Best Relais & Châteaux Hotels in California

With a portfolio of more than 550 exclusive luxury hotels across 63 countries, Relais & Châteaux... READ MORE
With a portfolio of more than 550 exclusive luxury hotels across 63 countries, Relais & Châteaux has established itself as a leading hotel brand. The brand's properties can be found in places like the vineyards of Napa Valley and the beaches of Seychelles. Relais & Châteaux's association of hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs select luxury properties based on their unique location and their ability to uphold the brand's high standard of quality. Some properties focus on personal well-being with on-site spas, while others cater to food and wine lovers with tastings and cooking classes. Privileged guests can become part of Club 5C, which provides frequent customers with perks, such as room upgrades and invitations to exclusive Relais & Châteaux events. Many Relais & Châteaux properties appear on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Europe, Best Hotels in Mexico and Best Hotels in Canada rankings lists. The U.S. News-ranked Relais & Châteaux properties appear below.

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    Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
    Rancho Santa Fe, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 363 reviewsTripAdvisor (363)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    About a 30-minute drive north of San Diego, Rancho Valencia is a little off the beaten path. But that's why people love it. This Relais & Châteaux property brims with carefully manicured greenery on top of plenty of amenities and activities to woo any type of traveler. Visitors are complimentary of the respectful, thoughtful staff while guest rooms stun for their aesthetic. Accommodations here exude a Mediterranean ambiance with hacienda-style architecture, hardwood furnishings and colorful design accents, as well as deep-soaking tubs and private balconies or patios. For pampering, Rancho Valencia's spa offers indulgences such as herb-infused body wraps and a variety of massage therapies. The delicious cuisine served at the on-site Veladora restaurant complements the serene environment.

    Rancho Santa Fe, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 363 reviewsTripAdvisor (363)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Meadowood Napa Valley
    St. Helena, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2094 reviewsTripAdvisor (2094)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting on 250 acres in quaint St. Helena, California, Meadowood Napa Valley resort automatically wins guests over with its serene landscape and isolation. The guest room decor embodies a rustic elegance, with cottage-like beamed ceilings, private terraces and, in most rooms, fireplaces. Although the cost of a stay here is admittedly steep, many travelers feel the exceptional service and on-site activities, such as croquet, tennis and golf, make the expense worthwhile. Guests will also find several pools and an extensive fitness center here. Meanwhile, those who splurged on a treatment at the on-site spa certainly didn't regret it, nor did they have second thoughts about repeat meals at The Restaurant. Should you stay at the Meadowood, you'll be close to the Castello di Amorosa Winery and Schramsberg Vineyards, both of which offer exceptional tours and tastings.

    St. Helena, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2094 reviewsTripAdvisor (2094)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    L'Auberge Carmel
    Carmel, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 403 reviewsTripAdvisor (403)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Perfectly situated in the heart of Carmel, California, and just a 15-minute walk to Carmel Beach, L'Auberge Carmel, charms guests with its intimate luxury. With only 20 rooms, this Relais & Châteaux property appeals to travelers looking for an experience more akin to that provided by a bed-and-breakfast without sacrificing the amenities  like in-room spa services and the gourmet California cuisine served at Aubergine  found at a deluxe hotel. Guest rooms here all feature unique decor, but no matter which accommodation you occupy, you'll be treated to down bedding, soaking tubs and iPod docking stations. Previous visitors raved about the hotel's European influence, though some wished the small property had more on-site amenities.

    Carmel, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 403 reviewsTripAdvisor (403)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Les Mars
    Healdsburg, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 269 reviewsTripAdvisor (269)
    Free WiFi

    Guests say the guestrooms in this Relais & Chateaux property are nothing short of spectacular, with marble bathrooms, gas fireplaces, and hand-carved canopy beds. Common rooms evoke a French style, best seen in the walnut-paneled library and the 17th- and 18th-century antiques in the lobby. Guests also love the wine and cheese reception, which makes for a great introduction to the local viticulture of Healdsburg, a wine-country town about 70 miles north of San Francisco. Breakfast is also included in the room rate, which is high but fair, most say.

    Healdsburg, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 269 reviewsTripAdvisor (269)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi