The Hamptons Guide
NYC’s playground seems to change almost as much as the city itself. Every summer brings a brand-new group of shops, restaurants, and workout studios to the crowds that descend on this bucolic strip of coast. We spent the winter and spring combing through all the new outposts to find the places we’re most excited about—whether it’s SoulAnnex classes in a converted barn in Bridgehampton or the lobster rolls and wood-fired pizzas at the reinvented East Hampton favorite Moby’s. We’re also happy to be back this year with another goop pop-up, this time in Sag Harbor, where we’ve filled a classic bayside cottage with a summer-themed range of fashion, home, and beauty items to try—though we’d love you to come by just to hang out in the backyard garden. Summer is finally here, and it’s brought with it all the places we spent the winter dreaming about.
Dr. Gail Schoenfeld200 Pantigo Pl E., East Hampton | 631.324.8030
Little ones running around the Hamptons can definitely be injury-prone, so it's reassuring to have a reliable pediatrician in your back pocket. Dr. Gail Schoenfeld is great at calming nervous kids, and her office has a pediatrician or nurse practitioner on call at all times for emergencies.
SUP Yoga at JBYoga15 Lumber Ln., East Hampton | 917.301.6919
Other than the obvious novelty factor, the beauty of standup paddle board yoga (all the usual sun salutations and poses, but on water) is that it forces you to really engage your core. At JBYoga's "floating studios" in Sag Harbor and East Hampton, each class begins with a crash course in paddling before launching into the practice, so SUP virgins need not be intimidated. Each $75 class includes a board and paddle. Solid-ground classes are also available.
Norma Jean Pilates52 Main St., Sag Harbor | 631.235.0303
Hamptons local Hayley Thorpe's mat pilates, cardio, and Reformer classes were such a hit, she quickly outgrew her original studio. Now, Norma Jean Pilates has expanded to become a boutique health club, though the vibe is a bit more indie than your typical sweaty gym—expect rotating works of art, sheepskin poufs, two open fireplaces, and plenty of quiet nooks for reading or relaxing after class. In addition to pilates classes, members have access to the NJP run club, dance club, and an open kitchen stocked with all the smoothie essentials.
One Ocean Yoga1927 Scuttle Hole Dr., Bridgehampton | 631.537.5522
Taking full advantage of Bridgehampton's idyllic landscape, One Ocean ditches the concept of the traditional yoga studio for an open-air tent sprawled out on the grounds of breathtaking Channing Daughter's Winery. Yoga classes are offered in a group setting or one-on-one; the same goes for meditation sessions, Reiki, and Pranic healing.
Tracy Anderson Method Water Mill903 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill | 631.617.5621
Tracy Anderson is a Hamptons local, and she opens up her normally members-only studios here in the summer time to people who are interested in paying by the class ($45). The newest outpost, which has two stories and ample space, is in Water Mill. Private training is also available. She has a second location in East Hampton.
Dr. Emmanuel Faccio16 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton | 631.329.1009
Although Dr. Faccio trained as a traditional M.D., during the past decade he’s become a full-blown healer, focusing specifically on the issues that revolve around traumas, anxiety, phobias, and grief. He also sees patients in NYC.
East End Acupuncture43 A Pantigo Rd., Suite 2, East Hampton | 631.329.5292
Co-proprietor Julie Sigler-Baum is an excellent acupuncturist, though if she’s not available the other practitioners (including her mother, Carol) are great, too. All in all, this airy little spot is the real deal.
It's a real comfort knowing that all you need to book the perfect blowout (or updo, makeup, lashes, braid...) in the Hamptons is a decent internet connection. The brilliance of this supremely user-friendly app is that it allows you to book multiple at-home services, for multiple people, in just a few swipes.
Warren Tricomi Salon64 Park Pl., East Hampton | 212.262.8899
The Warren Tricomi family of salons are kind of the OGs of fancy hair care (the first one opened in the 90's). While everything in East Hampton is relatively laid-back, this pretty, whitewashed space doesn't really mess around when it comes to cut-and-colors.
La Carezza43-45 Windmill Ln., Southampton | 631.283.7683
Both a salon and spa, this place has been around forever and offers a range of services from hair to makeup to massage. They also do house calls.
The Class by Taryn Toomey264 Butter Ln., Bridgehampton | 646.389.4668
Taryn Toomey has finally made it to the Hamptons, setting up shop in a light-filled barn in Bridgehampton. The vaguely named class is hard to define exactly, but you can expect this: seventy-five minutes of intense movement, which includes screaming, shaking, and yelling to release emotional energy. You will get a pretty incredible workout in the process, thanks to the burpees, planks, leg lifts, and squats thrown in. There’s also a fair bit of yoga, for good measure. Fans of Toomey’s new Tribeca studio will notice the same attention to detail in Bridgehampton: bronze light fixtures by Kelly Wearstler and crystal lighting by Christopher Boots throughout the whitewashed space, set off by the signature scent of palo santo. For those who want to release emotional energy in private, house calls are available. Photos: Jaimie Baird
New York Pilates649 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
New York Pilates has a cult following in the city, so it was only a matter of time before they made it to the Hamptons. The space (inside an old-school building covered in weathered shingles) is a major part of the appeal—from their private patio, you can see both the ocean and the pond, and they're opening it up for private events for the summer, too. There are fourteen reformers, so it's actually not so difficult to get into a class.
Bari Studio183 Edgemere St., Montauk | 212.966.2274
Based in Tribeca, the Bari Studio is known for workouts that people actually want to go to (thanks to sessions that incorporate everything from dance moves to trampolines). And this summer, the postcard-perfect outdoor deck of Montauk’s Surf Lodge is hosting Bari’s popular sculpt class, a low-impact workout using hanging resistance bands and “Bari balls” (inflatable rubber spheres) that together target all the major muscle groups. Afterward, grab a lobster roll (you’ve earned it) at the Surf Lodge’s restaurant, which overlooks Fort Pond and, in the distance, the Atlantic.
Erika Bloom Pilates Water Mill760 Montauk Hwy., Unit 2D, Water Mill | 212.288.3410
Fans of Erika Bloom have come to rely on her workouts in New York, Connecticut, and Los Angeles. And she’s added the Hamptons to the mix, with a studio tucked into a quaint, bright cottage in Water Mill. Some of Bloom's best instructors rotate through the East End, curating super-personalized routines that integrate pilates, yoga, the Alexander technique (for improved posture), the Feldenkrais method (for a better mind-body connection), and weight training. They're big on breathwork and alignment as a foundation for any practice, which means meditation is just as much a part of a session as working up a sweat. There's also an on-site boutique stocked with products from Tata Harper, Alo Yoga, and Sakara Life. The original East Hampton location is open year-round, and both studios make house calls. Photos: Chris Fanning
Seawater Spa at Gurney’s290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk | 631.668.1892
This resort on a prime stretch of Montauk coast underwent a total renovation in 2014, which included a reimagining of the spa and the restoration of the Olympic-sized saltwater swimming pool, which uses sand-filtered water drawn from the sea. A Finnish-style sauna was also added, where guests can pour aromatherapy-enhanced water over hot stones, and there’s also a eucalyptus oil-infused steam room. Set at 120 degrees and 100 percent humidity, a few minutes here is meant to help the body release impurities through sweating. As one of the only places open year-round, it’s an ideal off-season getaway, too.
Mandala Yoga10 Amagansett Square Dr., Amagansett | 631.267.6144
Coming up on its eighteenth year in Amagansett Square, Mandala Yoga was founded by Jolie Parcher, who aimed to create a strong wellness community in the area through her studio. Aside from yoga for all levels, several forms of self care are offered, including meditation and Reiki, aromatherapy, and massage, as well as intimate events, like the Mandala book club, a free get-together meant to inspire enlightening conversation and introspection. Even kids can join in, with the studio’s yoga classes for ages four to seven, incorporating music, art, and games.
The lack of spas in the area makes Zeel an especially welcome service on the East End. The company’s on-demand massage services (booked through their app or website) are performed by fully vetted, licensed therapists who bring everything they need with them to your home or hotel, including massage tables and essential oils. Swedish and deep tissue treatments are the most popular, but specialty massages (prenatal, sports, and couples) are available, too.