The Most Indulgent Wine Hotel Suites in The World
Whether it’s the coastal mountains of Big Sur, the rich lavender fields of Provence or the rolling hills of Tuscany, there’s something magical about spending time in wine country. Especially when you can combine the delicate art of wine tasting and visits to vineyards with staying on-site at a five-star luxury hotel.
All you have to do is picture gazing over a verdant vineyard in late summer from the comfort of your own suite to know that a visit to a wine-focussed hotel is something for the bucket list. However, with so many world-class wineries to choose from across the continents, we have decided to put together our pick of the best wine hotel suites to help you make your choice. All of these historic and beautiful estates are guaranteed to take your breath away – and not just because of their signature vintage.
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The Maple Grove Villas, Bardessono
Moments away from the scenic Mayacamas Mountains in the heart of Napa Valley, California, is the luxurious spa resort Bardessono. The property’s ethos is deeply rooted in positive wellbeing for both guests and the natural world; Bardessono has received LEED platinum certification, becoming the first resort in California to do so. This commitment to nature can also be seen across its culinary and wellness offerings, with seasonally inspired spa treatments and farm-to-fork dining.
To truly indulge at Bardessono, opt for The Maple Grove Villas as your accommodation of choice. Called Jasper, Flint and Quartole, the three one-bedroom Villas can be booked individually or, for the ultimate getaway, they can be combined to create an expansive three-bedroom countryside residence. When combined, the Maple Grove residence features several lounging and dining areas, as well as multiple cocktail pools, patios and courtyards. Across the villas, floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the impressive views of the natural landscape.
Casa del Borgo, Borgo Pignano
Nestled amongst 750 acres of picturesque Tuscan countryside is the grand country estate of Borgo Pignano. The estate and its elegant 18th-century villa are situated within easy reach of the medieval cities of Florence and Siena as well as the vineyards of Chianti. If you’re looking for the laidback Tuscan lifestyle, Borgo Pignano is the place to find it – think experiences including horse riding and wine tasting, visits to the on-site art gallery, alfresco dining and afternoons lounging by the pool.
While staying at Borgo Pignano, our favorite residence is the three-bedroom Casa del Borgo maisonette. Designed in the traditional Tuscan style, the property feels laid-back and welcoming with its timeless, simple décor and furnishings. In the center of the Casa is a large open plan living and dining space, ideal for groups of family and friends. For enjoying a coffee or aperitif al fresco, head to the maisonette’s delightful hidden courtyard.
The Harvest Suite, Carneros Resort and Spa
Set amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Napa Valley, Carneros Resort and Spa offers guests a quintessentially Californian experience in wine country. Boasting three restaurants, a luxurious spa and fitness center, two pools and individual cottages, it’s easy to understand why guests fall in love with the hotel. As well as being perfectly situated to visit wineries, Carneros offers a wealth of experiences from kayaking to hot air balloon rides.
Though each of the cottages and homes within Carneros are private and exclusive in their own way, nothing beats a stay at the Harvest Suite. Split across two cottages, the Harvest Suite’s spaces are connected by a large deck in the private garden. Within one of the cottages lies a large bedroom and bathroom with an oversized tub. In the other cottage, guests will find a tastefully designed, open-plan living area. On cooler evenings, take a dip in the outdoor bathtub or enjoy a glass of wine by the modern firepit.
Hill House, Meadowood Napa Valley
Though it is another wine hotel in California, Meadowood Napa Valley is set apart from the rest thanks to its exclusive location: the resort is set across 250 acres of its own private valley. Since its current owner purchased Meadowood in 1979, the estate has become well known as the place for local vintners and winegrowers to gather. For guests, staying at Meadowood means relaxing amongst the extraordinary natural environment.
Meadowood boasts a plethora of beautiful residences, but our pick is the spacious one-bedroom Hill House. Tucked into woodlands beside the Spa at Meadowood, Hill House follows Meadowood’s tradition of embracing an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. As well as the master bedroom, Hill House features a living room designed to draw the eye to the impressive stone fireplace. There are also two furnished terraces – each also with its own firepits – that are perfect for outdoor dining, entertaining or admiring the views.
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The Suite Prestige Ventoux, Hotel Crillon le Brave
Hidden away in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, France is a labyrinth of 17th– and 18th-century buildings that make up the extraordinary Hotel Crillon le Brave. Made entirely of blonde Crillon stone, the resort faces the mountains of Ventoux and has a range of terraces and pavilions from which to admire the views. No matter your reason for visiting, Hotel Crillon le Brave is perfect for a relaxing getaway in France’s picturesque wine country.
One of Crillon le Brave’s most exclusive suites is the elegantly designed Suite Prestige Ventoux, which can be reached by following the twisting paths of Crillon le Brave to an old stone cottage. Natural materials have been used throughout to create a charming space that comprises a large bedroom, bathroom and an impressive living area for lounging and dining. What’s more, the Suite Prestige Ventoux boasts the best views of all the suites, looking directly out to Mont Ventoux.
The Cliff House, Post Ranch Inn
Surrounded by cliffs and mountains with panoramic views of the ocean, Post Ranch Inn is a 100-acre luxury resort set on the wild coast of Big Sur, California. Post Ranch Inn opened as a hotel in 1992, but its remarkable history goes much further than this; it was built as a working ranch, owned and run by one of Big Sur’s original pioneer families, the Posts. Nowadays, the resort is world-renowned for its sustainable architecture, fine dining, unbeatable location and of course, wine.
Blending rustic charm with sophistication and comfort, the guest accommodation across Post Ranch Inn has been designed to showcase either the ocean or mountains. The Cliff House, for example, is the ideal residence for taking in the endless ocean views. Free-standing on the edge of a cliff, the one-bedroom residence features an indoor spa tub and a wood-burning fireplace. The highlight of the suite is an expansive private deck that is perfect for watching the sun set over the horizon.
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The Suite Torre, Castello di Vicarello
Located in a prime position between Rome and Florence, Castello di Vicarello is set amongst the wild countryside of Maremma, Tuscany. The hotel was set up by Carlo and Aurora Baccheschi Berti, who have restored a 900-year-old castle into the epitome of a contemporary five-star resort, complete with fine-dining restaurant options and wellness facilities. The 40 acres around Castello di Vicarello have also been transformed into organic farmland, olive groves and vineyards.
Castello di Vicarell has nine suites within the property, each with its own unique qualities. However, the most prestigious of these residences is the Suite Torre. This one-of-a-kind suite occupies an entire floor at the top of the medieval castle, allowing for 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape. Suite Torre features a bedroom with a luxurious king-sized bed, a spacious living area with curated artwork and a private outdoor terrace that overlooks the castle’s central courtyard.
Le Chateau, Chateau De Berne
Another wine hotel found in the scenic countryside of Provence, Chateau De Berne is set across an astonishing 2,471 acres of forests, organic vineyards and olive groves. Whether you’re interested in tasting the Chateau’s homegrown wines, trying out a cooking class or relaxing in the world-class spa, at Chateau De Berne there is something for every type of guest. The country resort is also home to a Michelin-starred restaurant well known for its environmentally friendly cuisine.
Though there are several suites worthy of attention at Chateau De Berne, our residence of choice if you are visiting this beautiful wine hotel is Le Chateau. Situated away from the main hotel, the secluded Chateau is a private family-friendly sanctuary where guests are guaranteed to make lasting memories. The residence has seven bedrooms but is capable of sleeping up to 20. For enjoying days under the Tuscan sun, head to the outdoor kitchen and dining area or take a dip in the pool.
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Source: Elite Traveler