By Beth Landman
Since 1980, Gurney’s Resort’s Seawater Spa has been an oasis of calm and healing, beginning when its Montauk surroundings were sleepy, and remaining tranquil while the town exploded into a center of surfer-style hipster activity. Now it’s about to enter into a new era, unveiling an expanded and updated 30,000-square-foot wellness haven, first to hotel guests, but by early summer to the public, with memberships available.
“We have been planning this since 2017,” says Michael Nenner, Gurney’s Resorts executive VP, of the project, which was reimagined through the vision of Ignacio Alonso, who was also behind Aire Ancient Baths. “He helped give it an identity and create a calm and beautiful design.”
Patrons will recognize some aspects of the original spa, like the ocean-fed saltwater pool, which has been retiled. One level up, a new unisex bathhouse containing a sauna can be found, along with a steam room, detoxifying therapy plunge pools and a thermae pool with jets.
The Seawater Spa has expanded east toward the water, and public spaces have been added along with new treatment facilities, including couples rooms featuring indoor and outdoor baths and showers. Mechanicals, including lighting, are now environmentally friendly, and the gym has moved upstairs and doubled in size, with added state-of-the-art equipment, including Peloton bicycles. In addition to the array of fitness classes, a yoga/stretch room with a Lululemon Mirror home gym is available for those who like self-guided classes. Over the summer, yoga classes will also be given outdoors.
Gurney’s therapies will stay true to the marine theme, with a waiting room and select treatment rooms that have ocean vistas, seaweed wraps, hydrotherapy and a new salt room offering halotherapy, said to be beneficial to the lungs.
The Skin Clinic will feature products from Biologique Recherche, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare and One Ocean Beauty, as well as LED light therapy treatment and HydraFacials.
The wellness concept carries through to dining, with juices and light bites, as well as healthy dishes added to the menu at Tillie’s and available to be served at the spa itself. Gurney’s has also opened The Spa Deck with unobstructed ocean views. Now, when you make your commitment to each other, you can make it to wellness, too. gurneysresorts.com