The venerable Napa Valley resort unveils addition to its $60 million renovation.

By Jenna Scatena
October 30, 2015
Courtesy of Meadowood

Tucked into St. Helena’s serpentine Silverado Trail, in a tangled grove of knotty oaks and pine trees, out of view of the limos and luxury wine-tasting tour buses, sits one of the Napa Valley’s most iconic resorts, Meadowood Napa Valley. Over the years, what started as a private country club in the 1960s eventually turned into a renowned five star resort with discreet but sophisticated suites and cottages set upon 250 acres. Then, in 2010, the property’s restaurant, the Restaurant at Meadowood, took the spotlight when it was awarded three coveted Michelin stars.

Now Meadowood is putting the finishing touches on a brand new spa set to open November 2—just in time for much-needed R&R after the harvest hangover. As part of a larger $60 million renovation, which includes a spiffed-up nine-hole golf course and redesigned guestrooms across the property, the spa was built from the ground up over nearly two years.

Architect Howard Backen and his team at Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects, who have fashioned wineries like Ram’s Gate and Ovid Estate, designed the space. Reflecting its natural surroundings, this new spa has a rustic appeal and neutral-toned palette, and an oak tree at the entrance that serves as a natural statement sculpture. Inside, works of art include a silk rug from Tibet, handmade Shibori Rust Silk wall hangings, pottery from Napa Valley ceramic artist Emil Yanos, and antique accessories collected from around the world.

Courtesy of Meadowood

Treatments, too, have been redesigned. Pre-treatment, guests cleanse themselves in an aromatherapy steam shower, followed by dry body brushing or a foot bath, then move on to one of eight suites, each of which includes a private bathroom and steam shower, as well as a lounge area.

It wouldn’t be a wine country spa experience without vinotherapy (this one incorporates grape and grape seeds), as well as a black walnut scrub and a detoxifying mud wrap made with local ingredients. Meadowood collaborated with French beauty brand Caudalie, and Glycelene, a California vegan line that uses Golden State ingredients like poppy and bay laurel, for several services.

After treatments, guests head to one of two gender-specific relaxation gardens with sitting areas, steam room and sauna, and a mineral soaking pool. All spa packages include lunch at the spa’s new menu, where you can expect detoxifying but satiating dishes with yet more local ingredients—heirloom tomatoes with dandelion pesto, eggplant, couscous and cumin and cress, romaine and kale with Dungeness crab, Meyer lemon and ginseng. It’s a wine country getaway of the highest order. (Spa services from $225, packages from $595.)

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