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.
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Thanks to its long family history, Bardessono has the enviable position of being right in the heart of Yountville, the ritzy little Napa Valley town that chef Thomas Keller put on the map with his world-renowned restaurant, the French Laundry. Nowadays, Yountville is jam-packed with some of Napa’s (and the world’s) top restaurants and wineries, including Ad Hoc, Bouchon, and Ciccio. Domaine Chandon and Heston Vineyards—among many others—have tasting rooms within just a few minutes’ walk of the hotel, and the winery-lined Silverado Trail, which runs through some of Napa’s most scenic terrain, is just a short drive away.
Need to Know
Rooms: 62 suites. From $450. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: In keeping with the hotel’s environmentally conscious philosophy, the fine-dining Lucy Restaurant and Bar sources its ingredients either from the on-site California Certified Organic Farming culinary garden or from top local farmers and producers; its sophisticated, modern twists on classics are paired with a curated collection of small-batch wines from around the world, many from organic, sustainable, and biodynamic wineries. The refined bar and lounge area also serves local and artisanal spirits and craft cocktails. Spa and gym details: Not only does Bardessono have a full-service spa with a wide range of wellness and beauty treatments specifically designed with all-natural, local ingredients, but each suite has a dedicated area for in-room spa treatments. As for fitness, the resort offers a 75-foot rooftop lap pool, free yoga classes several days a week, and a bike shop with carbon bikes for guests to use.
Who it’s best for: Environmentally conscious couples looking to unwind. Our favorite rooms: The King Steam Spa Suites are the most romantic rooms at the hotel, set apart in the quiet garden area and with private garden courtyards and outdoor showers. On-site festivities: Each summer, Lucy Restaurant and Bar hosts popular poolside parties as part of its #DiveBar series, with DJs spinning tunes and top wineries providing bottles.