The full feature article with all the details appears in the June/July edition of Haute Living New York, which just hit our website yesterday. Some highlights include:
While the Hamptons technically begin with Westhampton, we suggest you keep heading east until you hit one of the five villages that embody the true Hamptons spirit: Southampton Village (generally just referred to as “Southampton”), Sag Harbor, East Hampton Village (again, just call it “East Hampton”), Montauk, and Shelter Island.
The East Hampton Airport can accommodate jets up to a G5; larger aircraft should head for the Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach. If a helicopter is your bird of choice, a helipad on Southampton’s prestigious Meadow Lane allows you to touch down amidst the action.
Even in the Hamptons, the ladies-who-lunch set can enjoy all that they have come to expect at Nello’s on the Upper East Side, thanks to Nello Summertimes (136 Main St.; 631.287.5500) serving up its signature inimitable Italian fare. If it’s a scene you’re craving, the space transforms into a thriving nightlife enclave after dark. A little more low-key is Savanna’s Southampton (268 Elm St.; 631.283.0202), which serves delectable eclectic cuisine (with a focus on local seafood) in inviting surroundings.
East Hampton Shopping:
Balenciaga (54 Main St.; 631.324.0107) opened its first-ever pop-up store in East Hampton on Memorial Day weekend. The 1,000-square-foot boutique, developed by artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière and French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, sells an assortment of women’s accessories, including coveted handbags, sunglasses, shoes, and jewelry. London Jewelers (2 Main St.; 631.329.3939) is also firmly rooted in the region, as the brand’s first locale opened in 1926. Today, the well-known local Udell family operates five London Jewelers outposts in the Hamptons, where customers can peruse collections from the likes of Audemars Piguet, Cartier, H. Stern, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Bulgari. For the most intimate shopping experience, the East Hampton showroom’s third floor features an audiovisual room that also serves as the venue for private shopping.
The Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina (32 Star Island Road; 631.668.3100) underwent a multimillion-dollar redesign and renovation in 2009, which preserved its history while adding the modern comforts discerning travelers’ demand. While the property features fantastic hotel accommodations and villa cottages, a full-service spa, fitness center, private beach, three swimming pools, tennis courts, and more, the world-class marina is the crown jewel of amenities.
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