An extraordinarily versatile luxury resort in Maine, the Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina near Mount Desert Island is both family-friendly and entirely grown-up all at the same time, its beachfront views and superb onsite eateries only adding to the appeal.
With its beach club, boat tours, onsite gym and tennis courts, two swimming pools and spa, the award-winning Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina leaves no stone left unturned.
This is a top resort full of facilities in Frenchman's Bay, Maine.
The hotel itself looks the part from the outside, a cross between a wood-clad ski chalet, upmarket beach club and archetypal beach retreat in one.
The grounds are then both sweeping and easy on the eye, full of flower beds and patios dotted with dining tables, all surrounding a lagoon-like swimming pool which overlooks the ocean.
Harborside Hotel and Marina’s waterfront setting is just one of its many plus points, however, and though that is best enjoyed from your private balcony or by the pool, there is also – as the name suggests – a private marina here, so you can look forward to afternoons out on the open waves too. Whether on a whale watching tour, sunset cruise or trying your hand at sea kayaking, it’s all part of the appeal, as is the adjoining beach club, Jacuzzi and fine dining Italian restaurant La Bella Vita.
The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina really is a Frenchman's Bay resort with many faces, as in addition to the very grown-up lounge bar and beach club, onsite spa and gym, this is also a family-friendly Maine hotel too. Kids will love the tennis courts and watersports, there are designated family rooms and plenty to keep them entertained during the day, such as Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island.
Inside, the property is a little cosier than you might expect from its coastal setting and laidback outdoor areas, so while guestrooms adopt a homely décor scheme of floral-print carpets and homely sofas, some of the communal spaces follow suit such as the lounge area, all Winchester armchairs, dark wood throughout and a stone fireplace at one end.
Overall then, if looking for a superbly well-equipped, well-located luxury Maine resort, with Frenchman's Bay, Sand Beach, Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park within touching distance, it’s time to book a room or suite at the Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina.
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Thanks to its clever layout, the Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina doesn’t look or feel like a large sprawling property, despite having nearly 200 rooms to its name. Almost all enjoy a balcony and either harbour, ocean, Bar Island or Frenchman's Bay views, a king-size bed, rain shower, Wi-Fi, coffee machine, seating area and sofa. The décor scheme throughout is notably homelier than you would expect from the rest of the hotel: think floral print bedspreads, thick carpets, vases of flowers and locally-inspired paintings of nearby Bar Harbor. Then, as you move up through the luxury categories, extras include a separate living room and kitchenette, a gas-burning fireplace and outdoor Jacuzzi in certain rooms.
Sleeps: 2 Adults , 2 Children
Sleeps: 2 Adults
One to Three Bedroom Suites
Sleeps: 4 Adults , 2 Children
Sleeps: 6 Adults
Stewman's Lobster Pound
Proudly boasting the best of Maine’s traditional seafood favourites, including clam chowder, mussels and lobster – followed up by a slice of homemade blueberry pie – Stewman’s Lobster Pound is as iconic a waterfront Maine restaurant as you’re likely to find. This is a lively and atmospheric place too, with lots of outdoor seating, a rooftop and overwater terrace – enchanting both night and day.
La Bella Vista
Found at the hotel’s marina, La Bella Vita prides itself on providing some of the finest Italian cuisine in Bar Harbor. Well, there are many top places to eat in Maine and La Bella Vita is among the best of them. The menu of traditional handmade pizzas, pasta and antipasti is one thing, though the harbourfront views from La Bella Vita’s al fresco dining terrace quite another.
Splash Pool Bar
This laidback daytime bar is perfectly placed to keep you topped-up during lazy days by the pool, with cocktails, cold beers, soft drinks and juices complimented by a surprisingly refined menu of flame-grilled burgers, seafood, salads and wraps, done very well indeed.
Enoteca Wine Bar
For an elegant evening spent sipping fine vintages, surrounded by sophisticated furnishings, a wood-fire pizza oven in the background and tapas plates aplenty, head to the Enoteca Wine Bar. Providing a very different ambience to the pool bar or beach club, Enoteca feels ever so slightly grown-up and is all the better for it.
Activities and Entertainment
You could not be in a more prime position to explore the highlights of coastal Maine than during your stay at the Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina. Acadia National Park – with its nature trails, horse-riding routes and viewpoints – is on your doorstep, and the hotel’s private marina means that all manner of nature and sightseeing boat tours plus whale and dolphin watching trips from Bar Harbor could also not be easier. You can go sea kayaking, or access three separate museums within less than 1 mile, while onsite tennis courts, a 24-hour gym and two swimming pools keep the activities coming, closer to home.
The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina is certainly one of Maine’s best-equipped properties, and it all blends effortlessly into the resort’s carefully curated gardens and grounds. The private marina is one thing, where in addition to the obligatory boat tours you’ll find a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and seafront bar serving delectable Italian cuisine too. Meanwhile back onsite there’s a second swimming pool and sun patio, tennis courts, a gym, fantastic spa and beauty salon plus staple essentials such as Wi-Fi, parking, laundry and concierge services.
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