Cottage charm at Nantucket's luxury escape

32 Rooms / 4 Suites

Staying at The Wauwinet, a Nantucket Island Resorts property, is akin to being marooned on a remote island with impeccable service. Built in 1876 by ship captains, the Four-Star Wauwinet is a grand but intimate resort, with 32 sophisticated rooms, four cottages and two private beaches fronting Nantucket Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoying either peaceful stretch of sand is as easy as pulling out the beach chairs from beneath your sky-high, Pratesi-topped bed. Few luxury hotels are as private or as quiet as The Wauwinet; it’s nine miles, but worlds away, from Nantucket Town, and children under 12 are not permitted. Guests come here to unplug while enjoying graceful accommodations and fine dining.

Each room is uniquely decorated with luxe fabrics, fresh flowers (orchids, on a recent visit) and whimsical touches such as table-top dog sculptures, a nod to the Welsh terrier for whom Topper’s, The Wauwinet’s Four-Star restaurant, was named. The attention to detail is exceptional. Twenty-five personalized note cards are placed on each guest’s bed prior to arrival. The downstairs library serves coffee in the morning (in case you need a fix before your complimentary continental breakfast), iced tea in the afternoon, and port and cheese by evening. It’s also overflowing with dozens of games and books for guests to enjoy. Other activities include two clay tennis courts, complimentary bicycles and shuttles to town, the Wauwinet Lady boat (on which you can experience lobstering) and tours in the property’s 1947 Chevy Woody. There is also the lovely Spa by the Sea and, of course, Topper’s.

Dining at Topper’s is an experience in itself. Under the direction of executive chef Kyle Zachary, the seasonally inspired menu shines with local seafood and produce. Each dining experience is tailored to your mood — you might sit in the formal dining room, on the more casual bayside deck or in the bar, or arrange for a group lobster bake. The drink list at Topper’s is as exquisite as the food: The 20,000-bottle wine cellar has won the prestigious Wine Spectator Grand Award many times over, and The Wauwinet even released its own single-malt whiskey in 2013 to commemorate its 25th anniversary.

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