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.
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.
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.”
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.