Extravagant getaways to add to your Wine Country bucket list
Napa Valley has long been known as one of the most beautiful spots in California and one of the most romantic destinations in the country, and somehow it keeps getting better. With a habit of never getting old and seemingly endless restaurants, wineries, and hotels to explore, Napa Valley continues to impress no matter how many times you visit.
While so much of Wine Country’s charm is rooted in its history and longstanding properties, hotel owners and developers in the area always do Napa justice when it comes to bringing new builds to market, and this year’s additions are no different. Consider this your guide to the best new luxury hotels in the Napa Valley to check out this year.
The Setting Inn
Built in a remodeled 1901 farmhouse outside the quaint community of Yountville, The Setting Inn is a new boutique hotel in the heart of California’s finest food and wine destination. Surrounded by vineyards and situated on a one-acre property filled with lavender plants, walnut trees, and an original fig tree predating the 1901 house, The Setting Inn is a serene escape that offers a variety of accommodations to make travelers feel right at home.
The main building houses spacious Signature and Deluxe guest rooms, cozy luxuriously-appointed spaces with soaking tubs, heated floors, fireplaces, and courtyard views, while a separate cottage features the Premier Suites, two-bedroom sanctuaries with living rooms and private terraces that offer ultimate privacy and luxury. All rooms feature plush robes and slippers, Nespresso coffee makers, high-end bath products and daily breakfast, putting all you could ever need to feel pampered at your fingertips.
Beyond the rooms, The Setting Inn offers countless amenities to help create the ultimate getaway from the stress of everyday life. A communal lounge in the Barn provides space to relax and enjoy a tasting from the Inn’s partner winery, The Setting Wines, while outdoor fire pits and yard games are the perfect places to gather with other guests or warm up by the fire after dinner. Guests can also enjoy the fitness center equipped with Peloton bikes and electric bicycles for cruising around the property and into town. The Inn also offers customized packages to make your birthday, anniversary, or other celebration even more unforgettable.
Thanks to its location between Yountville and the town of Napa, The Setting Inn is also perfectly situated for exploring all the Valley has to offer, and the Inn offers nightly shuttle service into Yountville should guests want to get off the property for dinner and soak in the charm of the region.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley
Opening late 2020, the arrival of the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley to the area’s hotel scene is one of Napa’s most highly-anticipated hotel debuts in years. From an on-site vineyard and multiple high-end dining options to a world-class spa and several outdoor pools, this stunningly-appointed resort features just 85 guest rooms and promises to be a private retreat with endless opportunities to explore the breathtaking beauty that surrounds it.
Located in the historic town of Calistoga, the Four Seasons lives up to its global reputation as being synonymous with elegance while incorporating the rustic charm Napa Valley is so beloved for. Its spacious guest rooms boast vineyard views and are designed in a farmhouse-modern style by Napa Valley interior designer Erin Martin, featuring warm lighting, a neutral palette, fine textiles, and unique details like custom live-edge wooden headboards to make each space feel simple yet inspired. From king rooms to specialty villas, the Four Seasons offers a variety of accommodations for every guest and family.
One of the most unique aspects of the Four Seasons is the on-site winery, where guests can take part in a hands-on winemaking experience guided by the vineyard’s operator, Calistoga resident and world-class winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and his team. From harvesting the grapes to blending and aging the wine, this grape-to-glass experience is one you’ll never forget. Tastings and dining in the winery’s barrel room are additional opportunities for wine and food lovers to learn all there is to know about the craft of winemaking.
The Francis House
Built in 1886 and recently opened, The Francis House is Napa’s newest small luxury hotel that takes the term “boutique” to the next level. Owners and frequent Napa vacationers Dina and Richard Dwyer stumbled upon The Francis House property online in 2015 and were instantly captured by its architecture and boundless potential. Over the next three years, the couple spent countless hours transforming the historic home into a five-guestroom hotel that preserves its original glory and brings the only stone building with authentic French Second Empire architecture in Napa County into the 21st century.
The handful of rooms blend the old with the new, channeling Parisian design and exemplifying contemporary luxury. From custom headboards and high ceilings to original stone walls and one-of-a-kind antiques, each unique accommodation will transport guests to another world. The adults-only property offers a personalized experience for every guest, with a number of amenities allowing for relaxation and rejuvenation, including a pool and spacious deck, an infrared sauna and salt room, bar billiards, a stone fire pit for enjoying a glass of Napa Valley wine at sunset, and a library for when you need moments of solitude.
Profiled by numerous design and luxury publications and named one of the best-designed hotels by Architectural Digest, The Francis House cannot be missed. Located in the heart of Calistoga, the property is also perfectly located to enjoy California’s Wine Country and the quaint shops, restaurants, tasting rooms, and spas that line the town’s Main Street and Lincoln Avenue.
Long known as The Villagio Inn and Spa, Hotel Villagio recently underwent massive renovations to offer Napa Valley vacationers impressive new guest rooms, a grand lobby, a pool, and a five-bedroom private villa. Sprawling across 22 acres of Wine Country’s most coveted land, Hotel Villagio is a stylish and sophisticated paradise. It’s 113 guestrooms and 22 suites feature wood-burning fireplaces, large bathrooms with soaking tubs, terraces to take in the morning light, and modern yet cozy décor and fixtures.
For those looking for a more secluded, personal, and luxurious experience, The Villa at The Estate Yountville is a five-bedroom, 6,600-square foot private home overlooking a private pool and hot tub. The living room features 20-foot ceilings, a gaming area with a pool table, and ample seating while the entertaining kitchen is built for guest gatherings and daily chef-prepared breakfasts. Guests can also arrange private yoga, dive-in pool movies, and complimentary in-villa activities and games.
Hotel Villagio offers all guests endless amenities, from poolside dining and a 24-hour fitness center to an on-site hot air balloon and a warm and inviting lobby with a high-class casual vibe.
Hotel Villagio is also within walking distance of a number of wine tasting rooms, shops, and restaurants, allowing you to indulge your senses without having to step foot in a car. Providing comfort, style, world-class hospitality, and comfort, Hotel Villagio is a great new addition to the Napa Valley hotel scene.
Nestled among the rolling, vine-covered hills of Napa and conveniently located close to downtown, Vista Collina is an Italian villa-inspired resort offering luxurious amenities, spacious guest rooms, and a nine-acre vineyard with endless walking trails. The hotel’s 145 rooms and nearly 40 suites blend relaxed elegance with warm and welcoming hospitality, each offering features to meet every guest’s needs. Premier rooms offer sweeping views of the resort’s vineyards while suites offer kitchenettes with full-sized appliances for a home away from home experience. All accommodations feature plush modern furniture, patios, balconies, and a calming color palette, making them the perfect places to relax and reconnect after a long day of exploring Napa Valley.
The resort’s amenities put the best of Napa all in one place, such as a beautiful pool with luxury cabanas, access to the fitness studio and group wellness classes, a world-class spa, and an opportunity for a unique in-suite dining experience thanks to the resort’s partnership with smart cooking system Hestan Cue. One of the best parts of Vista Collina is the convenience it affords when it comes to enjoying what Napa is best-known for, keeping guests from having to vie for space in crowded tasting bars.
The Village, a complex of wine and beer tasting rooms, a gourmet food market, and a cooking school are all within walking distance and its curated calendar of community events include wine dinners, live entertainment, and more that Vista Collina guests can take advantage of. An expansive lawn sits at the center of The Village, which is open for lawn games, yoga, or picnicking, and has the added perk of a butler service to assemble a basket of goodies—wine, cheese, a blanket, whatever you desire—and bring it to you at your convenience.