What We Love
- Bikes for rent to take you to and from the beach
- The firepit, bocce courts and badminton create a fun, social vibe
- Woodsy setting away from the downtown hubbub
- Free WiFi and beach passes
What To Know
- Set a mile and a half from the restaurants and bars of Sag Harbor and five miles from the Sagg Main beach, so a car is recommended
- There is no one on staff overnight, so late arrivals should make check-in arrangements in advance
- No daily maid service unless arranged for in advance
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set on six wooded acres about a mile and a half from Sag Harbor, Forever Bungalows feels a world away from the $32 lobster rolls and expense account champagne of the Hamptons. A mix of standalone bungalows and a two-story renovated motor lodge, the summer camp vibe is decidedly more relaxed, friendly and easy on the wallet.
Bed and Bath
The no-fuss, no-muss rooms are definitely Ikea chic, with Swedish minimalism joining eco-friendly elements like recycled glass bathroom tiles and low-flow toilets. There’s a home-away-from-home vibe thanks to fridges, flat screens and, in bungalows, small kitchens. But this is definitely a no-frills, fun-in-the-sun setting. Request the penthouse or queen room for astro-turfed outdoor space.
Kick off your flip flops for a cold one around the firepit with other 20- and 30-somethings, who chat each other up over bocce and badminton games. The check-in area in the property’s former garage doubles as a hangout area, with general store offerings like ice cream sandwiches and sodas (beers and wine to come later this summer). There is no restaurant or bar, but the staff can give you the inside track on local eats.
In the Area
Rent a bike from the hotel, make a right into the neighboring Sag Harbor community golf course and wend your way a mile through the wooded paths to Barcelona Beach, an off-the-radar, locals spot. On the way back, stop at the teeny shack that doubles as the golf course clubhouse for $3 beers, the best deal in the Hamptons. When you’re ready to swank it up, head down to prime Sag Harbor for rose and lobster rolls overlooking the yacht club at Dock Side or impeccable Italian fare in the stylish garden of Tutto Il Giorno. Come winter, you can go ice skating nearby or on a nature walk.
How to Get There
I attended a writer's workshop at this eco-motel and found this to be a modern and affordable option for a stay in the Hamptons. Of major importance: the entire staff was attentive and warm The room itself was large and the bed was very comfortable. I didn't get to take advantage of the back patio but it's a really nice feature. A Keurig in each room was an amazing touch. A game room/lounge on site is also a great option for families--there is even a bonfire in the parking lot.
I booked a room at Forever Bungalows through booking.com back in August, 2017 for the U.S. Golf Open. In mid May, 2018, I was notified by email and by phone by booking.com that Forever Bungalows overbooked and, therefore, they were going to have to cancel my reservation and give me a full refund. I was upset, but what can you do. I thought it was odd that I never received confirmation of this refund so I contacted booking.com today about it. The rep at booking.com contacted Adrian, a manager at Forever Bungalows, who confirmed they NEVER refunded back the almost $400 to my American Express credit card! If I didn't make this call today, Forever Bungalows would have kept my money even though it was their error necessitating the cancellation of my room! BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU BOOK WITH THIS PROPERTY!! Extremely deceitful and underhanded!
I booked a room at Forever Bungalows as it was in close proximity to Sag Harbor and less expensive than some other Hamptons locations. I had invited a friend at the last minute and was pleasantly surprised at the room. I had two separate sleeping areas so it worked perfectly. The room was clean and updated. Had a mini fridge and coffee maker. The location is a 5 minute drive from town. They do offer beach passes. My advice is leave early if going to Sagg Main Beach. I would stay here again.