There is nowhere in the world quite like California wine country. Rolling hills, dramatic vistas, and countless world-class wineries all within driving distance make it a picturesque destination for an unforgettable getaway. Our guide to the best luxury hotels in Napa Valley and Sonoma will help you find the perfect place to stay.
The Best Luxury Hotels in Napa Valley
Auberge du Soleil
Auberge du Soleil has one of the best locations in all of Napa Valley. The beautiful resort is located atop a hill in Rutherford, overlooking rolling vineyards with the Mayacamas Mountains in the distance. It’s truly spectacular, especially as the sun sets. The terraced grounds have 50 rooms and suites nestled amid olive and oak trees, a luxurious pool, and the famed Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil. Further, the hotel is adults-only, so it has a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.
Auberge du Soleil Spa is absolutely incredible, and it’s reserved exclusively for hotel guests. It has decadent couples treatments, such as Bubbles and Bliss. This two-hour treatment combines a body scrub, massage, and soak in a private outdoor tub surrounded by plants and trees, accompanied by Laurent Perrier Champagne.
Even if you’re not staying here, the Michelin-starred French spot, the Restaurant, should be on your list. We recommend coming for brunch or timing your dinner with the sunset so you can enjoy the panoramic views. Order the three-course chef’s tasting menu for the full experience.
Bardessono Hotel & Spa
This sleek hotel is located in the heart of downtown Yountville, which offers a different experience from the more remote hotels in Napa Valley. However, despite its downtown location within walking distance of incredible restaurants, Bardessono still offers a memorable resort experience. The wood, stone, and metal buildings connect through a winding pathway of circular stone terraces surrounded by pools. Wood platforms join these terraces, so you’ll feel like you’re walking through a spa every time you leave your room.
Fittingly, it has an exceptional spa, B Spa, that offers in-room treatments incorporating local ingredients, such as Chardonnay Wine Therapy products. You can book a contemporary designed Spa Suite with a private terrace and outdoor shower, or a Maple Grove Villa, which has a private courtyard and cocktail pool. There are three one-bedroom villas, which groups traveling together can combine. Lucy, the on-property restaurant, serves fresh, globally inspired cuisine. The menu includes diverse dishes like miso soup, chipotle shrimp tacos, cornish hen saltimbocca, and red-wine braised short rib bourguignon.
Meadowood Napa Valley
Meadowood is one of Napa Valley’s most storied hotels. For starters, this serene resort sprawls across 250 acres on lush, sprawling grounds in the middle of wine country. This private valley has virtually everything you could want in your stay, including a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, three swimming pools, and plenty of places to hike. Moreover, there’s even a croquet court, should you fancy a game.
The Restaurant at Meadowood is one of the country’s best restaurants. It has won every award imaginable, from earning three Michelin stars to five Forbes stars. The modern American cuisine focuses on the bounty of Napa Valley, including produce from its 3.5-acre farm.
Solage Resort & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection
Up in Calistoga, Solage Resort & Spa is known for its incredible pools that take advantage of the area’s natural hot springs and healing waters. The 20,000-square-foot spa has five geothermal pools where you can indulge in hydrotherapy. There’s an icy-cold plunge pool, an ambient-temperature pool with water rich in magnesium, a 98-degree relaxation pool, a 102-degree saline pool, and a jetted mineral pool heated to 104 degrees. You can spend hours experiencing the different pools. Therefore, we recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before your treatment so that you can start experiencing the many tantalizing options.
The signature treatment is the Mudslide, a modern take on traditional mud baths. First, head to the Mud Bar and whip up a custom batch of rich Calistoga mud blended with your favorite essential oils. Then, you’ll paint yourself with mud and lay in a heated room to let the mud work its magic on your skin. After showering in a private outdoor shower, you’ll relax in a private geothermal soaking tub. Finally, your therapist will whisk you to a sound chair, where you’ll listen to harmonious music. The chair sends musical vibrations through your body — an utterly relaxing experience that may lull you to sleep.
After your treatment, head to your suite or studio and relax on your private outdoor patio. The rooms have a modern style, with warm neutral colors and vaulted ceilings. After that, you may have worked up an appetite. Solbar is the property’s casual restaurant that serves up fresh local fare like whipped avocado with vegetables, Half Moon Bay sole with brown butter, and Liberty Farm duck.
The Best Luxury Hotels in Sonoma
This gorgeous hotel opened in late 2020 on 258 pristine acres of vineyards and oak tree groves. Montage Healdsburg features 130 bungalow-style rooms and suites, an 11,500-square-foot spa, three restaurants, game spaces (pickleball, anyone?), and a striking zero-edge pool with vineyard views.
The resort takes advantage of its gorgeous surroundings and has plenty of expansive outdoor spaces. The guest rooms are spread throughout the property so that each one has beautiful views through floor-to-ceiling windows. You can choose from mountain, vineyard, or forest views, if you wish to be up in the treetops. There are lots of on-site activities at Montage Healdsburg, including an archery range, pickleball and bocce ball courts, and trails for hiking and biking. If you want to explore a scenic 15.5-mile loop, avail yourself of the e-bikes available at the hotel.
Three delightful restaurants grace the property. Hazel Hill blends Californian and French cuisine in a beautiful setting, with a fairy-light-decorated terrace and a treehouse-inspired dining space. Despite the sophisticated menu, the vibe is relaxed and unpretentious. For cocktails and bites, head to Scout Field Bar in the lobby. There’s live music and a roaring fire every night. The poolside restaurant, Hudson Springs Bar and Grill, is perfect for a casual al fresco lunch.
Hotel Les Mars
Stepping into Hotel Les Mars, a member of Relais & Châteaux, transports you from the heart of Healdsburg to historic France. Original artworks, sumptuous decor, 17th- and 18th-century antiques, and elegant fireplaces fill the 16 rooms in this boutique hotel. Rooms on the third floor have gorgeous 20-ft-high beamed ceilings, and the King rooms have luxurious four-poster canopy beds. Chalkboard’s menu changes daily and offers inventive small plates and delicious crudos. Further, Hotel Les Mars has partnerships with some of Sonoma’s best wineries, and the concierge can organize wonderful wine tastings for you.
The Inn at SingleThread Farms
This petite inn has just five rooms, but it’s one of the most in-demand properties in Sonoma. It’s located above SingleThread Farms restaurant, one of only 14 restaurants in the US to have three Michelin stars. The rooms at the Inn at SingleThread Farms are decorated in a soothing, contemporary style, with clean lines, painted white brick walls, and neutral tones.
Of course, the main reason many guests come here is for the exquisite cuisine. You can also order some of the restaurant’s incredible dining options delivered to your room or to the rooftop garden, such as the multi-course Donabe Hot Pot dinner. A stay at the Inn at SingleThread Farms also comes with complimentary breakfast, which is out of this world. You can choose from a menu that might include a classic Japanese breakfast or a Périgord black truffle omelet.