Unprecedented sky-high prices and a serious lack of inventory have made it a daunting process to find temporary Hamptons homes this summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to be shut out of the East End experience.
Updated and expanded hotels will be ready in time for this summer’s season.
Below are some of the most inviting.
It’s just steps to the sand from the Montauk hipster hotel at 626 Montauk Highway that is launching a wellness program for guests this year.
Among the classes offered from studios such as Forward Space, Sky Ting and DanceBody are yoga, Pilates and sculpt.
Rooms, from $450 up to $2,200, range from studios to three-bedroom suites, and there is a large, heated pool.
You might feel like you did score a home rental at this 25-room boutique hotel nestled between East Hampton and Amagansett, with its living room-style lobby, comfy rooms, Frette linens, and manicured lawns with lounge chairs, heated saltwater pool and firepit. For that extra bit of privacy, get one of three cottages with their own porches.
The legendary Montauk oceanfront resort has been continually renovated and upgraded over the last few years. This month, three luxe cottages are being unveiled, each with two king rooms, three bathrooms, a den, living room and fireplace. There will also be six fresh suites and four new rooms, as well as bungalows by the water serving light bites and cocktails, curated by chic event planner Jung Lee. Gurney’s glass-enclosed saltwater pool is open again this summer, and a new 30,000-square-foot spa will be ready in the fall.
One of the best sunset views on the East End is a highlight at this 5-acre property on Three Mile Harbor that was purchased by hedge funder Heath Freeman and will reopen Memorial Day. In addition to four suites and 13 cottages, EHP will have a pool and tennis court along with a fitness center and sunrise yoga classes. Former Gurney’s chef Dane Sayles will open a Mediterranean restaurant, Sisi, as well as an Italian bakery and waterfront lounge. Boat lovers will enjoy yacht-watching from the property’s 58-slip marina.
Shelter Island’s 150-year-old, 35-room hotel, which sits on Dering Harbor, is being lovingly rebuilt by Stacey Soloviev, who is bringing in designer Glen Coben (Carbone, Del Posto) and acclaimed Greenport, LI, chef Noah Schwartz to help. This summer, one of the three buildings on the property, which has 11 rooms, will be ready to welcome guests. Although there will eventually be three dining spots, one casual outdoor place will serve this year, offering lobster rolls, burgers, salads and preview dishes from the upcoming restaurants.
This surprisingly affordable resort-style hotel has everything an active person could want, from tennis and croquet to swimming in the large heated pool. There is a huge lawn that will feature oversized board games as well as a food truckthis summer. There is a pool bar and Claude’s American restaurant on the premises, with plenty of other eateries and shops all a short walk away. A shuttle provides transportation to the beach.
Set on 2 acres of land in the enchanting village of Amagansett, this chic 15-room hotel, which opened last year, has an expansive yard ideal for lounging and reading, and is the scene of nightly grilling and s’mores roasting. The beach is close by; bikes are available for touring the area. Roundtree also organizes golf packages and takes advantage of its environment by arranging bird-watching and wildlife-viewing excursions. In addition to standard rooms, there are one- to three-bedroom cottages.
Zach Erdem is adding a 20- by 40-foot heated pool to his intimate nine-room hotel in Southampton, and you won’t have to go far for a meal. Apart from being a one-block walk to the Golden Pear Cafe and Erdem’s popular 75 Main, it sits directly above his Mediterranean restaurant Blu Mar and the club-ish sushi spot Buddha Lounge.
The popular hotel, across from the bay and a quick stroll from Sag Harbor’s shops and restaurants, is expanding its pool area with new cabanas and a massage tent. There will be a collaboration with Global Boarding this summer to offer water sports. For land lovers, there are tennis courts, bikes and yoga classes. A shuttle takes guests to Long Beach, and if you prefer not to leave the property, chef Nick Vogel is back this year offering fresh and creative fare at the Baron’s Cove restaurant.
Surfing lessons, yoga and meditation, as well as guided nature walks, are part of the fun at this beachfront property. Large windows take advantage of the ocean vistas, while open walkways, reclaimed wood and white-oak walls and beams give the vibe of a summer cottage in the dunes. There is an on-site, casual Latin American restaurant, Mostrador Marram, as well as lots of restaurants and nightspots to enjoy nearby.