Napa Valley's Unique Body Treatments
August 16, 2018
Yes, there are luxury spas at almost any destination you can imagine. But few are blessed with the abundance of natural resources found here in the Napa Valley. From its world-renowned soils to its grape by-products and farm-to-massage-table ingredients, our wine country has got you covered from head to toe.
Calistoga mud baths. It’s called “fangotherapy” (fango is the Italian word for mud). From the same rich volcanic ash that brings you 100-point wines comes a bucket-list body treatment: the mud bath. A combination of mineral-rich soil is mixed with the town’s legendary thermal waters to create a must-try experience that’s proven to effectively treat sore muscles, arthritis, various skin ailments, and plain old stress. The heat and mud can also stimulate skin cells, plumping them up for a healthy glow, as well as moisturizing and tightening. Calistoga has quite a few spas that offer mud baths or treatments, including Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort, Golden Haven Hot Springs, the Baths at Roman Spa, Indian Springs Resort and Spa, and Solage.
Meadowood Resort. This high-end resort – the only spa in the valley to receive a Forbes five-star rating – built an ultra-elegant free-standing spa several years ago. Its lavish treatment menu includes “From the Gardens,” using seasonal essential oils and herbs during your exfoliation and massage. “From the Vines” is a massage and facial that employs vinotherapy using grape extracts rich in antioxidants to fight free-radicals with resveratrol, reducing oxidative stress.
The Moonacre Bath and Spa. Located in the Calistoga Motor Lodge, this spa has a modernist vibe and has a little fun with its treatments. Try a body scrub with grape seeds, old-fashioned bath soaks, or a massage that uses a heated linen poultice filled with lavender and mustard seed.
The Silverado Resort and Spa. A classic Napa Valley resort with a full menu of treatments including the Chardonnay Sugar Scrub (blended with shea butter and six natural oils to exfoliate and nourish skin), the Meyer Lemon Salt Glow (using an infusion of hand-pressed olive and grape seed oils, soothing chamomile, flowers, and aloe vera to exfoliate), and the Lavender Mint Clay Wrap (with warm lavender mint clay to stimulate circulation, firm, and tighten).
Spa Terra at the Meritage Resort. Named one of the “Top Spas in America,” Spa Terra is located in a 22,000-square-foot wine cave with stone and copper walls. Its locally inspired menu of services includes stone massages, grape-seed facials, and lavender body scrubs.
Auberge du Soleil. Perched in a Rutherford olive grove with killer valley views, this Relais & Chateaux resort features a menu of luxurious treatments that sound as poetic as they feel. Fleurs of Earth and Stone offers a Cabernet mud body masque with a warm body wrap and massage. The Vineyard Deja Vu includes a grapeseed exfoliation, massage, scalp treatment, and wine. And the Aromatic Garden Journey is exfoliation with herbal compresses, massage, and scalp treatment. The spa also offers a menu of body treatments especially for men.
B Spa at Bardessono. The experience here is sleek, modern, and green – Bardessono is a LEED Platinum Certified resort. Its spa menu includes Yountville Signatures (an indulgent two hours with Olavie Chardonnay Wine Therapy products that contain the most potent antioxidant in nature, stimulating the renewal of cells and collagen) and Farm to Spa (including exfoliation, a lavender-scented mud wrap, and a massage with herbs, locally grown lavender, and uplifting flower elixirs).