A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to escape to Napa Valley for a weekend with my mom for a mother/daughter trip. But before we made the trek from Tampa to Cali, I did quite a bit of research into where the best place would be to stay. After all, there are SO many wineries, restaurants, and beautiful sights to see. Plus, not being from around the area, we had zero knowledge about where to go and what to do (stay tuned for a post to come on our full weekend adventure). After reading several reviews (and admiring pictures) from other bloggers, TripAdvisor, and a few other travel sites, we settled on the Meritage Resort & Spa, located at the bottom of the Valley.
When researching, I read that the Meritage had one, if not the best spa in town (right up our alley). That coupled with the amazing photos of their property, I knew this was the hotel for us. As with most hotels, a number of packages were available, but we decided to splurge a little on the “Spa Diva” package, which gave us:
- 2 Nights in a Superior Room
- Complimentary Bottle of Sparkling Wine
- 2 Spa Treatments (Terra Massage or European Facial), 50 minutes
- Spa Diva T-Shirt
The bathroom was gorgeous! To the left (top picture), a frosted door led the way to the toilet and to the right (bottom picture), the shower. And leading to the entire bathroom area was a separate sliding frosted door. Very nice!
Next up, the bedroom/living area. Our king size bed was SO comfortable and just looking at it, we felt like queens! There was a nice long desk/dresser as well, giving us plenty of room to spread our belongings out.
Now on to the important things.. like the AMAZING spa! Through the main doors of the lobby, was this beautiful view of the adults-only pool with the spa entrance underneath the rows of grapes. During the day this was a pretty crowded area, but it was nice and calm when we headed to the spa for our 9 a.m. massages.
As we got closer to the spa entrance, it got more and more beautiful. The spa’s in a cave which we thought was so cool! You can get a glimpse of what it was like from looking at the spa hall (pictured below). After getting a quick tour of the spa from the staff, we were brought to the locker room where robes and slippers awaited us and after changing, we relaxed in a dimly lit room with trickling water and a zen feeling while we waited to be called for our appointment.
I’m a deep-tissue massage girl and my mom loves her stone massages, so we were bummed we weren’t able to upgrade our massages from the basic Spa Terra (more of a light/relaxation massage), since it was part of our purchased resort package. Next time we’ll definitely keep that in mind! Regardless, we were still feeling very relaxed afterward!
Because we were in Napa for such a short period of time (really just a day and a half), we didn’t get to fully experience the hotel as much as we wanted to, but absolutely loved the time we had there! The location was perfect for us and allowed easy access to Sonoma (for those of you who might try to spend some time there as well). The hotel is located in sort of an industrial/business area which was a bit strange, but as soon as you turn out and hit the traffic light, you’re on the road leading straight to the wineries!
Valet parking was also included as part of our stay, which was lovely. Many hotels I’ve stayed at charge an additional $20+ per day for the service! We were able to come and go as we pleased, and one of the valet staff kindly brought our car over to the Starbucks-type cafe on property one morning, as we stopped in to grab coffee and cronuts (my new favorite breakfast/bakery item) before heading out for the day. What a nice perk!
If you’re planning a trip to Napa now or in the future, I highly recommend this hotel! It is a little pricier than some others you might find, but it’s well worth the splurge. After all, how often are you going to get to Napa?!