Nestled in a three-acre, leafy oasis, Shou Sugi Ban House will open its doors just in time for Memorial Day weekend on May 16, and will center on global wellness and healing arts practices. Leading experts will offer personalized wellness journeys, focused on nutrition, fitness, and skincare. The resort embodies Japanese culture and Wabi Sabi principles, with respect for the natural world and its healing properties.
Only two hours outside of New York City, over 270 trees surround the private sanctuary. It features 13 guest studios, each with its own private garden patio; two barns; a treatment spa with hydrotherapy pools and roof deck; an open-air Movement Pavilion; a fitness center; organic vegetable and herb gardens which incorporated into the resort’s menu; and a ceremonial fire circle. The Healing Arts Barn comes with a tea bar, while the Main Barn will have a demonstration kitchen.
Amy Cherry-Abitbol purchased the property with her business partner Kathleen Kapnick in 2015. Cherry-Abitbol immediately fell in love with the land and associated its structures with Japanese culture. After an electrical fire in the main barn, she recalled the Shou Sugi Ban technique, a process that involved scraping wood to avoid fire and decay.
“We’ve created an experience that brings people back to a simple appreciation for their natural surroundings, allows for quiet contemplation and introspection, and fosters meaningful human connection in a tranquil setting,” says Cherry-Abitbol.
The five-treatment room spa includes Ashiatsu massage rooms, Watsu and plunge pool, a chromotherapy shower, a solarium deck, and an indoor and outdoor relaxation lounge. Guests will experience a variety of treatments from facials to reiki healing treatments.
The retreat offers all-inclusive itineraries for four to seven days, as well as half-day or full-day spa rituals. Pricing starts at $4,650 for three nights or at $395 for half-day guests. For more information on the resort’s opening and pricing, visit the website.