I must preface my comments by saying that I am an avid outdoors woman; thus, cabins, the outdoors and all that comes with those two are fine by me.
I was greatly disappointed by my Omega R&R experience. I believe they missed so many opportunities to be a fabulous example of mind-body harmony, eco-friendly and holistic living, and self-empowerment. What I received was an expensive, dirty, contradiction of principles, provided mostly by individuals who seemed to believe less in the principles espoused on the Omega website and more about [ssss]
I stayed with two friends in a deluxe (I use this adjective very liberally) cabin. This was the first missed opportunity. The place was dirty and very much counter to eco-friendliness. The carpet was old and dirty. So dirty that it was stained and black around the edges. They should have plain wood planked flooring that could be easily swept. I echo a previous comment about the cheap motel linens. This would have been a great opportunity to provide bamboo and other renewable materials in bedding, not cheap, dirty polyester bedspreads and sheets. The pillows were so nasty they should have been long thrown out. And we weren’t provided enough pillowcases for the pillows. When we asked for additional linens at the ‘customer service’ hut, we were told to go to registration – they would be better able to help us. The bathroom floors were so dirty and the sink and toilet looked as though they had never been cleaned. We were provided waxed coated ‘dixie-type’ cups in the room. Why not provide glass, particularly since we are told we have to pay for paper cups when we purchased coffee to take back to our cabin? Luckily we brought our own toiletries, but they missed another opportunity to provide dispensers with eco-friendly items – maybe even some soaps that were locally made.
The food was sub-par. It was vegetarian but it was mush most of the time. I got serious GI issues from the food. I ate peanut butter most of the time.
I agree with the comment about the wine. Why not provide some? Again, support the local economy?
I was told there was canoeing; thus, I brought my gear. The lake was terribly small and all the boats were put up for the ‘winter’ – it was October – what better time to paddle than in the fall? All there was to do was walk in the woods – while I enjoy hiking, I saw raving reviews of the recreation. There was a basketball court, which seemed very out of place for a quiet retreat. Why not have an evening gathering around a campfire in the common area?
The sauna and spa was deplorable. First, there should be a mens and womens sauna – not one with shared hours. Please clean the sauna. Please provide ample lighthing. And have some common courtesy rules. It is rude to sit naked with your genitals straddle in the face of another woman, particularly after the woman asks for discretion. Please don’t do yoga in the sauna, again forcing your genitals on another woman. The spa had no place to sit and relax before or after a treatment. My energy treatment was a complete rip off. I paid $85 for a woman to lay her hands on my legs and breathe heavy for 45 minutes, to then proclaim my chakras cleared. It wasn’t very clean either.
There was a great looking art hut but agree with the other comment that it was only for the staff. Why not have that open to the guests? What is more therapeutic than making art?
Omega has lost its vision and direction. With the exception of two staff members, the employees seemed lost and simply there to hang out until they can figure out their next step in life. They need to find dedicated staff, revamp their accommodations, and provide a good experience. For the money – go to Kripalu…you’ll find it a more authentic experience.
- Also Known As:
- Omega Institute Hotel Rhinebeck
- Omega Institute Rhinebeck