And apparently this summer, the place to check out everyone's tan will be the new Pink Elephant Southampton, opening Memorial Day Weekend.
The Elephant is descending upon the Capri Hotel, taking over the former Cabana with a 2,000-square-foot indoor lounge that's only a set of terrace steps away from a sprawling 6,000-square-foot beach scene.
David Sarner and friends, in trademark swank PE style, have brought in 250,000 pounds of sand to create a faux beach, with Chinese lanterns hanging from trees, roaring outdoor copper firepits, and seven VIP pagoda-style cabanas. And because no cabana is really complete without climate control, each has a heat thermostat so you can keep your girls warm and protected (as they partake of the caviar-and-oyster-only menu). Where there is a faux beach, there is also "faux" water, a deep swimming pool ripe for some nighttime dips.
The separate sound system will pipe out a chill vibe outside, but the party will remain PE-style inside. PE Southampton will feel similar to its NYC counterpart with a hedge-trimmed entrance, curved banquettes and wood screens. Here, though, the ever-helpful aphrodisiac-pumping scent machine gets outdone with two additional must-have machines hidden up in the ceiling—a liquid nitrogen machine pumping out cold blasts and (yes, that's right) a snow machine—so that you can experience some snow fall in the middle of July.
After all, if you wanted to sweat, you would have stayed in the city.