Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
What We Love
- The only year-round resort in Montauk
- Five restaurant and bar options, including a branch of Scarpetta
- The thalassotherapy-oriented spa
- Unique sand-filtered, ocean-fed, heated indoor seawater pool
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Some amenities, like the Beach Club, are open seasonally only
- The hotel was completely revamped in 2014
- The resort is more sprawling and less low-key than some other Montauk stays
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set on an atmospheric bluff above a 1,000-foot private beach, Gurney’s epitomizes the spirit of endless summer all year. And now — thanks to a major face-lift in 2014 — this grand dame is classier than ever. Expect a spanking new lobby, updated guestrooms and public spaces, and five stylin’ dining options, including such beloved imports as Scarpetta Beach and the Regent Cocktail Club. The guestrooms, suites and cottages have a feel that’s both residential and beachy-breezy, with a light palette, plush textiles and ocean views, as well as all the latest conveniences, like iPod radios and flat-screen TVs showing current movies. The hotel’s showpiece is its famous seawater spa, which features Roman baths, a Finnish rock sauna and an indoor sand-filtered, ocean-fed, heated seawater pool, the only one of its kind in North America. Take in the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean views from the relaxation area before experiencing the thalasso spa (it was the first in the U.S., founded by Nick Monte 30 years ago), which offers unique marine-oriented treatments. Enhance your chill even further by snagging one of the yellow and white striped beach chairs at the Beach Club and whiling the day away in style. The Beach Club’s bar and grill also hosts a barbecue every Saturday during the summer.
In the Area
Montauk may be a beacon for New York’s fashion set these days, but the town’s surfers and fishermen are still the heart and soul of the place. Join the former by taking a surf lesson, renting a standup paddleboard, or taking part in a surf camp with Montauk Board Riders, a posse of enthusiastic wave riders, surf instructors and even a photographer to immortalize your session. For a taste of old-school Montauk, get some grub at The Dock, a fixture on the harbor since the 1970s that serves nostalgic dishes like clams casino and chowder. Prefer to see the other, hipper side of the coin? Head to the Surf Lodge, a beautiful-people magnet with a fun restaurant helmed by Australian Chris Rendell. Wind down at Ditch Plains, the famous surf beach, with its eclectic crowd and picturesque 1796 lighthouse.
How to Get There
I just spent a beautiful 2 days at Guerney’s. Best amenities: elaborate spa with large saltwater pool, room with full ocean views, pristine endless beach, wonderful terrace with large settees. Dinner was delectable. Service friendly and super friendly. If you want to feel completely restored and relaxed then this should be your destination.
I will be back!
On a beautiful beach. Perfect location. Great restaurant for breakfast and dinner. Very quiet on weekdays, crazy with a young New York crowd on the weekend. Rooms are ok, but not great. And value for money at the edge.
Loved it so much we are going back again in late summer. If you love it in the winter, as I did, I can't image how great it will be in the summer. The staff was fantastic, rooms were excellent and the restaurants, bars, and spa were first class. Great fun...not cheap but worth the price.
We read "resort and spa' in Gurney's full name and we were game for a getaway winter weekend. And we are glad that we had our first visit and will return for a second and a third and a ....
Every member of staff at Gurney's is helpful, caring, professional, etc. from the bellhops, to the front desk, to the waitstaff and bartenders, to the team in the spa. And our room in the 300 section looked right out at the beach. Bliss. Perfect.
That said, we left with a few questions ... resort and spa implied adults. On our weekend, we were surprised with lots of kids ... in the formal restaurant at night ... in the pool splashing in the morning and afternoon. Not the calm and quiet that we were expecting. We wished that there was Adult swim time and/or time when kids could be in the pool or not be in the pool. Also, to have dinner reservation after 7:00pm on a Saturday night at a 'pricey' restaurant (Scarpetta Beach) we didn't expect to hear infants crying and toddlers screaming. Nothing against children. We didn't realize this was both a family resort and an adult resort.
Additionally, we thought there would be more adult fitness. One class a day wasn't our expectation. And, in a room with an uneven floor. Not so easy to do pilates on an uneven floor. Our instructor was fantastic but it was quite a challenge. If you're interested in fitness, there is wonderful hiking in the area. Not challenging. Enough to get your heart pumping and lungs expanded. With beautiful vistas. Just watch for the ticks.
What can I say. The staff is above and beyond professional! They’re always on their game! The setting on the ocean with the fire pit and heat lamps make for an ambiance that’s incredibly relaxing and beautiful!!! It’s a shame how expensive it can in July & August but Gurneys is a very special place any time of the year. One day it was 40 & sunny. Loved the Venison at the restaurant! Enjoyed the sunrise?! The robes are always a nice touch, especially when walking from your to rom to swim at the spa. Anthony and the STAFF are incredible!! Thank you again!!!