Would The Ramones have approved of this new wellness retreat on the edge of Queens?
We think so. Just off the Atlantic-side beach, the Rockaway Hotel & Spa has views of the Manhattan skyline while offering Long Island surf culture and Hamptons luxury. Designed by Curious Yellow, it uses bleached wood to chic effect and lots of local textiles to punch up the gathering spaces.
The obligatory rooftop restaurant benefits from city vistas and beachy sunsets. A heated plunge pool is open year-round, flanked by a cedar barrel sauna and lounge with sheepskin throws.
Just a half-hour from JFK airport, it’s worth a pit stop to catch your breath before – or after – a hardcore city break.