The Meritage Resort and Spa Underwent a Huge Renovation


Whereas Napa Valley has no scarcity of stylish stays, The Meritage Resort and Spa holds a particular place amongst them. For 20 years, the sprawling property, nestled amongst sun-drenched winery hills simply 45 minutes exterior of San Francisco, has been a bustling hub of oenophile exercise, drawing visitors and locals. And after a multi-year, $25 million makeover accomplished this month, the resort is prepared for its subsequent chapter.

With grounds that span 36 acres, together with 9 working vineyards, the property claims the title of the biggest in Napa Valley, and the most recent renovation has touched virtually each a part of it. From the 467 guestrooms and suites reimagined to mirror the vacation spot’s pure setting to the growth of its culinary program and leisure amenities, vacationers can test in and by no means have to go away the resort’s grounds.

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“Our objective is to seize the spirit of the vines that so typically appeal to folks to the area whereas redesigning the general resort expertise to attraction to the discerning traveler with a ardour for locations that present a well-balanced mixture of pure magnificence, restfulness, journey, and togetherness to attract them again again and again,” Joe Leinacker, managing director of The Meritage Resort and Spa, instructed Journey + Leisure.

Company at the moment are welcomed into a chic foyer with sloped ceilings, uncovered wooden beams, and a grand double-sided hearth that completely epitomizes the resort’s rustic stylish aesthetic. The property’s new foyer bar now options extra seating and serves a curated collection of handcrafted cocktails (together with mocktails), small-batch bourbons, and shareable plates of charcuterie, appetizers, and hand-tossed pizzas.

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For the rooms, Pacific Hospitality Group, the resort’s proprietor, teamed up with famend hospitality design agency HBA San Francisco, who created two distinct ideas. The Meritage rooms are awash in impartial tones with leather-based accents, built-in millwork, and bespoke furnishings that create a classy ambiance, complemented by luxurious facilities like Frette linens, touchscreen lighted mirrors, walk-in showers, and personal balconies with lounge furnishings.

The Bordeaux lodging add extra shade to the inside design scheme — deep reds, greens, browns — and in addition incorporate nature with natural finishes. Improve to a specialty suite with idyllic winery views, a separate lounge with a fire, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Any such room class additionally has a big toilet with a walk-in bathe, a bathtub, and a spacious balcony.

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The resort’s new meals and beverage venues are one other spotlight and concentrate on showcasing the perfect and freshest native components — each from its on-site backyard (and hen coop) and regional distributors supplying the property’s a number of eating places and markets. 

Ember, a steakhouse, is making its debut overlooking the resort’s grand garden. The moody eating area is clad in darkish woods, leather-based, and stone accents. Right here, chef Cary Roy serves prime cuts and dry-aged beef sourced from northern Californian farms, paired with the perfect bottles of reds and whites from Napa and past.

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Additionally new is the ethereal and chic Sora, providing bubbly wines, champagnes, and cocktails in a vibrant tasting room crammed with enjoyable pops of shade. Returning visitors will discover the resort’s renovated bowling area, Crush, to be sleeker and extra elevated. Right here, between video games, patrons can get pleasure from a menu of sports activities bar classics like smash burgers, tacos, and indulgent boozy milkshakes, a particular crowd-pleaser.

The resort has additionally fully revamped its pool deck with iconic views of the vineyards, one of the crucial fashionable spots for leisure on-site.

Leinacker defined that the adults-only deck (there’s a family-friendly pool, too) was expanded, and the variety of lounges has now greater than doubled.

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“That is going to turn into an excellent focus. We now have DJs out on the pool. It is only a chill vibe out and really stress-free—you are mendacity there in your lounge, wanting up on the winery and the [Grape] Crusher statue. It is an iconic Napa expertise,” he added.

The Meritage’s different current eating venues, comparable to its Italian eatery Olive & Hay, the market and deli, Fivetown Grocery, and three wine-tasting rooms, are nonetheless energetic and stay unchanged.

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The resort additionally continues to supply one of the crucial complete actions applications in Napa Valley with year-round occasions comparable to a summer season live performance sequence and a winter ice skating ring (which, in line with Leinacker, makes the garden appear like a “Hallmark film”), yoga courses within the vineyards, and, after all, themed wine tastings. 

Company can reap the benefits of the complimentary day by day shuttle service to downtown Napa, a brief ten-minute drive from the property.

Nightly charges for the brand new Bordeaux and Meritage visitor rooms begin at $379, and you’ll e-book your keep right here. The resort additionally launched a particular “Uncover Winery Class” package deal, which features a $200 resort credit score to encourage visitors to discover the resort’s expanded facilities.


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