If you’re all about mini-getaways at the Jersey Shore, there’s a luxurious new option opening next month. Wave Resort is a six-story, 67-room hotel located across the boardwalk and ocean in Long Branch right next to Pier Village, a haven for beachfront shopping and dining.
We got a first look at the gorgeous new resort at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception yesterday, and we’re here to tell you it more than lives up to its billing as a modern hotel with an urban coastal vibe. That’s to say everything about the hotel décor, bar and pool area is beautifully thought out and the answer to all your luxuriating needs.
Wave will feature seven new restaurants and bars, which will include upscale seafood and coastal casual restaurants; a boardwalk coffee shop; a swim-up pool bar, and a hybrid burger-and-taco shop. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool deck with fire pits and 180-degree beach views, a spa, blow-dry bar, bike rentals and a fitness center. There’s also a 7,125-square-foot indoor/outdoor event space with an oceanfront bar and epic ocean views on the sixth floor, just below the hotel’s wave-shaped rooftop.
It’s the perfect spot for a quick kid-free weekend, but its rooms are also spacious enough for a family getaway. Each room has a pull-out sofa, and there’s also a kids’ room for your crew to hang out in. One of our favorite things about the hotel is that it’s just steps away from Pier Village, so you’ll never run out of things to do during your stay.
Beloved NJ photographer Michael Endy’s work is on display at the hotel, with photos of everything from the Palace Carousel in Asbury Park to the Martin Building Hairstylist in Elizabeth. The photography exhibit adds an authentic Garden State vibe to the modern South Beach-like space. Wave is the first resort by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection to open in New Jersey. The group operates more than 700 independent hotels around the world.
Wave Resort is located at 100 Ocean Ave. in Long Branch. Rates start at $545 per night. For more information, go to waveresort.com.