The Best Spa & Wellness Retreats in Maine, USA

Portland Head Light is a historic lighthouse in Maine, USA
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3 December 2020

From oceanfront boltholes with treatments inspired by the sea to treehouse treatment rooms and luxury retreats flaunting little-known massage techniques, these spa hotels in Maine have something on the menu for everyone. Whether you visit to relax by the seaside in Kennebunkport or explore the scenery of Acadia National Park, indulge in a trip and find your inner zen. Emerge from a stay at one of these properties refreshed and grateful for spending a little time and money on self-care.

Stage Neck Inn

Inn, Hotel
4.6/5 (289 Reviews)
Stage Neck Inn
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There’s a handful of tempting packages to choose from at this York Harbor day spa, perched right on the edge of the ocean. But the real clincher is the range of facials, from anti-aging to aromatic, mini and deep-cleansing, almost all of which exclusively use plant-based skincare brand Yon-Ka Paris. Treatments can be booked for both individuals and couples, and there’s a small fitness center on-site, too.

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The Breakwater Inn & Spa

Inn, Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.2/5 (320 Reviews)
Breakwater Inn
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There’s a soothingly simple design to the spa at this Kennebunkport inn. The Breakwater’s experienced therapists offer a streamlined menu of treatments, focusing on massage, waxing and body treatments rather than pedicures, manicures or facials. As an added bonus, you can even customize your massage with enhancements such as aromatherapy, CBD oil or the anti-inflammatory alpine arnica muscle repair.

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White Barn Inn & Spa

Inn, Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.8/5 (58 Reviews)
White Barn Inn 3
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This is not a run-of-the-mill hotel spa. While White Barn Inn does offer some of the more vanilla treatments you might find at other spas across the globe (sports massage, mineral wraps, facial peels), that’s not their bread and butter. Instead, prepare to get lost in a whole new world of raindrop therapy (a massage inspired by Native American wellness traditions, where essential oils are applied like drops of rain), Thai Yoga massage (which combines gentle stretching, passive yoga and acupressure) and more.

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Cliff House

Hotel, Luxury
4.7/5 (590 Reviews)
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This very sizable hotel spa – 9,000 square feet (836sqm), to be precise – has won many plaudits. It captivates guests with its floor-to-ceiling windows that hero Atlantic Ocean views and has many fans for its considered, locally inspired treatments. The award-winning Salt of the Sea massage changes according to the season. There’s sandalwood oil in spring; lemon basil, rosemary and ginseng for summer; tibetan singing bowls come autumn; and essential oils featuring marine extracts in winter.

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The Bethel Inn Resort

Resort
3.8/5 (156 Reviews)
Bethel Inn resort
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The historic Bethel Inn is perfectly placed for skiing during the winter months. After a long day on the hill, you’ll be glad to ease those aching muscles in the hotel’s spa, open seven days per week. Ski boots causing you pain? Book the foot soak with scrub and massage for a real treat. They even offer teen facials, so you can treat the adolescent in your life.

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  • Inn By the Sea

    Resort, Inn, Hotel
    4.6/5 (123 Reviews)
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    If a sojourn at oceanfront Inn By the Sea isn’t rejuvenating enough, then a visit to the hotel’s spa might just do the trick. Try the signature Sea Waves massage, where your therapist will use a custom blend of oil and long, relaxing strokes that mimic the ebb and flow of the ocean, all synchronized to the sounds of the sea.

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    Hidden Pond Resort & Tree Spa

    Resort
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    Hidden Pond
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    A spa in a class of its own, Hidden Pond’s three treatment rooms are tucked away among the birch treetops and connected by a catwalk that weaves through the trees. Step inside one of the snug, smoky-grey cabins, and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported from Kennebunkport, Maine, deep into the belly of a Swedish forest retreat. Treatments even incorporate ingredients plucked fresh from the gardens at Hidden Pond, such as rosemary, mint and lavender.

    Bar Harbor Inn & Spa

    Inn, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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    Bar Harbor Inn
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    The catalog of treatments on offer at this Bar Harbor spa is extensive. From exfoliating sea scrubs to cuticle grooming, CBD oil massages, milk bath experiences and express facials, expect to be preened from forehead to toe. If you are on a romantic weekend getaway, you can also indulge in the spa’s customizable Suite for Two package, which typically includes a massage and bath experience.

    These recommendations were updated on December 3, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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