The Hamptons aren’t just a Manhattanite favorite getaway destination in Long Island. The string of villages on the Atlantic coast are not only renowned for their current appeal to the luxury-seeking New Yorkers but also for their cultural and historical significance. Over decades the Hamptons have been favored by artists and intellectuals, who have escaped to the sea air-filled beautiful mansions not only to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city but also to create some of their best work. Now luxury properties in the Hamptons still boast a slightly vintage appeal but refined with a modern day perspective – stylish and sophisticated interiors with a touch of cottage and oceanfront charm, the most attentive staff striving to provide bespoke service, and a perfectly-balanced nature and comfort ratio allowing for peaceful relaxation in style.
Topping Rose House
When it comes to true luxury Hamptons style, it’s hard to top Topping Rose House. Restored nearly a decade ago by owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell, this stunning 1842 Bridgehampton property has been transformed into a modern luxury refuge that proudly fits the style and character that the Hamptons are known and loved for. Within walking distance of some of the finest boutiques, art galleries and cafes, Topping Rose House has 22 stunning and elegant guest rooms located within the House, the Studio and the Cottage. Also offering spa services, a heated outdoor pool, and even house vehicles provided by Lexus, there is no doubt that this property not only meets all expectations but truly exceeds them in style. All interiors at Topping Rose House are the epitome of modern style and luxury. Hardwood floors, neutral walls, and gorgeous floor to ceiling windows in the cottage rooms and suites create an immediate effect of style and elegance. Putting comfort first, all furnishings not only look good but serve a practical purpose allowing you total relaxation during your stay in the Hamptons. All guest rooms and suites offer unparalleled luxury and the cottage rooms excel with their private patio access through the sliding glass door, where within seconds you can find yourself surrounded by the soothing natural beauty of Hamptons.
The Surf Lodge
The Surf Lodge in Montauk feels like a breath of fresh air in the Hamptons hospitality scene – light and airy, just like the subtle coastal theme which is incorporated into every element of this beautiful property. The minimalistic design feels very much on-point and comes with all the basic luxuries you’d want during your stay. With whitewashed walls, sun-bleached wooden floors, and private balconies with lovely views and relaxing hammocks, it’s rather easy to be swept off of your feet by this remarkably relaxing space. Set on Fort Pond, the hotel is within 1.2 miles from the best shops and restaurants in Montauk. While everything at the Surf Lodge feels very modern and clean, there’s a very particular retro feel to the whole place as well, and it really is the cherry on top, adding heaps of character and beach-chic vibes you’d expect from Hamptons.
Inn at Windmill Lane
With Forbes, Goop, and Architectural Digest singing praise to this wonderful property, there really isn’t any way to overlook Inn at Windmill Lane when talking about the best hotels in the Hamptons. Not only is this hotel charming in all its essence, but it is also luxurious in a very unexpected way. What hides behind the rather pleasant exterior is true opulence in the form of spacious suites, vaulted ceilings, and marble-lined bathrooms. No expense has been spared when putting together this elegant marvel – there is an undeniable simplicity about all the spaces, but rather than exuding austerity, this minimalistic simplicity is full of self-assurance and undeniable confidence in its own excellence. Small yet thoughtful touches throughout your stay ensure a continuous 5-star experience. When you’re not snuggled up by the fireplace in your room, a hotel car will drive you to nearby restaurants and pick you up after, allowing for a truly worry-free stay. Expect luxurious Matouk linens, wood-burning fireplaces, double-vanity sinks, heated mosaic-tiled floors and waterfall showers in Molton Brown-scented bathrooms. Need we say more?
Journey East Hampton
A fairly recent addition to the Montauk hotel scene is the newcomer Journey East Hampton. What once used to be a Dutch Motel was transformed into a refined, elevated East Hampton property where each detail has been thoroughly thought through. The owners took inspiration from years-long travels around some of the finest luxury hotels in the world including Chateau Marmont and Hotel Caruso on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The result is perfectly balanced – while still staying true to what you want and expect from the Hamptons, it also has an original take on things making sure it’s not yet another cookie-cutter addition to the Hamptons hospitality scene. The ethos of Journey East Hampton is to put their guests first and create a fully bespoke experience, adjusting to the needs and wants of each patron. The charming Atlantic King Suites incorporate quaint cottage details, while the overall finish is still very modern and stylish.
Gurney’s Montauk Hotel & Spa
If an oceanfront stay is what you are after during your time in the Hamptons, Gurney’s Montauk Hotel & Spa is the number one place to consider. The only year-round resort in Montauk, Gurney’s is located on a stretch of pristine beach offering guests access to a 2000-foot private sand beach and drop dead gorgeous ocean views. With 146 rooms, suites, and beachfront cottages, Gurney’s Montauk Hotel & Spa is known for sophistication and elegance in every detail. Oceanview rooms are designed in a neutral color palette with added elements of modern interpretations of vintage pieces that pay homage to the resort’s decades-long history. Vintage brass fixtures in the bathrooms are beautifully timeless and add a level of uniqueness that can sometimes be harder to find in luxury resorts. The fantastic Seawater Spa offers a dip in the ocean… indoors! The heated pool uses filtered ocean water from the Montauk coast, while floor-to-ceiling windows create the perfect ambiance, allowing the landscape to steep indoors. One of the best restaurants in Hamptons, Scarpetta Beach, is located within the resort.