Recommended place to stay:
Solage Resort & Spa
Calistoga, California, United States of America (USA)|aubergeresorts.com|
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Surrounded by pine-clad ridges and bathed in sunshine 365 days of the year, Calistoga is famous for its natural hot springs and therapeutic volcanic muds.
This resort’s design echoes the area’s colonial revivalist architecture, with clean-lined clapboard cottages radiating out from a reception and dining hub. Each room is bordered by neatly trimmed hedges, with bikes parked outside rubber-stamping its appealing small-town sportiness.
Against the lush natural backdrop, Spa Solage takes centre stage. Its chic outdoor pool is surrounded by loungers and swaying palm trees, the treatment area shimmers with pure-white glossiness. The piece de resistance, though, is the huge bathhouse with five geothermal pools, ranging from icy cold to temptingly toasty; bob between them, the eucalyptus steam room and infrared saunas.
The wealthy couples who come here want stealth health – this is the Napa Valley after all. Solage keeps the mood quietly indulgent, embracing both detox and retox, with diverse activities from cycling to vineyard tastings and health-focused fine dining.
The specialty ‘mudslide’ treatment – a contemporary twist on the traditional Calistoga mud bath. Slather on local clays, laced with your favourite essential oils and CBD, the super-calming legal cannabis extract. Then rest in a heated mud lounges or bask in the sun while the body is purified. After, soak in a tub of the region’s mineral-rich, thermal water before finishing in a state-of-the-art ‘sound’ chair.
The resort is set within 22 manicured acres, surrounded by timeless pink-hued hills. The weatherboard cottages are chic sanctuaries and come with their own garden buffer zone so always feel peaceful and private.
Your immediate neighbours are fields and flatlands, rising to raw-cut ridges, but Calistoga’s cute high street of artisanal cafes and handicraft stores is within easy walking or cycling distance.
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