With over 100 miles of free, public sandy shores, Nantucket -- a Native American word meaning "land far out to sea" -- is basically one big beach. And, as a result, this tiny island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts attracts a wide spectrum of visitors all looking for that unique beach stay. Thankfully, boutiques across the breadth of Nantucket stand ready to accept the masses. Here are some of our favorite intimate stays:
The big, luxurious one- to three-bedroom units at White Elephant Residences are a good choice for families and groups. Unlike vacation home rentals, these units come with the perks of a hotel stay -- daily housekeeping, a seasonal outdoor pool, and a well-equipped fitness center. As to be expected, however, privacy and luxury don't come cheap on this island.