Gurney's Star Island Opens in Time for Memorial Day Out East

By Matthew Wexler | May 21, 2019 | Lifestyle Travel

Gurney's Resorts opens its second Montauk location, and it promises to shine like none other.


Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina owner George Filopoulos describes today’s Hamptons guest as seeking “an effortlessly elegant experience.” The $13 million reimagining of the former Montauk Yacht Club aims to deliver.

“Having gained extensive knowledge of Montauk while operating the original Gurney’s, we know what guests look for and how to differentiate ourselves in the Hamptons,” reflects Filopoulos. To bring that vision to life, Filopoulos sought the talents of designer Stella Abdoulin.

Abdoulin found inspiration in the property’s coastal aesthetic and origin, designing fluid spaces with tranquility in mind. Guest rooms feature light woods and a neutral palette that showcases maritime elements such as shiplap walls and headboard details featuring knotted ropes created by local boaters. Bathrooms are subtly playful with patterned floor tiles and rustic textures reminiscent of life in the cabin of an old ship That seafaring ambiance resonates through all the senses at the resort’s centerpiece restaurant, Showfish.


Helmed by executive chef Jeremy Blutstein, culinary highlights include “bone-in” tuna ribeye, seared sea scallops with lobster and kimchi fried rice, and a knockout brunch showcasing a raw bar stocked with freshly shucked clams and oysters from its sister property, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina. Produce gets its own spotlight at Showfish’s vegetable butchery, an open concept prep station featuring seasonal harvests from local farmers.

You don’t have to be a resort guest to indulge in Star Island’s offerings. At 232 slips, the Hamptons’ largest marina has also received an overhaul, including power upgrades to accommodate the new requirements of today’s modern vessels. In-yacht dining delivers the best of Gurney’s without ever stepping on land. Resort adventure-seekers can book sunset cruises, yacht charters and water sports. Wellness activities, kids club educational programming and weekend DJs keep multigenerational guests pampered from dawn till dusk, but the sun and sand are never far away. A free shuttle to Gurney’s private Montauk beach makes for hassle-free day excursions, culminating in the ultimate Hamptons getaway. 32 Star Island Road, Montauk, 631.668.3100,