Best Pools to Lounge By this Summer
August 1, 2020
In our opinion, there’s no greater pleasure than sitting by a beautiful pool with a novel and a drink in hand. With summer in full swing, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite hotel pools in the Napa Valley.
Note: Due to Covid-related protocols, reservations may be required for pool time due to reduced occupancy. Check with the hotels directly for current pool procedures.
The Meritage Resort and Spa has an enormous adults-only pool that’s located in the shadow of the iconic Grape Crusher statue, with scenic views of hillside vineyards and the resort's Estate Cave. A full menu and cocktails are served poolside as you relax in your chaise or cabana.
Auberge du Soleil has the “La Plage” pool, a perfect locale for soaking up some sun with expansive views of the valley floor to the south. Find one of the gauzy canopied lounges and order a cool signature cocktail, glass of wine, or local hand-crafted brew. Shaded terraces offer a respite from the sun and a great spot to enjoy delicious poolside dining.
Carneros Resort and Spa is surrounded by 28 acres and panoramic views of surrounding vineyards. Guests can relax with a cocktail at the adults-only Hilltop Pool, complete with an infinity-edge hot tub, turquoise pool, and cozy cabanas.
Harvest Inn has two secluded pool areas, each with swimming pool, hot tub, and comfy poolside lounges. The spacious main pool area is located in the center of the property’s lush surrounding gardens. And the second, more intimate pool is reserved exclusively for adults.
Napa Valley Lodge features a large pool within its central, lushly landscaped courtyard. Market umbrellas and double sun loungers invite guests to linger all afternoon. The hotel offers seasonal poolside service and also features cozy courtyard fire pits for those cool wine country evenings.
Archer Hotel Napa offers an expansive 11,000-square-foot destination rooftop, including its Sky Terrace with water deck on the top fifth floor. Enjoy 360-degree views of downtown Napa and the valley beyond while relaxing in chaise lounges around the shallow water deck. This six-inch-deep pool is refreshing enough to cool off, while shallow enough to enjoy a cocktail set on the chaise side tables. Five private deck-side cabanas can be reserved by the day and feature stone fireplaces and privacy curtains. The cabanas, overlooking First Street, offer menus from chef Charlie Palmer’s Sky & Vine.
The Estate Yountville is a luxury development that includes both Vintage House and Hotel Villagio. Guests of both venues can unwind in one of the luxurious private cabanas at the property’s 40-foot heated outdoor pool. The elegant pool deck also features chaises and a poolside menu, which you can enjoy while taking in the stunning vistas of the Mayacama Mountains in the distance.
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa features a hip, vintage vibe. Its outdoor pool area includes a deck of blue-and-white striped umbrellas, pool loungers, and cabana beds shaded under a greenery-covered trellis. Three mineral pools, kept at three different temperatures, are fed from the geothermal hot springs below the property grounds where the water sits at 180°F. There’s also an outdoor fire pit, bocce court, board games, and hammocks to keep you as busy or relaxed as you like.
Rancho Caymus Inn is a Spanish-styled, intimately scaled hotel in Rutherford that wraps around a lovely plunge pool and spa. Enjoy poolside service with a bite to eat and your favorite glass of wine.
Maison Fleurie, in the heart of Yountville, has an outdoor pool next to its beautiful flower garden and fountain. Enjoy afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres, complimentary to all inn guests.
Bardessono Hotel & Spa is a sleekly contemporary, LEED Platinum-certified property that offers a mindful approach to living the good life. Its 75-foot-long rooftop pool is available to hotel guests and features poolside cabanas, chaises, as well as food and drink services amid mountain views. During the summer months, there are also yoga sessions on the pool deck.
Hotel Yountville offers a homey retreat with a pool as its centerpiece, surrounded by towering Italian cypress trees and a majestic oak tree. Guests can order light fare poolside, as well as hand-crafted cocktails from the bar.
Calistoga Spa Hot Springs has four geothermal mineral pools and its pool deck features vine-covered lounge areas and a sky deck for those who prefer a higher vantage point. Beautiful views of the Calistoga Palisades, too.