Napa. The name renders images of California wine country vineyards, West Coast sunshine, outdoor activities against the breathtaking natural beauty, restaurants that allow you to savor Napa grown ingredients, and of course, a luxurious wellness destination known as Auberge du Soleil Spa. Located on 7000 square feet of Napa Valley territory, visitors enjoy the quintessential Napa Spa experience as they restore their senses and de-stress from the demands of urban city life. If you have yet to visit Auberge du Soleil Spa, the following Q&A, will give you a sense of what is available
What is an Auberge Attunement and what kinds of benefits is it designed to offer?
A focused state of mind and fluency of movement are hallmarks of the Auberge Attunement and result in a balanced state of being. Harmonize and revitalize the body with this active yet restorative blend of massage therapies. Herbal compresses infused with muscle soothing essential oils are applied to key pressure points to help relieve pain and inflammation common with a dynamic lifestyle. Once the body is warmed, a series of assisted stretches, deep tissue massage techniques and warm and cool stones work synergistically to ease tight muscles and improve flexibility.
The Auberge Spa Facials – what makes them distinct and unique?
The Auberge Spa offers highly active facials to address skin needs including refreshing, anti-aging, male-specific and customizable treatments tailored to individual concerns. The array of facials performed by skilled estheticians in this serene setting distinguishes Auberge Spa as a total retreat from daily stresses.
There is no shortage of facial treatments available in the Bay Area. Why should someone consider an Auberge Spa Facial?
According to Spa Manager, Kimberly DiVico, the level of the attentiveness of Auberge’s highly skilled and experienced estheticians is what creates “best facial” experience for guests. Auberge chooses ingredient-driven product lines as the spa believes that next to guest service, it’s what matters most. The Spa offers both ESPA, a leading luxury line, and Pacific True Nature Botanicals, a super-active locally sourced line, for a variety of custom tailored products to suit all our guest’s needs. The Best of Auberge Facial uses a blend of these products to create the ultimate facial experience.
Tell me more about the “Energy Balancing” session and the “Rhythmic Water Massage” treatment?
Energy Balancing is a combination of gentle techniques, including polarity, cranial sacral and Reiki, are seamlessly blended to enhance well-being and recharge Qi. This creates the space for profound quietude and an overall sense of symmetry. A Rhythmic Water Session is performed in the warm waters of the infinity pool, where an aquatic therapist uses stretching and gentle movement to lull guests into a weightless meditative state of blissful peace. Kindly note that a bathing suit is required.
There are many types of massage styles offered at Auberge including the Auberge Massage. What is an Auberge Massage?
The signature nurturing Auberge Massage uses a variety of classic techniques tailored to individual needs that will guide guests into a deep state of tranquility and relaxation.
How are the Signature Body Treatments different from the various massage therapies available at Auberge?
Auberge has drawn from memorable, effective and innovative experiences at its award-winning spas to create the Auberge Anthology, a collection of three signature treatments available at all Auberge Resorts spas: Auberge Attunement, Best of Auberge Facial, and Auberge Head-to-Toe. These core treatments complement the regionally inspired facials, massages and body treatments currently available at each Auberge spa.
The Marie Veronique line has been part of the Spa and quite popular, now Pacific True Nature Botanicals, products are a main component of the Auberge signature treatments. Why was the line chosen in particular?
A cult favorite in Northern California, True Nature Botanicals, is a super-premium line of organic skincare products formulated to combine scientific research with “intelligent” ingredients that counter the effects of aging. Mill Valley, California-based True Nature Botanicals products contain organic, locally sourced, and fair trade ingredients whenever possible, and — most importantly — every ingredient is proven safe and highly effective.
Certain scrubs and oils that are used in the signature services are produced on the spa property. Could you describe how these ingredients enhanced the offerings at Auberge?
Auberge Spa is dedicated to creating a balance between the bounty of the Napa Valley with the latest skin care research and philosophy. Each day, fresh ingredients are gathered from sources in the Valley, and skillfully prepared to provide the basis for a seasonal menu of innovative treatments, defined by four distinct categories as they relate to the region: The Valley, The Grove, The Garden and The Vineyard.
Describe the other products that are used at Auberge and what kinds of features and benefits they provide to optimize the Auberge Spa Experience?
Formulated using sea-based ingredients from the Pacific Rim and Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Ultimate Facial addresses the causes of aging from the inside out. Throughout the treatment skin will be nourished with intensive marine antioxidants, peptides and essential fatty acids that combine to help skin regain a balanced, youthful glow. The signature sculpting facial massage, designed by Pacific True Nature Botanicals, will tone and firm, resulting in a dramatically visible lift. The regionally sourced Pacific True Nature Botanicals products are super-active and effective, yet have a limited shelf-life due to their organic components.
How exactly is the Auberge Spa Experience an extension of the California Wine Country?
Nestled in the slopes of Rutherford Hill, the Auberge Spa offers a distinctive menu of massage and facial treatments, as well as healing rituals utilizing lush natural ingredients indigenous to the bountiful region. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to “take the waters” with a soaking ritual and bask in the breathtaking native beauty of panoramic valley views. Perched on the hillside, the multi-temperature soaking pools overlooking Napa’s picturesque vineyards and Auberge’s olive grove are the ideal prelude to a day of relaxation and indulgence. A true retreat within a retreat.