Hidden Pond Resort
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes a daily bakery basket
- With 16 private cottages and 20 bungalows, the property feels like a country village in Kennebunkport
- Outdoor yoga classes and art classes in a separate studio
What To Know
- A $35 resort fee per night for Bungalows and a $50 resort fee per night for Cottages will be collected at the property
- Self-parking is available at no extra cost
- Pets are not allowed
- Concierge can set up beach visits not far from the property
- Pets are not permitted
- Children are not permitted in the Bungalow Suite
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A five-hour drive by car from New York, quiet Kennebunkport combines a gorgeous coastline, an open beach and preppy style. A short drive along the winding coastline, Hidden Pond is a romantic, upscale resort with 36 bungalows and cottages spread across 60 sprawling acres. There’s a magical, village-like vibe from the spa with treehouse-style treatment rooms to the farm-to-fork restaurant, Earth, helmed by James Beard Award–winning chef Ken Oringer.
Bed and Bath
The 36 private cottages and bungalows are all individually designed: Silent Pine for a “splash of retro woodsiness”; Periwinkle, where “Maine woods meets vibrant Caribbean”; and more. Bungalows are a spacious 600 square feet, with private porches (furnished with Maine-essential rocking chairs), gas fireplaces, wet bars and private outdoor showers, while Two-Bedroom Cottages feel like private vacation homes thanks to cozy living rooms, full kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows and stone fireplaces.
Echoing Hidden Pond’s romantic, back-to-nature setting, onsite Earth restaurant serves seasonal, local fare by famed Boston chef Ken Oringer. Choose from house-made charcuterie, dock-fresh seafood dishes, wood oven fired pizzas and more, all served in a rustic dining room overlooking the pond and organic gardens. The alfresco Farm Bar also hosts live music nights throughout the summer months. For a different sort of indulgence, the three-room spa has a unique position in a series of treehouses above the gardens and uses all natural ingredients (including some grown onsite) in its pampering facial, wrap and massage treatment menu.
In the Area
Head out on a deep sea fishing trip with Striker Charters and see what you can reel in. Taste craft brews, chowder, crab cakes, artisanal cheeses, Maine-made condiments and other local flavors. Experience a classic slice of New England during a hands-on 90-minute lobstering cruise aboard the Rugosa, which departs from the Nonantum’s dock. For a dose of culture, few museums have as stunning a location — or view — as the oceanfront Ogunquit Museum of Art, which houses a distinguished permanent collection of American art, including works by Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent and Thomas Hart Benton.
How to Get There
Hidden Pond is a beatiful hotel with fantastic amenities. The Earth Restaurant is a great dining experience in a rustic, but elegant setting. Our hotel “room” was a house that was fully appointed with a mini-kitchen, a terrace, and we were greeted every morning with fresh pastries and hot coffee delivered to our room. While our hotel room was beyond nice, the service was a little lacking and did not match the hotel’s amenities. This hotel is a 6 star camp for adults with great food, spa, yoga, and experiences that include nightly camp fires and mixology class. I just wish that there was a bartender at the poolside farm bar, our room was made-up before 2pm, and we were offered help in finding our room (a drive) and assistance with our luggage. While I would rate the accodations 9 out of a possible 10, the served would be 7.5 out of 10. I would stay here again, but for the $$$$$ I would have some hesitation.
We have been going to this beautiful property for the past two years. The two-bedroom cottages are perfect for our needs and the recent upgrades are terrific.
That said, the property is very poorly managed, and we experienced several issues during our stay. The biggest being that we scheduled, and confirmed via phone twice, a babysitter for one night during our stay. And the babysitter never arrived. Apparently there was confusion with our friends who were staying next to us and also scheduled a babysitter. So only one person showed up. We ended up giving her both baby monitors and she kept an eye on both sets of kids. But it wasn't ideal to leave our daughter in a locked cottage alone while asleep.
There were also other little things, like:
*a lamp blew out, sparked when we turned it on, and was never replaced or removed despite us calling the front desk to make them aware
* we ordered a bottle of rose from Earth and were offered a French or an Austrian...we ordered the French and the Austrian was delivered
* we ordered iced teas by the pool and they took 2+ hours to appear
* turn down service never happened one night of our stay
Aside the babysitter, we appreciate that these are all very minor things, but they made a noticeable difference in our stay this year. With the incredible quality (and cost) of the property, we were very disappointed. And notably, when we reached out to the manager to share this feedback, we never recieved a response.
We just returned from a 4-night getaway to Kennebunkport - 2 nights were spent at the sister resort The Tides and 2 nights at Hidden Pond. I have reviewed the Tides separately, but will headline this by saying I highly preferred our time at Hidden Pond based on the quality of the accommodations, privacy and overall restfulness of the property.
Rooms: We stayed in a One Bedroom Bungalow (#41). Upon entering, I immediately fell in love with this place. The roominess, finishings, cleanliness all exceeded expectations. The screened in porch is a great place to spend some time reading, relaxing and listening to the leaves rustling. The bathroom is spacious and of particular note is the outdoor shower, which is rare to find in a hotel but such a great refreshing addition - we never used in the inside shower during our stay. And the main room with the bedroom, seating area and nice mini-bar, sink, refrigerator area is well stocked with whatever you need to enjoy a quick snack or some coffee to start the day (to accompany the breakfast basket delivery). Our bungalow quickly felt like home!
Spa: I had a treatment one morning at the Tree Spa. The service itself was quite good and relaxing, although the music and surrounding noise a bit distracting. The setup of the spa rooms - amidst the trees - is quite nice, although the music in my room was quite loud and a bit too much music versus relaxation sounds (e.g., something that would have matched the surroundings - e.g., trees, water running, rain). Then, at one point in the massage and for a while, the music shut off and the background noise from the nearby pool was quite distracting from the experience (which then made me realize why the music was so loud). Definitely was an overall good experience, just not the best spa visit I have enjoyed (and I have been lucky to enjoy a lot!!).
Pool Area: We spent one day at the Adult Pool, a lovely spot that enjoys a nice location with a combination of sun, a light breeze and relaxing atmosphere. The pool could have benefited from a cleaning, not having been serviced from the prior day. Service at the pool area was responsive, but not proactive. It was fine for us as we like a more laid back approach but definitely not necessarily the level of service that may be implied in the price point for the resort. The calmness of the adult pool can be a bit disrupted by the fact that they seat people from the restaurant nearby so while it's an "adult" spot, little ones running aren't uncommon.
Property: Overall, we loved the property - the seclusion, gardens and areas to roam. The service is good, but not necessarily anything to really call out. We did try to use the walking trail in the woods, but the path was not very well marked once we got into the woods, and we ultimately ended up lost and walked out onto an unfamiliar road. It was 1 mile back to the hotel (good thing we had a phone with us to GPS us back) so ended up being a fun adventure and a good walk, but would be mindful of having people following the path without better guidance.
I would also say that it's a little disappointing that the advertised Smores are only offered at the main lodge (near the two bedroom, more family focused accommodations) and not also offered at the fire pit by the restaurant and adult pool (which is closer to the Bungalows). Feels like this is a miss to provide the same level of service to the "other half" of the resort.
Restaurant: I will review our dinner at Earth separately (remarkable!!!!) but will note that the breakfast we had there prior to our departure was quite good. My husband had the corned beef hash (delicious!!) and I had the avocado toast (replacing salmon with bacon, for which I was charged extra). Food was good, although they did lose our order which meant quite a delay in receiving our food.
The net - we loved our stay here and definitely look forward to returning. It's important to note that for the approx $1000 a night, they could offer a bit more (including breakfast, more access to water in the room). My view - they place is all about the accommodations and the solitude; the service is fine but not a true differentiator (would contrast this to Twin Farms in VT, although that price point is notably higher). We are normally beach people so usually enjoy a room on the ocean to hear the waves crashing, but found this just - as if not more - as a perfect place to completely unplug and relax. Within moments of arriving, it felt like the real world had evaporated. I only wish I could have taken our Bungalow home with us!
We just completed our third visit to Hidden Pond.
This is a truly exceptional and memorable place to spend time with family and friends. Beautiful cottages and bungalows, award winning restaurant, pools, bikes, bonfires, ping pong, kids activities, workout facility, yoga classes, close to the beach and 10 minutes to Kennebunkport....on top of it all management and staff are incredibly dedicated to your comfort and will do anything to ensure your stay is over the top. Enjoy the morning paper, fresh hot coffee and the best breakfast breads - all delivered to your cottage just before you are waking up. The day starts off great and only gets better. We will continue to come back to Hidden Pond - there is really nothing like it.
First time but don’t think last time. Remote location which I loved. Quiet. Peaceful. Away from reality. Exactly what we needed. Cottage is comfortable and well designed. Don’t get me started about the screened porch. Spent many lazy hours on the lounge listening to the wind guru the trees and the crickets at night. And then there’s the outdoor shower. Ahhh. We enjoyed Earth for meals. Excellent. Friendly staff. Had a relaxing massage at the Tree Spa. Thank you Hidden Pond for a much needed getaway.