At a Glance
Epitomizing laid-back luxury, Auberge du Soleil offers the ultimate experience in wine country relaxation.
- Earthy, refined décor that is the essence of rustic luxury
- The stunning views from the terrace at the Auberge du Soleil restaurant
- The La Plage pool area with panoramic vistas, canopied day beds and a serene, upscale scene
For years I had heard that this was one of the most romantic hotels in the country, and when I finally visited, I was not disappointed. Set in an olive grove on thirty-five hillside acres with an exceptional view of vineyards, “Inn of the Sun,” as its name translates, consists of the main house (with two rooms and an award-winning restaurant), a spa and fifty individual maisons. Provence and its art de vivre clearly inspired not just the name of the hotel but the splashes of sunny color within the rooms, which adds warmth to the contemporary design.
The rooms are decorated in muted tones and feel comfortable and fresh, yet sophisticated. My favorite rooms are the hillside ones with fireplaces and patios with views, but all have amenities like flat-screen TVs in the bedrooms and the bathrooms and extra-large tubs. Special touches include the walking trails that wind through a sculpture garden and to the pool area, and a concierge who will arrange anything from horseback riding to helicopter tours.
The spa, which is accessible only to hotel guests, offers indoor or outdoor massages, depending on the weather, and it’s worth arriving early for an appointment to soak in the heated, infinity-edged pools that overlook the valley. If you want to soak in the same views but are not staying at the resort, book lunch or dinner at the acclaimed restaurant and ask to be seated on the gorgeous dining terrace, which is one of the most romantic spots for a meal.
Who Should Stay
The Auberge du Soleil is for couples who appreciate true luxury. It is not the best Napa option for families, as it only accepts children ages 16 and up.
Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley