From high-end luxury to bohemian, the wine country region offers a wide selection of spas and healing arts services. Villa Terra Nova guests enjoy close proximity to unique spa experiences and arrangements for on-site property massage services are also available.
Distinctive to the region, many historical spa facilities have evolved from geothermal hot spring towns such as Sonoma, Boyes Hot Springs, Agua Caliente, St. Helena and Calistoga providing diversity in services and environments in which they take place.
Boyes Hot Springs, minutes from Villa Terra Nova, became famous in the 1800’s when underground thermal waters were discovered and the first mineral water resort for the region was developed on the site. This location was developed over the years by different owners and is now operated by The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa less than two miles from Villa Terra Nova. It is the only hotel resort in the United States with its own source of mineral water and day visits with access to thermal pools and spa facilities are available to Villa Terra Nova guests.
In Calistoga, located 30 minutes from Villa Terra Nova, the first hot springs hotel opened in 1862. As the “healing powers” of the water became known and visitors from San Francisco and other areas began to frequent Calistoga, convenient transportation was needed and future development of the Napa Valley Wine Train followed. A variety of historical and updated thermal water facilities provide a range of hydro spa treatments including thermal mud baths composed of volcanic ash. One of Calistoga’s contemporary facilities is the spa at Solage which
features geo-thermal pools and a mud bathhouse.
The use of grape seeds, skin, stems and wine industry by-products producing extracts and essential oils contribute to a category of spa services known as vinotherapy. Originated in France by a pharmacologist who discovered grapes rich in antioxidant polyphenols had beneficial effects on the skin, this research stimulated development of a wide variety of vinotherapy treatments that have evolved over the years. In Napa, Spa Terra at the Meritage Resort is entirely underground in a 22,000 square foot estate wine cave where treatments utilize a variety of grape products. In St. Helena, Health Spa Napa Valley offers grapeseed mud wraps and scrubs and in Glen Ellen, Magical Massage and Inspiration provides massage and skincare services located in a 22-foot wine barrel!
Thermal heat spa treatments have variations throughout different cultures and in Freestone, on the way to Bodega Bay, Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary offers a rejuvenating heat treatment from Japan known as a Cedar Enzyme Bath. Heat generated naturally by a fermentation process of fragrant ground cedar, rice bran and plant enzymes imported from Japan provides a deeply relaxing experience combined with various health benefits. In addition to a variety of massage and skin care services, the five acre property is also recognized for its award-winning Japanese inspired gardens that guests enjoy on the day of their spa visit.
The following list highlights a few wine country spas recognized for their unique services, products and location. A complete list of Sonoma County spas is available upon request for Villa Terra Nova guests.
- California Institute of Massage & Spa Services
- Cottage Inn and Spa
- Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
- MacArthur Place Inn & Spa
- Raindance Spa