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Saybrook Point Inn & Spa Oasis by the Water
Looking for an off the map oasis by the water for a getaway? Look no further – the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Connecticut has everything you need. Whether you are traveling for girl’s weekend, a family bonding trip or a romantic week away with your boo, Saybrook Point Inn & Spa has something for everyone!
Conveniently located on the coastline of northern Connecticut, nestled between the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River, the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is a short trip from NYC and Boston by car (2 hours). Looking to ride the rails? Amtrak or Metro North both stop in Old Saybrook and the resort offers a complimentary shuttle pickup at the train station. Upon arrival, the pristine picturesque grounds, charming buildings and breathtaking sunsets are what hits the eye, but it is the warm environment and welcoming staff that really hits the heart. This luxury hotel, manned exquisitely by John Lombardo, feels like a hi-end hug…cozy and inviting splendor in every inch of the sprawling property. It is no wonder this resort is so often sold out and why so many brides choose this as their preferred wedding venue.
Guests have options at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa…if you covet a quiet and more removed experience, booking at the Guest Houses (Three Stories and Tall Tales) is for you. Situated across the street from the Main Inn, these rooms are in historic homes that offer a more exclusive B&B feel than mainstream hotel vibe. Peaceful and private, the spectacularly decorated rooms are for adults only (no furry friends or children under 18 are permitted). The details in the Guest Houses are intricate and well thought out – and for lack of better words, simply divine. You won’t see any design repeats on this side of the resort – every interior element has been hand selected with a keen eye to match the mood, history and locations of the rooms.
With private balconies, luxurious European bedding, and beautiful gardens – you might never want to leave. But should you decide to venture from relaxing on the front wrap-around porch soaking in the stunning water views, you are just a few steps away from the superior amenities the SPI&S offers. I was fortunate enough to experience the Lady Fenwick Junior Suite, which was nothing short of perfection.
Some other notable amenities at Tall Tales and Three Stories:
- Heated bathroom floors
- Full Body Shower Sprays and bubble tubs
- Full kitchen access and beautiful shared lounge spaces on the ground floors
If you are seeking a more traditional hotel experience (where the kiddies are welcome with open arms), the Main Inn offers an equally spectacular experience. Guest rooms range from Standard room (320 square feet of cozy comfort) all the way up to One Bedroom Suites ( 790 spacious square feet) – with uber lush options in between.
The most notable of all the rooms, is the Lighthouse Suite – situated on the main dock, this suite boasts unobstructed views of the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River wherever you look. With a living room, dining area, and kitchenette available, it is 900 square feet of space to call your own. We hear this is a favorite amongst the brides who wed on the property (and who can blame them!?).
Dinner at Fresh Salt
If you crave mouth-watering food in an eye candy setting – the award winning Fresh Salt on the premises won’t disappoint. Using the finest local ingredients and a passion for culinary perfection, every meal the on-site chefs prepared was an experience that left me yearning for more. Dieters please note – this is well worth the cheat day.
The SPI&S’s Local Food Commitment allows them to work closely with local fishermen, farmers and artisans to ensure the quality of locally grown ingredients from the sea, land, and soil. These fresh ingredients and vibrant tastes of Fresh Salt are available daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Whether it is a couple’s massage (which is what I opted for), a facial, body wrap or even a makeup application for your date night at Fresh Salt, Sanno Spa covers the gamut. All on-site in a serene and tranquil environment – you will lose yourself in relaxation and comfort.
Take a quick dip or a long soak in the property’s indoor and outdoor pools, heated year-round. Unwind in the sauna, steam room, or therapeutic whirlpool – or all three. The health club’s large fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment (which might help you work off some of the scrumptious meals you eat at Fresh Salt – especially the larger than life and oh-so-delicious Sunday Brunch).
The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is GREEN! Some impressive facts of how this hotel keeps sustainability a top priority:
- Saybrook Point Inn & Spa was the first full service hotel in Connecticut to receive the Energy Star rating, in 2007.
- Saybrook Point Marina was the first DEP designated Clean Marina in 2003.
- Saybrook Point has reduced its carbon footprint by 180 metric tons since 2006.
- The swimming pools convert salt for chlorination.
- Restaurant cooking grease is recycled for biofuel.
- The Inncom (a Connecticut company) energy system will sense if someone is in the room or not and modify the temperature accordingly.
- CFL and LED lighting is used throughout the building.
- Saybrook Point Inn and Marina has received 12 DEP GreenCircle Awards. PV Solar Panels help provide electricity for the Inn.
- Low impact laundry implements ozone to reduce energy and chemical use. Rain sensor sprinklers and organic lawn care are used.
- Recycled soap is sent to Haiti and other countries in need, through Clean World.
The hotel provides wedding and meeting packages, as well as vacation packages. They offer special events, (such as the Marina Bar Summer Music Series) and the Marina even has the ability to accommodate vessels of up to 230 feet. With an abundance of free parking and even car charging stations, the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is a notch above the rest.
Whether a weekend escape or a month-long vacation, the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is a gem of a resort and rates well beyond 5 stars in my book. See for yourself and book a trip of a lifetime – tell them Christabelle sent you!
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
Two Bridge Street
Old Saybrook CT 06475
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*for review purposes, portions of this trip were comped
Photo Credits: Mark Finne / MarkFinne.com
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