The location is not walking distance to the ocean or town
Rooms have been renovated but some areas need updating
This family-friendly resort has a variety of renovated rooms, suites, and villas overlooking Lake Montauk. The views take advantage of the attached marina, bobbing with boats galore, and are crowned by a white lighthouse. The resort has more than 80 years of intriguing history, and rooms are pricey but nicely decorated in nautical style. Though the location is not directly on the ocean, on-site activities and restaurants, and the free shuttles to town make it a draw for an amenities-filled Hamptons getaway.
A family-friendly resort with a variety of activities and restaurants
This expansive and historic resort evokes another time. Originally built in 1928 by entrepreneur Carl Fisher (the man credited with turning Miami from a sleepy backwater town to a thriving resort metropolis), the resort quickly became the local go-to vacation destination for the wealthy (original members of the club include J.P. Morgan, Vincent Astor, and Harold S. Vanderbilt). Charles Lindbergh is said to have often flown his seaplane into the harbor to dock at the club's marina. And according to local legend, the Island Club (which was located next door to the original resort and would eventually become part of the resort as it stands today), was the most popular speakeasy and gambling casino around town during Prohibition. To avoid trouble, the club posted sentries at the stone stanchions at the end of the island's causeway -- when the police stopped by, the sentries would radio the club for management to hide the liquor and gambling equipment.
Today, the resort maintains some of that storied appeal (the towering white lighthouse is what beaconed guests to the resort from its inception). Yet there are plenty of modernized amenities to keep today's guest happy -- though the two outdoor pools and small private beach are popular with kids, so if you’re looking for some celebrity-style peace and quiet, head to the ocean. Despite updates and upgrades, one original trait has remained consistent through the years: The resort, as a whole, attracts a wealthy set, and guests shouldn't be surprised to see the occasional celebrity roaming its grounds.
Minutes from Montauk Harbor, the resort faces a marina, and is a short drive from the ocean and downtown
At the easternmost tip of Long Island, the Montauk Yacht Club’s lakeside location is kitty corner from Montauk Harbor -- an area containing restaurants, shops, plenty of harborside sightseeing. In addition to downtown Montauk, there are many nearby towns to explore, and, of course, miles of sandy beaches to enjoy.
Renovated nautical-style rooms, suites, and villas appeal to the just-off-the-boat or jitney haute summer crowd
The 107 rooms and suites at the Montauk Yacht Club -- not surprisingly -- are decorated in nautical style, with splashes of navy blue against white. The villas are housed separately from the main buildings, and are more spacious and modern. Villas don’t have their own private balconies or terraces, but they have access to lawn space with tables and chairs.
Comfortable 300-thread count sheets, duvets, and goose-down pillows
Balcony or terrace (views range so make sure to ask in advance), except in the villas