AIt was here, that 25 years ago Claude Rouas created « l’Auberge du Soleil » and perpetuated the tradition of a high-end establishment, which has built a solid reputation in the Napa for its friendly, family atmosphere and French gastronomy. The hotel is situated on a hillside, in full nature, surrounded by olive and oak trees overlooking all of Napa.
It is a beautiful, breathtaking setting. The architecture which combines the simplicity of quality materials with a dominant wood, fits together perfectly in this grandiose place. A hand full of houses grip to the hillside housing spacious suites with wooden ceilings, terraces, beautiful old oak floors, and fireplaces all elegantly decorated. Inside the rooms, everything has been renovated and the “Made in France” labels are an honor to the 1940s era that the decoration is inspired from, offering beautiful fabrics, comfortable beds and brand new bathrooms, all of maximum comfortability to meet the needs of today’s clientele.
With regards to the dining tables, the setting is a revelation, I experienced a lot of gustotary emotions. I was surprised by the complexity of the blends of textures and flavors that the Chef enhanced. The influence is mediterranean, but it was the creativity that seduced me right from the first dish.
The wine-cellar is also a marvel, close to 1500 bottles made of the best Crus on the planet….and above all the treasures of our French Appellations. Do not miss a visit to the garden with sculptures unique to the world and give yourself a moment of relaxation at the Spa which favors natural treatments made from a base of grapes, olives, flowers, herbs, etc…
SPA: Treatment from grapes
Few ingredients used in skin care can boast such an impressive array of benefits as the grape. The grapeseed contains a concentration of antioxidants several times stronger than vitamins C or E. In addition, this “miracle seed” seeks out and attacks the elements in skin which accelerate aging, then stimulates collagen synthesis, helping to actually reverse the signs of aging.
Auberge du Soleil * * * *
(Relais et Châteaux)
180 Rutherford Hill Road
Rutherford, CA 94573
Prices from $575 to $950 according to the suite, the services and the season.