Napa Valley Spas — It’s Time to Indulge

Photo by Emma Morris

When most people think of Napa Valley they envision rolling vine-covered hills, tastings at their favorite wineries and Michelin-starred farm-to-table cuisine. But this list is not complete without a nod to Wine Country’s spa getaways. Whether you opt for a spa day or turn it into an overnight stay, there are a bevy of top-notch choices. We’ve chosen a handful of Napa’s best — now it is down to you to decide where to indulge first. 

Carneros Resort and Spa


Perfectly situated in the heart of the valley, surrounded by sweeping hillside views and vines as far as the eye can see, Carneros Resort and Spa is less than an hour’s drive away, but feels like you have traveled much, much farther. The spa is bright and airy with vaulted ceilings and an earth-toned color palette. Guests will enjoy an inviting fireplace in the relaxation area, ideal for cozying up in front of with a cup of herbal tea. Visitors are treated to a welcome glass of bubbly before being escorted to a luxurious treatment room, each with its own private steam room and outdoor shower. 

Don’t miss: Make time to relax at the adults-only hilltop pool and hot tub. The bucolic panoramic views of the vines and countryside are magical. 

What to book: The “Winter Spice Body Polish” treatment starts with a full body scrub using the Body Bliss Chai Spice & Vanilla Virgin Coconut Body Polish that promises to detox and exfoliate, followed by a full body massage with a heavenly aloe and shea butter cream.

Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort and Mineral Springs


This iconic (and recently renovated) property is located in downtown Calistoga and offers a laid-back vibe that will tempt you to make this your regular weekend spot. Whether you are popping in for a day of mud baths and geothermal pool lounging or have booked in for a long weekend with your significant other (or friends — the rooms with bunk beds scream girls’ weekend in Wine Country), you will fall in love with the bright and cheery spaces as well as the oh-so-friendly staff. 

Don’t miss: A piece of chef Trevor Logan’s famous pie. 

What to book: The mud baths here are a must (doctor’s orders!). The treatment starts with a warm shower followed by a dip into the volcanic ash mud, which is activated with the natural geothermal waters Calistoga is known for. While you relax, the mud pulls toxins from the body, exfoliates the skin and rejuvenates sore muscles. Post-mud, you steam then soak in a hot mineral whirlpool followed by a warm-blanket wrap. If you want the full detox experience, book a post-mud massage. Bliss. 

Four Seasons Napa Valley


This newly opened property is exactly what you would expect from the Four Seasons brand — impeccably designed spaces, locally commissioned art, luxe touches and five-star service. Spa Talisa — the name is a nod to the Native American term for “beautiful water” — is a light-filled space with decor that seamlessly blends the outdoor with the indoor. And with a top-notch winery on property, it would be sinful not to sample the wine either before or after your experience. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed. 

Don’t miss: The outdoor relaxation area, Spa Garden whirlpool and misting deck. While you might have to book another treatment for the summer months to fully enjoy it, it will be worth the wait because on warm afternoons the misting deck is a dreamy way to stay cool. 

What to book: The Perfect Pair couples’ massage is a can’t-miss. Each person will enjoy a customized massage and couples will be able to enjoy the spa facilities together before or after. The outdoor pools and garden areas are extra special when enjoyed in pairs.

Four Seasons Napa Valley
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Meadowood Napa Valley


This renowned, Howard Backen–designed retreat is set against a backdrop of countryside so tranquil you will forget you are still close to home. While the three–Michelin star restaurant was destroyed during the 2020 fires, the spa was untouched and remains a Wine Country destination in its own right. From the moment you drive onto the property, the peacefulness envelops you and you know you have arrived somewhere special. While the Meadowood Spa does offer outdoor male and female relaxation areas, the private suites are so inviting, you’ll be tempted to stay sequestered in your own suite the entire time — and we wouldn’t blame you one bit.

Don’t miss: The Treehouse Suite. Book a soaking treatment, have food and wine delivered and cozy up next to the fireplace. 

What to book: If you can carve out half a day of self-care then reserve one of the treatment packages, which range from three to four hours of pampering — all in the luxurious privacy of your own suite. You can also order food and bubbly from the on-site restaurant while you lounge in your robe, so you may never want to leave. 

The Meritage Resort and Spa


The Meritage Resort and Spa stands out among other resorts with its Tuscan-inspired decor and rustic charm. Located in an underground Estate Cave, Spa Terra is the quintessential Wine Country experience. With long, open halls, curved entryways and a relaxation room that could easily double as a tasting room, you truly feel immersed in your surroundings. And a point to note, the spa offers 12 treatment rooms, so it is great for group experiences as well as solo getaways. 

Don’t miss: Wellness classes. Book a weekend appointment and opt for a midmorning treatment so you can try one of the Pilates barre or yoga classes or even a guided vineyard hike beforehand.  

What to book: The Aromatherapy Journey is ideal for anyone who likes a scent-guided experience. Pre-treatment you will join your therapist at the Tara Well Bar to blend your custom scent together. Your therapist will then use the oil to massage you into a state of bliss. And the best part? You get to take the remaining oil home to transport you back to the self-care experience whenever you need it most. 

Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection


Solage’s maze of freestanding bungalows, meticulously manicured grounds and wide-open spaces impart a deep sense of peacefulness before you even enter the spa area. And the spa is perhaps even more impressive than the resort itself — encompassing 20,000 square feet with private treatment rooms, serene shared spaces and hot and cold mineral pools, it is an oasis of wellness. Make time to visit the resort’s pool and lounge area (separate from the spa), which recently underwent a massive renovation, including the addition of Baja-inspired Picobar, an open-air poolside bar and eatery that serves seasonal fare in an impossibly chic setting. 

Don’t miss: The Bathhouse. On cold winter mornings, the fog is heavy and steam wafts off of the outdoor geothermal pools. Move between the cold plunge pool (50–55 degrees), large relaxation pool (98 degrees), jetted saline pool (100–102 degrees), jetted mineral pool (102–104 degrees) and temperate magnesium-rich pool for the ultimate experience. A morning dip never looked so inviting. 

What to book: The Slow Beauty Ritual, a 90-minute facial that is customized to suit your skin. Your therapist will focus on lymphatic drainage, exfoliation and painless extractions using the latest technology. You’ll love the botanical Petaluma-based Laurel Skincare: it is every bit as luxurious as you are imagining.