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The new Howard Backen-designed MEADOWOOD SPA in Napa Valley. PHOTO: Courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley.
Inside the single spa suite. PHOTO: Courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley.

The Great Escape

by C California Style

For the most discerning of relaxation seekers, Napa Valley’s new freestanding Meadowood Spa offers a transcendent experience…

beginning with its tranquil, rustic-chic setting, courtesy of famed architect Howard Backen and interior designer Leslie Hemmings. Led by Michael Conte, director of spa and wellness (formerly of Montage Laguna Beach), the 14,000-square-foot space features eight sprawling suites, each with its own steam shower and lounge area.

After a consultation, your wellness therapist tailors the regimen to your needs employing decadent lines like Caudalie (beloved for its age-defying serums with grape-seed extracts) and Dana Point-based vegan line Glycelene, which has developed a chardonnay body butter especially for the spa’s detoxifying body wraps. For a pre-treatment ritual, start with a dry body brushing, foot bath or soothing herbal steam shower, followed by a hot stone massage and black walnut scrub, or try the HydraFacial—a combination of hydra-dermabrasion and a chemical peel with a concentrated delivery of hyaluronic acid and peptides—before heading over to the verdant gardens for the sauna and mineral soaking pool. 900 Meadowood Ln., St. Helena, 707-531-4788; meadowood.com.

Written by Caroline Cagney.