Minutes from St. Helena, the new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley has opened its doors. It is a luxurious place to call home while experiencing the best of California’s iconic wine region. Featuring two pools and spacious rooms, this is the place to book if you’re looking for a luxury stay with a laidback California feel.
When Four Seasons opened their Napa Valley hotel this past November of 2021, I was eager to take a visit. The Four Seasons service is exceptional, memorable to any stay, and always combined beautifully with their eye-catching design. Perched on a hill, the grand entrance brings you to the center of the resort. The lobby, spa, and their elevated restaurant, TRUSS, all meet here.
What makes it even more unique is that the Four Seasons Napa Valley is on a working vineyard — and not just any, the award-winning, Elusa Winery. To be able to walk from your suite to taste world-class wines is simply unique. So as my husband and I packed my bags to make what is now an annual weekend trip to Napa Valley, this time with baby in tow, I was ready to make the most of our stay.
We checked in for two nights, for which ended in what I wished was more. Delightful is the only word I can find to describe the feeling of being in the hands of the Four Seasons for 48 hours. And even more so, as we had our four-month old (albeit can be daunting to travel baby), we returned home relaxed. To be able to indulge in those adult things like the spa and nearby wineries was a win in our books.
Here’s a look at what it’s like to stay at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley. What to know before you go, what to do nearby, and more to help ensure a wonderful visit to what is truly a stunning resort.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley Review
(Thank you to Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley and St. Helena Chamber of Commerce for partnering on this trip. As always, all opinions are own. This post contains affiliate links.)
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time of year to visit?
I find that the Napa Valley is a year-round destination as each season offers an unique experience. It is nearly poolside weather from late spring to late summer. The winters are cold and however pleasantly cozy when you add in indoor wine tastings, rooms with a fireplace, and spa experiences.
How many nights do you recommend?
My recommendation is a minimum of two nights to enjoy the property and have a chance to explore the area.
When should I reserve a room?
This hotel is in high demand, my suggestion is to book in advance for weekend stays. Other reservations for seated lunches and dinners at TRUSS and spa treatments are recommended in advance.
How many rooms are at the Four Seasons Napa Valley?
There are 85 guest rooms and suites. There are speciality suites, accessible rooms, and residential villas on property. It is a family-friendly resort.
The Property + Amenities
There are two pools on property, one of which is for families and the other which is adults only. Both are incredibly spacious with beautiful views of the Palisades Mountain Range. You’ll find cabanas to enjoy and an outdoor jacuzzi in both areas.
Certainly a highlight of this Four Seasons resort is their very own Spa Talisa. It is a stunning building in of itself and offers a very unique spa experience in the Napa Valley. Set with a co-ed outdoor whirlpool, the sun deck here is quiet and intimate. There are indoor steam rooms and cool misting chairs available for use on either changing room side at the spa. I’d recommend to book a either a massage or facial, followed by a detoxifying mud treatment for your skin.
Around the Property
On property you’ll find lounge areas to enjoy like the bocce ball court near Campo and firepits to enjoy at night. As it is on a working winery, the property itself is scenic to go for a short stroll around as well. One other suggestion is to book a private tasting at Elusa Winery which is connected to the resort. And as always, the concierge can arrange your experiences for you.
TRUSS Restaurant + Bar
Centered on refined Napa Valley cuisine, TRUSS is the resort’s restaurant for both casual and upscale dining. There is two parts to the restaurant, the Living Room and then the restaurant. The Living Room and bar area serves a wonderful menu of farm-to-table dishes. You’ll find seasonal and local cuisine, I’d highly recommend the oysters or the “duck ham” to start, followed by the Ora King Salmon. The Living Room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant is soon to open.
Located between the two pools, head to Campo for a casual and tasty lunch. It’s everything you want for a poolside meal, like tacos made with fresh tortillas, agua frescas, and housemade salsas. Campo is open for lunch.
In Room Dining
One highlight of staying at a Four Seasons Resort is the opportunity to experience breakfast at the room. I highly suggest having one breakfast ordered from the in room dining menu while there. Enjoy a fresh pot of coffee, avocado toast, and their delicious French toast.
Booked into their Palisades Room for the stay, the doors opened to a generous space to settle into. Described as “farmhouse chic,” what we really caught my eye in this room was the light. Pouring in from both sides of the room, the bright and airy space was a warm welcome to Napa Valley. Set with it’s own terrace with a table and chairs, mornings were spent with epic views of the vineyard and Palisades Mountains.
Inside the room, amenities like the Nespresso machine, plush robes, and the cloud-like Four Seasons bed were welcomed. It made the room feel that much more cozy to have the fireplace crackling at night as the temperatures dropped. The moody bathroom had its very own soaking tub, making the perfect touch to the stay.
At the Four Seasons Napa Valley Resort and Residences, there are several room categories to explore. My suggestion is to speak to their concierge team to pick the right room for you.
Things to Do Nearby in St. Helena
The beauty of staying at the Four Seasons Napa Valley is that you’re minutes away from St. Helena, the heart of the valley. Some of the best wine tastings in the Napa area are right here. Plus, you’re close to the historic Main Street of St. Helena which has wonderful shopping and restaurants. I have a few favorite experiences I would recommend, and do remember to book wine tasting appointments in advance.
Food and Art at HALL Wines
The famous rabbit in the valley — HALL Wines is an iconic winery in St. Helena known for its bold wines and unique art on the property. It’s a good spot to go for a casual wine tasting, exploring the grounds, and checking out the visual pieces on site. HALL Wines is family-friendly as well.
Dinner at Brasswood Estate
There is a lot to do at Brasswood Estate from their tasting room to explore the grounds, but one of my favorite things is lunch or dinner here. A big reason why is for their (shhh) off-menu item — the housemade mozzarella, plated at your table. It is seriously delicious, I’d recommend going just for this!
Explore Main Street
When it comes to a stroll and shopping, head to the heart of St. Helena. Main Street is lined with restaurants, boutiques, tasting rooms, and a few gems you can’t miss. One of my must-sees is shopping stunning ceramics at Carter and Co. Be sure to grab a coffee at the STATION which is in a converted gas station (they do have gas too!) Another favorite stop is for pastries and baked goods at Model Bakery and a wine tasting in the hip Erosion Tap House.
Food and Wine Pairing at Cakebread Cellars
When I think about unique opportunities for experiencing wine with food, Cakebread Cellars takes it to another level. Led by their own winery Chef and in tandem with their very own garden, you can taste through their wines with bites of food. It is a seated experience, elevated and refined, making it a wine tasting to remember — plus, Cakebread Cellar’s wine are amazing. I’d highly recommend booking one of these experiences in advance.
More things to do in St. Helena
If you’re on the hunt for more of the best things to do and see in the area, you’ll want to check out my St. Helena Weekend Travel Guide. There you will find a full list of restaurants, wineries, and favorite stops in the valley.