New Yorkers decamp to the Hamptons during the summer months, to escape the city’s humidity in favor of an affluent beach lifestyle. Divided into districts or villages, it is traditionally the domain of second homes. But – thanks to the proliferation of the WFH – now sees a wave of young professionals moving here year-round, making it a vibrant destination with a range of excellent restaurants, shops and attractions. If you want to rub shoulders with socialites like The Real Housewives in action, come during peak season from July through Labor Day. Or take advantage of a less expensive stay during off-peak hours.

The Hamptons of Roundtree

Located in the Amagansett neighborhood, surrounded by acres of land (it was once a working farm), but close to the shore, The Roundtree offers just 15 forms of accommodation. It has a cozy, but definitely upscale feel. The main house is over a century old, though the interior decor reflects the kind of effortless contemporary design that appeals to out-of-town New Yorkers. As rooms take the form of suites and cottages, and there is no on-site restaurant, The Roundtree is better suited to families, groups, and those who prefer to do their own thing when it comes to to dine.

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The Menhaden Hotel Hamptons

For stunning harbor views and close access to the region’s winelands, book into the Menhaden Hotel. It’s also a boutique property, with 16 rooms, designed to evoke an elegant maritime theme displaying various related artifacts. There are plenty of options to eat and drink here: a sophisticated restaurant on the ground floor, a rooftop bar, a café and a snack bar, as well as excellent places to eat in the Greenpoint area . There’s plenty to see and do on the doorstep, and the hotel offers a free water taxi, bike hire, and transfers via its electric vehicle.

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Trim Rose House Hamptons

If you want access to a spa during your stay, Topping Rose House is the perfect place. The property also features a heated outdoor pool, fitness room, farm-to-table restaurant (with produce from its own one-acre farm on-site), trendy bar , a curated contemporary art collection, access to a Lexus and a free shuttle, with passes to the private beach. 22 rooms offer Frette linens, iPads, and minibars, some have their own rooftop gardens and terraces. The building itself is a 19th century Greek Revival style mansion. Topping Rose House is located in Bridgehampton.

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Hamptons Beach Club Heroes

Montauk was once populated by creatives, surfers, and those who lived off the water. But it’s increasingly sought after by affluent visitors lately, with hotels like the Hero Beach Club popping up. The property has a laid-back charm to it, though — you won’t find a dedicated restaurant, but you’ll receive free bagels and coffee in the morning, plus toasted s’mores on some nights. The design of the 30 rooms (most with balconies) is airy and reflects the natural pastel hues of the coastal landscape. Outside there is a large heated swimming pool, with plenty of relaxation areas and movie nights under the stars.

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