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Rutherford: Auberge du Soleil

Main house and pool Bistro terrace view Room exterior Room interior Guest Room Bath Pool and hillside Pool with view

I was first introduced to Auberge du Soleil in 2005 when I read that pop singer Christina Aguilera had her wedding there. A few months later, a date took me to Auberge for dinner and for years after I would return for sunset cocktails on the terrace and wine tasting lunches. While I looked forward to every visit, I have always dreamt of spending the night.

Recently, my wish was granted and I am excited to share my memorable experience. Nestled in the Rutherford Hills, Auberge du Soleil is the ultimate luxury retreat for weekend getaways, romantic breaks and intimate celebrations. It is a short drive from some of the best food in the wine country: Bouchon, Ad Hoc, Redd, Farmstead and French Laundry (to name a few). This world-class resort features Mediterranean-inspired rooms with terraces, fireplaces, Italian linens, and spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs. The WiFi, breakfast and the delicious snacks are free. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a gorgeous spa, a gym and an Asian-style yoga pavilion, as well as a beautiful sculpture garden. There is also a restaurant, plus a bistro and a bar that offers unparalleled views of the Napa Valley.

It is truly an elegant experience without pretension from start to finish. After I arrived and was shown around the hotel grounds (via golf cart) and checked into my luxurious room, I headed straight to the pool. It was lovely – small enough to feel intimate, but large enough for all guests to have their own space. Oversized chaises flanked the shimmering turquoise waters on either side with comfy cushions, just beckoning for an afternoon snooze. The pool attendants were very helpful and the bartender made yummy drinks. I loved my Basil Limonata with Ketel One Citron Vodka, fresh basil, San Pellegrino and lime.

Later, I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil. Executive Chef Robert Curry’s menus highlight Napa Valley produce with house-made ingredients. The meal was nothing short of magnificent! The presentation was exceptional and the service impeccable. Also, Wine Director Kris Margerum’s wine list is the most extensive in the valley, be sure to ask your server for a recommendation. With the delicious food and wine, watching the sunset over the vineyards was breathtakingly beautiful! It was an idyllic cinematic scene – a romantic moment I will treasure.

As a licensed Aesthetician, I am always curious to see the hotel spa. While I didn’t have time to indulge in any of the services, I did get a tour of the incredible 7,000 square foot facility. It was so beautifully designed. The treatment rooms wrap around a picturesque courtyard with three temperate springs that overlook the Napa Valley vineyards and Auberge’s olive grove.

It is this top notch attention to detail that you come to expect from the Wine Country’s most prestigious luxury Inn. If you can’t stay the evening, be sure to grab a light bite and soak in the panoramic views of the Napa Valley. Auberge du Soleil is not to be missed.

Images courtesy of Auberge du Soleil

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