Tucked among the soaring peaks of the Catskill Mountains is one of the region’s best-kept secrets. Menla is a Tibetan retreat center and resort located just minutes from the cozy hamlet of Phoenicia, yet it feels like it’s worlds away. Situated on over 300 secluded acres in the middle of the Catskill wilderness preserve, the peaceful, vitalizing center—an extension of the Dalai Lama’s New York City nonprofit Tibet House US—offers an array of rejuvenating amenities and programming that nourish both body and mind.
Join a weekend or week-long group retreat and dive into insightful lessons from world-renowned teachers on topics ranging from Buddhism to yoga, holistic health, shamanism, and more. Looking for a more intimate experience during your stay? Design your own Menla getaway and choose your own booking dates and activities à la carte. Or, if you’re simply in need of a few hours of R&R, head up to the mountains for a healing treatment or massage at its world-class Dewa spa, an 8,000-square-foot oasis of bliss.
Menla’s accommodations are spread across three beautifully appointed hotel-style residences with single rooms and deluxe suites, as well as four secluded forest cabins and two large two-story cottages perfect for larger groups staying together. Cheerful Tibetan-inspired artwork and accents sourced from sustainably minded companies, independent designers, and Fair Trade artisans define the interior decor and give each room a cozy, vibrant personality all its own.
During your stay, you’ll enjoy farm-to-table, vegetarian fare prepared by the kitchen using produce right from the property’s gardens. Breakfast comes complimentary each morning, and you can grab lunch to enjoy on the deck overlooking the pond or find a secluded nook all your own to picnic in the sun.
Searching for the perfect antidote to the hum-drum stress of daily life? Awaken your senses with a treatment at Dewa spa, which boasts a menu of lavish Eastern and Western-influenced therapies to indulge in during your stay.
Start with a session in the steam rooms and saunas, then detoxify and de-stress with any of the Tibetan and Ayurvedic treatments on offer. Choose from herbal baths, energy readings, customized facials, as well as an expansive selection of massage styles, including the rarely found Tibetan KuNye.
Want to experience the surrounding environment to its fullest? Soak in the tranquil forest views during a yoga or qi gong class at Ahimsa Yoga Studio. Or get out and explore one of the three trails at the property or a nearby Catskills peak with a private guide, take a leisurely history-filled stroll through the medicinal plant garden, or go bird watching in the seclusion of the surrounding valley, which is also an Audubon sanctuary that provides safe haven for hundreds of species of wildlife.