Eastwind Oliverea Valley, the third property from the portfolio’s founders Bjorn Boyer, Julija Stoliarova and Dan Cipriani, is the brand’s first ground-up build, offering intentionally styled accommodations featuring designer-curated mid-century vintage furnishings. Nestled amidst three 900 metre peaks and framed by lush trees and the calming sounds of Esopus Creek which runs alongside the property, Eastwind Oliverea Valley has been purposefully designed to offer secluded, elemental escapes that don’t sacrifice style.
The design delves deeper into the natural splendour of the region and offers an enhanced guest experience along with the amenities to facilitate this. Travellers can ride one of the complimentary bikes along a nature path, join a sunrise yoga session, creative seasonal workshops, or foraging walk and lounge by the pool with curated DJ sets. The property features a refined food and beverage programme, which guests can enjoy across a variety of different formats: a seasonal all-day menu and dinner service at Dandelion, breakfast baskets for in-room delivery, s’mores kits for creating at the firepits, cocktails at the bar, weather-permitting meals prepared on the open flame Argentinian grill, and private dining with prix fixe menus under the canopy of trees.
“When conceptualising our latest Eastwind instalment, we knew we wanted to offer a true resort experience with an enhanced amenity program that would keep guests engaged during the entirety of their visit,” said Boyer, Eastwind Co-Founder. “At the Oliverea Valley property we’ve created more opportunities for guests to gather, lounge, and unwind together.”
The boutique hotel features 30 unique guestrooms all differing in layout and décor, each individually curated by Eastwind Co-Founder and Creative Director Julija Stoliarova, with Scandinavian design in mind and inspiration from mid-century vintage styles. The all-weather, wood A-frame freestanding cabins are now available in four types, all outfitted with queen beds: Lushna Cabins, Lushna Cabins with Decks, Lushna Suites, and an entirely new category catering to more varied guest needs — Double Lushnas. Guests can also select from a variety of different hotel rooms, featuring king beds and varying in-room amenities including furnished lofts with floating netting under the skylight, vintage desks, rain showers, seating nooks, hooded Pendleton robes, private patios, fridges, and electric kettles with tea and coffee kits for early morning pick-me-ups. Intentionally styled, accommodations highlight the natural surroundings with the use of earth tones, organic materials, and vintage décor.
“The sentiment of Hygge, the Scandinavian word meaning a sense of contentment and cosiness, drove the design of Eastwind Oliverea Valley,” explained Stoliarova. “Think spacious common areas with large windows for natural light, high ceilings, clean minimalistic lines, and earth tones to complement the surrounding landscape. It’s the vintage furnishings and objets d’art within each of our spaces that are vital to our storytelling and make subtle statements. In curating, I was inspired by the discerning eyes behind a number of female-founded boutiques.”
Dandelion is the first full-service restaurant outside of the five boroughs from Eastwind Hotels Co-Founder, Daniel Cipriani, who was previously the chef and founder of some of Brooklyn’s favourite restaurants including Urban Rustic, Sea Wolf, Playland Motel, Lodge, and Gemelli. After spending nearly 20 years running restaurants in NYC, the last few years he has been exploring the Catskills and Adirondacks, getting in touch with nature, sharpening his foraging skills and building relationships with local farmers. Using his new skills and relationships, Chef Daniel will feature a ‘forage-to-table’ plant-forward, international comfort food menu at Dandelion. An all-day menu of select seasonal cocktails and small plates will be available daily, as well as nightly specials based on what’s seasonally available via foraging and local sourcing.
True to brand, Oliverea Valley is both located in and reflecting all the elements of its immersive wooded location. Just a short drive away from local landmarks, parks and trails, the hotel provides a respite from city living and joins the Eastwind boutique portfolio of hotels in defining natural destinations with designer-curated accommodations.
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