Nestled in a hillside forest oasis tucked away opposite the tennis courts is Meadowood’s new spa that debuted in November 2015. So harmonious with the rest of the property, it’s as if this Backen, Gillam & Kroeger-designed beauty has always been here. It should come as no surprise that the very same architects also designed Meadowood, The Napa Valley Reserve, Screaming Eagle, and Harlan Estate, among other Valley masterpieces.
The seamlessness of the new spa extends beyond its physical presence to its services. Just as the architecture blends into the aesthetic of the resort, the services align with the high standards we’ve come to expect of Meadowood—from The Restaurant to the croquet program. A day spent at the spa is a day spent in really good hands, literally. Spa services can include everything from single massages, facials, scrubs, and wraps to the signature multi-faceted, in-suite treatments that last several hours and often include a spa lunch or snack. Essentially, it’s a meticulously curated hub of relaxation that’s ideal after a long flight or drive or simply for the sake of unwinding.
A nature theme permeates the aesthetic in the décor as well as in the treatments. Unlike the ubiquitous all-white, minimalist spa designs commonly found, Michael Conte, Director of Spa & Wellness, points out that “Meadowood’s spa is distinctly earthy and somewhat masculine” with a color palette of browns and grays. Big windows in each suite frame old oak trees and the forest. At the entrance, the live oak that soars high over the spa building’s rooftop is the living, natural sculpture that greets guests upon arrival. It embodies nature and the aspirations for groundedness that the spa strives to offer. After all, the main draw of any spa is to escape, relax, and rejuvenate.
As you arrive, the deck leads you around the impressive tree to the living room, complete with fireplace and an attendant who will likely greet you with an open door upon your approach. You’ll start to separate from the outside world as you relax over a hot tea. By the time the teacup is empty, you’ll be swept away to your treatment suite. The entire setting is one of tranquil rusticity that’s both cozy and understated. The trickling water feature in the hall of suites exudes a Zen-like vibe that puts you in a relaxed frame of mind as you walk to your suite.
There are eight suites in total, including two couples’ suites. As you might expect, prime time appointments can book up quickly. Mr. Conte recommends to make appointments well in advance for weekends, mornings, or if you’re on a tight schedule during your stay. Booking at least two weeks in advance will help guarantee the treatment times of your choice.
To take full advantage of the spa, it’s best to carve out nothing less than the entire day for pure bliss and relaxation. Expect the six different signature experiences to last anywhere from three to five-and-a-half hours. Plus, every treatment includes all-day access to the spa, from 7:30 am to 8 pm, which means there’s the option to relax and unwind in the men’s or women’s relaxation gardens complete with mineral pool, steam and sauna, and lounge chairs before or after your treatment.
All of the signature packages include a pre-treatment aromatherapy steam shower in each suite, a wellness consultation, a spa meal, and at least an hour of suite time. They use two different luxe skincare lines. For body treatments, Glycelene (a vegan, organic, California-based company) created a Meadowood-exclusive line incorporating plants specific to the property’s terroir including black walnut, California poppy, and bay laurel. For massage, it’s Aromatherapy Associates, which consists of eight essential oils that help with anything from jetlag to relaxation to invigoration.
The spa treatment menu includes the following signature experiences: “From the Earth” focuses on grounding with a black walnut scrub as well as cold and hot stone massage, “From the Gardens” emphasizes seasonality and essential oils with exfoliation and massage, “The Air We Breathe” provides recovery and revitalization with a detoxifying mud wrap, hydrating massage, facial, and rosemary-mint leg and foot scrub, “From the Vines” utilizes vino-therapy to aid the skin using antioxidant-rich grape extracts in the massage and facial, and finally “From the Fields” pampers with more suite time to relax and more services like exfoliation, wrap, and massage. The ultimate “Meadowood Curated Collection” pretty much does a full sweep of the offerings and offers all of them in one, complete package: exfoliation, wrap, massage, facial, scalp treatment, and 90-minutes of suite time.
All of this is augmented by the culinary experience, which is generally lunch served in the suite, like room service. It’s a one or two-course affair with a seasonal menu that ranges from a lemon thyme chicken with wild rice to market peas with smoked Ora king salmon to veggie-friendly beets with wheat berries and fava beans. At the end of your treatments, there’s a choice of three elixirs including the wheatgrass, pineapple, cider vinegar concoction that is über healthy, and tastes good, too. Conveniently placed on the serving tray with the meal is a buzzer to ring an attendant in case you need anything.
In other words, lifting a finger is as strenuous as it gets.