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There's little in America that says luxury like Long Island. Cross the Long Island Sound to stay at hotels that will rival most anything in New York City, or resorts that put at rest both mind and body. You'll find restaurants, scores of them, offering the best of haute cuisine, fresh gourmet seafood, ocean views, and outdoor dining. Some think of Long Island as an extension of Manhattan, but after forays into this region, you'll be praising the lower 48's largest island as a top destination for luxury in its own right.
Long Island is a land of luxury in every sense of the word: lodging, dining, and pampering are all at the top of their game. It's no wonder that so many of the richest and most famous, like Robert DeNiro, Steven Spielberg, Martha Stewart, and more, make Long Island their address of choice. They may work in New York City or LA, but they are proud to call Long Island home. Places like the Hamptons and Garden City are some of the most sought-after destinations for affluent home-buyers in the U.S. You better believe Long Island has fantastic luxury potential!
Luxury Accommodation on Long Island, New York
Here's an insider tip: For celebrity sightings and a fabulous luxury experience, stay a few days at the Garden City Hotel. The hotel is a Long Island staple, going back to the 1870s, and its every nook and cranny exudes a high state of craftsmanship. From the glamorous lobby, to the oversized rooms with in-room dining and turndown services, it's everything you should expect from a refined luxury hotel - and more.
And indeed, everything you've heard about the Hamptons is true, too! The large amount of inns, hotels, and resorts is legendary, which is every bit deserved. For a posh getaway, the ultimate in bed and breakfasts and exclusive sensibilities, book a suite at the Baker House 1650. Located a few-minutes walk from the ocean, the grounds are replete with ponds, pools, fountains, secret gardens, immaculate lawns, and well-placed lawn tables and chairs. The accommodations themselves are royal, replete with William Morris wallpaper, working fireplaces, sleigh beds (you've got to see them to believe them!), and window seats. Shrubbery over 200 years old creeps up the outer walls of this edifice built in an exquisite Queen Anne style.
Near the eastern tip of Long Island, among quaint fishing villages and posh vacation villages, you'll find Gurney's Inn, a resort complex with spa and conference facilities. It's all fantastic, just what you would expect from a Long Island resort. Now about that spa, Seawater Spa: The watchword is ocean, as in the sound, smell, and feel of the wonderful Atlantic. Seawater's key goal is to harness the soothing, caressing, and healing powers of the ocean; this procedure and the application of it for patrons is called Thalasso therapy. A few days or an afternoon of this and you can return fully rejuvenated to the rigors of daily life.
Luxury Dining on Long Island, New York
A full luxury experience to pamper both mind and body, aside from the spa, is dining. As Long Island is a water region, you shouldn't expect anything less than for the restaurants and eateries to be saturated with tasty fish and seafood. In addition, you'll find fantastic steakhouses, French restaurants, and vegetarian haute cuisine to indulge in as well.
Tops for new American cuisine goes to the Garden City Hotel's Polo Restaurant, where the service will leave you both completely content and lustfully planning your next meal there. Whether you come for a scrumptious brunch with selections like a cold lobster and crab salad, or entrées like the antelope loin with dauphine potatoes, you'll agree that chef Steven De Bruyn has created a menu that is nothing short of a culinary masterpiece.
For an exquisite dining setting, the curious and luxuriant should indulge in some steak in the great hall of an old bank. This is the aptly-named Tellers Chophouse, one of the most elegant restaurants in all of Suffolk County. Pick your way through seafood appetizers, succulent steaks, and fine side dishes. The desserts will make even the most refined chocolate lover's mouth water. Under the great vaulted ceiling, the 30-foot windows, and 20s-era photography and motifs, this is Long Island at its finest. And the wine list, with 1,000 labels, will augment your stay with fine wines from around the world and finer tastes.
Luxury Activities on Long Island, New York
Speaking of wines, while on the island you don't have to look far for distinguished quality. The local wine country, on the island's North Shore, has matured and become one of New York's top wine producing areas. The wine route boasts many trophy-filled tasting rooms, so traveling around and visiting them is a great sensual way to spend time in the region. Castello di Borghese, for example, is praised by critics throughout the country, and has won many an award. Ask for its Merlot 2001, or its Chardonnay 2002, both aged in the best French oak barrels.
For those who love yachting, Long Island is a maritime paradise. Travel around Sag Harbor, cruise around Montauk Point for glimpses of the majestic Montauk Lighthouse, and hop from marina to marina along Fire Island, all in the lap of luxury upon the steady waters of the Atlantic or the Long Island Sound. Marina culture around Long Island is high times - they can only be compared to the best après ski in Vail or Aspen.
There are also plush cruises available, for lighthouse tours, or tours of the mansion façades of Gold Coast. Brunch, dinner, and murder mystery cruises are also available.
Whether you prefer to linger round Long Island's refined restaurants and hotels, or kick up your heels to the vineyards, tasting rooms, and marinas - the tale of this island's luxury is every bit as sensual and alluring as it's made out to be. Live it up, spoil yourself, and enjoy every second.
Luxury Vacation Ideas in Long Island, the Hamptons, Montauk, Fire Island