The Ultimate Rolls-Royce Road Trip Through California Wine Country: Part II

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When we left off the other day in Part I of this incredible excursion, we’d just wrapped up dinner at The French Laundry with the Luxury Rally Club. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan in its bespoke shade of St. Tropez orange proved a prescient choice of wheels; no lesser vehicle could have held its own with the fleet of priceless Porsche Carrera GTs that LRC’s members scrambled for the epic event.

Normally following along behind is not our preferred method of locomotion, but despite its impressive power—at 563 hp it the Cullinan is just 40 horsepower short of the highly-coveted Porsche supercars; upgrade to the Cullinan Black Badge edition and the number climbs to 600 hp—but we were content to bring up the rear in impeccable style on this occasion.

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The Cullinan was in effect the ultimate support vehicle; should one of the Carrera GTs experience any issues en route, they’d be relying on us as a sort of mobile command post, producing a bottle of champagne from the built-in cooler in the rear passenger compartment while help was summoned. Hell, they could even take in a movie thanks to the Rear Theatre Configuration our car was fitted with.

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Luckily nothing untoward occurred, and we all rolled into Alila Napa Valley, our home base for the first two days of the LRC event effortlessly and elegantly. The Cullinan, as it always is, was accorded a prime parking space right out front, and served as a suitable grace note for the stunning property in St. Helena amidst some of the world’s best wine country.

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The adults-only hotel, which became a part of Hyatt’s prestigious Alila portfolio in 2021, offers the most stylish boutique luxury stay in all of Napa Valley, with a blend of old and new architecture that represents the very best of the heart of California wine country, where innovation and tradition go hand in hand.

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The hotel features 68 luxuriously-appointed guest rooms and suites, with oversized balconies or wrap-around terraces with outdoor fireplaces, many overlooking the beautiful vineyard to the rear of the property, or the iconic Beringer winery next door. The main Georgian-style building housing the restaurant and bar was constructed in 1907 and it sets an elegant tone for the hotel as a whole.

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In addition to the restaurant, the property is home to a newly-rebranded 3,500 square foot Spa Alila and Fitness Center, an outdoor pool that overlooks the vineyard, 5,500-sq.-ft. of event space for small meetings and social gatherings of up to 100 people, where the Luxury Rally Club staged its members’ dinner, and of course all of the Alila brand’s signature amenities and services.

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This is the second U.S. property for the Alila brand joining Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort. According to Hyatt, “the hallmark of Alila hotels is the combination of innovative design and luxury in unique locations, set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, crafted artisanship, personalized hospitality, …read more

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