Spending the winter in an igloo might not sound like the most appealing pastime, but when those igloos are on the beach, and come with warm blankets and other luxurious amenities, the proposition is a bit more enticing. Gurney’s Montauk and Gurney’s Newport are setting up themed igloos at their Hamptons, NY, and Newport, RI, properties. Each hut will offer guests warm blankets, treats, activities, and music according to the igloo’s specific theme.
One of the igloos at Gurney’s Montauk, for example, is astrology-themed. It comes with tarot cards and a crystal ball for photo ops and “fortune-telling.” If you prefer something a bit more realistic, you might choose the Harry Potter igloo, outfitted with potions and wands, with the movie’s soundtrack playing in the background. Best of all, since the igloos are completely transparent, you’ll have a great view of the water no matter which theme you choose.
Other themes at the Montauk location relate to Santa’s workshop, log cabin, astronomy, aprés ski, and tropical summer. Newport will only have three igloos — Santa’s Workshop, Astrology, and Tropical Summer.
The igloos are available through March 1 at the Montauk location and through February 29 at the Newport location. To partake in the experience on weekends, however, you’ll have to make an advance reservation. Igloos can fit eight people at a time and can be reserved for up to two hours at $25 per person. Proceeds from the Montauk location will go toward the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and from the Newport location, they’ll go to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Rhode Island.