Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is a Hamptons institution situated on Montauk’s pristine stretch of oceanfront. The resort has much to offer families looking for a getaway on the Atlantic Ocean; located at the tip of Long Island, Gurney’s is the only four-season, beachfront resort in Montauk.
The iconic resort dates back to 1926 and was owned by the Montes family for 85 years. It recently changed owners and is undergoing a long-overdue renovation. Phase one was completed in winter 2014 and looks fantastic. There are two more phases scheduled; the work is due to be completed by winter 2016.
Given that Gurney’s is in the midst of this multi-year overhaul, the room styles differ throughout the property.
The resort has a variety of accommodations for families, from guest rooms with two queen beds, to suites, to standalone beachfront cottages with kitchens and fireplaces. All room types have dramatic ocean views.
We stayed in the newly renovated Forward Watch building. The decor is chic with a comfortable, laid-back vibe. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the stunning ocean view. The large, private verandas in this building give families a wonderful outdoor living space to relax and enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach.
The formal dining room, The Seawater Grill, was made over in phase one of the renovation and has a new chef, with a menu featuring California cuisine. Dining while watching the sunset is a property highlight.
The Ocean Cafe offers casual all-day dining with a nice patio, while The Market is a “grab and go” cafe with smoothies, coffee and baked goods made onsite.
In the summertime, Gurney’s has the only beach dining in the area. Parents enjoy lounge chairs on the beach while kids play in the water at their feet.
The amazing indoor saltwater pool at the spa is a not-to-be-missed experience. The pool is North America’s only ocean-fed, sand-filtered seawater pool. Children’s hours are from 12-2:30p and 6-8p (extended on holidays). The 30,000-square-foot spa overlooking the ocean was recently rebuilt with a 1920s Paris feel.
There are also new kids’ club rooms with activities for toddlers to teens in the summer. Babysitting services are available as well.
> A visit to the Montauk Point Lighthouse and Museum is a must for families. The view from the top of the lighthouse is well worth the 137 steps you have to climb. There are also several hiking trails nearby. The three-mile seal hike is a favorite. Guides can be arranged at the Montauk park office.
> Families can go horseback riding at Deep Hollow Ranch, the home of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. It is also the oldest cattle ranch in the U.S.
> Montauk Downs is the New York State-owned and operated golf course, approximately 10 to 15 minutes away. It is a Robert Trent Jones course and always busy, especially in season; reservations are necessary.
> Tennis courts are within a five-mile radius of the resort; there are none onsite.
> The fishing harbor is about 15 minutes away from the resort. The concierge can help arrange half- or full-day trips.
> The Village of Montauk is about two miles away. Minature golf, bike rentals, and surfboard and boogie board rentals are available here. The nearby towns of East Hampton and Amagansett are fun to explore for shopping and restaurants.
> Pick up picnic supplies in town and visit a local winery. Duck Walk Vineyards is only 10 minutes away.
> Families visiting in the fall can enjoy apple or pumpkin picking and a corn maze at nearby Milk Pail Farm.
Montauk’s natural beauty makes it the ideal place to immerse yourself in outdoor activities. Each season has something special to offer. Gurney’s Resort rates range from low-season specials starting at $232 per night to $900 per night in summer high season.
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Editor’s Note: Gurney’s Montauk Resort hosted Sandy’s stay. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photos by Sandy Pappas except where noted.
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