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Perched on Nantucket harbour, the White Elephant Hotel is a charming hotel just a short walk from the historic town centre. What was once a collection of old harbour cottages, has been transformed into a boutique hotel, whose style fits perfectly with the quaint cobbled streets, historic homes, independent boutiques and stunning beaches of Nantucket Island.
The 66 guestrooms, suites and cottages all have wooden shuttered windows, nautical themed artworks adorning the walls, and most have a private deck or patio. Some guestrooms offer harbor views, which are understandably sought after, whilst two and three bedrooms cottages are a wonderful option for families and groups of friends. The cosy one bedroom Garden Cottages offer a little retreat for couples seeking more privacy. For those who prefer a more modern style, the two and three bedroom lofts are less gingham linens and wooden cladding, more clean white lines and lofty ceilings.
Set on the picturesque harbor, spend an evening at the island resort's restaurant The Brant Point Grill, which is renowned for its fresh seafood and delicious steaks. Brant Point Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as offering afternoon light bites, a sumptuous Sunday brunch, a Raw Bar on Fridays, and live music at the BPG bar to be enjoyed with a cool craft beer or creative cocktail.
The White Elephant harbourside Spa offers a range of treatments, using organic ingredients in their creams and oils. Treatments begin with relaxation in the 'Serenity Room', with views of the harbour and lawn, or guests can simply pull up a chaise long on the lawn, or a beach chair to relax with a good book, and a cool drink. The library provides respite on cooler days, and the hotel also offers a DVD library. There are fantastic kids facilities too, including a selection of beach toys, a Nantucket Kids; Adventure Guide, and organised scavenger hunts.
There are plenty of outdoor experiences for guests to enjoy, from exploring miles of sandy beaches on Nantucket island, coastal walks, kayaking, windsurfing, biking, boating and fishing. Hire yacht to sail from Nantucket Harbour to Martha's Vineyard, and if you time it right (June to October), there's a chance of spotting migratory whales on route. Nantucket town itself is home to independent boutiques and antique shops, art galleries and museums, particularly dedicated to the islands history as a whaling centre, all within a leisurely amble from the White Elephant.
Why we love it
Comfortable accommodation, a wealth of activities and a homely feel - morning coffee and pastries are offered to the early risers, as well as an afternoon port and cheese reception in the library.