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Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa is reborn as beachfront oasis

If you want to visit the Hamptons but don't have a summer share (or a friend with a sprawling beachfront home), here's a new option: Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa.

Well, new isn't quite right. The legendary hotel has been a Montauk staple for more than 85 years, but it was starting to look a little tired. Last year, property developers George Filopoulos and Lloyd Goldman purchased the resort for $25 million and immediately started to overhaul it, adding 38 new guest rooms, refreshing 71 existing bedrooms and unveiling newly designed restaurants with updated menus to appeal to a hipper crowd (hello, kale salad).

Only the first phase of the renovations is done, but already the hotel now looks, well, fit for the Hamptons.

Rates start at $360 per night; 290 Old Montauk Hwy., 631-668-2345, gurneysinn.com

New Guest Rooms

The overall look is classic beach house with
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The overall look is classic beach house with industrial touches, such as Edison bulbs. New York designer (and 27-year-old wunderkind) Michael Kramer used pale wooden floors in guest rooms as well as sleek furnishings. Spacious bathrooms feature oversized subway tiles and black pebble floors in the showers. To make the most of the ocean views, the new guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as private verandahs with mini daybeds.

Beach Club Makeover

One of the biggest changes is the improved
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One of the biggest changes is the improved Beach Club, which is lined with Miami-worthy daybeds that can be reserved by hotel guests starting at $100 a day. Guests lounging on day beds or sun loungers can order cocktails and a bite to eat from their chair, or head to the new Beach Club bar. The menu is bikini conscious and features lighter fare such as grilled "sticks" of beef, shrimp and fruit, and fish tacos. Those not watching calories can dig into a platter of mini sliders and fries. And there's no need for guests to leave the property if they want to party. A DJ mixes on the weekends, and on Friday nights live music is provided by ELEW, a dynamic jazz pianist known for playing Rolling Stones tunes.

Hotel Amenities

If you can tear yourself from the beach,
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If you can tear yourself from the beach, there are lots of options for unwinding. There's a new sand-filtered sea water pool, and the spa has 40 treatment rooms. Gurney's is also working to attract more families and later this month will debut a Kids Club and beach nanny service.

Menu Overhaul

New food and beverage director Jennifer Oz LeRoy,
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New food and beverage director Jennifer Oz LeRoy, whose family ran the iconic Tavern on the Green and The Russian Tea Room, has revamped and elevated the resort's menus. Highlights include the platter of Montauk oysters served with savory sorbets and the Montauk Roll, featuring shrimp tempura and avocado topped with rock shrimp, at the Seawater Grill, the hotel's most formal restaurant. You'll also find sushi, oysters, filet mignon and, for the kids, hot dogs and cookie dough pancakes.

"Montauk has an eclectic mix of people," said LeRoy. "We're trying to appeal to everyone from locals and New Yorkers to foodies."

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