The Gold Standard of Luxury in Napa Valley: Our Stay at Auberge du Soleil

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{Auberge du Soleil’s Chic “La Plage”}

A couple of weeks ago, Fabian and I spent our tenth wedding anniversary in one of our favorite places in the world, Napa Valley. If you’ve read La Dolce Vita for some time now, chances are, you know all about my love for Napa. As we were beginning to plan our trip a couple of months ago, I was contacted by the Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley’s first luxury hotel and resort, who is also celebrating an anniversary this year– their 30th year as the premier, most awarded hotel property in Napa. In honor of their 30th anniversary, the hotel’s maisons– or suites– have been completely redesigned by lauded San Francisco interior designer, Suzanne Tucker, who had a hand in designing the hotel in its first iteration in the 1980s when she worked for the iconic Michael Taylor. Suzanne has taken a fresh approach this time around, embracing the special light in the Napa Valley with warm, clean palettes and floor to ceiling steel windows to frame each maison’s special view of the Valley.

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{Perched in the hills above the Silverado Trail in Rutherford, Auberge du Soleil offers unparalleled, sweeping views of the Napa Valley.}

You can probably imagine how thrilled I was when Auberge du Soleil invited us to stay in one of their newly-unveiled maisons. The timing worked out perfectly with our anniversary. We usually make it a point to have lunch on the terrace at Auberge du Soleil when we are in Napa, so we were very excited to stay there and really experience the magic of the Auberge du Soleil that I had heard about for years from some very well traveled people.

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I am the first to admit that I am extremely blessed to have a unique career that allows me to do what I love and to travel to the extent that I do. As a result– and in part because I am a hotel snob– I’ve had the good fortune of staying in quite a few beautiful, well-regarded hotels. However, I was completely blown away by the level of service at Auberge du Soleil. Weeks before our stay, Yahell Peralta, the lead concierge, was in frequent contact with me. After getting a good understanding of our favorite wine varietals, favorite places, restaurants, and activities, she crafted a completely customized itinerary for our stay and made all of the reservations for us. This service is available to all Auberge du Soleil guests and certainly comes with perks. Because of its standing as the premier luxury property in Napa, guests are given access to wineries that don’t typically open to the public and are able to get reservations at highly sought after restaurants. Having everything taken care of for us was a huge relief and allowed us to focus solely on enjoying our trip.

From the moment we checked in, every staff member greeted us by name each time they saw us. Auberge du Soleil’s location, beautiful grounds, and stunning views are all part of its charm, but the staff is paramount in creating an experience unlike any other. The staff is incredibly thoughtful and accommodating without ever being imposing. Many luxury hotels can run the gamut from extremely formal and stuffy to having a very downtown, “too cool for school” aloofness. It is extremely difficult to replicate what Auberge du Soleil has achieved, which is what makes it so rare and special. Auberge du Soleil is a singular, beautiful property with sumptuous, comfortable accommodations and a top-notch staff, yet it maintains an effortless ease. The overall vibe is relaxed, welcoming, and distinctly Californian.  As a guest, you feel completely at home.

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{Each distinctive maison is luxuriously appointed and maximizes Napa Valley’s unique and singular light.}

We stayed in one of the Maisons that was recently redesigned by Suzanne Tucker. Our Maison, Mougins 3, was very spacious with a huge living room, a separate powder bathroom, master suite, and a large terrace with beautiful views of the valley. I was so inspired while staying here. Suzanne Tucker is one of the greatest interior designers working today and her level of expertise and passion for her work was evident in every detail. Our Maison was beautifully appointed and was so comfortable. The space planning made perfect sense and we had everything we could possibly want or need. No detail was spared and the quality of the furnishings was top notch.

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{A View of our Living Room Looking Towards the Fireplace and TV}

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{Looking Toward’s the Entrance of the Maison}

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{We were greeted with a beautiful charcuterie plate, a sweet little “Happy Anniversary” bundt cake, fresh fruit, and a bottle of wine. Each room at Auberge du Soleil also comes with a fully stocked, complimentary mini bar.}
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{The Maisons at Auberge du Soleil feature warm palettes and beautiful fabrics by Suzanne Tucker.}

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{The entire Maison featured chic, light wood finishes like cerused and limed oak. I am obsessed with the decor of our beautiful powder bath. It is perfectly neutral, but features so many incredible textures including the wood paneled walls.}

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{Our bed and bedding were extremely comfortable. You can’t tell in this photo of the chic bed, but the bedroom also has a soaring, beamed ceiling like the living room. It created such a nice, airy effect.}

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{The master bathroom was simply divine. We each had our own vanity.}

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{The master bathroom also features a sculptural Waterworks tub and a stylish vanity complete with a Frances Elkins Loop Chair.}

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{My favorite thing about the bathroom was the shower with a skylight which makes it feel as if you are showering outdoors. The water pressure was also fantastic. One of my pet peeves about hotels is bad lighting. So often, the lighting in bathrooms, even at luxury hotels, is so dim and poorly placed that it makes getting ready in the morning a chore. Naturally, Auberge du Soleil gets the lighting right, too. It is beautiful and perfectly placed. As a couple of lighting aficionados, Fabian and I really appreciated this!}

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{Our Fabulous Terrace}

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{The View from one Side of our Terrace}

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{This is the View from Our Front Door in the Perfect, Early evening Light}

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{Our Wonderful Home Away from Home in Napa: Mougins 3 at Auberge du Soleil}

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{The grounds at Auberge du Soleil are beautiful and are meticulously maintained. La Plage, the pool area, is particularly beautiful.}

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{Striped Lounges and Terracotta Pots are Ultra-Chic}

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{So beautiful!}

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Effortless luxury is the foundation of the DNA at Auberge du Soleil. We honestly did not want to leave at the end of our stay and I worry that no other hotel will ever compare! It is truly heaven on earth. Our tenth wedding anniversary was so special, thanks to the Auberge. The staff made us feel like royalty and there were so many wonderful touches from the fleet of Mercedes Benz E350 convertibles available to guests, perfect wine pairings at the phenomenal Michelin-starred restaurant (more on that soon), and our relaxing treatments at their fabulous spa with the most amazing views. Auberge du Soleil is certainly a splurge, but it is among the finest, highest ranked hotel properties in the world and is absolutely worth it. If you have a special celebration coming up or want to treat yourself to an effortlessly luxurious experience in Napa Valley, the Auberge du Soleil is an absolute must.

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In honor of another anniversary– La Dolce Vita’s 8th since I started the blog in 2007, Auberge du Soleil is offering a very special treat to LDV readers! 

Enjoy a $250 resort credit to enjoy during your stay at Auberge du Soleil in August or September of this year. The credit is applicable towards dining, spa treatments, merchandise at the boutique, or anything at this incredible property. 

Offer is valid for stays of two nights or more, Sundays through Thursdays in August and September 2015. Holiday weekend excluded. Valid for NEW reservations only. To book, guests should call (800) 348-5406 and use booking code PALOMA when making their reservation. 

Be sure to come back tomorrow, when I will share all of my top recommendations for wineries and restaurants on this trip!

 

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{All Photography by Paloma Contreras for La Dolce Vita}