By Pamela Jacobs
Everyone knows the Hamptons are the place to go for luxury. If you want the best of the best, get it here. Those looking for bigger, better, and more impressive have a wide array of choices in the Hamptons, and are sure to find exactly what suits their fancy. These are our choices for the most luxurious, most fabulous ways to blow some cash out east. Feel free to invite us along…
The Hedges Inn
Spend a weekend in the Hamptons in the lap of luxury, enjoying Bulgari bath products, complimentary gourmet breakfast, plush robes, Godiva chocolates, gym passes, and beach passes to East Hampton’s Main Beach, which is a stone’s throw away. Sure, a king room will cost up to $750 per night, but the ambiance, beauty, and attention to detail are worth every penny, especially if it’s true luxury you seek.
Across from Town Pond and surrounded by the stately elms of James Lane, The Hedges Inn, which sits on two stunning acres, is a landmark. It was built as a private residence in the 1600’s, is listed in The National Register of Historic Places, and is at once charming, cozy, intimate, opulent, and altogether breathtaking. Guests staying in one of the twelve richly appointed rooms enjoy breakfast in the country dining room, or on the patio that overlooks a lovely garden, and later can enjoy a cocktail from the fully stocked bar, after a day spent at the beach that has been rated one of the ten best in the country. The heritage, history, and elegance, coupled with the location, make it one of the Hamptons’ most perfect accommodations.
74 James Lane, East Hampton New York, 11937
Want to enjoy the Hamptons the way the movie stars do (if they’re lucky enough)? Rent the area’s most expensive rental home, which will cost you $500,000 for two weeks. What’s included in the half million dollar tab? Let’s see…a bowling alley, two garages for 8 cars, a game room with a skateboard half pipe and professional DJ booth, 2,000 square ft master wing with a 1,500 square ft deck, custom closets, 4 fireplaces, complete home gym with a spa, squash court/basketball court/tennis court, high end appliances, and a 10 seat movie theater. Not too shabby.
The enormous, spectacular 31,000 square foot estate in Bridgehampton sits on 11.5 acres and was built by the prestigious Farrell Building Company as a true masterpiece. Other luxuries include Bordeaux walnut floors with radiant heat, an elevator, a double living room with two fireplaces, an air lounge, a children’s entertainment center, virtual golf, rock climbing wall, media room with five plasma TVs, and a complete spa facility with Jacuzzi, steam, sauna and massage area. A full-home, Crestron-automation system controls the entire residence and a lower level garage has a hydraulic lift. Outside, guests will find a 60’ x 20’ heated gunite pool with electric cover and underwater stereo, sunken tennis court with stone walls, and spectacular landscaping with extensive outdoor lighting.
Worried about falling in love with it and not wanting to leave? Don’t worry, you can buy it for $49.5 million.
Gary DePersiaSenior Vice President, The CorcoranGroup
51 Main Street, East Hampton, NY; 631.324.3900
East Hampton Edibles
If your taste for luxury in the Hamptons runs on the sweeter side, and $500,000 is a little out of your price range, make your day better with a sampling of edible extravagance from East Hampton Edibles, a new business whose owner, Anita Zeldin, is dedicated to offering customers the finest handmade confections created with the highest quality ingredients and some TLC. Anyone who tastes the signature Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate Macadamia Butter Brickle will be transported to edible heaven, and will instantly recognize the taste of the finer things in life.
Those looking to try these bite-size pleasure can find them in the Hamptons at Vicki’s Veggies in Amagansett; Pierre’s To Go in Bridgehampton; East Hampton Gourmet Food, Hampton Market Place, home, james!, Round Swamp Farm, Scoop du Jour and Tiffany & Co. in East Hampton, and The Elegant Setting and Schmidt’s Market in Southampton. Special requests are also accepted. If you’re visiting a friend for a weekend in the Hamptons, these also make a fabulous hostess gift!