The Napa Valley hotel redefines what it means to retreat in wine country
In a sweet village in Napa Valley called Calistoga lives Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, a contemporary-meets-cozy property that takes its cues towards wellness from the natural springs that are its neighbors. Designed to be a place of ultimate retreat, Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection strives to create an indulgent environment in which guests can reach maximum relaxation through amenities and experiences like farm fresh Napa Valley produce, cruiser bikes for languid rides in the countryside, access to hot air balloons, fireside s’mores, yoga, and much more.
Although, on the spa menu lives one very special treatment not found anywhere else, The Mudslide. This self-applied healing body mask has its roots in the Calistoga mud baths of the region, except The Solage’s version is an amped-up interpretation for an extra sumptuous experience.
The treatment takes place in the bathhouse, which in its tip-to-toe all-white decor lends itself perfectly as a backdrop for a reset to purity. The bathhouse features a fire pit lounge, geothermal pools, eucalyptus steam rooms and a cool plunge, all ready for use before or after the Mudslide.
The Mudslide itself is a three-part, self-application treatment that takes place in a completely private setting. Guests pick out an essential oil blend which is then folded into the mud mixture along with mineral waters by a spa attendant. After which, guests are escorted into their own private geo-thermal heated sauna that is set to a warm, but not too hot, 120 degrees. It’s here where guests will apply the mud to their own skin like a mask where it will sit for 10-15 minutes before it is rinsed off.
After the skin is clear of any residual mask, guests are brought into a mineral soaking tub filled with essential oils and bath salts which serve double duty as a body scrub to help the skin to become extra silky smooth.
The treatment is finished in a Sound Chair in which guests are cocooned into a luxe duvet blanket and left with earphones in their ears with music that resonates not only through the headphones but through the chair itself, causing the tunes to gently vibrate into the entire body, promoting such a deep relaxation that most people fall asleep. They say that 15-20 minutes of sleep in this chair, especially after the treatment, is so relaxing that it is equivalent to 2 hours of sleep.
Could this be the ultimate reset? We think so.