In the heart of the cabernet-sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay vines of Napa Valley, the French restaurateur Claude Rouas has created a discreet and elegant hotel hidden amongst a grove of olive trees that evoke his love of Provence in the South of France.
A handful of houses perched on the hillside offer spacious “maisons” with private terraces where aged French oak floors, colorful chenille fabrics, abstract paintings and fireplaces create an air of romance.
The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine features the very best of the region and the spa, which also draws its cue from the land, proposes treatments based on grapes, olives, herbs, flowers, mud and minerals.
The 15,000 bottles in the wine cellar promise an oenophile’s journey to the wine heaven as you watch the sun setting on the horizon.
The hotel and the surrounding area features golf, tennis, outdoor pool, spa, whirlpool, fitness center, mud baths, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, water-skiing, kayaking – and of course, some of the best wine tasting in the world.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.