Meritage: Spa Terra Transports

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Meritage-front.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

From Top Chef to Top Form

When Top Chef contestants descended on Napa's Meritage Resort earlier this year to film the Season 6 finale of the popular Bravo show, they made use of many of the Tuscan-style property's amenities, though there is one we feel they could have well stood to make more use of:  the spot's award-winning spa. After all, these harried chef-testants withstood grueling challenges for weeks before arriving at the southern Napa property (to battle to the end, no less), and we're sure they could have all benefited from some quality R&R to take the edge off.
Subterranean Solace
Fortunately for non-reality stars such as ourselves, we need not worry about such minutiae as whether or not we'll win a TV contest before scoring some pampering.  Instead, all we need do is book a treatment at Meritage's Spa Terra, unique in that it is the world's only spa in a cave.  Boasting vaulted ceilings, copper and stone water fixtures, radiant heating, trickling fountains and myriad nooks where guests can grab private moments to relax and re-center, the four-diamond spa is a veritable oasis tucked discreetly beneath a vineyard (natch).  

In Vino Veritas
Given its location, it's fitting that Spa Terra's signature treatment is one that incorporates the lifeblood of the valley: grapes.  To wit, dubbed Solo Vino, the signature treatment combines an exfoliating grape seed scrub with a body wrap and wine cave mud mask.  Following an inclusive massage, guests are presented with a glass of wine and gourmet cheese selection - because how else to cap off a vinous-themed treatment than with a glass of the good stuff?  For those who still haven't had enough of the grape life, we recommend heading out to nearby vineyards apr├Ęs-pampering to soak in more of the sights and sounds of Wine Country.

champagne.jpgCouples Counseling
Okay, so it's not that kind of counseling: come with your partner to reconnect and strengthen ties with Amore per Due ("Love for Two"), a series of treatments designed specifically for pairs.  Whether you and yours choose to unwind via "Temptations" - a treatment that marries exfoliation, mud masks, body cocooning and massage, or "Amore" - which matches an olive stone scrub with couples massage and facials for two followed by lunch, you're likely to leave together in a far more Zen state of mind.  Not a bad thing, we think, for new and long-time pairs alike.

Going To the Chapel
Thanks to its on-site chapel - a rarity at Wine Country resorts - Meritage is wedding-ready, as is its spa.  Bridal parties looking to ease the pre-ceremony jitters together should look to Forever Friends, a series of treatments that culminates in shared fruit and cheese platters and sparkling wine pours for groups.  Cap it off with steam baths and soaks in the spot's whirlpool tubs, and your gang should be big event-ready when the big moment arrives.  Cheers!  

Spa Terra * 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, California, 94558 * (707) 251-3000

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