Situated on more than a hectare of pasture just 145 kilometres from New York City, the recently opened Shou Sugi Ban House is the Hamptons’ ultimate wellness destination. The retreat’s 13 guest studios are surrounded by winding paths and reflective pools as well as Japanese gardens, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the natural world in which they find themselves. The studios themselves embrace wabi-sabi – a Japanese aesthetic movement that emphasises finding beauty and wisdom in the simplicity of nature – and have been designed with considered minimalism, giving guests a relaxing environment to aid them on their journey of self-discovery.
A focus on wellness
Shou Sugi Ban House runs a range of tailored activities to assist guests in their wellness journey. And with immersive four-, five- and seven-day programs as well as full- and half-day experiences known as ‘day rituals’, there’s something to satisfy every visitor. Daily activities include movement and meditation classes, healing arts, massage, skin and body care, hydrotherapy, culinary demonstrations and fireside ceremonies. The retreat is designed around these activities, with separate barns for healing arts, meditation and dining.
With five treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges and a solarium deck, the spa is the highlight of Shou Sugi Ban House. Treatments here are guided by the belief that every person walks a unique path to wellness, so you can expect your own personalised experience. Spa therapies draw on both the traditional – Japanese bathing rituals and traditional massage, for example – as well as the more contemporary, including partnerships with leading skincare brands such as In Fiore and Biologique Recherche. The spa has a number of other features, including hydrotherapy plunge pools, a thermal suite (with integrated infrared sauna, dry sauna, steam room and experience shower with chromotherapy) and an aromatherapy bar.
Here, even the food is designed to aid wellness. The chef and resident nutritionist work together to craft nourishing meals designed to cleanse, heal and sustain. A significant part of this is the produce used: the menu is locally sourced and plant-rich, with ingredients used in creative and inventive ways. The retreat even has a dedicated tea lounge, where guests can receive individual consultations and create their own tea blends.
A culture’s influence
From the design of the rooms to many of the treatments offered, the influence of Japanese culture is difficult to escape at Shou Sugi Ban House. The philosophy of wabi-sabi – wisdom in nature’s simplicity – permeates every aspect of the retreat, from the design of the rooms to the meals that are served. This allows guests to put aside their worries and embrace the relaxation that awaits them.
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