Quick Summer Beach Getaways

Quick Summer Beach Getaways

By Damien Martin

Last week’s solstice has confirmed what kids released from homework and the opening of your local pool have been hinting at for weeks: It’s officially summer. Time to pack up and hit the beach! A few of our favorite Virtuoso-preferred domestic beach destinations:

Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton, New York

With just 22 rooms and a Jean Georges restaurant on-site, this is a quiet oasis in the often chaotic Hamptons. There’s plenty on the grounds to keep you occupied, but you’re also smack-dab in between Southampton, East Hampton and Sag Harbor, and Topping Rose House’s Lexus fleet is waiting to whisk you to the beach just a few minutes away.

Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Spread across 13 acres, Ocean House has been a mainstay on Block Island Sound since 1868. The turn-of-the-century decor blends well with modern touches such as in-room iPads, and each room reminds guests that they are just a few steps from 1,000 feet of beachfront. Along the Relais & Chateaux Route du Bonheur, the Forbes Five-Star hotel boasts a Forbes Five-Star restaurant and spa, making it one of 11 resorts in the world to earn the triple distinction.

WaterColor Inn, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Along the 30-A corridor in the Florida panhandle, WaterColor offers views of the beach from all 60 rooms, just in case you’ve forgotten why you’re there. Online beach setup reservations ensure your place in the sun is waiting for you when you arrive. Live music and movies in the marina park ensure that your evenings are full of activity after a relaxing day on the sand. 

The Lodge at Sea Island, Sea Island, Georgia

You won’t have trouble finding a secluded spot on the 5 miles of private beach, and an extensive activity list ensures there’s never a dull moment. From squash to shooting and just about everything in between, the whole family can have endless fun. The 40-room Lodge and 200-room Cloister are both Virtuoso-preferred and, along with the Georgian Room restaurant and Spa at Sea Island, have been awarded Forbes Five-Star honors nine years in a row, an unparalleled feat.

Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California

So we don’t get accused of only featuring the East Coast, we included the fabulous Montage Laguna Beach. The 20,000-square-foot oceanfront spa has everything we need to recover after a cross-country flight, and the fitness calendar helps keep your beach body toned when you need it most. When the sun goes down, enjoy s’mores fireside while you listen to the surf roll. You’ve earned it.

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