One of the luxury tents available to book on NYC’s Governors Island overlooking the harbor and the Manhattan skyline.

Glamping in New York – Luxury Camping Comes to NYC’s Governors Island

For those interested in experiencing one of New York City’s most unique lodging opportunities Collective Retreats is now offering luxury tent lodging, known as glamping, in New York.

Guests of the retreat can delight in a peaceful respite from the city’s chaos by taking a short ferry ride to Governors Island for a memorable adventure Glamping in New York.

The experience is not the typical back-to-nature excursion you may remember as a child. Sleeping bags, leaky tents, and hot dogs have been replaced with high thread count linens, designer decor and gourmet meals prepared by expertly trained chefs.

Collective Retreats offers these luxurious accommodations at a variety of locations around the US and recently expanded into New York City. Guests can enjoy a full range of outdoor activities and cultural events while relishing in the same amenities found at luxury hotels. Visitors have the added bonus of admiring the breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Getting to this island oasis is just minutes away by ferry from either lower Manhattan or by taking the Brooklyn Bridge Ferry.


Summit Tent

Offering top-notch luxury, Summit Tent offers the option of a King-sized bed or two singles. Guests can relax in complete comfort in the 1,500 thread count linens and down comforter. These lavish tents are fully equipped with electricity and offer plenty of bedside outlets to charge your devices. The Summit Tent has private en-suite bathrooms with full flush toilets. There is always plenty of hot running water available for long, hot relaxing showers.

Journey Tent

Guests can choose either the Queen or the two singles bedding option. Visitors will sleep in complete comfort in 1,000 thread count linens and a down comforter. The Journey Tent is also wired with electricity and offers plenty of outlets. Bathroom accommodations are shared but offer private toilets and shower areas. If there are specific amenities guests are interested in there is an A La Carte option for customizing your stay.

Outlook Shelter (Coming Soon)

Work is underway to provide full-service suites to guests who stay in the Outlook Shelter. They will offer beautifully designed bedrooms, kitchen amenities, and a private bathroom. These re-purposed shipping containers will boast a fully encased glass bedroom with unforgettable views of the New York Harbor.


A variety of dining options are available to suit every culinary desire. Those interested in a traditional restaurant experience can check out Three Peaks Lodge for a full menu of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. For those looking to explore the area, Governors Island is home to many well-regarded dining venues.

Order from the retreat’s Ferry to Flame menu of freshly prepared dishes. Guests can dine in their tent, at Three Peaks Lodge or at a waterfront table. For a more casual, relaxed meal guests may prefer BBQ-In-A-Box. Everything you need will be expertly prepared just the way you like it. Table settings, beverages, set up and clean up are included so guests can just sit back and relax. There are several take-away options available and in the morning guests can enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out on the day’s adventures.


Governors Island is a car-free environment that is best appreciated on foot or by bike. Participate in an outdoor adventure of rock climbing, zip-lining, or hiking. Guests are not far from the city’s culture as the island offers a full calendar of art exhibits and performances. You’ll want to be sure to take advantage of one of the most intriguing lodgings and experience glamping in New York.

If you’re looking for luxury that doesn’t break the bank, check out our guide on the best affordable 5 star hotels in New York.

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