

Inventive treatments and a cocoonlike atmosphere set this Yountville hotel's basement spa apart from its peers. Couples love the "Playful Passion" session that begins in the spa with mutual exfoliation (ooh la la!) and dual massages and concludes in their room, where they play a sensual game.

A two-story boutique hotel near downtown Yountville's northe Read More


Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Why it made the list

Long before 19th-century Spanish settlers arrived in what's now the town of Sonoma, the Native American residents here bathed in the thermal springs that today feed the Fairmont's pools and hot tubs. The signature bathing ritual at the resort's 40,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa puts a 21st-century spin on a time-honored tradition.

The real draw at this Mission-style resort is the extensive, Read More


Napa River Inn

Why it made the list

Less fancy than many resort spas—it occupies Napa's former police station—the Spa at Napa River Inn makes up for its humble digs with peaceful spaces and a treatment lineup assembled by a longtime Napa Valley pro. While you're easing your tension, your dog can get some TLC, too.

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Indian Springs Calistoga

Why it made the list

Spa activities on this land date to Calistoga's mid-1800s, by which time the local Wappo Indians had already been taking to these waters for centuries. Although treatments nowadays are more refined, their source—on-site geothermal pools that heat the property's volcanic ash—remains the same.

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Hotel Healdsburg

Why it made the list

Organic locally grown botanicals figure in many of the hotel's "farm-to-spa" treatments, among them the Meyer Lemon Sage and Lavender and Peppermint massages.

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Kenwood Inn and Spa

Why it made the list

The spa at this inn along Highway 12 in occupies a quiet section of the 2½-acre property. As part of the hotel's recovery from the Wine Country's 2017 wildfires, the spa received a major makeover. Popular wine-related spa treatments like the Honey Wine Wrap and Crushed Cabernet Scrub still top the menu, though.

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Hotel Yountville Resort & Spa

Why it made the list

The two couples' rooms at the hotel's Spa Acqua have Vichy showers and double hydrotherapy tubs, and there's a romantic in-room session designed just for couples, but whether you're à deux or solo you'll enjoy the massage, facials, and other treatments here.

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Calistoga Ranch

Why it made the list

Oaks, firs, and pines surround the guests-only spa at Calistoga Ranch, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection. The spa's open-air hot tub and mineral pool blend seamlessly with the landscape, as do the spa suites' outdoor showers. If the numerous alternatives overwhelm you, opt for one of the Auberge Anthology treatments, two massages and the signature facial.

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Carneros Resort and Spa

Why it made the list

The resort's spa, on the hilltop near the vineyard-view infinity pool, will be under reconstruction through the first half of 2018. During this time treatments like the as-peaceful-as-it-sounds Tranquillity Pro Sleep, for which therapists employ soft brushes, will take place elsewhere on the property and in guests' rooms.

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Why it made the list

If spending a quarter of an hour submerged in heavy mud isn't your idea of relaxation, consider Spa Solage's "Mudslide," one of several kinder, gentler variations on traditional Calistoga treatments.

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Vintage House

Why it made the list

Relaxation sessions centered on O2CHAIR oxygen chairs are among the exclusive treatments offered at The Spa at The Estate Yountville, the 13,000-square-foot facility Vintage House shares with nearby sister property Hotel Villagio.

A 2017 makeover transformed the former Vintage Inn into a sn Read More



Why it made the list

All the bathrooms in this downtown Yountville hotel's guest rooms have concealed massage tables. Many guests take their treatments in the comfort of their rooms, but the B Spa Therapy Center toward the back of the property, where manicures, pedicures, facials, and waxings take place in addition to massages, is a soothing space itself.

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The Farmhouse Inn

Why it made the list

Sonoma County's most thoughtfully designed spa occupies a barnlike white board-and-batten structure that's so restful on the eyes the healing begins even before sessions commence. Two renowned spa consultants developed exclusive treatments for the Russian River Valley inn.

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Auberge du Soleil

Why it made the list

Purification at the Rutherford resort's well-regarded spa comes with sweeping Napa Valley vistas during a ritual that involves dips in three outdoor pools. Sips of chlorophyll-laced water keep participants adequately hydrated. Facials are another specialty here.

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Meadowood Napa Valley

Why it made the list

All the treatment rooms at the St. Helena resort's spa are self-contained suites with private showers and bathrooms. Sessions begin with a "wellness dialogue" between therapists and guests to determine the best approach to healing and relaxation.

Founded in 1964 as a country club, Meadowood evolved into an Read More


Las Alcobas Napa Valley

Why it made the list

The St. Helena hotel's spa backs up its serene ambience with treatments combining aromatherapy, various Asian healing modalities, and organic artisanal products. The focus on healing extends to the therapists, who meditate daily themselves, the better to assist their clients.

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