Collective Retreats’ flagship retreat will offer a revitalized amenities menu, new outdoor fine dining experiences, The Collective Pavilion and Collective Clubhouse
July 8, 2020 (Denver, CO) – Collective Retreats, leaders in the outdoor hospitality, lodging and dining industry, has announced that Collective Governors Island will open for its third season on July 15, 2020. This year, the retreat will introduce enhanced and expanded amenities including a premier outdoor wood fire driven fine dining experience and two new event pavilions as well as new enhanced health and safety measures in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines. The new offerings will expand the retreat’s luxury capabilities beyond overnight accommodations to also welcome day visitors, small celebratory occasions, and corporate meetings and events.
“We are excited to be providing New Yorkers with a well-deserved getaway at Collective Governors Island this season,” says Peter Mack, CEO and Founder of Collective Retreats. “The re-opening of Collective Governors Island marks the start of an exciting few months for Collective Retreats as we work towards our goal to have more than 25 retreats open by 2025 in high demand destinations across the US.”
The largest retreat of the brand’s locations, Collective Governors Island will be home to four Outlook Shelters, 10 Summit Tents and 27 Journey Tents. The Outlook Shelter, the newest room-type introduced last year, will provide floor to ceiling windows looking out toward the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline. The Summit Tents and Journey Tents, the brand’s signature tented accommodations, will invite guests to experience the outdoors without sacrificing the amenities of a 5-star vacation. New this season, all accommodations are appointed with air conditioning and guests will have the option to select a special water taxi service to the Island managed by Collective Retreats.
“This season will be monumental for Collective Governors Island,” says SVP of Hospitality Vanessa Vitale. “With many guests yearning for the outdoors but also hesitant to travel far from their homes, we’re excited to open our doors and provide New York City with a beautiful, spacious island escape – just minutes from Manhattan and Brooklyn.”
Three Peaks Lodge & The Sunset Terrace
Inspired by the surrounding landscape and location, Collective Governors Island will introduce a new fine dining experience, Fire & Water. The sea-centric, contemporary American menu is inspired by the New York harbor with a focus on wood flame grilling for al fresco dining. As one of New York City’s most spacious outdoor dining areas, the retreat will now offer four open-air seating areas and private dining pods creating a comfortable and safe setting in the outdoors. At the heart of the dining experience is the Outdoor Exhibition Kitchen featuring a wood fired grill station and rotisserie where guests can learn and interact with the culinary preparation. In addition to a variety of all-day menus, guests can enjoy a multi-course Chef’s Menu utilizing fresh and local ingredients.
In addition to a new culinary menu, the retreat will also unveil a newly renovated bar – The Sunset Terrace. Guests will sip on craft cocktails inspired by the retreat’s nautical theme and salute each sunset with signature Gin Tonics during the new Aviation Gin Tonic Hour in partnership with Aviation Gin.
Events and Special Occasions
Utilizing the retreat’s field and open-air design, Collective Governors Island has developed two meeting spaces for two new outdoor New York City venue spaces – The Collective Pavilion and The Collective Clubhouse. The Collective Pavilion is a spacious and versatile, 900 square foot space designed to accommodate up to 50 guests for weddings, celebratory occasions, corporate retreats and workday functions in a climate controlled pavilion overlooking the New York City harbor. The new meeting space has good open air features and creates a turn-key, flexible hospitality experience featuring high end culinary and mixology offerings, furniture, Wi-Fi and AV capabilities in addition to a private water taxi service available to and from Manhattan and Brooklyn.
For a more intimate occasion, Collective Clubhouse offers 400 square feet of space that accommodates up to 20 people with cinematic, unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty and the downtown Manhattan skyline. The multi-purpose space features an open flow design, roll up walls to connect to the outdoors, HVAC and ceiling fans for temperature control, Wi-Fi and AV capabilities and flexible furniture and layout. The Collective Clubhouse is set to open in August 2020.
This year, Collective Governors Island will continue to offer special community nights to local New York City and surrounding borough residents every month to experience the outdoors at this incredible island location. Connection with the local community continues to be a core part of Collective Retreats’ culture and the company will engage and offer access to the local community through a partnership with local organizations, pending approval of such gatherings to ensure the safety of all involved.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
In response to the global pandemic, Collective Retreats and Collective Governors Island have implemented new safety and cleaning measures following CDC, state, and local guidelines. Engineered to be socially distanced by design, Collective Retreats provides an open-air layout, removing the fear of recirculated air from HVAC systems or enclosed spaces like elevators and hallways.
The company has also created a safety advisory board comprised of experts from the healthcare and infectious disease prevention industry to develop new practices and ensure top quality cleanliness. Retreat staff will be equipped with protective gear and will adhere to an eight-step cleaning process. Each room will be sealed after cleaning to ensure that each new guest will be the first to step foot in the cleaned accommodations.
As part of the signature dining experience, increased distance will be used between tables in an expansive outdoor setting. Any dining services will follow CDC guidelines including single use menus and glove and mask usage by team members. Collective Retreats will also offer six-foot s’mores sticks to keep its s’more making tradition at a safe social distance.
Reservations are now open at Collective Governors Island and nightly room rates start at $209 for a Journey Tent, $499 for a Summit Tent and $589 for an Outlook Shelter. For more information, please visit collectiveretreats.com/retreat/collective-governors-island/
ABOUT COLLECTIVE RETREATS
Collective Retreats is an experiential travel company redefining traditional hotels through a collection of unique retreats in unexpected places. Offering luxury outdoor accommodations and hyper-local fine dining, each retreat embraces its landscape and culture of a destination, allowing guests to connect with the land, community and with themselves through unique on-site activities and experiences, exceptional culinary offerings, and personalized hospitality. By breaking away from the traditional mold of a luxury hotel, Collective Retreats is opening up a whole new world of exploration where a transformative five-star luxury experience coexists with authentic ruggedness. Founded by CEO Peter Mack (Starwood, Tough Mudder), Collective Retreats is currently operating in Vail, Colorado; Hill Country, Texas and Governors Island, NY.