It’s not members-only at The Reform Club, Amagansett’s ultimate academy, but it will feel like it – especially by the outdoor fireplace on your veranda or out in your cottage’s hedge-encircled garden. The Windmill Lane grounds are even more idyllic than the name suggests, with orchards, hydrangea bushes and a rose garden, all within walking distance of Main Street’s boutiques, restaurants and cafés (the output of which can be delivered direct to your front door). Bicycles are there to be borrowed for trips to the beach or the house car will whisk you to surrounding sand dunes, galleries and vineyards.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Check-in isn’t possible after 10.30pm, so be sure to arrive before then.
Double rooms from £889.10 ($965), including tax at 25.38 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast.
Fussy eaters (and vending-machine connoisseurs) will appreciate the bespoke fridge-stocking service – just let them know your favourite snacks in advance.
The hotel is open annually from March until December.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, bicycles to borrow, gardens, common room, tea house, art collection, pool table, house car and gym. In rooms: Free WiFi, Sonos sound system, fireplace, LCD TV, tea and coffee kit, free filtered still and sparkling water, free snacks and soft drinks, and L’Occitane bath products.
Our favourite rooms
In the main house, we love spacious Suite 1 for its colonnaded patio, slipper bath tub and double shower. Families can give older teens independence by booking a two-storey cottage, which have lower levels with their own entrances. This category is also best for anyone hoping to live the Long Island dream life, thanks to verandas, dual-sided fireplaces (inside and out) and hydrangea bushes.
What the property lacks in swimming pools, it makes up for in oceans – the Atlantic is just three quarters of a mile away.
There’s no spa, but staff can point you in the direction of the Hamptons’ most serene sanctuaries or arrange in-room treatments.
Save some suitcase space for your new Hamptons haul – East Hampton has the most designer boutiques, but you’ll also be able to find sartorial salvation in Sag Harbor, Southampton and, right at the South Fork’s tip, Montauk.
Suite 4 on the ground floor of the main house has been adapted for wheelchair users.
Under-18s are welcome in the cottages and 21 House, but not in the main building or the suites. Extra beds can be added for $100 a night (free for under-fives); foldaway cots are $25. Babysitting can be arranged on request.
The hotel buys local produce to support its agricultural neighbours, including peaches from Balsam’s farm stand when they’re in season to transform into turndown pies.
Chefs can skip the in-room-dining part and set up something special in the orchard or tea house for you instead.
No whites after P Diddy’s party (/Labor Day).
There’s no restaurant, but the team can arrange for local chefs to come and cook for you in your room. They even partner with local restaurants to create special menus for you to enjoy on the property. Breakfast is delivered to your door every morning and staff can also drop off snacks and sandwiches to your fridge.
Bottles of wine and liquor can be requested from the in-room drinks menu.
Along with the free food to be found in your room, there’s a snack menu to order additional sustenance from.
The hotel is just off the Montauk Highway in Amagansett, a little further down Long Island from East Hampton.
Land at any of New York City’s major airports (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark) and you’ll be within a two-and-a-half-hour drive of the Hamptons. There’s a private airport roughly 20 minutes by car from the hotel, where private jets, helicopters and seaplanes can touch down. Hotel transfers can be arranged on request.
Trains The Long Island Rail Road calls in at Amagansett station, which is a handy 10-minute walk from the Reform Club.
This is America and four wheels are better than two legs – there’s free parking for your wagon on-site, plus permits to take with you to the beach.
Possibly the only acceptable coach service on the planet, the beloved Hampton Jitney to and from NYC has a drop-off point that’s a five-minute walk away.
Worth getting out of bed for
The holiday-playground Hamptons are the perfect spot for seafaring – the team can arrange boat trips, surfing lessons and stand-up paddleboarding. They’ll also drop you at the beach and pack you off with towels, chairs and parasols (or supply you with a parking pass if you’d rather make your own way there). Other wholesome activities include trips to Round Swamp Farm and its country market, the Clubhouse in East Hampton for bowling, mini golf and arcade games, and the Home Sweet Home saltbox-showcasing museum.
The Wölffer winery has kindly added a restaurant for visitors to try (before they inevitably buys) its wares – Wölffer Kitchen is around the corner on Main Street. The Ina Garten-approved 1770 House in East Hampton has two restaurants to choose from: a (fine-)dining room (plus patio) and a tavern downstairs for traditional pub food. And for authentic Italian imports, Il Buco al Mare is the old-country spot for you.
For a British-pub feel but with guaranteed summer sunshine, stake out a table in the Main Street Tavern’s beer garden.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this breezy boutique hotel in the Hamptons and unpacked their designer threads and Wölffer wines, a full account of their beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Reform Club in Amagansett…
If you like a lot of Hamptons real-estate heaven on your chocolate, you’ll want to join this club in Amagansett, which is less hotel, more stately private residence, with suites in the main house and cottages across the grounds. For such a green setting, town is surprisingly close – it’s a short stroll from Main Street, with all of Amagansett and East Hampton (and beyond) within reach. And as if having the whole of the Hamptons and its many refined restaurants to order in from wasn’t enough, chefs can appear in your room to utilise your kitchen for you.
Naturally for such a well-heeled destination, the transport has to be slick; choose between beach-bound bicycles or the house SUV for drop-offs at one of the club’s neighbours, which include art galleries, wineries and farm stands. You don’t have to leave for a culture fix, though – the owner’s private art collection is on display. As long as you don’t wear white after Labor Day, you’re in the club.