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Hunter Wellness Retreat
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New York, NY
Reviewed 5 June 2005

Beautiful Setting and accomodation, although everything does not always work smoothly.
Good food - high controls
Good exercises, but not all that are advertised (ex.no t'ai chi, very little "real" Yoga
Sometimes a bit "hit or miss"

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Reviewed 7 May 2005

I'm going back...For weight loss and good exercise it works...no miracle but it works...good food...neurotic staff... many nosey, self absorbed visitors...who complain, sneak food in, and keep going back...I had a great time with other women, many like myself who had never been,... we sort of snickered about the miserable returnees and the soap opera atmosphere of the place. The food was excellent, some instructors excellent, others were just fine too, other staff...staff...hmmmmm... some quite nice and accomidating...some treat "first timers" rather poorly...and the visitors...well there are MANY return clients who gossip... and complain constantly. and some darling returnees too. However...if weight loss is what you are looking for...and as long as the weather is nice and the outdoor pool is working...you can bear the rest...along with the plenty of other nice people who are there just to rejuvenate and lose some weight.We hung out at the pool together at the end of every afternoon, just floating around..after a day of exercise...it was really nice. The accomidations are just like a run down summer camp...so be prepared...NO HOT TUB either.

Stayed: July 2004
4  Thank June22008
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Reviewed 30 December 2004

I stayed here for 2 nights because of its close proximity to Hunter Mountain, not to lose weight. If you visited their website and then booked a room expecting a 'canyon ranch in the catskills'...boy, are you in for a surprise! What a dump! Even Morgan would be disappointed. The breakfast buffet was lousy...did you ever have watery watered down scrambled eggs that tasted like cardboard? The pool was cold and clammy on the outside and you had to remind the staff to remove the tarpolin that served as a cover. The dressing room doors (2 of them) didn't lock and there was no life guard on duty. But enough of the amenities. What about the rooms? Well, they WERE clean. My sisters room down the hall was nice and warm. My room was cold. In order to raise or lower the temperature you have to call the front desk and tell them make the room warmer or colder. You have no control over the thermostat. Do you like your room to be quiet? Better book a room on the second floor. If you stay on the first floor you're at the mercy of the people above you. You can hear a pin drop, and I ain't exaggerating. I thought the 3rd Russian Army was encamped above me. We managed to get switched to a quieter room after a lengthy game of brinksmanship with the front desk but they got the last laugh. The televison didn't work! And they couldn't fix it. Our tough luck again, though we did get a rather generous $10 phone allowance. Charity begins at home.

A final bit of advice. If all you care about is being close to Hunter Mountain and having a clean bathroom and adequate bed, then this place is ok. If you stay for any other reason you're an idiot.

  • Stayed: February 2003
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Plainsboro nj
Reviewed 6 June 2003

The Vatra Spa is a good value.Tha food and scenery are both excellent .More Important YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT. The management has change and that is a good thing. the current management has a good track record.

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ny, ny
Reviewed 18 November 2002

This spa was the worst. the service was horrible and the people were too fundemental. everyone overstepped the boundries. i highly recommend never going.

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Stayed: January 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 March 2015
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Stayed: February 2015, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hunter Wellness Retreat

Address: 48 Clover Rd, Hunter, NY 12442 (Formerly Hunter Mountain Hotel & Spa)
Region: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Hunter
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Hunter
Price Range: £164 - £303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best weight loss & the most affordable spa in the USA! Welcome to Hunter Mountain Hotel And Spa, A Respite for Rejuvenation of Body, Mind, and SpiritWe at Hunter Mountain Hotel And Spa would like to extend to you a warm welcome. While some places may offer more luxuries - we are one of the best-known spas for weight loss in the world. We want you to have a stay here that is pleasurable and rewarding; not only in achieving immediate goals, but setting in motion fundamental ongoing benefits for your lifetime.The Spa, set on 15 acres in the Catskill Mountains, has a calm country atmosphere. The emphasis at the Vatra Mountain Valley Spa is on losing weight sensibly and the guests are encouraged to unwind and try new experiences. Crisp mountain air, sunshine, greenery and sparkling brooks make walking on nature trails an inspiring and exhilarating experience. Add years of fun to your life while participating in fitness and total nutritional programs. Follow your plan in the warmth and comfort of this health resort as you are completely pampered by the professionally trained and experienced staff. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Vatra Natural Weight Loss Hotel Hunter
Vatra Spa Hunter

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