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Napa Bound? 7 Reasons to Make Yountville’s Bardessono Hotel Your Home Base

Bardessono Magnolia Courtyard

Napa Valley is home to many of the best things in life, and one need not venture beyond the tiny and tony town of Yountville in order to experience it all. Often described as an ‘adult Disneyland,’ Yountville and its starring attractions include gourmet restaurants, elegant wine tasting rooms, row upon row of charming, porch-lined cottages to admire via a hike or bike ride, and public art. Sensorial surprises are found on every sparkling clean street corner and within tiny, bench-lined parklets filled with fragrant roses. At the center of this harmonious bliss is Bardessono, the town’s crown jewel of hospitality.

While a handful of other Yountville hotels vie for attention, Bardessono checks all of the boxes for what is most desired of a wine country visit. Here are the top reasons for making Bardessono your Napa Valley home base:

1: Location, Location, Location

Park the car, forget about it, and sip and stroll to your heart’s content. Bardessono is central to the multitude of wine tasting rooms that line Yountville’s walkable streets. And Yountville’s culinary gems such as Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry, Bouchon Bakery, Ad Hoc, and La Calenda are all just steps from your Bardessono suite.  

Bardessono Exterior Courtyard

2: Luxe Accommodations

A variety of garden water features accent four building structures that house 62 stylish suites in five layouts, each with large outdoor patios and balconies. Amenities include Fili D’oro linens, REN bath products, motion-controlled exterior shuttering systems, virtual surround sound speaker systems and media hubs. For a grand respite, reserve one of the three spectacular Maple Grove Villas, each a private haven of refinement, or enjoyed together, a personal compound. Each boasts a stately living room, king bedroom, spa bathrooms, plunge pool, and courtyard; the center villas offer a spacious dining room for entertaining. Reserve all three and enjoy access to the Bardessono Lexus fleet featuring the luxury brand’s newest models. Or cozy-up in one of the king or queen Spa Suites – each equally as indulgent on a smaller scale. No matter your suite choice, each includes a spacious ‘spa’ bathroom featuring a large soaking tub, separate shower, and space for personal, in-suite spa therapies provided by a ‘spa butler’ who prepares the space, lights candles, and draws the shades in preparation for a variety of treatment options.  

Bardessono Guest Suite
Bardessono Guest Suite Bathroom

3) Spahhhh

For those who prefer their pampering take place within the acclaimed Spa at Bardessono, a full menu of services is offered, such as full-body massages, couples’ treatments, facials, wraps, and body polishes. Indulge in setting a wellness intention and creating a personal scented oil at the Well Bar, in partnership with TARA Wellness. Select among seven wellness formulas such as Sleep, Energy, Balance, Love, Stress, Detox, and Muscle. 

4) Cuisine

Yes, Yountville is one of the great culinary capitals of the world, but one need not venture beyond Bardessono’s Lucy Restaurant and Bar in order to enjoy the best of wine country cuisine. Executive Chef Jim Leiken uses locally-sourced ingredients within his menu of soul-satisfying, seasonal dishes such as summer corn and lobster risotto, herb marinated lamb chops, port-glazed figs, and roasted baby beets. Leiken and his culinary team source from farms and purveyors within a 110-mile radius of the restaurant in order to create distinct Yountville flavors. Mere steps from the restaurant kitchen (serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is also Lucy’s onsite, certified organic garden from which fresh herbs and garnishes are picked to create hand-crafted libations. And the Lucy wine list presents a beautiful selection of local wines, natch.

Lucy Restaurant Dining Room

5) Green Grandeur 

The LEED platinum certified property (one of only 28 in the world) is proof that a hotel can provide unmatched luxury while maintaining energy and environmental efficiency. Utilizing salvaged tree wood, natural linens and bath products, and 'smart' technology for heating, cooling and water systems, Bardessono wraps its guests in ‘green’ grandeur and graciousness. Guest rooms are constructed to minimize solar heat gain with wide overhangs and motor-controlled venetian exterior blinds. Large expanses of glass allow winter sunrays to naturally warm rooms while windows and doors open onto private patios to provide secure nature ventilation. Drought-resistant landscaping prevails, serviced by an efficient drip irrigation system.

6) R&R Options 

Take a reprieve between requisite wine tastings with a dip in Bardessono’s rooftop pool, lined with shade cabanas and with views of the surrounding Mayacamas and Vaca Mountain ranges. Saturday yoga is held at 9am on the pool deck, and a small fitness center, also perched above, is equipped with a Peloton bike. If real cycling is preferred, check-out a bike from the hotel’s fleet and cruise the 12.5-mile Vine Trail.

Bardessono Rooftop Pool

7) Art Appreciation

Bardessono partners with the Andrea Schwartz Gallery of San Francisco to present dramatic and compelling artworks that are displayed throughout the property. Sculptures rise out of flowing water features; communal hallways are lined with works that provide a nod to pop culture; and an entire villa wall is lined with a massive, textural, Diebenkorn-esque oil painting. (The gallery updates the collection annually and as pieces are sold.) For those who tend to discount art as crucial to a cultivated and elegant lifestyle, a Bardessono tour will surely alter such a viewpoint. 

Sculpture by Albert Dicruttalo, courtesy of The Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco. Photo: Fran Miller

Bonus: Bardessono presents guests the opportunity to be a part of its commitment to provide the most sustainable, luxurious, Napa Valley experience. The hotel will plant an herb in the onsite, certified organic culinary garden for each guest who opts out of housecleaning. The effects of a single plant in the garden help improve air quality by offsetting harmful byproducts and help in the execution of Lucy restaurant’s signature deep green eco-spirit motivated by culinary ethics. The herbs planted in the garden yield inspiration and ingredients to Lucy bar and restaurant’s inspired cuisine and hand-crafted libations.

Photos courtesy of Bardessono unless otherwise noted

Fran Endicott Miller

Fran Endicott Miller is a luxury focused freelance feature writer for a variety of lifestyle publications and websites, editor-at-large for JustLuxe.com, and a California editor for luxury travel concierge service Essentialist. Prior to her journalism career she held positions in the fields of politics, television, and professional sports, and is proud to have established the Golden State Warriors...(Read More)

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