More About Menla, its Nature Preserve and Dewa Spa


Menla World Class Retreat and Spa Resort

Menla is housed on 325 acres of tranquil mountain forests and streams are tucked away in the priceless seclusion of the Catskills. It features a range of indoor and outdoor amenities, from our Dewa Spa to unique spaces for mind-body practices, dining areas, hiking trails. 

A guest can exercise in Menla's fitness room, tennis courts, hike the nature trails, enjoy the wildlife, swim in the pool or relax on the sundeck, peruse the beautiful gardens, rest by the pond, enjoy conversation around the fire pit, unwind in stream-side sweat lodge, enjoy Menla's art displays, and gift shop and free campus-wide wifi.

Dewa Spa is a truly memorable destination and day spa, offering a full array of high-quality Eastern and Western massages and services specializing in ancient Tibetan therapies. Decorated with stunning Tibetan art and accents, Dewa features 10 private therapy rooms, Ayurvedic steam box therapy, men’s and women’s steam rooms, traditional Finnish and Japanese far-infrared saunas, deep herbal soaking tubs, two-person jacuzzi tub, rain showers, and some of the best treatments you can find anywhere.

It is best to book services about 2-8 weeks in advanced to get your desired appt. 

Check your retreat class itinerary and note free time blocks perfect for services.

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Call 845-688-6897 to book a spa service.

Nature Preserve and Hiking Trails

Menla has three hikes restored on the property.

Waterfall-Medicine Trail A mild enjoyable hike that takes one behind our water-filtration building along the Pantherkill Stream towards its source (not all the way to the source), crossing the stream in three places and looping around the inside of the southwest corner of the back of Menla’s property. This hike is the shortest and easiest one at Menla and is appropriate for older guests or people who essentially want to go for a walk in the woods, rather than get a serious workout. This trail is marked with white flairs.

Naga Trail A slightly more challenging but still easy trail leading from the mouth of Eva’s pond partway up the northern ridge and then descending back to Menla’s property, follows the Pantherkill stream, until it intersects the Waterfall-Medicine Trail. This trail is marked with blue flairs.

Metta Trail  The most challenging hike on the Menla property, but yielding the best view, is the Metta Trail leading to Lookout Point, where one can sit and enjoy a partial view of the Catskill Mountains. This trail is quite steep at times, takes about 45 minutes each way, and is not recommended for people with physical limitations. This trail is marked with blue flairs.

Giant Ledge Hike An even more rewarding nearby off-site hike and a local #1 favorite, this experience takes about 4 hours for the Giant Ledge hike, and about 6 hours for the Pather Mountain Summit hike, looking down upon Menla at the peak. At both Giant Ledge and Panther Summit, breathtaking vistas reveal the awesome beauty of the Catskills east of Menla. This trail is not accessible from Menla and requires one to drive off campus to get to the trailhead.