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Carneros Resort and Spa, Napa Valley

by Lauren Dana Ellman
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by Lauren Dana Ellman
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A Napa Valley vacation is one for the books, and it's no surprise that you'll find a handful of luxury hotels in and around the area. Among the most famous of them is Carneros Resort and Spa. This sprawling 28-acre property, which is just one hour from San Francisco, attracts well-heeled travelers for its luxe accommodations, high-end amenities, and activities galore. Here's an inside look at the property and all it has to offer. 

What You Need to Know

The Look of Carneros Resort and Spa

It's All in the Details

The sweeping vineyard views set the scene for a luxe yet laid-back escape at Carneros Resort and Spa. Once inside, the sun-drenched lobby area looks and feels like a stylish farmhouse with leather seating, rustic-chic accent chairs and coffee tables, a striking chandelier, and a large blue bookshelf for a fun pop of color. The other common areas — including three on-site restaurants and a tranquil spa — boast a similar aesthetic.  

In terms of accommodations, all "rooms" are actually standalone cottages. Each one features a contemporary neutral color palette, indoor fireplaces, heated bathroom floors, and elegant French doors. Best of all? Every accommodation offers an in-room wine dispenser so that you can enjoy a glass of vino (or more!) without having to step foot outside.

The cottages also offer plenty of outdoor space, such as front decks with rocking chairs, al fresco showers, and private patios and gardens complete with chaise loungers, tables, and chairs. To further elevate your experience, opt for a cottage with a soaking tub.

The Vibe at Carneros Resort and Spa

Despite its opulent accommodations and ample amenities, Carneros Resort and Spa is totally unpretentious and stuffy — and the same goes for the guests. When they're not lounging by one of the sparkling swimming pools, guests can often be found exploring the resort grounds via bike (they're complimentary) or on foot. The central Town Square, which boasts a bocce ball court and an expansive lawn area, is a popular gathering spot.

Who Will Love Carneros Resort and Spa

Fun-loving couples and friend groups seeking a luxe escape will especially appreciate a stay at Carneros Resort and Spa. Whether it's an afternoon spent relaxing by the pool, playing bocce ball, hitting the spa, or embarking on a scenic bike ride, activities abound.

Who Might Not Love Carneros Resort and Spa

Younger children may be bored here, as many amenities are geared towards grown-ups. Additionally, those looking to stay in the heart of Napa or Sonoma may seek alternate arrangements: Carneros Resort and Spa is about five miles from downtown Napa and nine miles from downtown Sonoma. Budget-conscious travelers should stay elsewhere, too: Rates here start around $850 per night, depending on the season.

Best Amenity at Carneros Resort and Spa

If we had to choose just one amenity at Carneros Resort and Spa, we'd go with the in-room wine dispensers. However, the spa — which features incredible views of the surrounding farmland plus a cozy indoor fireplace — is just as unbelievable. Alternatively, head to the adults-only Hilltop Pool, where panoramic vineyard views await. Meanwhile, culinary connoisseurs will love the on-site restaurants, which feature seasonal produce and rustic-inspired menus that are sure to make your mouth water. 

Money Matters

What's Included at Carneros Resort and Spa

Your stay includes access to the pools, restaurants, and the 3,000-square-foot fitness center. Guests also enjoy free wifi, bike rentals, parking, and use of the house Cadillacs (available on a first-come, first-served basis). Complimentary events include movie nights, wellness classes, garden tours, and live music. 

Extra Fees & Costs You Should Know About at Carneros Resort and Spa

The property charges a resort fee of $60 per night. 

How to Get a Deal at Carneros Resort and Spa 

Book directly with the property to nab the best deal — as well as two complimentary glasses of in-room wine and priority room upgrades. Additionally, check the offers tab to browse the latest promotions. AAA and AARP members, government personnel, I Prefer members, and senior citizens are also privy to discounted rates. 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of Carneros Resort and Spa

Carneros Resort & Spa is close to a slew of wineries such as Cuvaison Estate Wine, Etude Wines, Domaine Carneros, and Saintsbury Winery. Downtown Napa is around 13 minutes away by car, while Sonoma Plaza is about 20 minutes out.

Nearest Airport to Carneros Resort and Spa

Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport is about an hour's drive from the property, while San Francisco International Airport is approximately 80 minutes away. 

Nearest Public Transportation to Carneros Resort and Spa

The Vine, operated by Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA), is the closest public transportation option. However, there is no public transportation near Carneros Resort & Spa, so you'll have to rely on a car to get to and from the property.

The Bottom Line

For a splurge-worthy stay in Napa Valley, head straight to Carneros Resort and Spa, where the rooms are luxurious, the activities are plentiful, and the amenities are top-notch.

It's All in the Details