Stylish author Plum Sykes shares her travel insider to the Hamptons.

Which three words sum up the Hamptons? Suburban beach heaven. Best time of day? The mid-morning stroll along the sand after a breakfast of pancakes, bacon and maple syrup from the Princess Diner (32 Montauk Highway, Southampton). Favourite hangout? Drinking ice-cold, home-made lemonade at the Clam Shack on the Route 27 Highway is bliss. Or tea with interior designer Daniel Romualdez at his clifftop cottage in Montauk – heaven! How many times have you been? More times than I can remember. Favourite holiday ritual? Cycling down to the sea, abandoning my flip-flops at the water’s edge and diving straight in for a swim. Ideal travelling companion? A nanny for my kids! What would you bring back? An assortment of fabulous T-shirts bought at J Crew in East Hampton. Late nights or early mornings? Early mornings and early to bed – but only after watching the fireflies glittering on the lawn during dinner.

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