Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa, Napa Valley, USA

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa, Napa Valley, USA

For oenophiles, Napa Valley’s attractions revolve solely around its gloried vineyards and fine restaurants. Thrill-seekers after less alcoholic pursuits tend to veer towards Calistoga to the northwest for its celebrated geothermal hot spring pools, a detour now made all the more de rigueur with this new 50-room property designed by AvroKO’s San Francisco studio.

The bright pastel hues of blues, yellows and greens alongside a glass-blocked lounge, reproduction vintage coolers by the pool and bedrooms dressed with camper van bench seats and graphic tiles, evoke iconography from the great American road trip, a canny move given the building’s past as the Sunburst Motel.

An outdoor mud spa featuring DIY mud-bakes boasts tectonic views east of the Napa hillsides and Howell Mountain, though we’re equally drawn to the detoxifying allure of a steaming soak in a mint-green claw-foot tub infused with medicinal salts harvested from Turkey, New Zealand and Japan.