Copperhead is "a commercial establishment providing facilities devoted especially to health, fitness, weight loss, beauty, and relaxation." It is a spa.
Is it the spa for you? That all depends on who you are.
If you are looking to sit around being spritzed with Evian water by poolside, having dinner brought to you on a silver tray or having 15 new fad exercise classes to chose from each day then you won't like this place and Canyon Ranch may be more your style.
If you want an earthy, natural, casual, unpretentious, challenging, European style environment that encourages you to get out of your comfort zone, see nature as your playground and feel “virtuous” rather than decadent, then you will love it.
You wake early each morning for a hike where you sweat and you learn to deal with hunger and fatigue. You learn what you are capable of and it is empowering. You leave behind makeup, dress clothes, hair products and give yourself over to the experience. It strips away all the pretense and makes you really look at who you are.
Each day there are classes to chose from ranging from ranging from yoga, meditation, barre method, water aerobics, etc. There are peaceful untouched trails to walk all along the property and a huge deck with panoramic views of the Catskill mountains if you just want to sit and read.
Each day you are encouraged to book a treatment to cater to your specific needs. Treatments usually take place after the last class and before dinner. It was a real treat floating down for dinner in a bathrobe after getting a salt scrub and mud bath from Mary Ellen. She is amazing!
Elizabeth, the owner, is an unpretentious, direct and motivational no-nonsense leader who’s job it is to push you to be your best and who does so perfectly. She is not a coddler. She is the real deal and she gets results. If you have no backbone or sense of humor she may not be your cup of tea; nor would you be hers.
Kerri, the lovely lady who serves the juice, lives on the property and is available 24/7 via the room phone. All of this information, and more was in the brochure we were provided at check in. But, I did notice that few people bothered to open the folder and were therefore confused about a few issues.
I know that I hit a wall on my third day of juicing and told Kerri. She brought my juice up to me and checked in on me regularly throughout the day and evening to make sure I was ok. It all comes down to communication.
Juices are fabulous, though I could never get my palette to enjoy the potassium broth, but I was still happy that it was available during the day when energy lagged as it provided a real boost. There is a large and varied supply of spices to “dress up” the broth and make it more palatable.
I was grateful for the refreshment area in the lobby which was accessible 24/7 and provided constant water refills, tea, coffee (though it is discouraged), coffee substitutes, lemonade mix and other treats that helped cub any nighttime hunger.
I was also happy that there were free toiletries available as I had forgotten to pack mine.
I was in Room 120 and must say it was bigger than my apartment in the city. It was comfortable, beautifully decorated and had a fabulous balcony with mountain views. Though the air conditioner worked perfectly I opted to sleep with the balcony doors opened to hear the crickets, birds and breeze through the trees. It was heaven.
If you bring a car, it is a short drive into Woodstock and other little villages nearby which are delightful.
In a nutshell, if you have the wrong attitude, you won’t like it. If you don’t communicate your needs, they won’t be met. That’s real life and that’s what Copperhead offers you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Award winning boutique destination, where for last 32 years guests found the perfect environment for transformative vacations of wellness and rejuvenation. Nestled in the lush Catskill Mountains, a two-hour drive from New York City, the 15 room sanctuary provides an ideal balance of comfort and elegance, relaxation and fitness, gourmet and healthful. We offer a range of result-driven programs for accelerated weight-loss, detox, juice fasting, raw food diet, fitness renewal and stress relief as well as classic restorative spa holidays. Hike, bike, snow-shoe or ski; relax in the sun or wade in the creek; fish, play tennis, bird-watch or spot wildlife while dining on gourmet, local farm to table meals, Our ultimate goal is always to help you bring healthy new habits back home. Visit us here amid our lovely mountains and come away slimmer, healthier and assured: the universe is evolving, as it should! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Copperhood Retreat Hotel Shandaken
- Copperhood Retreat And Spa