Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is one of the finest resorts in the California wine country. Known for its world class spa, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is conveniently located just minutes from Sonoma Plaza and hundreds – that’s right, hundreds – of wineries. It’s also home to a Michelin-rated restaurant, complimentary fitness and wellness activities, and a fire pit worth snuggling up next to. This December I had the pleasure of spending a leisurely spa weekend with my friend Sarah (yes, Caribbean Sarah) at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and we could not loved it any more!
About Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is a historic hotel that celebrates its Spanish roots. For hundreds of years, ancient thermal mineral waters have flowed underneath the property. Today Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is proud to be one of the only luxury spa resorts in the US that has its own source of thermal mineral water. All of the resort’s pools, as well as the European-Style bathing ritual are fed by these natural waters. Even in December, Fairmont Sonoma was lush and green.
Good luck getting out of the world’s most comfortable bed in the morning. If you’ve never had the pleasure of staying at a Fairmont hotel, you’re in for a treat! The beds are not only luxurious but also perfectly appointed with fluffy duvets and pillows that feel like clouds. We stayed in a deluxe fireplace room and we used our fireplace both evenings during our December stay. The fire bags burn cleanly and are easy to use: just strike a match and moments later you have a roaring fire to keep you warm.
The details in the room are particularly noteworthy, especially the stunning Spanish headboards. This not your typical hotel room. From the lamp shade to the curtains, each piece was carefully selected to reflect the heritage and history that Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is so proud of. The bathroom has plenty of counter space, a large mirror, and multiple shower heads. Spa robes hang on hooks waiting to be relaxed in. You’ll find on the dresser a complimentary bottle of wine, opener, and two glasses awaiting a toast.
Watch my room tour video:
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is the only resort in the wine country to offer a luxury spa, championship golf course and Michelin star fine dining. There are two tennis courts, several pools (including the spa), complimentary docent-led hikes hosted daily, complimentary wine tastings in the lobby, complimentary use of resort bikes, a shuttle serice to adorable Sonoma Plaza, nightly turndown service with bottled water, sparkling wine upon check in, and a welcome bottle of wine in your room that begs to be enjoyed fireside either in your room or by the impressive hotel fire pit. The resort has several farm-to-fork dining options: fine dining at Santé, casual fare at 38* North, and a season pool lounge.
Willow Stream Spa is reason enough to book a room at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn as soon as possible. I’ve seen a lot of spas in a lot of countries and I literally gasped and twirled when I walked in. (Yes, this is in the video above.) This spa is incredible and it’s the most European-like spa I’ve seen in the US. I was ill-prepared for how gorgeous and expansive it is. Willow Stream is a true spa with a location atop an ancient thermal mineral spring flowing from 1,100 feet below, which was one revered by Native Americans for its healing power. It’s no wonder this is ranked as one of the 25 best spas in the world! Willow Stream is a 40,000 square-foot spa wonderland.
Even if you’re not booking a treatment, you can purchase a day pass to enjoy the bathing ritual, pool, fireplace, relaxation rooms, fitness classes, gym, outdoor spa loggia, outdoor thermal mineral pools, whirlpool and more. The bathing ritual was one of my favorite parts of the weekend! You start in a small lukewarm mineral pool to get your body temperature to the right place, then move to a Jacuzzi, Eucalyptus steam, dry sauna, and a rain tunnel. You can even dump a freezing bucket of water (excellent for your skin!) if you dare. It’s such a relaxing way to start the day. You’ll feel completely rejuvenated afterwards!
As for the treatments, I thoroughly enjoyed my hot buttered rum sugar scrub. It’s a seasonal scrub that leaves you baby soft and smelling like a caramel cupcake. Everyone for the rest of the day commented on how good I smelled and I was silky smooth for a month afterwards, even in the dead of winter!
The words “tranquil” and “classy” immediately come to mind when thinking about Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. There’s a quiet elegance to the resort, as is often the case with Fairmont Hotels. There’s something about them that makes you never want to leave! The grounds are well maintained and well manicured, something this gardener noticed and appreciated. Everyone seemed to be on Wine Time: guests were often spotted happily lounging in the lobby sipping on their choice of nectar. Trust me, once you’re at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, you’ll wish you had twice as long to stay!
Book your trip to Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn here. Don’t forget to mention that you read about Fairmont Sonoma on The Rose Table! Want more Sonoma? Read about BR Cohn Winery, Buena Vista Winery, and Benziger Family Winery.
Fairmont Sonoma is featured in The Rose Table season two finale. Watch:
Disclaimer: This article is intended to be a general resource. Any recommendations are based on personal opinion. A portion of this trip may have been compensated but opinions are my own, always. I’m not a fan of negativity so if I don’t like something, I don’t write about it. I’m here to tell you about the best of the best!