There comes a time in a young girl’s life when she must use a relaxing beach escape for actual rest. Now is not that time. Though the spa treatments brought to the Surf Lodge in Montauk this past Saturday—thanks to the SoHo-based Maria Bonita Salon and Spa—for an event to fete the official launch of BrazilianSupplement’s Envix Deep Conditioning Hair Masque certainly helped me and my ocean-fried hair to feel refreshed, the open bar of Leblon Natural Cane Cachaça caipirinhas and a sexy live music set by Brazilian beauty Karina Zeviani had me, once again, hitting the sauce. The lovely and lively event, however, did afford me a closer look at the Surf Lodge’s more active alternatives to your usual drunk-in-the-sun-fun. An account of my day, which moved from clouds to sun to a particular, lime-scented kind of fog, after the jump.
A salty, surf-side rain soaks the Surf Lodge at about 4PM, but the dampness only seems to bring out the finer point of the beachy haven. The guests, in bathing suits and breezy dresses, squeeze into the front bar area to keep dry, while others huddle under eaves, tossing around soccer balls designed by contemporary artist Damon Johnson and chatting with their hands in a way only Brazilians can. (Later, they will raffle off a unique art piece designed by Johnson, to benefit the Brazil Child Health Organization.)
Johnson and his balls.
There is something about an event full of Brazilians—they are a group that pulls you in and treats you like an old friend almost immediately. More importantly, they love to party. Some have changed into custom designed T-shirts resembling Brazil’s World Cup jerseys, and several have decided to slow dance to the acoustic entertainment. Nearly every guest speaks of Karina Zeviani, the former Ford model now singing a soothing set, as if she were a sister.
Somehow, after countless caipirinhas, I manage a conversation with the amiable Fernanda Lacerda, founder of BrazilianSupplements, owner of the Brazilian model-ridden hotspot Maria Bonita Spa and Salon in Soho, and guru of all Brazilian beauty treatments. As it turns out, while we New Yorkers have become recently obsessed with Brazil’s beauty bounty, a lot of the products they swear by are not available in the states. As it also turns out, BrazilianSupplements is a well-known importer for all of those tough-to-find Brazilian beauty products, like the widely adored Envix Hair Masque. With a blend of 20 ingredients, like wheat protein, amino acids, soy, and keratin, it’s the perfect hair cocktail after a day of surfing and sunning.
The Surf Lodge was the perfect pairing for the event, being that the vibe, as one partier puts it, “is very Brazilian.” How so? “It’s disguised as very laid back, but that only creates a bigger party—you’re drunk before you know it.” Indeed, most of the venue’s devotees are also incredibly active during the daytime, surfing, kayaking, biking and using those stand up paddle board thingys. Sure enough, the laid-back vibe only heats up as the drinkers catch their second wind after a day of the outdoors.
Half-eaten Surf Lodge fish tacos.
In case your second wind proves elusive, the Lodge offers alternatives to re-charge: weekly yoga classes held on a private deck overlooking the water, in-room massages, facials, and other detoxifying spa services. Additionally, bicycle rentals, surf lessons, sport fishing, and horseback riding can help you work up an appetite for chef Sam Talbot’s menu at The Restaurant, which, to further the healthy lifestyle of their active patrons, serves fresh local seafood. The healthy drinkers, as I found out late Saturday night, keep the party going, late into the night.
Main Photo: Anna J, Gabriel Ruas, Christina Carey. Photo by Hunter Muse