Chatwal Lodge to open in the Catskills

Two hours north of Manhattan, a new intimate luxury retreat is set to open in May. Chatwal Lodge was built to be an exclusive getaway, as rare as one would expect within 90 miles of Manhattan’s Billionaire’s Row. To begin with, it was built on land that was part of Chapin Park, an 18,000-acre private game and wildlife preserve acquired by entrepreneur Chester Chapin in 1891. It was rebuilt and envisioned as a large Adirondack camp for today’s movers. Oh, and it only has 11 rooms and suites.

Located in the town of Bethel, New York in the Catskills, the architects of The Chatwal Lodge have used native stones and branches in an attempt to stay true to the historic aesthetic and craftsmanship of the lodges that once populated the north of New York State. It sets out to offer the kind of rarefied and sublime luxury experience that is not readily available to anyone in the greater New York area. You’ll likely have to venture to the Adirondacks themselves to The Point or head to the Rockies to find a comparable setting and a similar level of luxury and privacy in the woods.

Chatwal Lodge is situated on 30 acres of environmentally protected land within The Chapin Estate, a 2,500 acre gated residential community. At its heart is the 1,000-acre Lake Toronto Reservoir. There will be just 11 suites, some with private patios overlooking Toronto Reservoir Lake, with vaulted ceilings, arched windows, reclaimed wood walls, log staircases, hand-carved headboards and upholstery fabrics in faux fur and wool. Some accommodations will have larger lakeside terraces, outdoor showers, deep soaking tubs, kitchens, dining areas and living areas suitable for family gatherings. Amenities include 24-hour valet parking, concierge and butler service, and 24-hour in-suite dining.

The promise is “rustic” luxury accommodation for a handful of well-heeled guests, absolute privacy and the ability to relax with fly fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, golf, lawn croquet and recreational badminton. Wellness and personal growth activities include Ayurvedic wellness treatments, yoga, meditation, private wine tastings, cooking classes and music lessons.

The project is by hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal, founder and chairman of Dream Hotel Group, whose flagship property is The Chatwal, New York in Manhattan. The architecture and design is by Steve Dubrovsky, who specializes in 19th century Adirondack-style residential buildings. His private houses are found throughout the Chapin estate.

The main lodge building is the social heart of the lodge and will include Rustic Grill, a farm-to-table restaurant, lobby lounge, wine cellar, bar and private dining room. At the Rustic Grill, chef Jesse Kloskey’s cuisine is described as “refined rustic American,” inspired by his childhood in Wisconsin and his time cooking in Napa’s Michelin-starred restaurants. Using the best from local Catskills farms, the restaurant will offer lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Breakfast is served daily in the Timber Lounge, with its exposed beam ceilings and exposed stonework.

Afternoon tea, cocktails and all-day dining can be enjoyed next to the massive fireplace or on the outdoor deck with heaters to enjoy the lake view year-round. There will also be a library, a lakeside pavilion and rooms to host meetings and weddings.

Nightly rates are based on double occupancy and include three meals per day, per person, beginning with dinner on the evening of arrival and ending with lunch on the day of departure; use of the fitness center; Activity Center; Cooking, mixology, gardening and foraging lessons; use of outdoor activities including boating, canoeing, paddle boarding, kayaking, biking, hiking trails, badminton, nightly sunset cocktails on Lake Toronto* (if weather permitting). Wine, beer, and spirits are also included, as is Wi-Fi.

Guests have the option of booking an individual suite or taking charge of the entire lodge. Rates at Chatwal Lodge will start at $1,150 per night.

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