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One of the biggest draws of White Elephant Village is the wide variety of room choices within its two offerings, the inn and the residences. The inn, which was added to the property in 2012, is home to 20 guest rooms designed by local decorator Kathleen Hay, whose modern take on classic beach interiors imbues each space with the chicest of laid-back vibes. There are four types of accommodations in this building: deluxe rooms, junior suites, suites and one penthouse suite with a balcony. Though they vary in size — and some of the suites feature fireplaces — all include plush beds (one king or two twins) with leather headboards, flat-screen HD TVs, a small refrigerator, a large desk and a beautifully outfitted bathroom with sand-colored glass tiling and porcelain floors that mimic driftwood. Suites at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel have a sleeper sofa, and deluxe rooms can connect to adjacent suites, creating a large and stylish space for families.
Families should also consider one of the 25 residences at White Elephant Village. Not full-time residences at all, but rather rental units with all the comforts of home and amenities of a top-notch hotel, these one-, two- and three-bedroom condos opened in 2009 with design by Alexandra Champalimaud. Beyond their beachy, bold good looks (available in a red or blue color palette) and luxe touches (Pratesi linens, pillow-top mattresses), each one comes equipped with a washer and dryer, sleeper sofa, gas fireplace and kitchen stocked with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine refrigerator, microwave, toaster, blender, panini press and coffeemaker. Children’s amenities available include everything from Pack ’n Plays and cribs to bottle warmers and strollers. Book a three-bedroom residence and you’ll also enjoy a BMW X5 sports activity vehicle for use during your stay. Every residence boasts a unique floor plan and a name inspired by Nantucket history — you might check in to Wampanoag or Melville.
Whether you stay at the inn or residences at the luxury hotel, you’ll be impressed by the attention to detail given your guest room. From the generous assortment of magazines and CDs to the Dorothy Prentice bath amenities in scents of green tea, ginger, Brazilian orange and vanilla, nothing has been overlooked.