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The Hamptons Health & Beauty

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Sollis Health
760 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill
A 24/7 medical concierge may sound a touch over-the-top, but when you consider the reality of summer activities (watersports, tennis, hiking), the ongoing pandemic, and the accident-prone nature of the under-18 set, immediate access to excellent doctors summons a sigh a relief. The Sollis team can handle 90% of the maladies a typical ER treats, each medical center has state-of-the-art technology and amenities, house calls are no problem, and the wait time is usually zero. Naturally, top-notch service like this comes at a cost—plus a membership fee. But, for those seeking genuinely discreet treatment, medical access, and emergency care, at home or at one of the Sollis centers in major US cities, this concierge service can’t be beat.
ORA Acupuncture
264 Butter Ln., Bridgehampton
We all commit and re-commit to self-care: working out, acupuncture, twenty minutes of daily meditation. But, like everyone else, we’re fighting against the clock, day in day out. ORA differs from other wellness services in the area because they come to you. Throughout the summer, pre-book a session and reap the benefits of acupuncture, gua sha, and cupping from the comfort of your home. If you do feel like venturing out, visit the ORA pop-up at the Soul Cycle Barn or, when city-bound, dip into their NoHo location.
Erika Bloom Pilates Water Mill
760 Montauk Hwy., Unit 2D, Water Mill
Fans of Erika Bloom have come to rely on her workouts in New York, Turks and Caicos, and Los Angeles. She’s added the Hamptons to the mix, with a studio tucked into a quaint, bright cottage in Water Mill plus a summer pop-up at the Amagansett barn. 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. Images courtesy of Chris Fanning.
Seawater Spa at Gurney’s
290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk
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 Yoga
10 Amagansett Sq. Dr., Amagansett
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.
SoulAnnex
264 Butter Ln., Bridgehampton
A converted barn in Bridgehampton is the home of SoulCycle’s latest endeavor, SoulAnnex—classes that take things off the bike and onto the mat. But don’t think that means sessions are easy—they’re still taught by SoulCycle’s high-energy, motivating instructors that regulars have come to know and trust. Classes include Torch’d, which uses body resistance, free weights, and dance for a strength-focused workout, and Housework, a Pilates-meets-high-intensity-cardio session. But there’s also Reset, a forty-five-minute guided meditation class that’s all about stillness, peace, and tranquility, and Le Stretch, meant to lengthen and relax worn-out muscles and joints.
Bari Studio (Closed)
183 Edgemere St., Montauk
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.
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