Napa Valley boasts any number of luxury hotels poised to take advantage of vineyard views. But none has nestled itself so closely among the vines – until now. Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, and the first luxe resort to debut in the area in seven years, shares its St. Helena location with historic Beringer Vineyard, and many of its sumptuous guest rooms are within arm’s length of the grapes.
The three-acre property, anchored by the 100-year old Georgian-style Acacia House, takes full advantage of it’s stellar location, just steps beyond St. Helena’s quaint downtown district. A central lawn, small pool, and large fire pit face the Mayacamas mountains. A state-of-the-art fitness center overlooks an oak tree-studded creek. And the Acacia House wrap-around veranda commands a Valley view. Most of Las Alcobas’ 68 rooms are housed in three ultra modern buildings that surround the property – a juxtaposition of old and new that creates an appealing aura.
Rooms at Las Alcobas – each featuring Rivolta Carmignani Italian bedding and plush robes – are a spacious minimum of 450 sq. feet. Suites are an expansive 1,500 sq. feet; some have outdoor soaking tubs. Every aspect, from linen upholstered headboards, to birch ceilings, to oak flooring, is custom designed in shades of gray. Well more than 50 soothing hues have been harnessed, from carbon, to charcoal, to dove. Spa-like marble bathrooms feature large soaking tubs and stone carved sinks. Each room boasts its own private outdoor balcony with gas-lit fire pit. Morning or night, the glow and warmth of a flickering flame creates unmatched ambience. Cuddle up with a wool throw blanket and add a mimosa or glass of local cab to further elevate the experience.
Celebrated Bay Area chef and Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino oversees the resort’s rustically elegant 50-seat Acacia House restaurant, a favored hangout for locals. The warm and welcoming dining room (also in gray tones) is refined yet casual. Every detail, from the steak knives to the antique etched bar ware, has been thoughtfully curated. Cosentino’s menu changes regularly; he utilizes wine country’s seasonal bounty to showcase a refined twist on classic beef, fish, and poultry dishes. Creative vegetable offerings more than satiate vegetarians. All flavors are bold and often unexpected – a dab of caviar here, a serrano chile slice there. And though the wine choices are plentiful, it’s the Las Alcobas margarita that begs for a sup – a lemon rather than lime based recipe libation topped with fluffy salted foam that substitutes for a salted rim. The drink is borrowed from the hotel’s sister property in Mexico City.
In keeping with the fusion of historic and modern contrasts, the resort’s exquisite Atrio spa features ancient treatments within its contemporary environs. Atrio’s four votive-lit single treatment rooms and a couple’s treatment suite are flanked by the central Sanctuary, an indoor/outdoor respite where hibiscus tea and healthful treats are offered. A steam room and outdoor shower are co-ed, and Atrio guests are invited to utilize the 24-hour on site fitness center and adjacent fire pit and relaxation area. Unique Asian healing therapies and techniques, for which therapists undergo intensive training, are menu highlights and are found nowhere else in the Valley. Nor is Atrio’s aroma blending experience, a highly personal indulgence led by an aromatherapy expert who guides guests towards a signature scent. The blend is utilized during massage treatment and a small bottle is provided for take home – a wonderful way to extend the refined Las Alcobas experience. 1915 Main Street, St. Helena.
Article By: Fran Miller