• Resort Spotlight: Gurney’s Takes on Newport

    The newly renovated island resort in the heart of Newport is a planner’s paradise.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Resort Spotlight: Gurney’s Takes on Newport

    The newly renovated island resort in the heart of Newport is a planner’s paradise.

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

The name Gurney’s is synonymous with Long Island’s Montauk, but that’s not “the end” for this growing resort. After purchasing and renovating the former Hyatt on Goat Island in Newport, Gurney’s has indeed breathed new life into this island resort just minutes from downtown Newport. 

Newport may be best known as a sailing capital, as well as for its Gilded Age mansions and popular jazz festival, but this coastal New England town isn’t just for leisure travelers. Gurney’s makes corporate retreats, meetings or events a cinch, since the resort is tucked away on its own island. You don’t just feel like you have an island to yourself, you really do (don’t worry, it’s just a quick drive over the bridge to the quaint downtown). 

Gurney’s Newport is a true resort and is surrounded by water,” says George Filopoulos, president of Metrovest Equities, the principal owner of Gurney’s Montauk and Newport. “In addition to being situated on 10 beautiful acres, Gurney’s is a lifestyle encompassing the best food, wellness, programming and entertainment,” he adds. 

Rope chairs, gleaming teak wood and canvas accents hint at the resort’s contemporary take on nautical design. The 257 guest rooms and suites have also been refreshed and the restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor seating, is a coastal outpost of Manhattan’s famed Scarpetta. Indoor and outdoor pools, a full-service spa and salon, private marina and even its own lighthouse make Gurney’s a comprehensive resort experience. 

When it comes down to business, Gurney’s is well prepared thanks to its 50,000 square feet of outdoor event space and 27,000 square feet of ballrooms and halls. In fact, this resort is home to the largest amount of event space in Newport, making it the go-to for planners. “With the largest meeting space available in the area, Gurney’s Newport strives to offer the most unique and service-oriented experience in the group marketplace. Led by  staff with decades of hospitality experience, a nationally recognized award-winning food and beverage program and lifestyle experts, we are certain to deliver a memorable, successful experience,” says Filopoulos. 

It isn’t solely up to the entertainer. The planner, venue and production company are all part of the equation. 

 

At the end of 2017, the NYC & Company 17th Annual Visionaries & Voices Gala was held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. The annual event celebrates iconic individuals and institutions that embody the vibrancy and vitality of New York City. The 2017 event honored “The Greatest Showman,” a new film from 20th Century Fox; SPE Partners and the new National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey; and the NFL and Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group for the new NFL Experience Times Square.