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2016 BEST Spa Resort: The Meritage Resort & Spa

Author: Tim Carl
May, 2016 Issue

"It's possibile for our guests to enjoy the absolute best of Napa Valley without ever leaving the resort." —Michael Palmer


Located at the southern gateway to Napa Valley, The Meritage Resort and Spa warmly welcomes each guest with exceptional customer service and Tuscan-inspired architecture nestled within acres of hillside vineyards.

“Our mantra is ‘Service from the heart’,” explains Michael Palmer, general manager. “It’s not just our spectacular facilities, it’s our people that make the biggest difference. Each of our team members is committed to providing our guests with exceptional service at one of the finest resorts in Napa Valley.”

The Meritage boasts 322 guest rooms, 12 spacious suites and a variety of onsite restaurants and activities.

“It’s possible for our guests to enjoy the absolute best of Napa Valley without ever leaving the resort,” says Palmer. “Our food and beverage options are second to none. Each of our dinning establishments is just over the top, including our signature restaurant, Siena; chef Ryan Rupp comes to us from South Beach Florida, where he spent time at Morimoto. The restaurant focuses on Napa-influenced dishes, but there are many other options for food and drinks on property, including grabbing a quick smoothie or a latte at Blend, our indoor-outdoor cafe.”

Built into the hillside, a wine cave houses the Trinitas Cellars tasting room. Trinitas, founded by The Meritage owners Tim and Stephanie Busch, serves hand-crafted wines from some of the oldest vineyards in Northern California. Guests can also enjoy The Meritage’s Crush Ultra Lounge, a sports and entertainment bar with a six-lane bowling alley, pool table, shuffleboard, fireplace and a café. The resort has two-heated swimming pools, three whirlpools, many outdoor cabanas for private relaxation and a 1,650-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center. The surrounding property is expansive, with acres of hiking trails, a nine-acre vineyard and meadows of beautiful heritage oak trees.

“Wellness is an important aspect of what we provide,” says Palmer.

The Meritage’s Spa Terra, located in an Estate Cave under the Grape Crusher Statue features private treatment rooms, soaking pools, steam grottos and water walls. Services include a range of massage options and facials. The luxury hotel is a favorite for special occasions.

“We’ll do more than 100 weddings this year, many of which are held in the middle of our vineyard, although some people choose to get married in our Estate Cave,” he says. “We also offer some of the largest and most flexible meeting space in the region, with more than 50,000 square feet of flexible event space.”

For guests who choose to depart the facilities, the resort offers convenient guest transportation to downtown Napa and Oxbow Public Market on a 27-passenger shuttle.

“In 2012, we completed a $40 million expansion, and this year, we’re breaking ground on $100 million expansion,” said Palmer. “We’ll be adding 145 guest rooms and suites, tasting rooms, a demonstration kitchen and a third pool area. We’re all very excited about this new project which should be completed sometime in 2018.”

Palmer enthusiastically welcomes guests and neighbors to come enjoy all The Meritage has to offer.

“Napa Valley is known for fabulous wine, food, art, and wellness—and our resort and spa encompasses all these pillars. Our restaurants, cafes, day spa and bowling lanes are especially popular, even with locals that come in for the day with family, friends or colleagues. For our guests and the readers that voted us Best Resort and Spa in 2016, we’re grateful and humbled by your support, and we look forward to your return.”



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