New Age Health Spa in Neversink, New York, is now closed. Located on 280 acres in the Catskills 2 1/2 hours from New York City, it was a farm that became a juice fasting retreat called New Age Health Farm. Werner Mendel and Stephanie Paradise purchased the property in 1986, turning it into a destination spa with a focus on health and wellness.
Werner Mendel also created the concept of a spa association in 1990 when he invited a small group of spa owners and wellness proponents to New Age Health Spa to discuss how they might network to better serve their clients and educate the public about spas.
Out of that meeting came the International Spa Association, which awarded him a "Visionary Award" in 2000. Mendel died in 2005 at the age of 70.
One of the affordable spas, New Age Health Spa struggled in the years before it closed due to the economic downturn of 2008 and increased competition in the area.
This message appeared on its website in the spring of 2012:
"We regret to inform all our loyal guests that the spa will not be re-opening in 2012. The economy continues to be a challenge and sadly, we will not be able to do business this year. We thank you all for your support and patronage and wish you health, peace and joy in the coming year."
A company from South Williamsburg, Brooklyn purchased the property in eastern Sullivan County in October for $1.7 million, according to county records.
People who are looking for alternatives in the area can turn to Copperhead Retreat & Spa in Shandaken, New York, in the heart of the Catskills.
A small property with ten rooms and seven suites and duplexes is set on the rushing Esopus Creek and offers daily yoga, meditation and exercise classes. A three-night retreat starts around $1,500 for one person, single occupancy.