The swanky lounge scene by the pool and ample garden space with firepits, hammocks and Adirondack chairs
Yoga on a private deck overlooking Fort Pond
Weekend DJ parties and live acoustic tunes on Sunday mornings
There are ZipCars, cruiser bike rentals and a free shuttle to/from the train station and Jitney bus stop
What To Know
The ocean is five minutes away, but there are free beach parking passes; limited availability, get one early
A young, trendy crew comes for the weekend, and families are popular during the week
Free WiFi can be a bit spotty
Parking on site
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Coastal-chic Montauk resort with a sexy poolside lounge, an Italian-inspired restaurant and manicured gardens
Tucked along Fort Pond, this surfer-chic resort blends in seamlessly with the laid-back Montauk vibe. The 2.5-acre property is a scene set up for the hip crowd — couples canoodle in secluded hammocks, guests mingle around a firepit and the bronzed and beautiful lounge on plush poolside daybeds. The lobby has a breezy coastal feel with black-and-white nautical photographs, rattan furniture and whitewashed wood paneled walls.
Bed and Bath
The 71 bright guestrooms have all the trappings of a beach bungalow (arched doorways, sisal rugs), and sea foam blue, lime green and navy throws decorate the pillow-top beds wrapped in Italian sheets. The spacious garden and poolside suites have living areas dressed with white-linen furniture, slate tile floors and Capiz shell lamps. Red flower print bean bags add a pop of color to the neutral palette. Matching slate bathrooms spoil with walk-in showers (some feature a voyeuristic glass wall looking into the suite), round vessel sinks and Aveda products.
Beeline for a daybed and order a bottle of rosé from the attentive waiters while soft electronica and bossa nova beats provide the perfect chill soundtrack. The low-key Backyard restaurant spills onto a sexy poolside patio appointed with oversize lounge chairs. On the Italian-inspired menu: pappardelle with braised brisket, lobster gnocchi and orecchiette with bacon, jalapeño peppers and cherry tomatoes. Mornings are spent practicing yoga, afternoons lying on the nearby beach or cycling on Solé East's cruisers and nights (when things shift gear and become more lively) around the firepit listening to DJs spin. There are also movie nights in the garden and live acoustic tunes for Sunday brunch.
In the Area
Start the day off with an Aloha smoothie, made with fresh pineapple, coconut, mango and banana, and an organic wrap at Joni's Kitchen. Grab a ZipCar at the resort and take a trip out to Ditch Plains to hang ten with the surfer dudes, then head to the picture-perfect Montauk Point Lighthouse for a killer Instagram shot. For dinner, eat al fresco at The Crow's Nest — we love the blue crab claw tagliatelle and the Montauk striped bass — or nosh on mouthwatering sushi (the tuna, crispy calamari and avocado roll is a must) at Inlet Seafood Restaurant, the best spot to watch the sun set over the water. Charter a boat for a half day and go deep-sea-fishing for tuna, marlin and shark. Don't forget to head across the pond (to the other side of Fort Pond, that is) and check out the preppy party scene at The Surf Lodge.
Solé East Resort
90 Second House Rd
Montauk, New York 11954
How to Get There
Flights are available to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. The property does not offer private car transfers to/from JFK or LGA, both about 100 miles away. It is not recommended that guests take taxis to/from the New York airports. The property offers a free shuttle to the Montauk train station and bus stop in the town center. If you're renting a car for the transfer, self-parking is available for free.