Solage - Wow! Where to start? Firstly, this is one of the best resorts we have ever stayed in, hands down.
Secondly, if you are travelling to San Francisco from Australia and want to include the Napa Valley on your itinerary I cannot recommend enough that you hire a car and drive up to Calistoga for a few days and that you stay at Solage. It will beat any day trip that a travel brochure will describe.
Okay, let's break it down.
Seamless, friendly, professional. As soon as we parked our car we were greeted by a bellman who ushered us into reception and offered us cold towels and water (it was hot out). We already received a pre arrival email from the spa and concierge so made bookings for treatments and dinner prior to arriving which were confirmed at checking. The same bellman then asked us to follow him as he cycled to where out studio was. He helped us unpack, talked us through the features of the room and resort and suggested some places in town for dinner.
We booked a Vega Studio which was perfect - very close to the fitness centre and spa. The room was very modern - king bed, locally made amenities in the bathroom, large double shower, great selection of tea and coffee and an outdoor terrace that opened onto a large area of trees. Also worth mentioning the free, resort wide wifi coverage as well. Perfect for seamless connectivity whether you are in your room of by the pool. We had daily maid service and an evening turndown service. Again, a lovely touch in that the bottled water provided are in reusable glass bottles and are flavoured with citrus and cucumber. We loved that each room came with two bikes to use - we really only used them to circle the resort a few times but we did see people using them during the day to tour wineries and get into town at night for dinner.
Stunning! Perfectly landscaped for the climate. Sunset at Solage is divine. Relax with a glass of wine and soak it in. The whole resort is laid out like a village with pockets of housing and pathways with centred around some truly original sculptures. The resort is also pet friendly and it was fun to see lots of people walking their dogs.
The Spa is how we heard about Solage as it was recently voted one of the top Spas in America by Conde Nast Traveller. The Spa is located together with the fitness centre and set out across four pavilions. The main pavilion includes the Spa check in/shop, locker rooms and waiting lounges. Across from this area is the fitness studio and next to that is the pavilion where group classes are held each day. Further across is the bathhouse area which includes a bar for light meals and refreshments, treatment rooms, outdoor gender separate clothing optional areas (features hot spa, cold plunge, steam and deck chairs) and a central pool with more chairs and private cabanas. We both booked in for massage and agreed that they were possible the best we've ever received. Lots of couples were also doing the Mudslide treatment but we already had another mud treatment booked at Indian Springs so didn't partake (next time). I cannot recommend enough that if you are coming to Solage, you book in for a treatment.
it's also worth noting that the pool in the bathhouse pavilion is much more relaxed (piped music, quieter crowd) than the main, family pool area located over on the other side of the resort near the restaurant.
Free classes are held every day ranging from high intensity stuff (i.e. Spin) to calmer stuff (i.e. Yoga). The Fitness Centre locker rooms open early in the morning at the same time as the fitness centre (5am) and include a steam room if you can't wait for the bathhouse to open. There is lots of well maintained equipment for cardio, weights and stretching. A really impressive setup.
Every staff member that we encountered was courteous and friendly. It's worth mentioning this because everyone, grounds staff to waiters to spa staff always smiled and said hello. A really slick operation with some great management.
Our only disappointment was Solbar. We were excited after everything people had been saying and from the look of the menu. Don't get us wrong, the food was amazing but the service really let the whole experience down. Maybe they were having an off night but here's how it unfolded - the greeter seemed to come across as though she has a better place to be. There was zero consistency in service all night - every order taken and every plate bought to the table was by someone different. There was supposed to be a Sommelier but he didn't visit us (shame because the wine list was amazing). I did want to make a special mention of an AMAZING desert that I had though. Stout (yes, Stout!!!) ice-cream with pretzels and burnt caramel sauce. O.M.G. Sounds crazy but it was one of the most perfectly unique things I've ever tasted.
It was tough leaving Solage and it certainly a place we will make time to visit again. There are so many wineries around this area that it would be very easy to come for a week, hit the wine trail every morning and lounge at the spa every afternoon. Get here soon people - it truly is a five star deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solage, an Auberge Resort brings a comfortable, enlightened experience to Napa Valley with luxury accommodations and an award winning spa and restaurant. • 89 recently upgrade guest rooms and suites• Michelin-starred resort restaurant, Solbar• 20,000 square foot award winning Spa Solage• 130-foot landmark adult pool and hot tub, family pool and three geothermal mineral pools• Over 15,000 square feet of flexible indoor/outdoor function space ideal for weddings and meetings. • State-of-the-art gym with Yoga/Movement studio offering a variety of complimentary fitness classes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solage Calistoga Hotel Calistoga
- Solage Hotel Calistoga
- Calistoga Solage Hotel