By Simon Gusev
In these times of social distancing, outdoor spaces have become even more of a sacred oasis. Now you can find your new bliss at Collective Governors Island, which is just a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan and a five-minute ride from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Located along the Western promenade of Governors Island, this retreat provides a much-needed respite in these turbulent times.
With access to private boat tours, bike rentals, lawn games, cultural events and even yoga and meditation sessions, all in a clean, car-free atmosphere, Collective Governors Island is the perfect place to chill out while partaking in a plethora of fun activities. They even offer complimentary water taxi services with reservations.
It’s time to camp out under the stars with your choice of stylish accommodations including Summit Tents, Journey Tents and four Outlook Shelters. Each space is inspired by minimalistic Scandinavian design as well as the nautical history of the Island. With all the comforts of home, including an in-tent French Press coffee bar, electricity, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and plush bedding, you can embark on one very chic and comfortable camping adventure. Some of these decked out tents even feature a private deck and en-suite bathroom. Wake up to the wonders of nature – and an in-tent continental breakfast – when you choose from the following tent and shelter options:
Summit Tents (Starting at $499) are equipped with high-end amenities, including 1,500 thread count sheets, private en-suite bathrooms, private decks, and more.
Journey Tents (Starting at $209) are 200 sq.ft. guest rooms with high-end amenities, featuring an outdoor living space with lounge chairs and centrally located, full-service restrooms.
Outlook Shelters (Starting at $509) are sanctuaries of outdoor architecture with a front row view of NYC, equipped with spa-like en-suite bathroom, private deck, and more.
Indulge in a fine dining experience with views of the New York City skyline from one of their four open-air sitting areas or private pods. Guests can enjoy tantalizing artisan dishes at Three Peaks Lodge while sipping on savory cocktails from The Sunset Terrace which offers stunning views of the Statue of Liberty. The contemporary menu, with many succulent seafood dishes, is essentially inspired by the Island’s unique marine landscape and focuses on wood flame grilling fare, perfect for al fresco dining. While guests can enjoy an up close and personal experience at The Private Grill – while remaining socially distanced from their private deck or at a dining pod – you can also choose to enjoy a mouthwatering multi-course meal made up of local ingredients at Farm & Fisherman’s Dinner. With a wood fired grill station and rotisserie, the Outdoor Exhibition Kitchen has tasty plates and even gives diners the chance to partake in the culinary preparations. Wind down afterwards with an authentic and tasty camping approved tradition – s’mores with vanilla marshmallows, milk chocolate, and graham crackers on a six-foot roasting stick.
If you’re planning your special day in these socially distanced times, The Collective Pavilion offers a chic setting with great skyline views, perfect for weddings, corporate retreats and other events for up to 50 guests. Three Peaks Lodge and Collective Club House are also available options. They even have their own wedding and events expert.
With Collective Retreats you can relax in five-star luxury accommodations coupled with the natural beauty of the outdoors.