I'd like to focus on the positive - the people working here are genuinely nice, hard working and go out of their way to accomodate the guests. The place itself is rustic; all of the rooms are different but the ones we saw were lovely. The exercise instructors were also very knowledgeable and fun; working with the guests' physical limitations if that was an issue. My friend & I had a massage that was the very best we EVER had in our lives given by Michael. I wish we lived closer. That being said, I did not have the wonderful experience with the chef that other reviewers had nor did the people at my table find the food anything to rave about. He must have been having "off" days because he was serving people what they were allergic to (on more than one occasion). So that being said, make sure if you have allergies or food sensitivies, you are self responsible and take nothing for granted!!! Also, even with being on a 900 or 1200 calorie diet, the servings weren't adequate. Sure, we were full when we finished eating, but there was nothing "breakthrough" offered (mid morning drink, late afternoon snack of celery or fresh vegetables, bowl of fruit available for those who stay up late at night). Salad salad & more salad as a filler didn't cut it. When served bbq chicken, we were given one chicken thigh and some vegetables. Yes, there was cake for desert, but I much preferred 2 chicken thighs (a bit of increased protein) or some cut up fresh fruit to the carbs in the cake. But I guess being a chef is not an easy job and if I return, next time, I will bring "fillers" (cut up vegetables or fruit). Also, the poached salmon was overcooked. In addition, there are no choices offered so you eat what the chef serves. The spa doesn't promote organic or natural; the focus is on reducing calories and not promoting natural health. And cheese is utilized at meals very frequently. But, the hotel is set high in the mountains and is perfect for relaxation. The indoor pool is always open and kept at a warm temperature. Amenities like shampoo & soap are provided, but if you require anything else you can purchase it from the front desk at a nominal fee. There is no steam room or sauna, and the towels could be a bit less threadbare as expected one would find in a spa. They run a lot of specials via email or living social and for a special price, iit's a good getaway..in the mountains....fresh air...trees....bring lots of books and prepare to unwind & be away from the everyday stress of your life. Would I return? Probably ... because the people who work here are truly truly very nice and genuine. And if Michael is available for a massage it is definitely a plus.
- 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