Montauk, New York
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Hip in the Hamptons
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What it is
A 146-room hipster haven on a 2,000-foot long stretch of private beachfront, with a European-inspired spa.
What it isn't
Lacking anything. On-site amenities include everything from a 120-degree Russian steam room to an indoor saltwater pool with water derived from the coast of Montauk itself.
What we think
Manhattanites all but sighed with delight when Gurney’s Montauk finally opened—answering many a prayer for luxe lodgings that weren’t stuffy (think Carrie Bradshaw, not Charlotte York). We love that the recently revamped guest rooms have the feel of a Wall Street tycoon on vacation, with tailored gray tweed and blonde wood furniture, navy blue piped white linens, and vintage brass fixtures and stroll-in rain showers in the bathrooms. We’d wager, though, that like a Wall Street tycoon, you won’t spend too much time here—not when five restaurants and bars beckon, within stumbling distance.
You're here because
Thanks to its Beach Club, this is an amped up version of Hamptons fun—complete with king size canary-yellow daybeds flanking the powder soft sand and waiters profurring chilled cocktails.
You don’t typically care so much about looking fab on vacation, but it seems everyone who is anyone is either staying here or cozied up at the bar. So you beeline to the spa for an Active Green Argillite Mud Therapy treatment, get scrubbed down with seaweed, swaddled in mud and massaged with frankincense, and emerge like Aphrodite from the sea—feeling and looking like your 29 year old best self. (The Keragreen Keratin treatment and celeb-worthy blow-out did wonders, too).
Restaurants & Bars
Scarpetta Beach - Mid-century modern aesthetic is infused with hues of the seaside.
Tillie's - Comfort food - American kitchen.
Corso Coffee - Italian-style coffee bar.
The Beach Club - Appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and warm-weather cocktails.
The Regent Cocktail Club - Stylish bar and lounge experience with sweeping ocean views.
Set directly on the beach on the tippy tip of Long Island in frothy Montauk, an eleven mile drive from the Montauk Lighthouse Museum (built in 1796 on the order of some guy named George Washington).