Napa Valley is more than its rolling hills, sprawling vineyards and charming towns – it’s also a destination teeming with world-class hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants run by renowned chefs. So it might be surprising that Four Seasons, a brand synonymous with the high standard of luxury that exists in Napa Valley, has never planted roots in the area before.
That changes on November 1, when the opening of the Four Seasons Napa Valley Resort and Residences will usher in a new era of luxury to the area. The property is located on the north side of the valley in the historic town of Calistoga, a relatively less hectic area known for its wellness-oriented natural features like mud baths, hot springs, and beautiful hikes. Also something of a surprise: this is Napa’s first and only resort located in a working winery, and the first Four Seasons hotel anywhere with an on-site winery.
“What sets our resort apart is that it is integrated with a working winery and a short walk from the vineyard,” explains Mehdi Eftekari, General Manager of the Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley. “(Guests) don’t have to drive far to get great Calistoga wine, but instead they can walk right from their room. Usually when you come to Napa you stay in a hotel but whatever you do you have to be in a car. Here, everything is encompassing.
Napa Valley interior designer Erin Martin and hotel design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates are responsible for the modern farmhouse-style interiors that are both rustic and elegant in the bedrooms and amenity spaces, crafted from natural woods, a neutral color palette, concrete floors and artful framing of the resort’s incredible surroundings. Mehdi notes that many of these design elements, like concrete floors and truss design, are not found in any other property in the Four Seasons portfolio, another way this new entry stands out.
The hotel has 85 guest rooms, suites, and villas, including the Jewel in the Crown Estate Villa, self-catering accommodation near the on-site vineyard with a private garden, swimming pool, and outdoor seating areas. Each bedroom will have a breathtaking view of the vineyards or the property with the mountains of the palisades in the background.
The restaurant, Truss Restaurant + Bar Living Room, is run by Michelin-starred executive chef Erik Anderson, whose goal was to serve caviar with every meal, a feat he has achieved. While it hasn’t yet opened to the fine dining portion of Truss, the casual lounge menu offers an elevated, farm-to-table approach to modern cuisine, with Anderson’s playful touches. There’s also the open-air Campo Poolside restaurant, which will serve California-Mexican fare, and a show kitchen near Truss where chefs will do cooking demonstrations. For another car-free dining option, you can also head to the tasting room at Elusa Winery, which offers food and wine pairings and has a few reservation slots to accommodate resort guests.
The resort celebrates Calistoga’s 150-year history as a wellness destination at its Talisa Spa, which offers mud baths and olive oil treatments from the property’s century-old olive trees. some services can be enjoyed outside. There is also a fitness center with Technogym equipment, two outdoor swimming pools with views of the vineyard, a regulation pétanque court and a Kids for All Seasons program in which children can even, in season, help to trample on them. grapes. The team can also organize other experiences that connect you to the area, such as guided hikes and bike rides.
However, it’s the on-site winery that really sets this Four Seasons apart from its neighboring hotels and others within the brand. Run by winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, Elusa Winery is a small, hand-held farm that produces age-worthy wines from its 4.7-acre vineyard. This partnership with Elusa allows Four Seasons customers to prioritize cellar and restaurant reservations, even at the last minute or during harvest season, when most cellar tours are sold out months in advance.
But even better, Mehdi notes, is that hotel guests can see all aspects of the winemaking process, either from the comfort of their rooms or by getting involved. “Customers have a front row seat to the vineyard while the staff manages the vineyard or during the harvest season,” he says. “You can watch the grape harvest, which is exciting for our guests. Some have asked to come and help the staff harvest the grapes, and we can make that possible. “
The wine experiences don’t end there, however. “One of the perks of being here for three years has allowed me and my management team to immerse ourselves in the Napa audience, the winery owners and the tasting rooms, and to see and to experience the very small wineries that a typical person comes to Napa I wouldn’t know, “Mehdi explains.” And if they know about them, bookings might be limited. We were able to make arrangements to bring our guests to (some of these wineries) to get a first-hand view, whether it’s in someone’s yard of their house or in their private tasting rooms.
Four Seasons Napa Valley also has 20 two- to four-bedroom farmhouse-style villa residences, which are currently sold out. Residents will have a dedicated personal residence host who can organize wine tastings or excursions and also arrange for you to create a private label vintage with the resident winemaker, prepare dishes with the chef and of course tidy up correctly all the bottles you have purchased. in the valley. Rates start at $ 1,200 a night for a standard room; $ 2,500 per night for the suites and $ 5,000 per night for the Villa Estate.