We took advantage of a mid-week Girls' Getaway special at the Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa in early June. Calistoga is our favorite Napa Valley location, as we prefer the quieter and less ostentatious wineries at the northern end of the valley, and we particularly love the old funky charm of this little retro spa town.
We enjoyed the pool upon arrival, and were the only ones in the water. The area is covered, but has open sides, which actually works well on a hot day, because the sun is not beating down on you, yet you are still outdoors. The grounds are nicely maintained, and unlike most of the spa hotels, the Golden Haven is located a few streets back from the main street in a residential neighborhood. It was super quiet and peaceful.
We had a Superior room, which was very spacious, clean, and updated, with a nice vaulted ceiling and French doors.
Our spa appointments were for the late afternoon, and we did the whole package, starting with a mud bath. Having done this before at a different spa, I knew what to expect, but the attendant was great, and explained the whole process to us before we entered the bath. Yes, it is a bit stinky, but just prepare yourself for it, and enjoy being suspended in all that warm squishy mud. It could be a nice couples' experience, but this time I was with a friend, and we had a fun and giggly time. A good long shower followed, then some time in the jacuzzi tub, with a nice aromatherapy bath salt treatment if desired.
Then we were taken to a cool-down room to further relax us, which was much appreciated. Finally, we had an hour-long massage and facial. My attendant, Nadene, did a great facial. They make their own facial packs and use all-natural ingredients, which was right up my alley. After 3 hours in the spa, I was wonderfully refreshed, and my skin felt marvelous. The next day, I drove 8 straight hours home to Oregon, and did not have a single ache or any stiffness from sitting all that time when I emerged from the car at the end of my journey. THAT was due to my super spa treatment, I know!
I felt our stay was an excellent value, and I would not hesitate to return!
We loved our superior room. The vaulted ceiling gave it a much more roomy feel than a typical motel...
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