755 Silverado Trail
94515 Calistoga, US
tel: +1 707 226 0800
fax: +1 707 226 0809
Hotel star rating:
NileGuide Expert tip:
Solbar, which recently rated a Michelin star, is a popular destination in its own right so reserve ahead on weekends if you plan to dine onsite.
restaurant, sauna, solarium, fitness-club, pets-allowed, swimming-pool, handicap-accessible
The newest offering from Auberge Resorts, which runs Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch, and other top-flight resorts, is the hipper-than-hip Solage, where guests circle the property on bikes, sip cocktails by the expansive pool, and dine on Michelin-starred cuisine at Solbar, the onsite restaurant. The elegance at Solage Calistoga is so understated that you can spend all day in biking gear or flip flops and fit right in. At the same time, the attention to detail that surrounds you makes you feel as if your every need has been anticipated and catered to.
The rooms, all of which are freestanding cabins known as studios, feature relaxed living areas with comfy couches, fireplaces, enclosed patios, and in some cases private outdoor hot tubs as well. (With enough privacy for clothing to be optional.)
The grounds are not only extensive, but edge up to an open space preserve of oak-studded hills. The result is that you feel you're in your own private valley, though in reality you're just ten minutes from downtown Calistoga.
Located on the Silverado Trail at the west side of the northern Napa Valley, Solage Calistoga is smack dab in the middle of a cluster of boutique wineries, and the management is happy to let you take the bikes off property to ride from one to another. The trailhead to the popular Oat Canyon Mine trail is also just a short distance up the road, so hikers have many options as well.
But with its oversize palm-shaded pool and generous spa and workout facilities, Solage gives visitors many reasons to spend their entire visit within resort grounds. As at the many other resorts in Calistoga, Solage has mineral pools fed from hot underground sulphur-infused springs. And Calistoga's famous mud is present at Solage too, although instead of mud baths, Solage offers the "mudslide," in which healing mineral mud is slathered over the skin and then baked on. But the Spa at Solage has much more to offer than soaks, steams and massages; specialized treatments take advantage of techniques from healing traditions around the world to offer an eclectic menu of options.