The Best Luxury Hotels in Maine, USA

White Barn Inn offers top-notch amenities, making every guest feel special
White Barn Inn offers top-notch amenities, making every guest feel special | Courtesy of White Barn Inn / Expedia
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25 November 2020

Long a playground for the country’s elite, Maine’s serene shores provide a summertime sanctuary to wearied souls. And in more recent years, its world-famous fall foliage has become another major calling card. Soak up the best that the Pine Tree State has to offer at these expertly run inns and resorts, which feature stellar views and a whole host of amenities and experiences.

Cape Arundel Inn and Resort

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Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, Kennebunkport, Maine
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Overlooking the Atlantic on Kennebunkport’s prestigious Ocean Avenue, this 19th-century mansion is the epitome of coastal chic. Some guest rooms and suites boast bay windows and sweeping ocean views, while others feature fireplaces and balconies. Up the ante (and privacy) a touch more by booking the resort’s three-bedroom Ivy Cottage. The inn hosts live music outdoors each Wednesday in summer and has soft throws for lounging on the hotel porch come winter.

The Nonantum Resort

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The Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport
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With its unobstructed views over the snaking Kennebunk River, the Nonantum Resort certainly lives up to its Native American Algonquin name, meaning “blessing”; the outlook from some of the river-facing rooms and suites could pass for a watercolor painting. There is a family focus at this upscale resort, with plenty of activities to entertain big and little kids, from renting beach-cruiser bikes to playing lawn games and making firepit s’mores.

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Stage Neck Inn

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Stage Neck Inn, York, ME
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In the thick of historic York Harbor, this upmarket hotel features simple yet sophisticated rooms that allow the ocean, harbor or beach views to speak for themselves. The inn wins rave reviews for its setting and service as well as its on-site restaurant, Shearwater. Round out a decadent weekend of fine food, wine and sightseeing with a treatment at Stage Neck’s day spa.

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White Barn Inn

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White Barn Inn And Spa, Kennebunk
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Part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, this Kennebunk property sweats the small stuff. Upon check-in, White Barn Inn staff will ask you when and how you prefer your morning coffee or tea, which will be delivered to your room along with freshly baked pastries. The attention to detail also extends to the design of your room, with picture windows framing the local woods and chic, contemporary hand-selected furniture adorning the space.

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Hidden Pond Resort

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Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport
Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport has two pools | Courtesy of Hidden Pond / Expedia

There’s not a dud cottage, bungalow or lodge among Hidden Pond Resort’s accommodation offerings, but one 2020 addition is an absolute standout. The From Away Lodge by Todd Snyder is New England chic, with its moody color palette and riot of natural materials. Beyond the farm-to-fork dining, pristine forested grounds, two pools and beautiful treetop spa, it’s the added service extras – such as cookies and milk delivered on demand – that really sell this resort.

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  • Cliff House Maine

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    Cliff House Maine
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    Every last detail has been considered at this beautiful Cape Neddick property. Beyond the contemporary yet homey design of the suites and guest rooms, which feature a simple, soothing palette of soft blues, greens and white, there’s a strong focus on the guest experience. Survey the hotel’s fully curated art exhibit, which changes with each season, and dabble in a wide array of activities, from guided runs through the neighboring woods to bug-hunt trails for the kids.

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    The Press Hotel

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    The Press Hotel, Marriott Autograph Collection
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    Each room at this Portland hotel is smart and features fine-tuned details, but for the ultimate luxury getaway, book yourself into its penthouse suite. This seventh-floor showstopper has a private rooftop patio that overlooks the harbor and historical buildings scattered below – a rather special spot for sunset cocktails. The suite also features 10ft (3m) tall ceilings, twice-daily housekeeping, a rain-head shower and an oversize bathtub.

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    Inn by the Sea

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    Inn By The Sea, Cape Elizabeth
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    A true find, this stylish property is just a 15-minute drive from Portland, yet it’s set on the fringes of a wildlife sanctuary and only a short walk from the soft sands of Crescent Beach. Splash out on one of the Cove or Beach Suites, which offer oodles of indoor and outdoor space. The inn’s friendly team can even stock your suite fridge with house-made provisions (think alfredo sauce, blueberry-maple butter and farm-raised eggs) ready for your arrival.

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