Resorts Fit For Royalty

Where To Go For a Restful Getaway

Alright, guilty: East Enders famously relish the lifestyles of the rich and famous. There’s something magical about the way our beautiful natural setting sets the scene for lavish meals, decadent massage treatments, and relaxation that’s practically regal in its indulgence. Here, five of our picks for when you’re ready to ditch the underlings and live like the titled gentry you’ve always dreamed of being.


Channel your inner Roman royalty in the sultry subterranean spa at Baker House 1650. Designed by architect David Tosher, the former half basement has been transformed into a luxe Roman bath, complete with twin showers tucked into vaults beneath the property’s main chimneys and earth- toned tiles to transport you to ancient Italy. Swim a few laps in the endless pool, then soften your sore muscles in the sauna and steam room before a soak in the thermal tub. When you’re finished, wrap yourself in a Frette bathrobe and return to your room to dress, then wander the spectacular grounds surrounded by creeping vines, lush flowers, and 200+-year-old wisteria. (181 Main St., East Hampton; 631.324.4081)


Who hasn’t imagined sharing cucumber sandwiches with the Queen and her corgis? Here in the Hamptons, we dream a little bigger; we want those cucumbers to be grown in Her Majesty’s own garden. For that, there’s Topping Rose House, a posh, intimate hotel that gives new meaning to farm to table: dishes in their on-site restaurant are prepared using seasonal produce from their own Topping Rose Farm. (Did we mention that the restaurant is called Jean-Georges at Topping Rose – after that Jean-Georges?) If artisanal veggies from a world-class chef aren’t enough, hire the house shuttle (a Land Rover, naturally) to the beach or savor a yoga flow overlooking the heated outdoor pool. (1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton; 631.537.0870)


If cultural royalty excites you more than inherited titles, look no further than Baron’s Cove. Located in the artsy haven of Sag Harbor, the resort has been around since the 1950s, when it played host to John Steinbeck, Paul Newman, Art Garfunkel, Jackson Pollock, Truman Capote, and Kurt Vonnegut, among others. It was restored and reopened in 2015, and today you can book their opulent “Dine like a Baron” package, which includes a dining credit for a sumptuous meal at The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove. (Try the Sirloin Steak Frites with bearnaise and herb butter!) Who knows? You might sit down to dinner next to The Next Big Thing in art or literature. (31 Water St., Sag Harbor; 844.227.6672)


What’s more regal than curling up in front of a roaring fire? When the sea breeze cools the end of the island on summer nights, The Reform Club is just the place to warm up like a Windsor. Several of their rooms and cottages offer fireplaces, but we’re partial to Cottage 2, whose double-faced fireplace opens both onto the snug bedroom (complete with Matouk linens on the king-size Duxiana bed) and the breezy patio (accessible via double doors on each side of the fireplace and outfitted with a cedar chaise daybed for two). Fancy a cocktail in front of the flame? Not a problem: the cottage includes a full wet bar. (23 Windmill Ln., Amagansett; 631.267.8500)


Perhaps your summertime style is more mermaid than monarch? The Seawater Spa at Gurney’s Montauk is calling you like the song of the sirens. Choose from four different oceanfront workout series, ranging from invigorating Pilates to calming Stretch & Release, then book the Head-to-Toe Ocean Radiance Treatment, which starts with their signature Customized Massage with specially formulated ocean radiance aromatherapy oil, followed by a face massage with marine plasma serum to rejuvenate your outside and reflexology to soothe your soles (and soul!) during your cryogenic seaweed facial mask. It’s an Ariel- approved treatment that’s fit for a Disney princess. (290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk; 631.668.2345)