From a vin-soaked visit to the oldest wine-producing region of France, to a tasting in the largest wine cellar in French Polynesia, here are some of the most inviting wine-focused hotels in the world to sip in celebration of the harvest.
Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa – Gargas, France (www.coquillade.fr/en/)
A five-star eco-labelled medieval hotel in the heart of the oldest wine-producing region of France
Nestled at the heart of France’s sun-kissed Luberon Valley, Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa epitomizes the quintessential tranquility of a Provençal retreat. Located on a 100-acre estate studded with historical vineyards, cypress tree alleys and 300-year-old olive groves, the restored 11th century hamlet encompasses 63 spacious rooms and suites and a six-bedroom villa, with five luxury pool suites to be added upon completion in spring 2022. The estate’s acclaimed Aureto winery flourishes across almost 90 acres of hillside, producing some of the most reputed wines in the region. On the first Saturday of October, Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa will be hosting its 5th annual Randonnée Culinaire. The guided gourmet trek explores 5 unique locations throughout vineyard, with a Chef prepared series of food and wine pairings to complement the estates vintages Autan, Tempesta and Tramontane.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa- Bora Bora, French Polynesia (www.thalasso.intercontinental.com)
One of the top luxury resorts in Bora Bora with the largest selection of wine in all of French Polynesia
French Polynesia’s most exclusive InterContinental Resort is located on Motu Piti Aau beach along the eastern side of Bora Bora. Accessible only by boat, the 5-star resort boasts 84 stunning overwater villas, decorated in an elegant combination of Polynesian design and more modern decorative elements for an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. Romantic, exclusive and intimate, the hotels signature restaurant Le Corail offers a gourmet dining experience unrivaled in Bora Bora and boasts the largest wine cellar in all of French Polynesia.
R INN NAPA -Napa, California (https://www.rinnnapa.com)
Independent concept with high tech amenities caters to self-sufficient travelers seeking residential-style lodging in the heart of Napa Valley Wine Country.
R INN NAPA is a new, family owned, contemporary urban boutique hotel within walking distance to everything downtown has to offer. Located on a quiet street in a renovated historic building, the Inn is inspired by small European art hotels with unique locally sourced artwork and modern decor showcased throughout the property. While the staff is onsite during the day, guests can easily self-check-in and access rooms and common areas with keypad door codes. 16 smart, sleek, and sophisticated accommodations include 5 Loft Suites, 10 stylish rooms and a charming 2 bedroom/1 bath standalone Bungalow. Ideal for intimate entertaining, R INN NAPA works with a select number of private chefs to create bespoke dining menus. A stylish dining room creates the perfect setting for a dinner party or working lunch for up to 10 people. For larger venues, ample outdoor space may be utilized for exclusive use of the property.
CAL-A-VIE HEALTH SPA – Vista, California (www.cal-a-vie.com)
French Provencal style wellness retreat in San Diego, California offers estate grown wine tastings and spa treatments using house-made natural and paraben-free skin care products formulated with extracts from the spa's Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes.
Nestled away on over 500 private acres in Vista, just north of San Diego, Cal-a-Vie is a destination health spa resort offering a 5:1 staff to guest ratio with 32 private villas and an adjoining Country Club and 18-hole golf course. Cal-a-Vie combines luxurious European spa philosophies with the California concepts of fitness, health and nutrition. 12 of the spa’s 500 acres produces Château Cal-a-Vie wines with biproducts used for their Vinothérapie product line. Each product contains antioxidant-rich derivatives of the wine-making process including grape skins, seeds and pulp; and contains numerous skin and health-enhancing components, such as vitamin C and E to strengthen collagen and increase elasticity and firmness. Bi-weekly wine tastings feature estate wines from Chateau Cal-a-Vie including Sauvignon Blanc, Grand Vin Rouge Red Wines, Estate Merlots, and Rosé of Merlot all available for purchase.
Nomada Hotel Group (Hotel Ynez, Skyview Los Alamos, Granada Hotel & Bistro) - Central Coast of California
For wine lovers seeking a road trip up the Central Coast of California, the Santa Ynez Valley and San Luis Obispo wine regions provide an array of local wineries with some of the best boutique hotel accommodations.
Hotel Ynez (Opened March 2021) www.hotelynez.com
Located at the crossroads of Solvang and Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara wine country, the new boutique hotel is nestled on two private acres studded with redwood, oak and Madrone trees, native gardens, bonfire pits, and a grassy outdoor pavilion for nights under the stars. Relaxed yet sophisticated, Hotel Ynez provides respite from urban living and a place where modern travelers can lounge in hammocks on their private patio, soak up California sunrays in Adirondack chairs, and savor local wines by the fire. Each of the property’s 22 thoughtfully designed guestrooms feature private stone-encased patios with hammock, and interiors outfitted with Matouk bedding, comfortable club chairs, vintage vanities, hand-painted tile, local art, and retro mini-bars. Guests can set out on the hotels electric Linus bikes to explore the area, savor happy hour in the garden with wines from nearby vineyards, and order pre-seasoned BBQ cookout kits delivered to their patio with personal Weber grills.
Skyview Los Alamos (www.skyviewlosalamos.com)
Skyview Los Alamos is a new hotel born from an historic 1950’s motel overlooking the quaint western town of Los Alamos. Set just off California’s iconic Highway 101, the boutique property opened in late April 2018 with 33 rooms, including two spacious suites and 16 deluxe rooms with private decks featuring outdoor showers and fire pits overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley. The five-acre hilltop hotel also includes a small spa, a working vineyard, gardens and an original 1950’s era pool. A full-service bar and restaurant – Norman – serves local wines, herb-infused cocktails and farm-fresh fare with nods to the country roots of Los Alamos. Several communal spaces throughout the property offer guests a place to gather, while a fleet of Linus bikes offer a nostalgic way to explore the downtown area of Los Alamos and surrounding wineries.
Granada Hotel & Bistro- San Luis Obispo, California (www.granadahotelandbistro.com)
Set in the heart of California’s third largest wine region, the sultry hotel features 17 sumptuously designed rooms and suites featuring features exposed brick walls, hand-crafted steel windows, wrought iron Juliet balconies, Persian rugs, fluffy king beds with down duvets and supple leather headboards, and original hardwood floors. The hotel’s beating heart is its full-service restaurant, The Granada Bistro, featuring a classic French bistro setting enlivened with Spanish flavors and complemented by local wines and classic cocktails. Granada provides complimentary electric Linus bikes for guests to explore charming downtown San Luis Obispo, local wineries and miles of surrounding bike trails.