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.