A Cool Vibe: The Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort Calistoga
Calistoga is having ‘a moment’ thanks to its plethora of natural hot springs. Once considered slightly passé and definitely old school, ‘taking the waters’ is cool again. Millennials are discovering what their parents and grandparents well knew – that the healthful benefits of Calistoga’s naturally occurring geothermal pools are tangible, and that one of the most relaxing spots in which to enjoy them is The Roman Hot Springs Resort.
Family owned and operated since 1975, The Roman Hot Springs Resort is a Mediterranean-esque refuge within the larger oasis of Calistoga featuring three geothermal pools and an on-site spa, The Baths at Roman Spa at which some of the best local healers are dedicated to the health and wellness of guests. Located just a block off of Calistoga’s main street and within walking and biking distance of the town’s galleries, shops, restaurants and tasting rooms, the resort’s wellness offerings – as well as its bucolic grounds and well-appointed rooms – make it the home-away-from-home choice for the repeat visitors who value its varied amenities. 60 rooms in 14 varying types provide choices for families, couples, and girlfriend getaways. A select collection of rooms feature luxurious bedding, cozy robes and slippers, and walk-in glass showers; two rooms feature dual-sided fireplaces and two-person Jacuzzi tubs.
“Treatments at our boutique spa are a great way to round out your wine country trip, as it’s the perfect spot to rejuvenate and recharge amidst a wine and cuisine focused getaway,” said spokesperson Elyse Quast. “We provide an authentic Calistoga mud bath experience with an incredible staff of healers dedicated and focused on the guest’s health and wellness. In a sense, it’s fun to get a little dirty too!”
The spa offers facials, massage, and non-segregated mud and mineral baths, meaning couples can enjoy their mud bath, shower, and mineral bath together within one private room – a Calistoga anomaly. The large outdoor pool serves as a central and convivial gathering spot and is kept at a refreshing 92° – 96°F. A large indoor pool is kept at 100°F, and a small, adults- only outdoor pool runs at 104°F.
Quast reveals her ideal day at The Baths at Roman Spa, “Upon arrival, I recommend a soak in the pools prior to a mud bath experience, and then a massage. It’s the perfect combo; mud baths natu- rally pull toxins and detoxify the body while relaxing muscles. There is simply no better form of relaxation. Then, head out for dinner at one of the great local restaurants, or grill your own meal in our barbecue area. After dinner, enjoy local wines and conversation around and in the pool, or within the beautiful gardens that are seasonally landscaped.”
“It’s special here – it’s a quaint, charming oasis.”
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Article By: Fran Miller