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
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Beloved Hamptons institution with a private beach, a knockout spa and five white-hot spots to wine and dine
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
We booked this weekend last minute, but did get the Superior (and might I stress the Superior as it is the best one bedroom suite option) one bedroom suite with a balcony and ocean view. When we arrived at our room and went in, it looked okay, but honestly pretty shabby. As we had arrived late and with our 2 children, we just wanted to get to bed. As we unpacked etc, we noticed the bedroom was very cold. My husband turned on the heat which was BASEBOARD heat. That was the first sign. Needless to say, the room was in horrible shape and looked absolutely nothing like the pictures they show on their website. It was basically a semi improved motel room. It took hours for the heat to get us warm, finally realizing that it did not even work in the bedroom. The bathroom was so small that only one person could fit in at a time. The hot water finished after 5 minutes...the window coverings were the original draw shades also with the one for the door to the terrace (with only a partial ocean view as I stress the Superior again) not even going up far enough to open and close the door easily. The closet door did not even work, I could go on and on. When my husband expressed a few a these things at check out, he was only told to make sure and ask for the newest part of the hotel when booking again. Seriously?
Gurneys is amazing - the service the grounds the food the employees - everything was wonderful and we cant wait to go back next year. We were treated like royalty from the minute we pulled up. The room upgrade and champage and strawberries delivery was just perfection for celebration our anniversay.
Despite the chill wind and lack of any open venues this turned into a welcoming warm afternoon. It is expensive however it is worth the outlay for wam open fire pits and or outdoor igloos.
Great views and space.