Auberge du Soleil
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, United States of America
At a Glance
A world-class, French inspired, luxury resort in the heart of the Napa Valley
All accommodation comes with private outdoor terraces with incredible valley views
Have a truly indulgent stay with visits to the Auberge Spa and "La Plage" pool
With origins as a restaurant created over 30 years ago dining at Auberge du Soleil is a definite highlight
Ideally located to explore the Napa Valley wine region
Best time to Visit
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Like most California destinations, you can’t go wrong when picking a time of year to visit. Being inland, Napa Valley benefits from much higher summer temperatures than the cool coast, and is a year-round destination but best from April to October.
At the vineyards, September is typically the harvest month, although some varieties may be picked through October and November. Vineyards will be bare from December through February, with new buds returning in March and coming into full bloom by June.
Summer temperatures reach up to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and cool off to about 50 in the evenings, so you’ll want to bring a variety of clothes and dress in layers. Winter highs are around 60 degrees with lows occasionally just below freezing. The region averages around 200 days of sunshine per year, so you should have plenty of good weather to enjoy the outdoors.
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Auberge du Soleil is an elegant wine country inn nestled within a 33-acre sunlit olive grove on the slopes of Rutherford Hill and surrounded by vineyards. With its unmistakeable intimacy, Auberge is a Scott Dunn favourite.
Located in the centre of the valley, just off Silverado Trail, Auberge du Soleil is an ideal retreat while exploring the famous Napa Valley wine region. Located just 65 miles north of San Francisco, Auberge guests have been drawn to the inn for its tranquillity, style and romance. A complete escape, total privacy, and the intimacy of having such a beautiful spot make the Auberge a timeless place to rest your head.
Originally established as Napa Valley’s first fine-dining establishment, it opened to acclaim in 1981 and quickly gained recognition as one of the leading and best restaurants in Northern California, not only for its superb cuisine, but also its spectacular natural setting. The pleasures of a gorgeous view enjoyed with a glass of wine and an exquisite meal invite lingering and soon the Auberge made it possible to do just that. In 1985 the Auberge du Soleil opened the inn, a collection of sun-and earth-toned rooms and suites, each featuring French doors opening onto private terraces, cosy fireplaces and sensuous elements such as private soaking tubs for two.
Auberge is as fresh and forward-thinking as it was when it first opened and pioneered a new style of laid-back luxury. Michael Taylor protégée and leading designer Suzanne Tucker has updated the resort interiors with a bright, rich look reminiscent of a secluded Côte d’Azur retreat. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars.
The Auberge Pool and Cabana, ‘La Plage’, is perfect for lounging on oversized chaises, underneath the California sun. Relax on day beds for two, sipping signature cocktails or local wines. Hotel guests can enjoy a host of poolside amenities, including WiFi and a DJ-mixed pool soundtrack, cocktails and lounge food from the restaurant.
Guest rooms are terraced down the hillside with views of the Napa Valley, all accommodations feature bright Mediterranean inspired decor with choice art work. All guest rooms, suites and Maisons feature Italian linens, down bedding and duvets. Custom made bath amenities, plush robes and slippers and private outdoor dining areas. All rooms also feature fireplaces, spacious bathrooms with separate showers, double vanities and large soaking tubs with signature resort touches such as spa bath oils and candles.
The 29 Rooms and 19 suites are categorised depending on the view. The rooms and suites have interiors designed by San Francisco designer Suzanne Tucker and architect Walker and Moody and feature luxurious, warm and bright vintage-look bedcovers and blend California style with that of the South of France using a romantic, neutral palette and custom furnishings and stonework. All rooms/suites feature fireplaces, spacious bathrooms, separate showers, large soaking tubs and luxurious bath oils and candles.
|Deluxe Maison Rooms (Garden View, Hillside View, Queen Queen, Valley View, Private Garden Room)||
Offering 520 sq feet of space, indoor and outdoor, these rooms feature private terraces with lounge chairs, dining tables, 55" high definition television, Blu Ray DVD players, Bose Bluetooth audio, high speed WiFi, bathroom with skylight, heated limestone floors, plasma TV in the bathroom and in-bedroom floating fireplace. All rooms except the Queen Queen (which has two queen-size beds) have a king-size bed.
|Deluxe Maision Suites (Hillside View, Valley View, Private Garden Suite)||
These suites offer around 1,254 sq feet of indoor and outdoor space joined by french doors which open onto an oversized private terrace with panoramic views of the Napa Valley. The suites feature a California king-size bed, large separate living room, dining table, 55" plasma televisions, Blu Ray DVD player, Bose bluetooth audio player, refrigerator and wine cooler, bathroom skylight, heated limestone floors, in-bathroom plasma television and additional half bathroom. The Deluxe Private Garden Suite offers an additional full-bathroom and an outdoor freestanding sculptural bathtub, outdoor rain shower in a secluded garden and therefore more space.
Auberge du Soleil is Auberge is designed for those seeking a tranquil atmosphere and is unsuitable for children under the age of 18 years. Adult families are very welcome.
Executive Chef Robert Curry’s menus highlight the bounty of Napa with house-made ingredients, as well as local produce. With a one Michelin star rating and extensive wine selection, it remains a destination restaurant in the valley. Both the Restaurant and Bistro & Bar have spectacular views over the Valley. The Bistro & Bar has wrap around terrace seating and an all-day menu of casual, seasonal fare. Picnic baskets are available all day, as is in-room dinning. Guests can also enjoy a picnic basket amongst the sculptures in the grounds or bring their own wine to enjoy amongst the groves.
The Auberge Spa embraces a nurturing philosophy embodied by a unique menu of body and facial treatments, which utilise natural ingredients indigenous to California and the region. With saunas, steam rooms, mineral hot and cold plunge pools, private and spacious treatment rooms with outdoor showers and couples treatment rooms complete with fireplace and whirlpool the Spa is exclusively for guests of Auberge.
The state-of-the-art fitness centre overlooks the creek for a unique and tranquil work out experience. Lockers and a health food and refreshments station is included. Practice yoga on the terrace or at La Pagode, Auberge’s Asian-inspired pavilion, a secluded retreat-within-a-retreat offering a serene location for yoga and private meditation.
Napa is a dream destination for wine lovers and foodies alike. In addition to tasting wine and eating great food, there are many other fun activities to do in the Napa Valley. Shopping, hot air ballooning, horse back riding, hiking and biking, the Napa Valley Train and golf are just a few of the possibilities during your stay. As well as utilising Scott Dunn's own wine contacts who can provide private wine estate visits and culinary wine-pairing experiences and secure dining reservations, Auberge du Soleil's concierge are in-the-know and can tailor day trips for guests in the valley, make winery recommendations and organise activities.
Jules Maury (Staff)
The views from their valley suites are simply incredible. Watching the sun set from a spacious balcony overlooking the emerald green valley of Naps listening to the birds was to experience a small piece of Paradise. The generous suites and balconies with their fabulous views are a perfect place from which to explore the wineries and towns of Napa. Relax by their beautiful pool and indulge yourself over dinner as you dine overlooking the sweeping views. Their Spa is wonderful and just walking through their gardens where deer roam and quirky sculptures lie hidden around each corner - simply a fantastic hotel and run by an amazing team.
Jennie Stevens (Staff)
This has got to be the number 1 most romantic hotel I've ever been to! From the luscious grounds up in the hills of Napa Valley and stunning views, to the most amazing bed with at least six (non-decorative!) pillows and cute bathroom goodies, everything at Auberge du Soleil has been carefully thought of. I had breakfast in the main restaurant the next morning and although I was tempted by the Smoked Salmon Pizza, I went for the Auberge Special Omelette with Napa Ham - as incredible as the view from the table at which I ate.
This is a truly special place, and although it comes with a rather hefty price-tag, I would honestly say it is worth it if your budget can stretch - perfect for honeymoons and romantic getaways for couples looking for that something extra special for an experience to remember.
Charlotte Austin (Staff)
This beautiful hotel is perfect for short stays for couples. I wouldn't recommend this for families, it is such a romantic setting and with such fabulous service that I would say it is just perfect for couples. Having your base here you can explore Napa valley very easily and also head to Napa and Sonoma town. Everything is within reach.
Fly High above the Napa Valley
Soar 2000 ft above the sun-dappled valley during a sunrise hot air balloon ride. After a wake-up coffee and pastries, board your colourful balloon for a guided tour with a difference - your pilot will point out Napa's best vineyards and places to visit.
Napa Valley Sip and Cycle Experiences
The Napa Valley Sip & Cycle tour is a fun and unique way to experience the beautiful wine country. Each tour can be customised to include a hike into the hills, a stop or two at various wineries and accommodate varying degrees of difficulty.
Napa Wine Train
Guests aboard the Wine Train enjoy a freshly prepared lunch or dinner inside a fully restored 1915-1917 Pullman Dining Car or 1952 Vista Dome car on a three-hour, 36 mile round trip through the sun-dappled vineyards of the Napa Valley.
Wine Tasting In Napa
Napa produces some of the world’s most notable new world wines, and spending time in the Napa Valley, the Russian River Valley and Sonoma is very rewarding for enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.
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Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley & San Francisco
from £5400 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Romantic adventure in the Golden State of California
- Self drive through some of California's most stunning scenery
- Ski some of North America's finest slopes at beautiful Lake Tahoe
Location & directions
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, United States of America
The Auberge du Soleil is located mid-way through the Napa Valley near the town of Rutherford. An exclusive hideaway and restaurant destination, Auberge du Soleil is just 65 miles from San Francisco.
How to get there
11-hour 15-minute flight from London to San Francisco with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. Auberge du Soleil is 2-hours drive from San Francisco airport, 1-hour 30-minutes from Oakland and Sacramento and 30-minutes from Napa.
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