Lonely Planet Writer

Stay in luxury on New York City island for the first time this summer

New Yorkers are hot and bothered right now under a heatwave. It’s right at the sweltering peak of summer that people weep over unfulfilled plans to leave the oppressive heat of Manhattan and make a break for cooler and calmer surrounds. What if we told you that a luxury nature retreat will let you camp out under the stars without leaving the city?

The view from Governors Island is just one of the reasons to visit. Image by Timothy Schenck/ Courtesy of Collective Retreats

The first-ever seasonal overnight accommodation on the historic Governors Island has opened up this summer thanks to Collective Retreats. Governors Island previously served as a military base and was closed to the public for 200 years. Since 2012, regeneration efforts have seen the opening of public parks filled with art, a hill covered in slides, fields of hammocks and of course, incredible views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Travellers can get to the island by taking a free ferry that runs from Lower Manhattan. The journey takes just eight minutes, or five if you’re travelling from Brooklyn Pier 6.

The luxury tents of Collective Retreats. Image by Collective Retreats

The new luxury retreat opened on July 11, giving travellers a chance to go glamping on the island before it closes for the season in October. The site has room for about 100 overnight guests – and offers hotel-style service and dining at the site. For a truly spectacular event, the whole site can be rented out for weddings or retreats. There are dining options and a public space at the site for programming, and activities for people visiting the island. Collective Retreats is even working with local groups to create events that will “act as a platform for the local community to experience the island in unique ways, such as live music, innovative dining, wellness retreats, thought leadership summits and much more”.

The “hammock grove” on Governors Island is just one of the places you can spend you holiday hanging out. Image by Timothy Schenck/ Courtesy of Collective Retreats

There are a variety of tent styles available, including private luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms, or bell tens with shared bathrooms. The bathrooms have full-flush toilets, rain-style hot showers and environmentally-friendly amenities. The new site also has weekday discounted rates that will begin at $75 per night, along with a new select service model that will begin at $125 per night.

Collective Retreats will bring you into a luxury wilderness retreat. Image by Collective Retreats

“Governors Island offers one of New York City’s most accessible getaways, and now, for the first time ever, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to experience the natural beauty and inspiring views from this magical place under the stars” said Michael Samuelian, President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island in a statement. The retreat is a perfect escape from the harried pace of city life. Learn more about Collective Governors Island or join the wait-list for bookings here.

This article was originally published on February 12, 2018 and updated on July 11, 2018.