Hot New Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley

Making its debut in time for fall, the ultra-luxe brand’s ninth property in California is also the first Four Seasons outpost that features an active winery.

Inside the lobby at Four Seasons Napa Valley Resort. (All photos courtesy of Four Seasons)

Now that the United States is reopening to fully vaccinated foreign travelers from November 8, Asia-based wine aficionados can look forward to a rural escape at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley, which opened just this week. Situated in the historic town of Calistoga, a 90-minute drive from San Francisco, the newly minted property promises rustic-chic lodgings, romantic destination dining, and an immersive California wine country experience.

Guests at Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley bed down in just 85 rooms, suites, and villas. Entry-level accommodations start out at 45 square meters; views of the vineyards and nearby mountains beckon from the larger one- and two-bedroom Bodega suites. Multi-generational families and others seeking out even more privacy and space will want to book a farmhouse-style villa dubbed Four Seasons Private Retreats. Each one comes with an open kitchen, a dedicated Four Seasons host, and the services of a resident chef if required. The largest accommodation on the grounds is the 315-square-meter Estate Villa, which has its own private pool and garden as well as indoor and outdoor dining areas, a multipurpose media room, and three en-suite bedrooms.

The stone-clad facade of the property’s main building.

All accommodations in the resort have fireplaces and a terrace or balcony.

The dark tones of the bathrooms were inspired by the barrel rooms of Elusa Winery.

Light bites and wine enjoyed amid the vineyards on the grounds of Four Seasons Napa Valley.

Created in partnership with celebrated local winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown (known particularly for his Cabernet), Elusa Winery and its 1.9-hectare organic vineyard occupy the heart of the resort. Four Seasons guests are invited to explore the winemaking process from the grape harvest and sorting to blending and aging, with hands-on demonstrations, opportunities to meet the winemakers, and tastings that include a variety of wines from the Napa region. Guests can also enjoy Elusa wines in the Tasting Room at the resort’s Truss Restaurant + Bar, or have them delivered by the bottle straight to their guest room, suite, or Private Retreat.

Sophisticated, locally inspired cuisine awaits at Truss. Helmed by chef Erik Anderson, who previously led the kitchen at Coi — a two-Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant — the space presents two complementary experiences in a lush vineyard setting. All-day dining is offered in the Truss Living Room; breakfast encompasses starters like grapefruit brûlée, and mains such as canelés topped with caramelized apples or avocado toast with furikake and black truffle. At lunch and dinner, guests can share snacks and small plates, before tucking into the Living Room pizza made with sausage and pickled Nardello peppers, and Anderson’s signature pressed chicken served with seasonal butternut squash, Fresno peppers, popped black rice, and herbs. Located within Truss is the Cork Room for private dining, and there’s also a demonstration kitchen for private and group classes in mixology, wine pairings, or gaucho-style cooking on its Argentinian wood-burning grill. The main restaurant at Truss will open in the coming weeks, offering an à la carte lunch and dinner menu alongside an extensive wine selection.

Left to right: Truss uses its own branded California white sturgeon; Cal-Mex dishes at alfresco restaurant Campo Poolside.

Truss Living Room, the resort’s all-day dining venue.

Poolside at Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley.

A must-do in an area known for its hot springs, the mud bath at the Four Seasons’ Spa Talisa is the ideal way to unwind after a long day of sightseeing, while the spa treatment menu includes a series of bespoke massages. Further relaxation and locally-inspired steam experiences take place on the spa’s outdoor terraces. The attached fitness center features an outdoor deck for spin classes, and complimentary bicycles are provided so guests can explore Calistoga with the aid of tailormade itineraries and in-the-know recommendations.

Other recreational facilities at Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley include an adults-only pool and a second one open to guests of all ages. The latter has shallow areas for splashing, with shaded chairs and an adjacent lawn for bocce and other games, as well as firepits for making s’mores. Families will also enjoy complimentary access to the Kids for All Seasons program so parents can take a well-deserved break from regular childcare.

Doubles from US$1,200; fourseasons.com/napavalley

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