From Editor-in-Chief, Laura Kosann
It’s official: Gurney’s Montauk just might just be my new favorite spot to get away to in the Hamptons. Gurney’s is the only four-season resort on Montauk, befit with a 2,000 ft. private sand beach, 146 rooms, one of which is the Deluxe Oceanfront King (where I had the pleasure of staying). The resort somehow maintains the perfect balance between that sleek hotel feel, as well as a place that gives you the feeling you’re home. Imagine, if you will, that incredible beach house your friend (or your friend’s family) owns, that you hope to get invited to at least once a summer. It causes major envy and competition amongst friends and family as to who gets to be the guest there each weekend, and vying for holiday weekends becomes a sort of Gladiator-esque experience.
Why compete, when you can stay at a property like Gurney’s? My proximity to the ocean was unprecedented, as were my dinners at the onsite restaurant Scarpetta Beach, which boasts Italian food that’s perfectly light and fitting for the seaside setting. Combine that with the Fire Pit seating outside the bar and restaurant overlooking the ocean, and you most definitely don’t need to leave this property once over the course of a regular or long weekend.
The highlight of the trip may have been the Gurney’s customized massage. The onsite spa has the only indoor, ocean-fed seawater pool in the United States, as well as a slew of other treatments ranging from a Thalasso Algae Bath to Active Green Argillite Mud Therapy all the way to a Head To Toe Ocean Radiance Treatment. Merely getting a massage gives you unlimited access to the spa’s steam room, sauna, and Roman baths, making it a half or full day experience if you wish it to be. I left the property feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, which honestly can be rare these days when staying at hotels.
After my stay, I was excited to hear that Gurney’s is opening a second property for its brand – Gurney’s Newport – whose renovations will debut Memorial Day Weekend (so if you didn’t have plans, here you go!). There will be Blade access (the on-demand mobile based helicopter charter service) from Manhattan to Newport, as well as between the Newport and Montauk properties, in case you were worried how you’d get there. With summer approaching fast, us potatoheads are psyched to have two new go-to properties to add to our list of destinations!