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Hotel Spotlight: Why We Love Alila Napa Valley

Nestled just north of the charming town of St. Helena and directly next door to the renowned Beringer Estate Winery, Alila Napa Valley is a hidden gem that holds the promise of delightful surprises. Alila means “surprise” in Sanskrit and the hotel embodies the essence of its name by gifting guests with thoughtful and small surprises throughout their stay. Formerly known as Los Alcobas Napa Valley, this adults-only, intimate, and modern property combines contemporary elegance with a traditional estate-like setting. With only 68 rooms, Alila Napa Valley offers a serene escape, featuring a heated pool, a public fire pit overlooking the vineyard, a gym, and an onsite restaurant. Angela from Team O had the opportunity to explore this luxurious retreat in the heart of California Wine Country.

Arrival Experience: Warmth and Hospitality

Upon arriving at Alila Napa Valley, guests are warmly welcomed by the valet and the attentive management. In Angela’s case, with a 1:00 am arrival, she was still personally greeted by the night manager to ensure that she felt comfortable and at home. The genuine hospitality sets the tone for a memorable stay. While there are many surrounding airports to choose from, Angela flew into San Francisco (SFO) and flew out of San Jose (SJC). We can help you discover options for the closest airport to Napa Valley including SFO, OAK, SMF, and SJC. We can also assist in arranging your transportation to and from the hotel through our Hotel Plus service.

Rooms: A Tranquil Vineyard Retreat

During her stay, Angela experienced the comfort of the upper floor Vineyard View Room located on the 3rd floor (and the highest floor). The breathtaking views of Beringer’s vineyards and the inviting outdoor firepit made it a highlight. While the vineyard in the back of the hotel is small, the views don’t disappoint. The fire pit is controlled by a manual 30-minute timer so you can enjoy the peaceful ambiance stress-free. The room is equipped with modern amenities, including a tablet for seamless control of the entire space. With automatic roller shades, a shower/bath duo, and a separate toilet room, every detail felt carefully planned out and created a more-than-spacious environment. The in-room amenities feature local products, including Cliff Family products and Schramsberg Blanc de Noir, which add a touch of authentic Napa flavor. Angela particularly enjoyed the turndown service at night, which provided a glass and bottle of water on each nightstand. The first of many thoughtful surprises.

Dining: A Gastronomic Journey

Alila Napa Valley boasts the Acacia House restaurant, a sublime culinary experience led by Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino. Don’t miss the tasty croissant bread pudding french toast during in-room dining (complimentary when you book your stay with us). For offsite dining, we recommend exploring Charter Oak and Long Meadow Ranch Winery, each offering unique and rememberable dining experiences.

Spa Alila: A Haven of Holistic Well-being

At Spa Alila, contemporary, farmhouse-themed interiors create a peaceful ambiance. Included are a steam room, cold plunge rain shower, and wellness juice shots. The spa offers a range of holistic treatments, blending ancient healing techniques with modern expressions. Inspired by Napa’s temperate climate and nutrient-rich soil, these treatments incorporate nourishing ingredients and healing botanicals, leaving guests feeling rejuvenated and renewed. Angela personally tried the yoga sound healing meditation. There is also a unique ritual where guests are asked to gather a selection of herbs, then place them into a single sachet bag; they are then asked to set an intention of what they would like to release or let go of so they can be more present with their time at Spa Alila. They then pass their bundle of herbs to their provider, symbolizing the intention of passing on their chosen burden.

Activities: Exploring the Best of Wine Country

Angela’s stay at Alila Napa Valley also included complimentary al fresco painting workshops on the property. Additionally, she explored renowned wineries, including Faust Haus and Quintessa, with the latter standing out as her favorite.

Pro Tip: There are ten (yes, ten!) wineries within walking distance of the hotel. The concierge is more than happy to recommend their favorite based on your preferences. All you have to do is ask! We can also assist in helping you reserve your wine tastings at any winery through our Hotel Plus concierge assistance service.

Harvest Season: The Perfect Time to Visit Napa Valley

Fall in Napa Valley is an exciting time to visit wine country. The harvest season, which takes place from August to October, brings a unique charm to the wine-tasting experience. While it is the busiest time of year to visit, mid-October stands out as a breathtaking time when the vineyards transform into a kaleidoscope of colors with the fall foliage. For adults, this is an ideal time to join Harvest Parties, vineyard events that offer the opportunity to indulge in fine wines and delectable cuisine while celebrating the season. You can read our blog for our other top destinations to visit in the Fall.

California Wine Country: A Whirlwind Adventure


Planning a wine-tasting trip to California can be overwhelming, considering the multitude of valleys and vineyards to choose from. How does one avoid the crowds and discover the most exceptional wineries? Fear not! After some unforgettable weekends exploring Napa and Sonoma Valleys, our team has gained the inside scoop on this captivating region. Read our blog for our full list of the top ten activities.

The Perks of Being a Hyatt Privé Partner

As a Hyatt Privé partner, we are happy to offer our clients exclusive and complimentary benefits at Alila Napa Valley, including:

  • $100 resort credit
  • One category room upgrade at booking (STA)
  • Daily complimentary full breakfast for two
  • Welcome amenity
  • Early check-in/late check-out (STA)

Exclusive Promotion: Enjoy a 3rd night free. Valid for Travel Now Through 31 Mar 2024. Book By 31 Mar 2024. 3rd Night Free is available on all room types. Blackout dates may apply. Contact us to learn more.

Book your stay through our complimentary Hotel Only booking tool, or fill out a Travel Request Form if you would like assistance with activities planned, meal reservations, wine tour bookings, and more and our Hotel Plus team will be happy to assist.

Alila Napa Valley is a destination where the essence of surprise meets the art of hospitality. From the warm arrival experience to the tranquil vineyard retreat and the delightful dining experiences to the rejuvenating holistic spa treatments, every aspect of Alila Napa Valley offers enchanting surprises for its guests. If you’re seeking a luxurious getaway in California Wine Country, Alila Napa Valley awaits with open arms, promising an unforgettable journey of surprises, delicious wine, and relaxation.

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