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  • In pictures: Four Seasons arrives in Napa Valley

    Hotel design | Four Seasons Napa Valley bedroom with wooden headboard, white sheets and black and white striped carpets
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    In pictures: Four Seasons arrives in Napa Valley

    Following much anticipation, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley, which Hotel Designs first bookmarked earlier this year as one of 2021’s hottest openings, will finally open its doors in just a few weeks time. Melania Guarda Ceccoli explores whether or not it has been worth the wait…

    Hotel design | Four Seasons Napa Valley bedroom with wooden headboard, white sheets and black and white striped carpets

    Food, wine and spirits, plus wellness-inspired amenities and authentic service that works in harmony with design: Four Seasons Resorts and Residences Napa Valley has arrived. Opening officially on November 1, the new resort will welcome its visitors to the heart of California’s renowned wine region, to live an experience where wine, wellness, cuisine and relax come together. Napa Valley is the first and only resort in the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ portfolio that is set within a working winery. The 85-key hotel is located at 400 Silverado Trail, situated in the historic, charming town of Calistoga, tucked into the base of Mount Saint Helena at the top of Napa Valley and surrounded by hundreds of acres of vineyards.

    The resort project, followed by one of the world’s most celebrated interior designers Erin Martin, in conjunction with Hirsch Bedner Associates(HBA), was conceived to give a private and regenerating atmosphere like a sanctuary. The spacious rooms and suites live the indoor-outdoor spaces in their entirety with gardens and private outdoor terraces in continuity with the interior furnishings in sophisticated and warm tones. The exclusive retreat is the Estate Villa, an independent building of almost 315 square metres with three bedrooms, a free-standing building nestled at the edge of the on-site vineyard, which features indoor-outdoor living and dining, a private garden, and a swimming pool. Throughout the property, couples, families, friends, and travellers alike will enjoy a vast array of services and experiences, including two outdoor swimming pools nestled amid the vineyard, the fully supervised Kids for All Seasons program, a regulation bocce ball court, and state-of-the-art fitness facilities complete with vineyard views, Technogym equipment, and programming.

    “This is an exciting moment for our Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley family as we open up reservations and begin planning guest visits,” adds General Manager Mehdi Eftekari. “The property proudly delivers an authentic luxury retreat without pretence, bringing a distinctive, laidback wine country ethos and style of hospitality that can only be found in the illustrious Napa Valley. Scenic vineyard views, exceptional wine and cuisine, holistic wellness, high design, immersive experiences, and so much more await guests at this ultimate wine country oasis.”

    The Four Seasons Resorts and Residences Napa Valley features an on-site, fully operational, organically hand-farmed 4.7-acre vineyard and winery and a farm-to-table dining experience by acclaimed Chef Erik Anderson. With the warmest microclimate in Napa Valley, the Calistoga AVA is ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

    There are four types of rooms available: Guest Rooms, Suites, Speciality Suites and Accessible Rooms.  Scattered throughout the resort, the stylish and well-appointed ‘Guest Rooms’ offer the very best in comfort and privacy, while providing a peaceful retreat in which to relax and unwind throughout your stay.

    Luxurious guestroom inside Four Seasons Napa Valley

    Image credit: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

    The ‘Suites’ are expansive and provide all the extra space you could need for your stay, with separate sleeping and living spaces. Meanwhile, the Speciality Suite, with multiple rooms that are artfully furnished for work, play or rest, provide the very best in privacy for families and groups of guests who require extra space.

    As with all Four Seasons’ properties, F&B plays a major role in both design and service. Led by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Erik Anderson, TRUSS Restaurant + Bar brings a spirited, modern fine dining experience with a farm-fresh a la carte menu, genuine hospitality, an elevated yet laid-back, indoor-outdoor environment, and sweeping views of the Calistoga vineyards and Palisades Mountains.

    A large private dining area inside Four Seasons Hotel Napa Valley

    Image credit: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

    Shaun Acosta, Executive Resort Chef, oversees the open-air Campo Poolside, conveniently located between the Resort’s two picturesque pools overlooking the vineyards, serving delectable Cal-Mexican fare and poolside favourites that change with the seasons to highlight Napa Valley’s bountiful, fresh produce.

    To enrich the wine-country getaway, guests at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley can explore a world-class vineyard and Elusa Winery. No other wine-country resort integrates the grape-to-glass experience so thoroughly. Guests will be invited to explore the winemaking process, from harvesting the grapes to sorting and selecting the optimal fruit to blend and ageing the wine. In guided tastings, guests will learn the subtle yet distinct differences between floral and woody, balanced and rounded, fruit-driven and terroir-driven wines.

    Designed as a tranquil oasis, Spa Talisa is centred on holistic healing for the mind and body, featuring rejuvenating offerings that take guests on a wellness journey through a beautifully landscaped outdoor relaxation garden.

    Outdoor pool at Four Seasons Napa Valley

    Image credit: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

    Featuring a modern yet organic aesthetic, the spa, which shelters eight well-appointed treatment rooms, incorporates a mix of cool blue tones, warm wood, and abundant natural lighting against striking black and white design, creating an eye-catching yet soothing environment throughout this standout stone structure.

    In addition to currently operating 121 hotels and resorts, and 46 residential properties in major city centres and resort destinations in 47 countries, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has more than 50 projects under planning or development.

    Main image credit: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

    Hamish Kilburn / 25.10.2021

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