Summertime is all about quick weekend getaways to enjoy some pampering in the sun. And what better way to relax and soak up the scene than heading to the Hamptons – home to luxe boutique properties, beautiful beaches, and a hip, see-and-be-seen crowd? We’ve visited numerous boutique hotels throughout this Long Island hot spot and have found the best of the best. After all, luxury and the Hamptons go hand in hand. So check out our list of the top five boutique hotels in the Hamptons.
East Hampton Art House Bed & Breakfast
This elegant B&B in East Hampton is exactly what its name suggests: a house full of art. It was designed and decorated by the owners, Michael and Rosalind, who combine mutual talents in art and hospitality. While there are only a few rooms for rent, the hotel has all the amenities of a larger property, including endless communal spaces, an outdoor pool, and fitness center. Although big in scope, the Art House retains all of the personalized charm of staying with friends, making it a distinctive option in the Hamptons.
The Mill House Inn, East Hampton
This historic home turned bed and breakfast in East Hampton is meticulously maintained and decorated. Although it's just a short walk from the village center, it remains a hidden gem that stays open year-round. The owners, Gary and Sylvia, have included their personal touches in the 10 rooms and suites, right down to the stuffed Gordon Setters on each bed and photography on the walls; there is also a small cottage available for rent. The location is not directly on the beach, but the top-notch breakfast and easy walk to restaurants and shops make it a stand-out option.
Sole East, Montauk
This American Tudor-style hotel in Montauk is a summer hot spot that maintains an essence of "cool" without pretension. The 61 rooms and suites have a surf-chic vibe and appeal to the Manhattan set with amenities such as high-quality linens and Aveda products. Though not directly on the beach, expansive grounds include lawn games, daybeds, hammocks and an organic restaurant and bar. The outdoor pool -- with live music on weekends -- is popular, and the party scene has been known to carry on until the wee hours of the morning.
Panoramic View, Montauk
This sprawling resort tucked away on scenic Old Montauk Highway takes the word "panoramic" seriously: Every room comes with a direct ocean view and private patio or balcony. The 10-acre site is situated on a hillside and includes pretty walkways, an outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and beach access. Rooms are large and lovely, and amenities are plentiful -- but you'll need a car to get to restaurants and nightlife.
C/O The Maidstone, East Hampton
This historic yet chic property in the center of East Hampton appeals to the stylish Hamptonite crowd with 16 rooms/suites, and three cottages decorated in Scandinavian design. Owned by a Swedish entrepreneur with over a dozen hotels around the world, this one is just steps from the village and a bike ride to the beach (with beach cruiser loaners available). The pretty front porch, trendy restaurant, and distinct amenities (such as yoga classes in the Buddha garden) make this a popular choice.