A working organic farm in New York’s Hudson Valley; 1,000 acres of ranch land in Vail, Colorado; and a valley within Montana’s Moonlight Basin are just a few of the locations that Collective Retreats has pitched tents, or rather, canvas-wrapped rooms that come with all the makings of a five-star hotel. But starting this May, the pioneering travel company will operate its first urban retreat in the middle of New York City—that is, in the lush environs of Governors Island just off the southern tip of Manhattan.
“While we seek to put retreats in places that offer a real escape and sense of journey, we also want them to be accessible, in places where people can take long weekends,” says founder and CEO Peter Mack, who launched the company last spring with the Vail, Colorado, location. The company model has involved partnering with local organizations and landowners to set up in places where traditional hotels can’t develop, and in this case, is teaming up with The Trust for Governors Island.
“We’ll be located at the western tip of the island overlooking the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan, so whether you’re in your tent, having dinner, or doing morning yoga, each experience will have this insanely iconic backdrop,” he adds. This, combined with a regular ferry from both Brooklyn and Manhattan, make Governors Island a fitting addition to the company’s portfolio.
It will have the brand’s signature spacious, teepee-like tents, all featuring a king bed or two single beds, full electricity, and en-suite bathrooms with rain showerheads, real-flush toilets, and full vanities. The company will also introduce a slightly more affordable option, called Select Service Bell Tents that have the same look and amenities as the standard luxury tents, but with shared bathrooms. Both will have daily housekeeping, but only the luxury tents will have turndown service.
Then, there are the nightly farm-to-table meals at on-site restaurant Three Peaks Lodge, celebrity guest-chef appearances, and food trucks collaborations, along with wellness retreats (Lady Liberty Sun Salutation, anyone?). Not to mention partnerships with the island’s big-ticket summer events, including the ever-popular Jazz Age Lawn Party, and Pinknic, a rosé-fueled summer party.
“We want this to be just as much a day-trip destination as an overnight one,” says Mack, “though every night, when Governors Island closes to the public, our retreat’s guests will have an entire island in the middle of New York City to themselves.”
Tents from $125; collectiveretreats.com.