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Glamorous camping coming to Governor's Island this May

Collective Retreats — a sustainable and eco-responsible glamping company — is bringing luxury camping to New York City’s Governor’s Island in May.

A currently undeveloped section of the partly man-made island, just about 10 minutes away from Manhattan via the ferry, is the latest location selected by the company as a retreat site where spacious canvas tents will be erected for New Yorkers and visitors alike.

“It’s a retreat for all New Yorkers,” Collective Retreats CEO and founder Peter Mack told The Daily News. “Governor’s Island is a beautiful place where our guests can feel connected to the space while experiencing a sense of escape from the city. And a full concierge team will work directly with guests from out of town to customize an itinerary.”

There are two options for potential glampers to choose from: a luxury tent that comes with a private, en-suite bathroom, wood burning stove, electricity and an outdoor deck; or the “premium bell tent” which also features electricity and the comforts of a real bed — without a connected bathroom.

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But camping on the island “after the last ferry leaves…and we’re the only ones left,” as Mack put it, doesn’t come cheap. A luxury tent for two will run you $ 650 per night, plus $ 100 for each rollaway bed added for kids, with a two bed maximum. The bell tent is $ 200 each night. Collective will also run $ 75 specials on select weekday evenings throughout the season on the bell tents.

The company, which is known for fashioning high-end campsites, complete with chandeliers, plush bedding, working showers and real toilets, already has outposts in Austin, Texas; Vail, Colorado and one just outside of Big Sky, Montana. The Governor’s Island location, which will be able to serve about 100 guests, will be the largest.

Collective Retreats, a glamping company, is setting up tents on Governor's Island from May to October 2018.

Collective Retreats, a glamping company, is setting up tents on Governor’s Island from May to October 2018.


A “great lawn” in the space between the luxury tents and the premium tents will serve as the entertainment and dining space, Mack said.

“It’s a massive open space,” Mack told The News. “At one end we’ll have the lodge; it’s a dinning space that will be open to the air for nice weather. It’s not only for our guests — the public will be welcome, too. It’s where we’ll have morning ‘Lady Liberty sun salute yoga,’ facing the Statue of Liberty, and there will be an event stage for concerts.”

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Collective Retreats opened booking for Governor’s Island on Wednesday and is already sold out for the month of May.

“We are selling out fast, I would get on it quickly,” Mack said.

The glamping season on the island will run through October.

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