Luxury for the soul: that’s the goal of an exclusive new hotel now open less than 90 minutes from Albany. The adults-only (21+) retreat is the first US branch of a company that’s focused on ultra-high-end glamping in Africa, Mexico, and the Middle East.

While more indoors than its cousins, Habitas-on-Hudson is surrounded by woods, offers no TVs or room service, and focuses on human connection. Habitas Hospitality hopes to entice Upstaters and world travelers alike with activities like Sunday brunch with live music, holotropic breathwork, meditation, and yoga in the beauty of the Lower Hudson Valley.

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Exciting and interesting destinations are the brand’s forte. Habitas has other locations in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Namibia, with upcoming branches in Costa Rica and Bhutan. In an interview with the Times Union, Habitas’ CEO Oliver Ripley says they chose the Hudson Valley amid foreign locales because they wanted a location that nobody would have expected.

Habitas Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia.
Habitas Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Habitas

Just a few minutes from Poughkeepsie in Staatsburg, Ripley hopes the location will bring as many visitors from Upstate as it does from NYC to its 1900s manor house. It was originally built in 1761, burned down in 1899, and was rebuilt as its current form in 1901. Since the 1990s it’s been known as Belvedere Mansion until Habitas bought the property.

People doing yoga at Habitas-on-Hudson, a new hotel in the Hudson Valley

The luxury hotel has an emphasis on literature, with six rooms in the Manor named for a diverse litany of literary icons like the Bronte Sisters, Charles Dickens, Hunter S. Thompson, and Maya Angelou. There are 16 additional rooms and suites in surrounding buildings.

For other amenities, Habitas-on-Hudson has a restaurant named Social, serving globally inspired dishes with ingredients grown and produced in Upstate, and a red, brooding bar called The Pub. The Pub serves craft cocktails and New York wines. There will also be a spa opening this year.

Farm-to-Table restaurant Social at Habitas-on-Hudson

Habitas also has a philanthropy arm. For every guest that stays at their properties, Habitas donates $10 to its RISE Fund, which benefits the communities the company builds hotels in as well as conservation efforts in reforestation, coral reef regeneration, and biodiversity.

Habitas-on-Hudson opened on December 1st, and is currently taking reservations for 2023. Prices run from around $400-900 per night depending on room and package. You can see more on Habitas’ website.

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