Lounge in a cabana, kick back on a daybed or relax under a private umbrella all with your feet in the sand and a drink in hand at the East End's restaurants and hotels with elaborate outdoor seating experiences.
Before summer comes to an end, goers can take in views of Gardiners Bay while dining in an atmosphere with picturesque bohemic-like furniture at Duryea's in Orient Point. "It's more of a vista with expansive water views," says director of people and culture Erin Johnson. "It's a relaxing lounge setup," not so much somewhere to sunbathe and swim.
Over in Montauk, you'll find the more casual Navy Beach has daybeds where people can tan and lounge while sipping and dining. "It's a great spot for you to lay out a towel and hang out much throughout the day," operating partner Franklin Ferguson says. It's a place for those who "want to come and enjoy the beach and still have the hospitality service of a restaurant."
Here's a mix of hotels and restaurants that feature a lounge-like atmosphere. But note, with an eye-catching experience may come a steep price tag.
The Beach Club at Gurney’s
Set up along a 2,000-foot stretch of private beach, The Beach Club offers a combined nearly two dozen daybeds and lounge sofas, both available to hotel guests and non-guests. The former can hold up to four people, while the latter can hold up to eight. Each is rentable for the entire day, starting at 11 a.m. (when service starts) to 6 p.m. The club is open daily. Goers can pick on starters like shrimp and Caesar salad, plus larger plates of tacos, burgers and lobster rolls ($18-$44). Drinks are about $20 a pop. There’s music playing for a majority of the day, too.
WHAT YOU'LL SPEND: Pricing varies depending on the day of the week and amount of people, but expect to pay a minimum rental fee of $700, plus a minimum food and drink spend.
RESERVATIONS: Email email@example.com to reserve. Available through September. To boot, Gurney’s has transformed its East Deck into a pop-up Dior Deck designed by Christian Dior, where food and drink is available daily and on Thursday nights, fire pits are activated. More info: 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk; 631-668-2345; gurneysresorts.com.
The Beach Club at Duryea’s
Step into your own little coastal oasis at Duryea’s beach club, which has three different lounge areas: the waters edge, meant to accommodate two to three people via cushioned chairs; the sandbox, four to five people via cushioned chairs and poufs; and the loungers, six to 10 people with cushioned chairs, loveseat-esque seating and bean bags. All sections include low wooden tables and shade via umbrellas or canopies.
WHAT YOU'LL SPEND: While there is no rental fee to lounge in either of these areas, there are minimum spends in place: waters edge, $75; sandbox, $150; and loungers $225. Food service is available via its asado grill and its food truck. Drinks are brought to you via a server. Rotating DJs spin mellow, world beats from 1 to 7 p.m. all weekend. Dock and dine also an option. The Beach Club is open Fridays to Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. through Labor Day weekend.
Daybeds at Navy Beach
King-size daybeds and outdoor sectionals — and picnic tables and Adirondack chairs, too — encompass the outdoor area at Navy Beach, which takes over 200-feet of private beach overlooking Fort Pond Bay. The entire outdoor area is open for full service — choose from a menu of clam-and-corn chowder, tuna crudo, salmon tartare, octopus, seared sea scallops, Yunnan ribs, buttermilk fried chicken and truffle macaroni and cheese. On the drinks front, expect bourbon- tequila- vodka- and gin-based drinks, plus beer.
WHAT YOU'LL SPEND: There is no fee to reserve; food and drink minimum varies.
RESERVATIONS: Bookings are typically from noon to 4 p.m. or 5 to 9 p.m. Open daily starting at noon, through Columbus Day. Book a reservation by calling the restaurant. More info: 16 Navy Rd., Montauk; 631-668-6868; navybeach.com.
The Settees at Sound View
Catch a sunset or spend the day lounging with a vista at the Sound View hotel, which, this year launched “settees,” four individual seating arrangements equipped with formal lounge furniture situated on the property’s private beach. The settees are available in small and large setups for two to six people.
WHAT YOU'LL SPEND: For hotel guests, half-day rates start at $200; full-day at $300 and sunset at $150; non-hotel guest rates start at $300; $450; and $200 respectively. A Yeti food and beverage package that comes with beer, canned wine and nonalcoholic beverages, plus your choice of three snacks (charcuterie or cheese plates, clam dip and chips, tomato mozzarella sandwiches, fruit, chocolate covered strawberries, macaroons) is provided for $240. Guests can also order from Jack’s Shack, The Halyard and Low Tide Bar. This area is open daily; rentals run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (specific windows vary depending on “rate”). Day passes — for usage of its pool — are at one's disposal.
RESERVATIONS: Recommended; call the hotel directly or visit resortpass.com. Open through Labor Day. At nearby Low Tide Bar, Adirondack chairs and fire pits are arranged on the grounds, where guests can listen to live music Fridays to Sundays. More info: 58775 County Rd. 48; 631-477-1910; soundviewgreenport.com.
The beach at Surf Lodge
The Surf Lodge’s beach area has been revamped for the season to feature lounge chairs and sofas, daybeds, tables and the like in a sleek-yet-sophisticated setting. It's open to restaurant and hotel guests only, Wednesdays to Mondays starting at 5 p.m.
WHAT YOU'LL SPEND: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing info and reservations.
RESERVATIONS: No reservation needed during the week; reservation only on the weekends. Visitors can buy tickets to its adjacent stage area and listen to a lineup of musicians that includes Dua Lipa, Macy Gray and Suki Waterhouse. Open through the end of September. More info: 183 Edgemere St., Montauk; 631-250-8439; thesurflodge.com