Is there anything better than a glorious spa day? I mean really. When I think of the perfect day, I immediately think of being pampered and massaged… my every wish being anticipated and met (let’s be real – how glamorous is that?).
When I was in Napa a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Solage Calistoga. In case you don’t know, Calistoga is quite famous for their mud baths. And the Solage Spa mud slide is unlike any other. Apparently, the unique combination of hot spring water and natural minerals (including volcanic ash) creates a singularly soothing experience. These mud baths can help with anything and everything from joint and muscle pain to skin rejuvenation. As a part of my visit, the Solage treated me to their “mud slide” – a three-part treatment comprised of cleansing, nurturing, and restoring properties. A) holy bajeezus – the Solage Spa mud slide was a truly decadent experience. B) I easily could have lived my entire life in the “restore” section of the treatment.
The first part of the mud slide is – incase it wasn’t obvious – mud. You step into a hot room and cover yourself with mud specially prepared for you with specific essential oils. You can walk around the room as the mud solidifies, you can sit, or you can lay down – either inside or outside in the sun. After about 20 minutes, you’re signaled by a knock on the door to go rinse off and prepare for the waters.
For the waters, you are placed in a warm bath tub, filled with mineral water. You’re also given a cup of Dead Sea salt to use as an exfoliating scrub or even just as bath salts. After a stretch of time, you’re then moved into a room which is only occupied by a single, ginormous chair. You’re wrapped as snug as a bug in a rug, given noise-cancelling headphones to fill your ears with soothing music, and then the chair is tilted backwards… resulting in a unique, zero-g experience. This is the part during which I truly passed the F out. The zero-g experience was unlike anything I had ever tried before in my life. I fell asleep for what seemed like an eternity and woke up more well-rested than I had felt in years… only to discover, later, that I had only been asleep for under 10 minutes.
Things to note before you visit the Solage Calistoga or try the Solage Spa mud slide:
- For about 45 minutes of the treatment, you are naked, uncovered, and alone in a room. I, personally, have never spent that much time standing (or sitting) naked in a room by myself before. Once you can get over that aspect of the experience, the treatment becomes super soothing. There’s a reason why I passed out in each of the three sections of the treatment.
- Don’t forget to hydrate throughout your treatment. The heat dehydrates you faster than you realize – drink every glass of water you receive in its entirety (and then some).
- You must try the sole tacos from Solbar. I normally don’t believe in eating Mexican food north of Texas (generally a good rule of thumb), but HOLY COW. These were out. of. this. world.
For more of my Napa Valley recommendations, check out my full travel guide. It contains everything from where to stay to how to get around… it even includes which wineries and restaurants to visit in the region!