I typically do not write reviews but I still have an extremely bad taste almost 5 months later and felt compelled....I also sent the following almost word for word when I received an email from Omega asking to fill out a questionnaire in late October 2011 about my stay and have never received a response.
I am really not sure why the comments on the Omega website say there is so much to do at Omega because there are not nearly enough classes for those on an R&R! Complete misrepresentation of the offerings. Only two yoga classes a day and at the same time as every other class does not allow people to experience the different types of classes offered. I should not have to choose between yoga and meditation at 7am and at 5:30pm. 7am classes are too early for some people so there need to be classes added during the day to accommodate everyone. The café serves breakfast for people who aren’t early birds but apparently they can’t take yoga then until 5:30pm. An R&R weekend is like a vacation and sometimes you want to be able to get a little extra sleep. I should be able to attend a class pretty much whenever I want especially since this is a weekend yoga retreat and the majority of people are arriving late Friday afternoon and leaving early Sunday. Saturday’s should be full of classes and options.
The bookstore staff (one lady in particular) was rude and even the people walking around campus were not friendly in general. The accupuncturist (cannot recall his name) was very nice though. The art ‘hut’ was for staff only and I really would have liked to have an opportunity to create something to remember my experience by and would have felt I received more for the amount of money I spent on this weekend.
There should be two saunas. I should not walk to the sauna on a Saturday night and not be able to use it since its men’s day. Considering I spent $500 to stay in a cabin with dirty carpet, a bedspread you would find in an hourly motel and was never able to take one yoga class I think you can afford to put in another sauna.
The accommodations need to be updated if you are going to charge that much per person. The cabins need an eco-friendly overhaul (if you had hardwood floors there would be no need to use electricity to vacuum, even though it seems you save some not vacuuming around the baseboards), new linens and new bedspreads. Why wouldn’t you use the accommodations to show more people how easy it is to live a greener lifestyle instead of just providing the bare minimum accommodations? I understand its a cabin but it doesnt need to have the 'dirty motel' feel.
The food was not bad. I liked that it was all vegetarian and the most pleasurable experience about the $500 I spent was the falafel for lunch on Saturday - it was delicious.
Also, no wine?! You can’t partner with any local wineries to showcase their wines and potentially boost the sales for the local resident businesses? I’m really just not sure what would be so bad about offering wine. If I want to have the full detox R&R retreat then that’s my choice. I understand that you may have people that come there to detox since there are 12 step meetings offered but I doubt that is the majority of your customers.
This was my first experience at an R&R retreat and I was extremely disappointed. After reading the reviews I thought I would feel rejuvenated when I returned home and get in some exercise and yoga classes but unfortunately I just felt ripped off. For that amount of money I could have spent 3 nights in the Caribbean including airfare. I would not recommend Omega to any of my friends nor would I go back until some serious changes are made.
And I have a really hard time believing that Omega receives so many great reviews that they haven’t even considered revamping the accommodations and revising the class offerings for the R&R retreats. If you (Omega) want to continue your success, I would seriously consider it because I know I’m not the only one that has felt this way after spending an R&R weekend at Omega. I am blown away that there are any good reviews of this place, unless you went years ago when Omega might have actually cared about the experience their guests have.
- Also Known As:
- Omega Institute Hotel Rhinebeck
- Omega Institute Rhinebeck