Shou Sugi Ban House
World of Sensual Calm
From the moment you step inside the gated sanctuary at Shou Sugi Ban House and stroll the zen-like pebbled pathways of landscaped gardens, time stands still at this healing haven. Designed to resemble a ryokan—or traditional Japanese inn—the 13 guest studios, wellness barn, hydrotherapy spa, tea lounge and glass mediation hall whisk you away to another world. An ultra-luxurious world that is rooted in self-discovery and personal care where you slow down, tune into yourself and indulge in whole-body spa rituals. There's no doubt in our minds that you'll definitely want to namastay here.
Water Hill, New York
What We Love
Located in the Hamptons, just 90 miles outside of New York City, the minimalist aesthetics of this ultra-zen retreat blend in sublimely with the natural beauty and light of the landscape. From the winding rock pathways and buddha sculpture to the open-air movement pavilion, from morning sun salutations to evenings around a ceremonial fire circle, Shou Sugi Ban House offers calming and nurturing spaces that promote relaxation, reflection and freedom. Off-property nature excursions include guided beach hikes and forest bathing walks that take in the simplicity of sand, water and sky.
Hit pause on the stresses of life with Vacayou options that are geared to help you slow down and reset. Your tranquil stay includes:
- Accommodations in guest studio with floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplace and garden patio
- Organic Japanese in-room amenities and nightly seasonal soak
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Daily morning movement class
- 1 (60 minutes) massage per guest
- 1 private guided beach or trail walk depending on stay
- 2 (90 minutes) private custom yoga sessions depending on stay
- Intimate setting (only 13 guest studios)
The Shou Sugi Ban Spa is guided by the belief that every person walks a unique path to wellness. The spa treatment menu ranges from alternative massages and bodywork to traditional scrubs, wraps and baths that are carefully crafted to restore balance and inner strength. Each therapy is designed with intention and purpose and is accompanied by a tonic that enhances the lasting benefits of your chosen treatment. Enjoy pre- or post-treatment access to the indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges, thermal suite, chromotherapy shower, ice fountain and solarium deck.
Forward-thinking healing arts and guided wellness offerings include everything from soothing meditation practices to help slow down the breath and quiet the mind to multi-sensory aromatherapy and sound experiences for deep healing and transformation. The practitioners reach beyond everyday expectations, blending ancient and innovative practices, to create an individualized experience that integrates physical, mental and spiritual nature.
Shou Sugi Ban House's back-to-nature philosophy extends into the dining room with its plant-rich culinary program designed in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Mads Refslund, co-founder of Noma. The culinary team selects the finest locally sourced, organic foods to create a balanced menu that changes with the season.
The open-concept kitchen evokes transparency between guests and their food and invites the sharing of tastes, ideas and laughs. All meals are communal and planned with careful attention to guest needs.
Shou Sugi Ban House
Shou Sugi Ban House offers a balance between seclusion and connection through its architecture and its intentional balance of public and private spaces. With a focus on clean lines and wabi-sabi design, the 13 guest studios are calming spaces meant to inspire relaxation, meditation and the true luxury of self-care.
Features & Amenities
Throughout your stay, Retreat Hosts are available to help with anything you may need. Property amenities include access to the courtyard saltwater swimming pool, spa relaxation roof-deck, solarium deck, cherry orchard with outdoor dining, gathering lawn, ceremonial fire circle, winding garden pathways for walking meditations, tennis court and geodesic dome.
Guest Studio Features & Amenities
- Complimentary welcome gift
- Custom-built furniture by local artisan All Things Dirt
- Organic mattress, bed linens and towels
- Pure flax linen robes
- Organic Sasawashi slippers
- Organic Japanese bath amenities
- Signature Shou Sugi Ban House soaps
- Sustainable bamboo toothbrushes
- Structured water system
- Selection of Signature Shou Sugi Ban House teas and electric tea kettle
- In-room safe
Spa Facilities & Amenities
- Indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges
- Solarium deck
- Thermal suite with infrared sauna, dry sauna, and aromatic steam room
- Hydrotherapy with three contrasting outdoor plunge pools and Watsu pool
- Experience shower with chromotherapy
- Ice fountain
Shou Sugi Ban House is located in Water Hill, New York.