Auberge Du Soleil, An Auberge Resort
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Overlooking vineyards, and terraces on which to enjoy the panoramic view
- Truly attentive and helpful staff
- Michelin-recommended restaurant
What To Know
- Take a spin with the resort’s Mercedes-Benz test-drive program
- Sculptures on the Auberge’s garden walk are available for sale through the I. Wolk Gallery
- Children 15 and under are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This resort, spread over a series of villas dotting a verdant hillside, hangs its hat on service, and no sooner are you through the gate than a phalanx of attendants greets you, whisks away your bags and hands you a glass of wine. The hospitality team is everywhere, and, with their neat tennis whites and caps, they give the resort a country club vibe. In the main building housing the restaurant and a more casual bar, recently updated interiors bring a bright, rich look reminiscent of a secluded Côte d’Azur retreat. The sexy pool — dubbed La Plage — maintains that mood, with comfy chaises, gauze-draped day beds and stunning Valley views.
Bed & Bath
Guestrooms — villa-like units, really — continue the theme of pampered indulgence with designer Michael Taylor infusing sunny California style with a taste of Provence. All the comforts of home, if only home were this comfortable, are here: Wood and natural fabrics dominate the warm, earth-tone decor; French doors open to private terraces; and the soaking tub in the spa-style bathroom is built for two. There’s plenty of room to stretch out on plush couches and enjoy the crackle of the fireplace, which takes the chill off a cool Napa night.
One of the most spectacular features of the Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil is the view of the valley afforded by an alfresco meal, though it would be hard to overshadow the food itself. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars for farm-fresh fare paired with the Valley’s finest wines. The on-site spa offers a full range of relaxing treatments in a tranquil location overlooking the sculpture walk, a joy unto itself. After dark, the landscaped walkways of the Auberge take on a life of their own with strategically lit trees and sculptures standing out in the darkness and guiding you along the labyrinthine walkways.
In the Area
There are five Michelin stars in nearby Yountville. The French Laundry takes credit for three of them, and Bouchon and the California cuisine of Redd have each been awarded one. Oenophiles should indulge in a private tour and tasting of the Domaine Chandon vineyard. Pair steaks at Press with some of the big reds from the all-Napa wine list, or explore some of the more rare and interesting local vinos in the 10,000-bottle wine cellar, which creates the opportunity for vertical tastings going back to the 1960s. For a truly unique experience, visit the historic Inglenook, one of the oldest consistently operational wineries in the area (formerly Inglenook Chateau, which was built in late 1800s, then purchased by the Coppola family in the 1970s and fully restored); it offers tours, a museum and tastings in its wine cave.
How to Get There
Mother's Day trip.
Almost there, just a few glitches.
1) I called the restaurant for a dinner reservation for the Saturday before Mother's Day. Whoever took the call told me they were fully committed and kind of...sounded too busy/important to have a prolonged conversation with me. Didn't offer to check lunch that day or dinner the next day, etc. Later, I went to OpenTable and found some opening for lunch and ended up eating there. That kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.
2) When I checked in, they offered unlimited amount of wine -- but sorta...stopped breathing when I asked for a room upgrade. They did give me the upgrade, but I wasn't sure if that was a major faux paus at this place. Another weird moment.
3) I was really looking forward to a bath in my room. Although the room was impeccably clean and beautiful, the bath tub had scratches and kind of dated. As I was going to use the spa a lot, I chose not to use the bath in my room. It would've been nice though and kind of a surprise that it wasn't attended to.
Overall, relaxing, as best it gets in the Bay Area, with some glitches.
Truly one of the better resorts we've experienced in the United States. Reminded us very much of another Auberge resort (Hacienda Altagracia in Costa Rica) which we adored. The rooms, facilities (gym, spa, and pool), and service are top notch.
Our only complaint would be that the restaurant certainly isn't worthy of a Michelin star. Our waitress brought a whiskey sour without egg white and, upon being asked to add the egg white, responded, "I've never heard of such a preparation." Firstly, that's not how you respond to polite requests in a Michelin starred restaurant, and secondly, what Michelin starred waiter/waitress hasn't heard of a proper whiskey sour? Furthermore, the food was rather boring and lacking. However, there are plenty of delicious eateries in the vicinity (it is Napa Valley, after all).
If you're looking for a luxurious getaway in California's wine country, you can't beat the Auberge du Soleil—highly recommended.
All that is expected in a Relais and Chateaux and more. The accommodations were simple, yet sumptuous and classy, the staff attentive and professional, the view spectacular, and the food superb. Located in the heart of Rutherford in the middle of Silverado trail. And while you are there treat yourself to a drive in a Mercedes convertible available on the property!
This resort gets everything right. The property is gorgeous, the service is top notch, the rooms are spacious and well appointed and the meals are delicious. We capped off a week in Napa Valley with two nights here and it was the ultimate finale to our vacation.
We had a valley view room which had amazing views. It’s a bit of a splurge, but we felt that it was worth it.
We were celebrating a "major" birthday for my wife, as well as Mother's Day. The resort, and the staff, did not disappoint. We were treated like VIPs from the moment we pulled up to the valet, until we left. My wife enjoyed her spa treatments, while I enjoyed relaxing by the pool working out. We both enjoyed relaxing and being treated so well. The restaurant provided us with an amazing dining experience, and the burger at the Bistro is not to be missed. It was an absolutely fabulous stay.