Auberge du Soleil http://www.aubergedusoleil.com the landmark Napa Valley inn, unveils the next phase of its design evolution in Maison Saint-Tropez, a collection of eight glamorously redesigned rooms, in May. An encore to the recently unveiled Maison Calais La Plage, the newly enhanced rooms take their inspiration from the South of France.
“Auberge du Soleil is a seductive retreat and a playground in the very best sense,” said George Goeggel, Managing Partner of Auberge du Soleil. “Maison Saint-Tropez was inspired by the glamorous and free-spirited lifestyle of the French Riviera, where life revolves around the sun and soul, and interior spaces are sophisticated and sensual. The new look updates the Auberge’s iconic interiors with a fresh, contemporary sensibility.”
Inspired by the sun-drenched South of France, the new eight-room Maison Saint-Tropez features clean architectural lines that blend French detail with relaxed California style. Slate-inspired roofs, low-profile steel French doors and expansive terraces featuring ipe wood trellises give the new maison a light, contemporary character.
Masterfully designed by Suzanne Tucker of Tucker & Marks, Inc., San Francisco, the new interiors are fashioned with natural elements such as cerused oak, leather, and limestone to depict an air of European sophistication with a bit of edgy glamour. Tucker adapted two of her textile designs, Corsica and Saint-Tropez, exclusively for Auberge du Soleil in rich tone-on-tone palettes of ivory, pale cocoa and hints of apricot.
“As always, I want to keep the Auberge au courant and evocative of a private getaway but also stay true to the original, timeless Michael Taylor vision,” says Tucker. “The beauty and complexity that is found in the South of France is also in Napa Valley – the fantastic light, the views over the vineyards and olive groves, the seasonal colors and, of course, the food and wine, which is unrivaled.”
Each bedroom features dramatic custom-designed, hand-carved wooden headboards that extend to ceiling above the California king beds, creating an artistic and striking visual anchor to the room. The bed is accented with mirrored fretwork, which is further complemented by a luxurious, organic all wool mattress. The additional warmth from the sleek, floating fireplace beckons guests to retreat to their rooms for an intimate getaway.
Suites feature outdoor soaking tubs and showers, while private terraces showcase lounge chairs, ottomans and dining tables that afford guests sweeping hillside views of the valley. Skylights drench spa-like bathrooms with natural light, highlighting oversized sculptural soaking tubs, spacious showers and heated limestone floors. Rooms are fully outfitted with high definition televisions by Samsung, as well as Blue Ray DVD players, Bose Bluetooth audio players, and high-speed wireless Internet to keep guests effortlessly and flawlessly connected.
The vision of legendary French-born restaurateur Claude Rouas, Auberge du Soleil was inspired by the sun-drenched ambiance of Provence. Perched on the slope of Rutherford Hill overlooking Napa Valley, the Auberge first opened its guest accommodations in 1985, a collection of 50 sun- and earth-toned maisons, each with French doors opening onto private terraces and sweeping views of olive groves and the vine-studded valley. Originally the vision of influential American designer Michael Taylor, all guest rooms and public spaces have since been extensively updated by Tucker, his former protégée. Auberge du Soleil’s singular style is one reason why the inn continues to receive the highest accolades from the hospitality industry, discerning guests and the media. Auberge du Soleil is a member of Relais & Châteaux, the most prestigious collection of small luxury hotels and restaurants in the world.
About Auberge Resorts
Auberge Resorts is a collection of exceptional hotels, resorts and private clubs, each with a unique personality that assures a memorable guest experience. While Auberge Resorts nurtures the individuality of each establishment, all are characterized by a set of communal elements: intimate, understated elegance; captivating locations that inspire exceptional cuisine and spa experiences; and gracious yet unobtrusive service. Among the Auberge collection of distinctive properties are: Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, Calif.; Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, Calif.; Solage Calistoga, Napa Valley, Calif.; Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, S.C.; Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colo.; Pronghorn Golf Club & Resort, Bend, Ore.; Auberge Residences at Element 52, Telluride, Colo.; and the Malliouhana Hotel & Spa on the Island of Anguilla, British West Indies, with several others currently in development. For more information about Auberge Resorts, please visit www.aubergeresorts.com www.aubergeresorts.com. Follow Auberge Resorts on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AubergeResorts www.facebook.com/AubergeResorts and on Twitter at @AubergeResorts www.twitter.com/AubergeResorts