MONTAUK, N.Y. -- Anyone familiar with the original Gurney's
Inn, for decades a rundown timeshare here on the Hamptons' easternmost point,
would find it hard to imagine what the property has become.
Now called Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, the
146-room property, which sits on 2,000 square feet of private beach, has been
almost completely renovated over several phases since 2013. The upcoming
revitalization of its spa is the last part of the refurbishment.
Gurney's is now among the Hamptons' trendiest and most
sought-after properties, boasting what George Filopoulos of Metrovest Equities,
one of the two principals that purchased the resort six years ago, said is
among the highest RevPARs in the country and year-round occupancy of 70% in an
area where very few hotels bother to stay open all year. Its summer occupancy
Last year, Virtuoso made Gurney's the first Montauk resort
in its luxury hotel portfolio.
With success has come growth: In Rhode Island, a former
Hyatt Regency on Goat Island became Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina in
2017. This summer, the 107-room, 232-slip Gurney's Star Island Resort &
Marina opened six miles from the original Gurney's (which the staff here
affectionately refers to as "the OG") in what had been the Montauk
The next phase of Gurney's expansion could be outside the
Northeast, possibly in a warmer, year-round destination or even the mountains.
"It's no secret that our guests in the winter spend a
lot of time in South Florida, that a lot of them do ski," Filopoulos said.
"We're not exactly sure what the blueprint is, but the pillars will
involve an expansion that is measured so that we don't disappoint ourselves or
Right now, the three properties offer varied Northeast
coastal getaways. The 357-room Newport property may be two states away by land,
but it is only 30 nautical miles from Montauk, and guests can move between the
resorts via yacht or helicopter.
Star Island's marina location, with yachts lit up in their
slips at night and a grassy lawn abutted by tennis courts, gives it a totally
different feel than the nearby beach- and spa-centric Gurney's Montauk. What
the original property has in beachfront and cabanas, Star Island has in pools,
with three of them.
Complimentary shuttles enable guests at each Montauk resort
to enjoy the others' amenities and eateries, such as an outpost of LDV
Hospitality's Scarpetta at the OG, and Showfish, the Star Island restaurant
where the catch is brought in from the nearby dock daily and most produce comes
from farms within 20 miles. While each Gurney's has its own personality,
similar design, bedding and furnishings carry through in the rooms.
Filopoulos said he believes that once the OG's signature
seawater spa is renovated, more luxury travel advisors will work with the
brand, which he welcomes.
"It's a great guest for us," he said of Virtuoso
clients. "We're really excited when we see those reservations come through."
A weekend at Gurney's
On a sunny weekend in July, many guests at both Gurney's in
Montauk were enjoying what is now a two-for-one resort experience.
A free shuttle between the properties enables guests at the
OG to experience the marina-centered Star Island, and make use of amenities
like the pool and tennis courts, as well as a kids club partnered with Cornell
to offer an educational marine program; a Van Leeuwen ice cream parlor, serving
scoops of the "Weekend at Gurney's" flavor; and complimentary
activities including sunset cruises, stand-up paddleboard and yoga on the Great
It's worth sampling each resort's main restaurant. Star
Island's Showfish impresses with its seafood, prepared by Hamptons native chef
Jeremy Blutstein. A lobster aquarium and nine-foot seafood display are stocked
daily with the local catch and a glossary on the menu tells guests which farms
provide what ingredients for each dish. I'm still intrigued by the description
of a particular mushroom forager: "A super secret classified location in
Star Island guests can enjoy the Hamptons scene at the OG's
Beach Club, complete with private daybeds and a bustling beach bar. Daybed rates
start at $1,500 on weekends ($2,000 on holiday weekends) for resort guests. For
non-resort guests, daybed rates start at $2,000 on weekends ($2,500 on holiday
The 30,000 square-foot Seawater Spa offers an ocean-fed seawater
pool that Gurney's says is the only pool of its kind in North America.
Scarpetta's only Hamptons location offers some of the best ocean views you can
get on the East End, and this summer began offering brunch.