Review: Spa Villagio
By Kathy Chin Leong 

With 16 luxurious treatment rooms and five couples suites, Spa Villagio with its Mediterranean-inspired gardens and fountains, should be a required experience when traipsing through wine country.

Sequestered in the Napa Valley enclave of downtown Yountville, this pampering palace seduces you within its doors with its serene pastel color palette and comfortable, not stuffy, European furnishings. The spa, part of the Villagio Inn, is located in a separate building and opens into an airy lobby with a well-appointed gift shop and waiting area with plush couches. A receptionist stationed in the front at a low desk and was both hospitable and efficient. Unlike other spas that have an institutional feel in the check-in area, this one is intimate and inviting.

I came this spring for a girlfriend weekend with long time friend Jamie C. who recently moved to California. My task was to show her the best of the Napa Valley, and the spa was an ideal centerpiece that shows off the ingenuity of Napa architecture and tasteful, spa interior design.

After we checked in, the receptionist gave us a mini-tour of the facilities, and we were so pleased to see such a clean and beautiful locker room with steam and dry sauna rooms, lockers, and roomy showers. We melted with delight as we stepped into the women’s lounge with cream carpeting, soft sofas and chairs, large coffee table picture books and women’s magazines, AND fresh fruit AND cucumber water AND hot tea. Unique here is the flat screen TV that rotates images of fine artwork from ancient masters such as Gaugin.

In the cheery, sunlit women’s lounge, a pair of French doors reveal a small courtyard with a whirlpool and a fireplace with the quintessential lounge chairs perfect for reading Gone with the Wind  in one sitting. The men’s lounge mirrors this area with a whirlpool as well.

 TREATMENTS

There are a slew of tantalizing treatments - facials, scrubs, massages, and combo packages of every ilk. The 50-minute Montecelli Mud, $145, features a warm mud experience with the brown stuff sourced direct from Italy. Prices for treatments here run about $2.50 a minute, comparable to other spas in the Napa area.

Unique are the individually decorated couple’s rooms, and we signed up for a side-by-side massage for a 100-minute indulgence. With soothing music in the background, and myself under expert hands, I dozed in and out of consciousness, with a permanent grin of pure joy. What is it about massages that makes one so happy?

When the treatment was over, Jamie and I extended our spa stay longer by ordering a light lunch. The front desk calls it in for you and the delivers it right to the lounge. We shared a sandwich and salad, and took a dip in the whirlpool before heading home to reality. Now that I’ve experienced Spa Villagio, I think I’ll treat my husband for a repeat performance.

*****

DETAILS :

Spa Villagio at Villagio Inn & Spa
6481 Washington Street
Yountville
www.villagio.com
707.948.5050
1.800.351.1133

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