The hallmark of any Napa Valley vacation is luxury, from plush beds in sumptuous villas to stunning vineyard views. But Meadowood Napa Valley, situated in St. Helena, California, offers more than just luxury: the resort staff includes a unique roster of experts ready to make your stay in California's wine country truly extraordinary.

If relaxation is what you're looking for, place yourself in the skilled hands of the professionals in The Health Spa at Meadowood. They offer a wide variety of treatments, from rejuvenating deep-tissue massages to purifying tea tree wraps, presided over by the gifted and intuitive staff. Each one is guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed.

When you're ready for a bit of excitement, Meadowood Napa Valley's sporting opportunities are waiting. Meadowood offers the only golf course in the northern region of Napa Valley, but the course's location isn't the only thing that makes a day on the nine-hole fairway special. Presiding over the idyllic course is the property’s resident golf professional, Doug Pike, a PGA Class A member since 2003. 

“One of the great things about playing here is that you can actually hear nature,” Pike said. “You don’t hear golfers yelling ‘fore,’ you don’t hear motorized carts. You hear the birds. You can feel the wind. Everything seems fresher and cleaner out here.”

Tennis and croquet players will also find excellent professional lessons at Meadowood. Doug King, resident tennis professional, is one of the country's leading tennis teaching innovators, and resident croquet professional Mike McDonnell has been teaching the game’s strategy and skill set at Meadowood since 1996. Beginner or expert, these professionals will bring their love of the game and years of experience to your lesson.

But, sports and spa experiences aren't the only part of your vacation enhanced by the experts at Meadowood Napa Valley. Visit The Restaurant at Meadowood and enjoy one of the culinary creations of Chef Christopher Kostow. He has collected a number of accolades, including three Michelin stars, four stars from the San Francisco Chronicle, and a place on Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs list. No matter how simple, Kostow’s dishes focus on one thing: flavor.

"Some chefs use technique to make things look unbelievably unique," Kostow said. "We put that on its head and say, 'We have all this ability and know-how and tools. Why don't we use technique to make food taste unbelievably good?'"

The only thing that could make a meal composed of Kostow's dishes better is a glass of wine, and wines from the vineyards surrounding Meadowood are sure to please. But, for the true wine enthusiast, indulge in a private wine tasting with Sommelier Scott Barber. Barber competed in the 2008 TexSom competition and won the title Texas Best Sommelier, and will bring his skills to tailoring your wine tasting to your specific interests.

Whether you are seeking a game of golf with the stunning scenery of Napa Valley around you, a relaxing spa day or a delicious meal, the experts at Meadowood will help create a California Wine Country experience that is second-to-none.

Meadowood Napa Valley

St. Helena, California

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