Road Trip: Shou Sugi Ban House

Rohan Vasa, Writer

We’ll let you in on a little secret: Thanksgiving is one of the best times in the Hamptons. With pumpkin patches, a walk through the vineyards, and full days at the spa. It’s a piece of Americana for the holidays. But now you can also detox from the sins of that Thanksgiving dinner at Shou Sugi Ban House. The Hamptons yoga retreat makes for the perfect road trip.

Shou Sugi Ban House is one of our favorite getaways in the Hamptons. So it’s no surprise we’ve come back to this Hamptons yoga retreat to say how much it’s worth the trip. Here’s a look at what makes this place a fan favorite — and a necessary respite. 

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The Setting

Shou Sugi Ban House spans five acres in Water Mill, New York, just 90 miles away from New York City. The surrounding area is sought after for its pristine beaches, charming towns, historic houses, and relaxing vineyards and farmland. The property’s landscape takes inspiration from the transcendental quality of wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy and aesthetic. This Hamptons yoga retreat has a minimalist beauty, and it’s all about the healing properties of the natural world.

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The Rooms

Shou Sugi Ban House is a 13-room retreat with a luxury spa and a diverse wellness program. The accommodations include a soaking tub, fireplace, outdoor patio, and organic Japanese amenities. You also get access to daily movement and meditation sessions, a saltwater swimming pool, a library, a solarium deck, and a cherry orchard. There’s also the Shou Sugi Ban Inn, a historic, five-room bed and breakfast. It’s a short walk to the main property that is connected by a private pathway. These rooms are slightly larger with more amenities and give access to the Inn’s private pool. In addition, Shou Sugi Ban House has the option of private rentals for longer stays. These come with daily housekeeping, a private chef, and a property manager upon request. However, with all these spaces, Shou Sugi Ban House prioritizes tranquility and the opportunity for introspection.  

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The Dining

For dining, Shou Sugi Ban House has a plant-rich culinary approach, grounded in the idea that plants have healing powers when sourced properly and grown organically. As a result, Shou Sugi Ban buys seasonal greens from local growers. In addition, the property has is own biodynamic garden. Michelin-starred chef Mads Refslund — co-creator of the legendary NYC restaurant Noma — collaborated in the program’s design. Meals are served at set times everyday in order to create consistency and balance as the body restores itself. 

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The Wellness Program and Spa

The Wellness Program has an extensive menu that spans several categories of healing. For example, Life-Enhancing Therapies aim to implement the science of longevity in a series of sessions. The Healing Arts is a set of innovative practices that channel a more spiritual and sacred healing process. A Multi-Sensory Series focuses on the mind-body connection while expanding the senses. The Yoga program has nine types of yoga to choose from. Finally, the Fitness Program offers specialized trainers, and routines that focus on specific body parts. In addition, the Shou Sugi Ban Spa has saunas, steam rooms, plunge pools, and hydrotherapies. There is a selection of massages, body treatments, and facials to choose from as well. 

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Q: Do I have to stay overnight to try some of the therapies offered?

A: No, Shou Sugi Ban House offers day sessions for guests interested in one-time programs.

Q: Does Shou Sugi Ban House provide transportation to and from the property?

A: Yes, overnight guests receive complimentary transportation in a Tesla, within a five-mile radius.

Q: How can I book a room at Shou Sugi Ban House?

A: You can book on the company’s website or drop us a line at [email protected].

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