Before 2009, this six-acre luxury estate in the middle of Yountville was the 80-year-old Bardessono family homestead, a quiet farm and vineyard where the focus was on the land. In its new, modern incarnation as one of Napa Valley’s top luxury hotels, the focus hasn’t changed. Not only is the resort LEED certified, but the owners have bent over backward to make sure that it leaves a minimal footprint on the environment, with solar panels on all roofs, low water usage and graywater recycling facilities, and salvaged building materials. The on-site garden, which provides much of the seasonal produce for the fine-dining restaurant, is certified organic, and the award-winning chef works with the area’s top local purveyors to source fresh, sustainably produced ingredients. Even the wine list eschews a Cali-only theme in favor of small-batch wines from biodynamic, organic, and sustainable wineries around the world. Rather than have a gym in which guests can work out, shielded from the outdoors, there’s a house bike shop and a rooftop pool, so guests can get their exercise outside. Spa treatments, too, are designed with natural ingredients and traditional practices. Nature can really be quite luxurious.
By Kate Thorman, AFAR Contributor
6526 Yount Street, Yountville, CA 94599, USA