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Why Piaule hotel is New York’s most coveted wellness getaway: the sustainable, minimalist retreat offers gorgeous views of nature and a spa sure to relax even the most restless urban soul

by Staff
At Piaule, you can enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of the lush landscape right from your bed.

Picture this: a cabin nestled in the heart of nature with a luxurious sauna up the hill, and awe-inspiring views from your room that have the power to soothe even the most restless urban souls.

Piaule’s rustic, minimalist design reflects founders Nolan McHugh and Trevor Briggs’ commitment to sustainability.

During my stay, I learned that Nolan McHugh and Trevor Briggs, the masterminds behind the hotel, established Piaule in 2016 as a homeware label specialising in Japanese cotton waffle weave towels. However, in 2021, with their deep-rooted commitment to sustainable design, the duo secured 20 hectares (50 acres) of pristine land in the Catskills and embarked on a journey in the hospitality industry.

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This marked the beginning of their mission to create an eco-friendly retreat that perfectly embodies their ethos: making nature the star of the show and crafting a space where you can simply soak in the stunning surrounding landscape without the need for additional frills.
Piaule’s spa has an indoor saltwater pool.

Every detail, from the furniture to their waffle linens and ceramic drinkware, reflects their dedication to craftsmanship and sustainability. You can even purchase some of these items, which almost tempted me to add a robe and some plates to my tab.

While the property spans an expansive 20 hectares, only a small portion has been developed, ensuring a sense of spaciousness and tranquillity. The focal point of this development includes 24 carefully designed cabins perched on stilts.

Every Pialue cabin comes with a rain shower in the bathroom.

McHugh and Briggs poured careful thought into designing an escape that caters to the desires of city residents seeking comfort and relaxation. Each room features lavish rain showers and what I consider one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept on, perfectly elevated to the level of the treetops facing an expansive glass wall that reveals uninterrupted views of the surrounding woods.

Piaule’s gorgeous views should relax even the most tightly wound hotel guest.

And if the breathtaking view isn’t enough to uplift your spirits, the spa at Piaule is sure to do the trick. Just a short stroll away from the cabin rows, the space embraces a natural aesthetic, exuding a delightful scent that lingers in the air. It features several yoga rooms equipped with mats and mirrors, a cedar sauna, a steam room, a generously sized saltwater pool and a cold plunge pool. While technically located indoors, the spa area features vast glass walls that invite the outside world in and allow warm sunlight to flood the building for a relaxing sunbathing session.

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A corridor inside Piaule’s spa.

At Piaule, you can also enjoy bird walks guided by the Audubon Society, guided yoga sessions, tailored massages and sound baths – which Frank Ocean is apparently a big fan of – all to promote deep relaxation and a profound sense of harmony.

Piaule boasts a cedar sauna.

For those who crave outdoor adventures, trails invite you into the vast woodland. Whether you prefer a laid-back stroll or an invigorating hike, these trails promise to unveil hidden treasures and breathtaking sights that will forever imprint themselves in your memories.

Piaule has 24 cabins, all balanced on stilts.

After spending the afternoon treating ourselves to a rejuvenating journey – a circuit of wellness rituals – there was nothing better than returning to the cabin and embracing a slower pace, dedicating the evening to the art of doing nothing at all.

Piaule’s restaurant serves simple yet tasty breakfasts and lunch, as well as a three-course prix-fixe dinner on weekends.

The next morning, we were treated to a breakfast spread that included a delightful array of coffee, fresh fruit, granola, creamy yogurt and local pastries. For lunch, the restaurant offers a selection of tasty dishes featuring flavours celebrating the region’s bounty – whether you’re in the mood for a light salad, a hearty sandwich or a flavourful soup.

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An artfully presented starter at Piaule restaurant.

But it’s during dinner when the culinary magic truly unfolds. Executive chef Ryan Tate curated a three-course prix fixe menu using seasonal locally grown produce and thoughtfully selected ingredients, for a deeper connection to the region that celebrates the best of the local food scene. Served from Thursday to Monday, this dining experience is a testament to the chef’s creativity and passion for showcasing the region’s culinary treasures.

Big picture windows at Piaule are perfect for soaking up the sun while indoors.

Staying at Piaule is an extraordinary experience indeed. From the moment you step foot in this enchanting pastoral hotel, every aspect of your stay is curated to provide a sense of wonder and relaxation. Whether you find yourself cosied up in one of its stylish cabins, taking in the panoramic views of the postcard-worthy mountains, or indulging in culinary creations, each moment is a cherished escape from the whirl of daily life.

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