It may be just ninety minutes from New York City, but once you step foot into the Hamptons, you will feel like you have discovered a whole new world. The Hamptons consists of a group of towns, villages and hamlets set on stunning beaches along the east end of Long Island that have gained fame for an abundance of summer homes for entertainers and celebs, and New York City’s elite. What you will find during this week’s five-star travel is that the Hamptons are a great vacation destination with beach-chic living, transformational experiences, salt air, and delicious lobster rolls. So, pour yourself a glass of wine and kick off your shoes, because these Luxury Travel Consultants are off to the Hamptons!
Topping Rose House
First stop is the elegant and chic Bridgehampton. Known for its beautiful and large homes, posh shopping and great restaurants, Bridgehampton also has some of the most serene stretches of beach you can walk while taking in the magnificent waterfront homes. For horse lovers, Bridgehampton is also home to the prestigious Hampton Classic Horse Show and the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge. In this lovely hamlet we find Topping Rose House, the Hamptons' first full-service hotel. The hotel’s prime location puts it between three of the Hampton’s most popular destinations: Southampton, East Hampton and Sag Harbor. Built in 1842 for one of Bridgehampton’s most prominent citizens, Topping Rose House has been lovingly renovated to retain its original charm while updated with luxe amenities and comforts. We love this quaint property’s 16 guest rooms and 6 stellar suites spread out among three distinct locations: Main House, Studio and Cottages. The hotel also offers a lovely spa by local wellness center Naturopathica, a Jean-Georges restaurant, heated outdoor pool, complimentary bikes, plus guest shuttle service to the beautiful beaches and local attractions in Bridgehampton. Whether it’s touring the scenic windmills of the east end (where you will find the largest concentration of windmills in the U.S. built between 1795 and 1820), or antiquing in Sag Harbor.
Shou Sugi Ban House
Some come to the beach to disconnect and find inner peace. If that sounds like your cup of green tea, we invite you to check out Shou Sugi Ban House. Set on three acres of land, this thirteen-room destination spa and retreat is steeped in global wellness and healing practices and bills itself as “the only comprehensive wellness program in the Hamptons”. Featuring holistic living, nutrition, education, fitness, meditation, bodywork and more, Shou Sugi Ban is set up for your total transformation. This retreat is inspired by the principals of wabi-sabi, defined as a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. This retreat delivers packages that offer an abundance of wellbeing and mindful activities like Radical Self Care, Juicing and Blending, Qigong, Tea Traditions, Breathwork and Yoga. Although you can book activities individually, guests are encouraged to book a wellness activity paired with a meal, spa treatment or as part of a custom package over several days. We love the spa’s zero-gravity Wellness Bath where you can soak to alleviate inflammation, digestion and sleep issues in a thoughtful curation of salts, clay, oils and herbs. We say book a few days at Shou Sugi Ban as part of your beach vacation for the best of both worlds!
On the easternmost end of the island is Montauk, although now becoming quite posh, it is still considered the more low-key part of the Hamptons. Did you know Montauk is the largest commercial fishing fleet in New York state, making it a destination for recreational fishermen and coastal visitors alike. Surfers are also attracted to Montauk, due to its variety of waves and easy access. Let WIT plan a day of surfing at the ever popular and insider-cool, Ditch Plains. Start with a breakfast burrito from Ditch Witch, a deceptively small food trailer with a super tasty menu. Once you’ve had a bite to eat let the wave riding lessons commence. We love working with Montauk Boardriders, who will have you hanging ten like Kelly Slater in no time!
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Located on Montauks most pristine stretch of oceanfront real estate is Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, a perennial Hamptons icon and the only year-round resort in Montauk. Providing guests with direct access to a 2,000-foot private sand beach, the family friendly Gurney’s features 146 rooms, suites, beachfront cottages, and two residences all delivering stunning ocean views. Take a dip in Gurney’s ocean-fed seawater pool, the only pool of its kind in North America. Make sure you check out Gurney’s Beach Club for the ultimate in a Hamptons summer experience. See and be seen as you enjoy a relaxing beach day with all the comforts, like beach chairs and umbrellas and King-size daybeds that can be rented for truly supreme indulgence. We love Gurney’s weekly Lobster Bake which includes all of the traditional favorites: Rosemary Biscuits, Seafood Chowder, Steamed 1.5-pound Lobster, Clams and Mussels, Corn and Steamed Yukon Golds and Apple & Rhubarb Pie!
Gurney’s Star Island Resort and Marina
Just six miles away, on the South Fork side of Montauk, is sister property, Gurney’s Star Island Resort and Marina. Opened about a year ago, on the former Montauk Yacht Club site, Star Island and Marina offers up the same luxury and attention to detail as the original with a maritime twist. If private yachts are your dream, WIT will find you the perfect luxury sea vessel to check all of your boxes. You can “tie up” here at one of Yachting Magazine’s “Top Ten marina destinations in North America, Mexico and the Bahamas.” We love that Marina guests have full access to Gurney’s Resorts’ amenities, wellness activations, and other lifestyle programming. For the land lovers, Star Island and Marina offers 107 luxury waterfront hotel rooms, suites, or villas set on 15 acres. All guests on land or sea have access to the sister property’s beach club and spa with on demand shuttle service available between the two.
WIT has very close relationships with these properties, so we can extend exclusive perks and special amenities to our clients. Typically, you will receive complimentary breakfast for two daily, $100 or more resort credit to be utilized during your stay, room upgrade, either at the time of booking or arrival, and early check-in/late checkout, both subject to availability.
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