Style Breezy beach house
Setting Sedate Shelter Island
This boutique hotel in the Hamptons brings St Tropez to the shores of Shelter Island. Sunset Beach has a glamorous following of young movers and shakers – the who’s who of the Hamptons on an otherwise quietly residential offshore retreat. The elite come to party in this tastefully transformed Sixties motel, where gleaming glass doors and whitewashed private sun decks lead straight down to the ocean.
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- Rooms 20.
Double rooms from $325.00, excluding tax at 9.38 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency ($325) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (from US$10).
- Facilities In rooms: free WiFi and local calls, HDTV, DVD players, stereos with CD player, iPod docks, Kol Design bath products; complimentary cycle hire.
- Poolside No pool, but you can see the ocean.
- Check-out 11am. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
- Children Cots are free, and some rooms have their own pull-out couches ready. Hotel staff will babysit with a bit of notice, for $20 an hour.
- Also Minimum two-night stay required at weekends; three-night stay over Memorial Day, 4 July and Labor Day. Pets are allowed for $125 for each animal.
- Hotel closed Mid-September to mid-May.
Food and drink at Sunset Beach
- Hotel restaurant The Sunset Beach restaurant is a French-inspired bistro serving up New York strip steak, whole roasted branzino and bouillabaisse. For $25, the chef will prepare and cook any fishing fan’s catch of the day. The bistro has many parts and levels – the Sandbox is where to eat and tan at the same time, the mid deck is for casual dining in the shade and the ground floor is indoor (but open to the ocean) and decked out in white-wood, cushioned banquettes, French barstools and history-capturing photos of previous staff and customers on the walls.
- Dress code Super casual (but effortlessly glam) – sitting sand-covered in your bikini as a long lunch becomes dinner is perfectly acceptable.
- Top table Top deck for lunch to get ocean views and ocean breeze at the same time. Dinner is best in the Sandbox, once it’s cooled off a little.
- Last orders The restaurant closes at 10pm. The bar stays open until 1am – sometimes as late as 3am.
- Room service Everything on the restaurant menu is available until 10pm.
- Hotel bar The bar is part of the restaurant and has the same lively energy, backed up by a diverse DJ-performed set list, covering reggae, Indian and African beats. The crowd gathers to look attractive as they sip mixed-to-perfection mojitos long after the sun has set right in front of them.
Sunset Beach 35 Shore Road, Shelter Island, Long Island, Hamptons, NY 11965
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Our favourite rooms
All rooms are practically identical – the only thing that changes is the position of the bed and the view. If you’re after something quieter, go for one of the rooms on the top tier, further away from the restaurant. Or if you’re bringing kids, opt for a Deluxe King room so you have sofa beds ready. Each room has its own private sundeck with sunloungers, king- or queen-sized bed with cotton sheets, linen duvets and down pillows, and minibars stocking cookies from the local Tates Bake Shop, Havaianas and bottles of rosé and champagne. The broom-cupboard bathrooms are small and simple but soon to be improved – the hotel has plans to take out the very old-school kitchenettes secretly stored behind a door in each bedroom and replace with expanded bathrooms.
Big glasses, small swimwear and the latest It-bag to transport it all. A small animal poking out will only do you in good stead. Some cosy cashmeres may be required for the chilly evenings.
The hotel has a glorious Game Room which gets sun-drenched for most of the day – luxurious white-linen day-beds piled with paisley blue cushions and surrounded by hundreds of books.