Shou Sugi Ban House
What We Love
- The onsite meditation hall
- The property’s herb garden fuels spa treatments here
- Tokonomas—or elevated alcoves, typical of traditional Japanese homes—in every guest studio
- Cherry blossom orchard views from the main dining room
What To Know
- A converted barn transforms into a site for culinary workshops
- A three-night minimum is required
- The giant Buddha statue at the property’s gates is a leftover from its past life as a sculpture garden
- The fresh and healthy culinary program here was conceptualized by Noma co-founder Mads Refslund
- Parking On Site
Zen self-care Hamptons getaway on three leafy acres, just two hours from midtown Manhattan
Retreat owner Amy Cherry-Abitbol, who spent much of the 1990s as a lawyer in Tokyo, used Japan as a springboard for the 13 cedar studios at this first-of-its-kind wellness escape in the hamlet of Water Mill. Guests can expect a restorative, all-inclusive experience—there are four, five, or seven-day programs to choose from—complete with guided beach walks, Pilates, massages, tea ceremonies, communal meals, and fireside music performances. Fittingly, rooms are calming and uncluttered, separated by meandering stone paths with natural accents, an in-room fireplace, and a private garden. But Long Island makes its presence felt in the form of a renovated barn, the site of the property’s hydrotherapy spa (typical of the region’s architectural aesthetic). Cherry-Abitbol named the getaway for the traditional Japanese way of fireproofing timber after an electrical fire in the main barn, shortly after she purchased the property. There’s no doubt this healing haven, aimed at busy-bee urbanites, places a special emphasis on rebuilding inner strength.
In the Area
About 100 miles east of New York City, Water Mill, a charming hamlet off Route 27, is known for the Parrish Art Museum (located right next to the Shou Sugi Ban House), where the exhibitions are solely devoted to artists from Long Island’s shores. Though the retreat’s relaxation agenda will likely keep you occupied, the town’s block-long Main Street boasts a clutch of popular eateries such as Almond, a bustling French bistro, and Elaia Estiatorio, an airy Greek join. While there is no alcohol on the property itself, Duck Walk, a family-owned vineyard known for its Sauvignon Blancs, is down the street.