Nantucket Island has a romance with the sea: soft-sand beaches hug its shores and a nautical past adds an air of adventure to any vacation. Nantucket’s world-class hotels define 5-star luxury, and the infamous White Elephant hotel has just set the bar higher for summer 2012 by unveiling the Inn at White Elephant Village, 20 new units featuring 14 suite rooms. The staff at the White Elephant Village anticipates guests' every need, and the chic, modern suite rooms ensure a stylish repose or stress-free couple's getaway.A typical Nantucket beach house — Photo courtesy of Amber Nolan
Set on South Beach Street, the Inn at White Elephant Village is a natural extension of the award-winning, landmark hotel, and is just steps away from the Nantucket harbor and a short bicycle ride to Jetties Beach. Complimentary beach gear and bicycles are easily accessible, and BMW courtesy cars are on hand to take guests to town as well as shuttles to the ferries. The hotel also offers a late-afternoon port and cheese sampling – a perfect way to unwind after a long day at the beach - or ice cream is served by the pool for those that feel like lingering at the hotel. Quiet paths and gardens are scattered throughout the property, and several rooms include private patios.
The elegant lobby — Photo courtesy of Amber NolanFor convenience, the lobby offers a gift shop and business center, coffee, cookies, and snacks as well as a wide selection of movies and Xbox and Nintendo Wii game station rentals. Other amenities of the inn include exclusive access to the heated pool and cabanas, a fitness center, and priority reservations and discounts at the Brant Point Grill, the hotel’s dining venue that serves fresh seafood and American fare. Guests also enjoy priority access to the spa, featuring hot stone treatments, couples massages, and facials.
The living area — Photo courtesy of Inn at White Elephant VillageSeveral lodging options are available, including one, two, and three-bedroom residencies, suites, and deluxe rooms. One bedroom suites are fitted with king beds, connecting master baths with glass enclosed-showers, and Turkish bathrobes, towels, and slippers for guest comfort. Rooms also offer oversized windows, music docking systems, a living room with a dining area, HD televisions, gas fireplaces, a kitchen pantry, and elegant, neutral décor by designer Kathleen Hay. (Tip: Suite room 31 has a winding staircase and views of the harbor).
A special two-night romance package that includes champagne, dinner for two, and a sunset cruise (or island tour) is available year-round. During the peak summer season, hotel availability is limited, so book in advance. The early fall can also be an ideal time to visit; crowds are beginning to fizzle as kids head back to school and temperatures begin to cool slightly - a peerless recipe for romance.