Once you’ve greeted the buddha at the front door, you’ll find plenty of design details to suck you into a state of Zen

When Your Soul, Not Your Yacht, Needs Cleaning




This summer marks the opening of Shou Sugi Ban House in Water Mill. “Inspired by the principles of wabi sabi,” and named after the centuries-old Japanese art of creating beautiful wooden objects through the application of fire, this 13-room wellness retreat offers reiki treatments, meditation classes, and a feelgood menu curated by Mads Refslund, co-founder of the legendary NoMA in Copenhagen.

Once you’ve greeted the buddha at the front door, you’ll find plenty of design details to suck you into a state of Zen, thanks to the exacting eye of founders Amy Cherry-Abitbol and Kathleen Kapnick who, along with local architect Debbie Kropf, wanted to produce spaces that “nurture sustainable and holistic experiences.” In this first-of-its-kind property out east, that means raw wooden ceilings, smooth concrete walls, and plush slate-grey seating throughout.

Guests can check in on a half- or full-day basis; overnight visitors are encouraged to participate in “fully immersive” programs lasting between four and seven days, starting at $4650.

Shou Sugi Ban House; 337 Montauk Highway Water Mill, NY 11976.
Visit http://www.shousugibanhouse.com.