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Hotel Villagio lives up to chic Napa location

A table is set up for an event at the Hotel Villagio, which was renovated in the fall and also forms part of the Estate Yountville. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Estate Yountville
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The Hotel Villagio's recent renovation elevated the property to a standard of luxury that matches the destination of Yountville, Calif., Napa Valley's chic village that is home to the French Laundry and more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other place in North America.

The Hotel Villagio, formerly the Villagio Inn and Spa, completed the redo of its 112 rooms and 22 suites this fall, adding a glamorous and contemporary vibe to accommodations and public areas. It retains its unique Yountville selling point: All accommodations have wood-burning fireplaces.

Brookfield Properties owns and manages 22 acres of prime Yountville real estate that includes not only the Hotel Villagio but also the 88-room sister property Vintage House, which was renovated in 2017, and V Marketplace, a large shopping and dining complex. All fall under the new Estate Yountville brand. 

The Hotel Villagio renovation marks the final phase of the Estate's transformation. It also included the addition of the Villa, a lavish, five-bedroom home that can be rented for events and stays, and the Social at the Estate, an indoor-outdoor space that can accommodate groups of up to 500.

The Estate's 13,000-square-foot spa, which has seven treatment rooms and five couples spa suites with indoor/outdoor fireplaces and lounge areas, was also updated with contemporary decor.

The living room at the Villa at the Estate Yountville in Napa Valley.
The living room at the Villa at the Estate Yountville in Napa Valley. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Estate Yountville

Elizabeth Grillos, the Estate's area director of sales and marketing, said a new focus is offering unique "signature guest experiences" that are designed to "enrich guests' stay at the Estate Yountville and create lasting memories."

Among them is the Yountville Crawl (starting at $135 for two) that combines a walk and VIP wine tastings. One of the wineries is Silver Trident, which has a travel industry connection: Its owners are Bob Binder, co-founder of Oceania Cruises, and Walter Jost, one of Virtuoso's founders. 

The Silver Trident tasting room is nestled in an elegant Ralph Lauren furniture store. Another winery on the crawl is JCB Tasting Salon, part of a glitzy boutique that sells Baccarat, Christofle and other luxury brands. 

Another experience is in the Estate's vineyard, where participants learn the ritual of slicing open sparkling wine bottles as part of the Art of Sabering (pricing starts at $155 for two). 

Culinary options include a mozzarella- and pizza-making lunch at Ottimo, owned by celebrity chef Michael Chiarello (pricing starts at $95 for two). Hot air balloon rides, bike rides and rose-adorned couples spa treatments are among other offerings.

When George Calvert Yount first saw the Napa Valley, he said, "In such a place I should love to live and die." He settled there in 1836 and planted the first vineyard in the Valley. Today, the vineyards stretch from the Mayacamas Mountains to the Napa River and include well-known producers like Domaine Chandon and Cliff Lede Vineyards. Right in town, the tasting room at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley pours releases from more than a dozen local boutique wineries in a historical stone building. It's easy to walk or bike the entire town, since it's a little over a mile long; be sure to take advantage of its Art Walk. 

Only in the Napa Valley could a tiny rural village boast more Michelin stars per capita than any other place in North America. Yountville is that village, and the stars belong to the French Laundry (which has three) and Bouchon (one star). Enjoy strolling the organic garden -- self tours are welcome. You'll find that Yountville hotels, resorts and bed-and-breakfasts rival the town's restaurants in breadth and quality. After a day of fine wine and great food, indulge in spa treatments at Villagio or Bardessono then steep yourself in French country charm at the intimate, romantic Lavender Inn.

Hotel Villagio rooms begin at $495 per night. The Villa begins at $10,000 per night. See www.villagio.com.

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