Soothing respite at Las Alcobas Napa Valley

Guestroom balconies with fire pits at Las Alcobas Napa Valley offer postcard views of Beringer Vineyards vines and the mountains.
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With its unassuming entrance tucked alongside one of the most well-known vineyards in Napa, Las Alcobas Napa Valley in St. Helena, Calif., feels like a really well-kept secret hiding in plain sight.

Driving toward the all-white Georgian farmhouse that defines the front of the property, guests are introduced to the sleek and modern guestrooms that typify the rear of the property, revealing a welcoming and relaxing 3-acre oasis that feels remarkably detached for being situated right off of Highway 128, Napa's main thoroughfare.

Friendly and attentive valets check in guests to the 68-room, adults-only resort right at the driveway, after which guests are led to their rooms, the vast majority of them featuring killer views of Beringer Vineyards (the property's famous winemaking neighbor).  

In their rooms, guests are greeted with a bottle of wine and can help themselves to the well-curated minibar selections, which include still and sparkling water, soda, sparkling wine, sweet and savory snacks, tea and French press coffee.

There are several room categories, including six rooms in the Acacia House, a renovated farmhouse that dates to 1907 and serves as the centerpiece of the property. But you wouldn't guess its age from the tastefully contemporary updates to its ground-floor restaurant and its guestrooms. The remaining rooms are divided between three modern buildings, and most have a deck or balcony with a gas fire pit. There are eight rooms and three suites with balcony soaking tubs, five junior suites and four one-bedroom suites.

Warm and neutral palettes define the guestrooms, which are a mix of very modern design features, such as sleek tubs, soaring windows and sophisticated lighting features, with rustic details like rolling barn doors and craftsman-style furnishings. Room balconies steal the show with comfy daybeds, rocking armchairs and warming fire pits and offer a priceless view of the sunset behind the adjacent vineyard and nearby mountains. Despite the plethora of amazing restaurants in wine country, it's truly tempting to spend at least one night on the balcony indulging in room service.

The on-site Acacia House restaurant has rapidly become a hot table in Napa.
The on-site Acacia House restaurant has rapidly become a hot table in Napa.

It's incredibly convenient that one of St. Helena's hottest new restaurants happens to be the on-site Acacia House, which -- with only 50 seats -- is hopping on weekend nights. Guests should make reservations well in advance to secure a choice table.

Dining at the Acacia House is like having dinner at your extremely chic aunt's house, with its mix of farmhouse furnishings, faux-antique armchairs, banquets and soft lighting. The restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, is helmed by chef Chris Cosentino, and the menu straddles lighter farm-to-table fare and more substantial comfort classics. For dinner, the foie gras is an absolute must from the appetizer list, with the hamachi crudo a close second, and the mushroom risotto was a surprise hit from the mains, which are dominated by substantial meat dishes, such as lamb and roast chicken.

The restaurant's cocktail menu is on point, and the must-try margarita Las Alcobas works well poolside, too.

On warm and sunny days, the pool is impossible to resist. The long, narrow lap pool is flanked by sleek chaise lounges, and there are additional lounges and fire pits nearby with views of the vines. For drinks or snacks by the pool, there is a phone guests can use to order from the Acacia House.

Guests who want to take the relaxing vibe to another level will find further respite in the sleek, Asian-inspired Atrio Spa, a 3,500-square-foot wellness center that again reflects Las Alcobas' balance between ultramodern and super cozy. A highlight of the spa experience is the apothecary-style blending bar that kicks off the treatments.

Aromatherapists meet with guests to create a personalized blend of essential oils used during the treatment, and guests are gifted a 2-ounce bottle of the blend to take home with them.

The spa features four single treatment rooms as well as a couple's treatment room with its own private steam room.

The hotel’s Atrio Spa features an aromatherapy blending bar for personalized treatments.
The hotel’s Atrio Spa features an aromatherapy blending bar for personalized treatments.

Guests of the property, including those not getting a spa treatment, are welcome to use the facility's coed steam room and relaxation areas. There is also a fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment, including high-end treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bikes, as well as a yoga studio. There are also bikes available to guests for tooling around the valley. Downtown St. Helena, where a string of great restaurants can be found, is only a half-mile up the road. A morning ride to Model Bakery for breakfast sandwiches on homemade English muffins would be well worth it.

The property also has some great options for meetings and private events. The 2,200-square-foot Acacia Barn is an open and airy venue for gatherings of up to 120 people. There is an adjacent event lawn that can be reserved for wedding ceremonies or receptions for groups of up to 200 people. A smaller, 12-person boardroom in the Acacia House is available for meetings, and a private outdoor dining space on the Acacia House patio can be reserved for groups of up to 44 people.

Las Alcobas Napa Valley opened its doors last June and is the sister property to Las Alcobas Mexico City. The owner and developer is Presidio Hotel Group, and it is part of the Luxury Collection brand of hotels and resorts, which belongs to the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program.

Rates start at $695 per night, and additional information is available at lasalcobas.com.

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