October was a perfect time to go because the rates were very reasonable! Rates are sky high in Peak season. There were 5 of us and we fit very comfortably in our unit. More than 5 people may not fit as well.
The beach is beautiful and very private. It is a short walk to the beach from the units as they sit back behind the dunes. We had an oceanview room but the dunes limit full view of the ocean on the first floor. I think it is like this with every ocean view room unless you book on the top floor. Driving is allowable on this beach so be sure to watch out for fisherman! The ocean was very active this time of year so swimming (not to mention temp) was not possible. We had great fall weather with sun and 65F+ temps so sitting on the beach was great.
The unit was clean and neat and the beds were very comfortable. Some wear and tear was seen throughout the rooms but that is probably due to staying after the end of the busy summer season. Carpets worn, deck furniture torn etc. Each unit is individually owned so the condition of one unit can be completely different that the next but all floor plans are the same. Each unit has two bedrooms, two full baths, fully appointed kitchen, dining and living area and covered deck. The housekeeping staff was very attentive each day and accomodated all of our requests. The pool was closed but the hot-tub was still running at this time of year.
The location is very isolated between Amagansett and Montauk. A taxi ride into either town for 5 people was $30 (plus tip) one way. They charge by the person and the ride is only about 10 minutes to either town. Seems a bit steep but worth it if planning to visit the local pubs. We went to Harvest for dinner. They serve family style meals and be sure to make reservations ahead of time-gets busy on weekends. Very dark so it was hard to read the menu but the food was tasty. There is tons of shopping in Amagansett and Montauk and a "must see" is the lighthouse at the end of the island. You can walk the rocks around the lighthouse and look at the surfers and fisherman take on the crazy ocean. The water is very active at the end of the island.
Rate in Peak season can be up to $5,800+ for a week stay without meals. While the place is really nice, I am not sure if I would spend that kind of money to stay here unless I REALLY loved Montauk in the summer. It is a great place to visit off peak season and just hope for the best with the weather! I will be back to visit again and I do recommend it for others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hermitage is an elegant ocean front retreat nestled among the spectacular pristine dunes of Amagansett. This exclusive sanctuary offers uniquely furnished luxurious two-bedroom units complete with living room and dining room, full kitchen facilities and color television with cable service. Private decks for tanning and entertaining epitomize the union of sun, surf and luxury living found at The Hermitage. Bask on the ocean beach or challenge and unwind on The Hermitage tennis courts. ... more less
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