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The Hamptons Hotels

Establishment neighborhood
EHP Resort & Marina
295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Rd., East Hampton
A new hotel opening in the Hamptons is always a big deal. The former East Hampton Point has recently changed ownership and undergone a coastal-themed refresh. With its cottages and suites—complete with balconies, decks, even backyards—EHP is one of the more private properties in the area. Amenities-wise, you’re spoiled for choice: Tennis courts, a well-appointed gym, wellness programming, and water activities. Once you check in, pull on a Frette robe, power up the Vitruvi diffuser, and watch the sun sink into the harbor. Images courtesy of EHP Resort & Marina
Marram
21 Oceanview Trc., Montauk
Marram—the much-anticipated sibling to East Hampton’s Journey—is a beachfront surfer’s paradise. In place of the typical whitewashed coastal décor, Marram has a Santa Fe vibe, with poured concrete floors, textural furniture, and warm jute rugs. The whole place exudes cozy simplicity. It’s right on the Atlantic (hence the surfer’s paradise comment), the pool is bigger than most, s’mores around the firepits happen nightly, the on-site surf shop is stellar, and we want to buy all the Brian Bielmann photos that dot the walls. Images courtesy of Read McKendree.
The Roundtree
273 Main St., Amagansett
The Roundtree may be a newish addition to the Hamptons’ hotel scene, but the building itself dates back to the 17th century. Every detail at this meticulously restored property is a nostalgic nod to what we all imagine the Hamptons was like way back when. Traditional clapboard, working fireplaces, brown shingled barns, and a proper s’mores station come nightfall all contribute to a laidback, comfortable vibe. Choose between suites or cottages of various sizes (ideal for those vacationing with kids), take advantage of walking to dinner (hello, Wölffer Kitchen), and chill. Images courtesy of The Roundtree.
McKinley Bungalow
Address Upon Booking, Montauk
As the eye behind well-trafficked Montauk spots Ruschmeyer’s and Surf Lodge, interior designer Robert McKinley is no stranger to the beach town's mellow vibe and wild coastline. So it follows that just in time for the East End's summer crunch (when prime lodging books up months in advance), McKinley and his wife, Kate Nauta, have opened McKinley Bungalow, a sprawling four-bedroom ranch-style home available for rent (there's a three-day minimum). We love the design details here, like natural oak floors and exposed beams, vintage decorative objects mixed with mid-century modern furniture, and the open kitchen and living room that flow into one another, which makes for a lively communal space for families or weekend guests. The backyard, meanwhile, is storybook Hamptons, lined with seagrass and white hydrangeas, and it comes with a BBQ and communal table for outdoor meals. There’s also a stash of Shinola bikes (Ditch Plains, known for its long surf break, is just a five-minute ride away). And if you really love it, everything (yes, everything), including the linens and furniture, is entirely shoppable, should you want to bring some of those Montauk memories home with…
Hero Beach Club
626 Montauk Hwy., Montauk
This refurbished seaside retreat (formerly the Oceanside hotel) quietly opened in the summer of 2017 out in Montauk, a spot not exactly known for its blissed-out tranquility in the summer months. Here, along Montauk's Umbrella Beach, this thirty-four-room getaway features tastefully beachy furnishings imported from Bali, the kind of mattresses you'd happily spend the weekend lounging on courtesy of Tomorrow Sleep, and crisp linens from Hill House Home. (Several of the rooms also have balconies.) In the morning, there's a small breakfast setup (bagels, coffee) but not too many other frills—and that's kind of the point. The delightfully in-the-know hotel staff will help with everything from, say, setting you up with surf lessons to tipping you off to the best lobster shack in town. On the property, there's yoga on the lawn four days a week and there are plans to build out the wellness offerings further.
Sunset Beach
35 Shore Rd., Shelter Island
Just north of most of the action, Shelter Island remains one of the quieter parts of the Hamptons—cynics would say it's a bit like Montauk in the old days, before real estate values in the area exploded. Owned by André Balazs, Sunset Beach Hotel sidles right up next to the ocean, with just twenty guest rooms that all have private porches looking out onto the water. As at any Balazs hotel, the food (and especially drink) scene is on point, with a great little European-style restaurant and a bar that offers some of the area's best DJs. Easy access to the beach also makes activities blessedly easy here—bikes are complimentary, and the hotel will happily arrange for beach chairs, paddleboards, and boats so guests can water-ski, fish, or just explore the area by water. Good to know: The beach here is west-facing, so it's a great place to watch the sunset.
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