Sunset Beach, Shelter Island
Hotelier André Balazs has taken a former motel on the sands of Shelter Island and turned it into a chic beachside retreat. With a portfolio that includes The Standard hotels in Manhattan and the Chateau Marmont in LA, here Balazs has converted 20 suites and added a lively French restaurant that dishes up moules marinières, salade Niçoise and bouillabaisse. Bikes are available to explore dry land, while pedalos and kayaks open up the ocean waves.
Sunset Beach, 35 Shore Road, Shelter Island (001 631 749 2001; sunsetbeachli.com). Double rooms start at $311 (£207), room only.