Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
Hotel in Cape Cod
Luxury Waterfront Golf Resort in Cape Cod
I have a distinct weakness for destinations that speak summer so majestically they give you actual pause.
The ones that take every element of sensory seduction the season so effortlessly provides, and host a haven for them. They live easily on the west coast, cultivated year round. But on the east, they take on a charm so spiritually infusing, a revel of arrival from the winter that was, it’s an enchantment both unique and awakening.
Bookended by a pair of beaches, on the elbow of Cape Cod, such exists, atop an east-facing rise. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club is where the splendour of nature’s most boastful season is celebrated in a way that is a tribute to nature, New England, and the superlative unity when exemplary taste meets tradition.
The whisper of Wequassett is a secret not long for the keeping.
Wild roses, salted air and swaying seagrass line an Atlantic shoreline hideaway so serene you can almost hear the creak of weatherworn vestiges in the breeze. White wooden window boxes billowing cottage roses, camellias, and lambs ear welcome you to your room, where garden clippings of the same don the inside, somewhere between the bay windows and the fireplace. Trademark Nantucket dove grey shutters reflect the sand, cottages flaunting, flanking Robin’s Egg blue hydrangeas decorate the land it seems they were born to adorn. They outline the pool, surrounded by sage cushioned white wicker chaise lounges. Take the stairs down to the beach. They’re there too. Each beneath an umbrella.
The abundant staff is adorned in a visually amusing prep rally of periwinkle blues, apple greens, and flamingo pinks. When they offer to clean your sunglasses as you lounge by the pool, provide shuttle service to and from wherever it is you choose to explore, drop off a bag of crayons, bracelets, and notepads to color on (they noticed you arrived with kids) at your room, know, this is every bit the Wequassett way.
Throughout the day, Captain Jim can take you out on his boat to a private beach about fifteen minutes out. Do not pass this up. The sand is powder, there’s a bay on one side, The Atlantic on the other. A fantasy island, showered in seashells and sand dollars. And never will you feel more Kennedy.
I can’t quite recall a resort so tuned into the simultaneous needs of adults and children, slippers are left bedside in your size and theirs. You have your lavish buffet. They have theirs on a pirate ship (replete with pirate escorts). The splash pad and pirate playground is theirs to delight, or spend a day at kid camp, hosting lemonade stands and scavenger hunting. And on Wednesday nights, dive-in theatre is an irresistible lure, snuggling fireside with a gummy bear buffet, popcorn, snow cones, and a movie set above the sea.
Ding ding. The Good Humor truck makes his rounds many times throughout the day. Free ice cream bars for everyone. For the kids. Or anyone who ever was a kid. Strawberry shortcake on a stick? Two please.
While the grounds are flawlessly manicured, feeling lightly alive with blooms, kissed by sun and sea, there is everything to parade and a not a note of nouveaux. The property will likely rank as one of the most spectacular you’ve ever stayed at, accomplished, astonishingly, without a hint of pomp. It’s just not how they do things.
There is no view within the resort that fails to breath take. This is the land that brought Thoreau to his knees. Here they have managed to meticulously cross-pollinate the purity of this pebbled coastline with the quiet pride of which it is so known. Hugged by blue from every turn, anticipate this. The nurture of nature is inescapable.
With an embarrassment of awards and accolades, Wequassett Resort and Golf Club relishes its distinguished hold as the finest resort on Cape Cod and the area’s only member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. But the hold it will have on you is something far greater. A stay at this resort will quench your New England thirst with an enchanted potion of impeccable, individualized hospitality, and a cradling calm curated so easily, so exquisitely, within the coastal culture. Vacation is an occasion. Wequassett, subtly, stunningly, has risen to it.
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles
Photographs courtesy of Preferred Hotel Group and Jolie Loeb
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club is a member of Preferred Hotel Group
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Beach / Sun, Golf|
|Purpose of Trip||Leisure|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Free Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Family Friendly, Conference Rooms, Wedding / Personal Event|
|Ambience||Incredible Staff, Hidden Gem, Elegant|
|Number of Rooms||120 guest rooms and suites, all in Cape Code style cottages.|
Collection of signature suites (from 526 to 1,163 sq ft), cottage style rooms (from 400 to 505 sq ft) and villas (from 360 sq ft).
Stunning from the inside out. Every view is a portrait. Sailboats on the bay, The Atlantic from most vantages, picturesque New England flaunting its finest form. Dress code is casual apart from in their upscale Restaurant 28 Atlantic where it is formal for dinner.
Rooms are pricy but the extras are truly outstanding. The boat out to Nauset Beach is complimentary, as is shuttle service outside the property, and the service is top drawer, start to finish. Respond to concierge inquiries preceding your trip so they can help tailor small nuances to your liking before your arrival. Again, you get what you pay for.
Last updated on 02-10-2015