The hotel is at the quieter eastern end of the Hamptons, near the tip of Long Island.
If you’re coming from elsewhere on the East Coast, fly into Long Island MacArthur airport; it’s 50 miles from the hotel, which takes about 90 minutes to drive. International visitors should aim for JFK airport in New York City; the 95-mile drive from there takes around two hours. Call the Smith24 team for help booking your travel.
The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stops at East Hampton on its way to Montauk. Board at Jamaica station in New York City, and allow three hours for the journey. From East Hampton station, it’s a five-minute taxi ride to the hotel.
A car is convenient for cruising between beaches and parking up outside the Hamptons’ high street boutiques. If you’re hiring, it’s usually easiest to pick up at the airport; there’s free parking at the hotel.
You can land a private plane or helicopter at East Hampton airport (15 minutes’ drive from the hotel). From Manhattan, you can reach the East End on the Hampton Jitney bus in around three hours (the Hampton Ambassador and Hampton Luxury Liner offer the same service on plusher coaches).
Worth getting out of bed for
The saltwater pool awaits for an early morning dip, followed by yoga in the garden (at weekends). Or, you can borrow a bike and ride one mile down to the beach, for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Later, picnic on the lawn and play cornhole and bocce, then wind down with cocktails by the log fire in the lounge. Wherever you choose for dinner, save room for an extra dessert – marshmallow, chocolate and biscuit s’mores roasted over the firepit.
Pack up your beach bag and head for the endless strip of golden sand just over a mile to the south – Egypt Beach is peaceful and undeveloped, Two Mile Hollow Beach is family friendly with a seasonal lifeguard and picnic tables, and Indian Wells Beach has sand dunes and a wildlife refuge. Browse the boutiques and art galleries in East Hampton and Sag Harbor, or join the surf crowd at a beach party in Montauk.
Long Island is, erm, a long island – and Montauk Lighthouse is the National Historic Landmark at the very end, 118 miles east of New York City. There’s a mini museum in the Keeper’s House and you can climb to the top of the tower to survey the Atlantic breakers crashing into the headland.
Brunch is best served at Babette’s (66 Newtown Lane), where cinnamon French toast and bulging breakfast burritos sit alongside mighty omelettes on the menu. For a sea-salty lunch, head to Bostwick’s Chowder House (277 Pantigo Road), where you can sit on the patio and scoff a lobster roll. Nick and Toni’s (136 N Main Street) is a Hamptons institution, serving hand-cut pasta and Mediterranean specialties at the same high standard for over 30 years. Lakeside The Crow’s Nest (4 Old West Lake Drive) is worth the 20-minute drive for the honey-drizzled whipped ricotta alone; if you’ve still got space, go for the locally sourced scallops or grass-fed ribeye steak.
Hit the surf-party scene in Montauk at summer-camp–styled Ruschmeyer’s (161 2nd House Road) or the legendary Surf Lodge (183 Edgemere Street). Over on Shelter Island, the drinks flow fast at André Balazs’ Sunset Beach (35 Shore Road).