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Shou Sugi Ban House Debuts Second Property in the Hamptons

The luxury wellness retreat expands with additional accommodation options.


Shou Sugi Ban Inn is the newest addition to the Japanese-inspired Hamptons wellness sanctuary.

Two years after opening Shou Sugi Ban House in the Hamptons, the wellness retreat and spa is expanding its footprint in Water Mill, NY, to include Shou Sugi Ban Inn, an intimate bed and breakfast for overnight stays and two standalone upscale residences for short-term rentals.

Amy Cherry-Abitbol, the founder and creative force behind Shou Sugi Ban House, is a former corporate attorney who joined forces with Kathleen Kapnick, her business partner, in 2015 to purchase the land where the property now sits. Shou Sugi Ban House originated from their idea to create a sanctuary outside of the everyday and guided by the belief that each person walks their own unique path to wellness.

Formerly known as White Fences Inn, the new Shou Sugi Ban Inn features five room, including three suites. It is adjacent to the Shou Sugi Ban House property and accessible by a private stone pathway. There are plans to integrate the minimalist design of the Japan-inspired Shou Sugi Ban House into the inn’s existing interior design and landscape.

Guests of the inn will be able to enjoy Shou Sugi Ban House’s daily signature breakfast, part of the plant-rich culinary program designed by Michelin-starred chef Mads Refslund. Each of the inn’s rooms and suites come with a modern gas fireplace, Frette linens, a soaking tub or shower, organic Japanese amenities, and access to the inn’s private swimming pool and patio. Inn guests also have priority access to the spa and wellness offerings of Shou Sugi Ban House and can experience its daily morning movement class on the main property for an additional fee (based on availability). Nightly rates start at $795 for single occupancy.

Those interested in short-term residences can take advantage of the Shou Sugi Ban residences. One property, located between the inn and Shou Sugi Ban House, sits on 1.5 acres of land and features five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a tennis court, and a pool with a pool house and an outdoor shower.

A second residence features seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, a centralized living room with a gas fireplace, a full kitchen, and a dining room. It also comes with a backyard with a garden patio and lounge chairs.

Both of the residences provide a host of services, such as daily housekeeping, a private chef, and a property manager for an additional cost for each residence.  

“We are thrilled to be adding this beautiful inn and residences to the Shou Sugi Ban House property portfolio, says Cherry-Abitbol. “With these new locations, we are extending the brand our team has worked hard to build and introducing a new type of stay in the Hamptons.”

Cherry-Abitbol recently announced the appointment of Kei Shimazu and Lizzy Lee to assist in the operation of Shou Sugi Ban Inn. Before joining Shou Sugi Ban House, Shimazu held the positions of wellness director at NEXUS Luxury Collection and assistant manager at Shibui Spa in The Greenwich Hotel. Lee joined the Shou Sugi Ban House team after years of experience in the food and beverage industry.

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Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent,,,, and, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.