Montauk, New York
Gurneys Star Island Resort & Marina
What it is
A charming 107-room retreat on Lake Montauk, with nautical (but not themey) interiors, indoor and outdoor heated pools, loaner BMWs, and three lakeside restaurants.
What it isn't
Boring. Hotel staffers have curated a delightful schedule of activities, whether you want to join a throwback lobster bake (complete with rosemary biscuits) or enroll in tennis lessons on har tru courts with local legends Montauk Downs Tennis.
What we think
When you envision a Hamptons getaway, this is very likely what you’re picturing. Maritime-themed guest rooms are effortlessly cool, from the floor-to-ceiling glass patio doors that look out to bobbing yachts to the blonde “wood”-walled shower. (Bonus: amenities are appropriately luxe, including cushy robes, Lather toiletries and Nespresso machines for your morning jolt.) To feel like you have your own Hamptons beach house, book a Villa Suite, which sleeps five; the green gabled cottages are set overlooking the ocean and lush lawns within the former Ziegfeld Estate. While you’re here, don’t miss the frozen watermelon chili margarita at The Pool Club, an outdoor bar set alongside the sceney marina.
You're here because
The resort runs what might be the most fun seasonal kid’s club Out East for the 12 and under set, including a marine education program developed alongside Cornell University experts.
Cuddled up in your rounded banquette at Showfish, the resort’s buzzing seafood restaurant overlooking the glimmering water, you simply can’t decide what to order. Oysters on the half shell with cucumber and fennel mignonette? Chilled lobster just-pulled from these very waters? Or Maine halibut with patty pan squash? What the hell, it’s vacay, and it’s the Hamptons. You’ll sample them all.
Restaurants & Bars
- Il Forno - Il Forno offers a variety of artisanal coffees and fresh juices, as well as award-winning pizza, sandwiches, and salads.
- The Pool Club - Relax on one of our waterfront chaise lounges, or enjoy one of signature frozen drinks, such as a Watermelon Chili Margarita or Red Sangria.
- Showfish - Fresh fish, ripe vegetables and hand-selected specialties are spun into one-of-a-kind dishes to be enjoyed in a seaside venue with stunning marina views.
On Lake Montauk, with its very own 232-slip marina that’s reported to be among the best in the Northeast. At the end of the road: the Montauk Lighthouse Museum, originally erected to guide ships to port in 1796 by some dude named George Washignton.