Luxe Lodging

These five-star hotels and B&Bs are Hamptons treats

As temperatures begin to cool, the last month of summer is the perfect time to visit the Hamptons and experience its wonder and beauty. Whether you’re looking for fun on the water or serenity further inland, there is no question that residing at a top-notch hotel or bed and breakfast will help ensure that your stay is both memorable and exciting.

For more than eighty years, the Montauk Yacht Club has set the standard for luxurious lodging in the quaint, seaside village of Montauk. While its name may imply exclusivity, the resort is now a family-friendly city escape that welcomes all Hampton’s visitors. Located on a private beach, MYC, which underwent over 3.7 million in renovations in 2009, features 107 nautical inspired guest rooms, suites and villas, many with remarkable water views and a private balcony or patio. In the midst of 20 elegant guest suites lies a 60-foot replica of the famous Montauk Lighthouse, a crowning achievement of the club’s original visionary, Carl Fisher. Guests can relax and unwind by utilizing its pools, full service spa, fitness center, and two outstanding restaurants. Named one of the Top Ten Marina Destinations in North America, Mexico, Bahamas and the Caribbean by Yachting Magazine, the club’s original membership included prominent American icons like Vincent Astor, J.P. Morgan, Harold S. Vanderbilt, and famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, who often flew his seaplane into the harbor to dock at the Marina. (montaukyachtclub.com)

A few minutes southwest of MYC, but still in Montauk, sits another well-rounded resort with a reputation for excellence: The Surf Lodge. Whether surfing on the waves or surfing and turfing in the restaurant, this resort is the ultimate destination for family fun and is known for its lively, flip-flop friendly and trendy atmosphere. While MYC sits on Lake Montauk – 900 acres of what used to be fresh water until Carl Fisher blasted a connection to the Atlantic Ocean – The Surf Lodge overlooks Fort Pond, a fresh-water bay perfect for canoeing, swimming, and paddle boarding. Opened in 2008, each of the 19 airy, whitewashed guest rooms has a beautiful water view and private deck. In addition to being a full-featured hotel, The Surf Lodge is a great spot for nightlife as well. In fact, New York City Monthly covered this hot spot in June’s feature Concerts and shows across the Hamptons. (thesurflodge.com)

For a high level of luxury twenty minutes west of Montauk, the Inn at Windmill Lane in Amagansett can’t be beat. Picturesque, peaceful and restorative, the retreat-like property has three distinct cottages, seven suites, and its newest addition – 21 House – is a luxurious 3,800 sq. ft. home with four-bedrooms, a spa treatment room, a full chef’s kitchen and a wraparound porch. Opened in 2009, everything about this bed and breakfast is designed for comfort and relaxation. The cottages feature a gym and private steam rooms, there is a communal kitchen on site and a sister restaurant “The Meeting House” just off the property, and a 24/7 staff is at your beckon call. All of the rooms have at least one wood-burning fireplace, while 24 House has four! (innatwindmilllane.com)

Finishing off our selection of hot Hamptons hotels is C/O The Maidstone, East Hampton’s magnificent, eclectic destination that evokes a homey “Scandinavian Cozy” feel throughout the establishment’s interior design. Each of the 19 rooms and cottages are modernly styled and unique, with amenities like aromatherapy burners and oils, local organic coffee and tea, and wine & champagne from one of the Hampton’s most prestigious vineyards, Wölffer Estate. The colorful walls throughout the hotel, including inside the rooms, are beautifully decorated with contemporary and worldly photo art, each picture with a story to tell. With so many intricate and contemplated details, like free vintage bikes and beach parking permits, you will quickly find that C/O The Maidstone has anticipated your every need. (themaidstone.com)