The Cliff House, Ogunquit, ME

Rugged Cliffs meet a Relaxing Retreat

 

Set high on the spectacular Bald Front Cliff of Ogunquit, Maine, the Cliff House commands impressive views of the rocky coast and the Atlantic below. Its casual Maine vibe belies the fact this iconic landmark property has gone through a complete transformation into a 5-star property with 226 beautiful rooms, suites and cottages, impeccable service and a top-notch spa and wellness center with some of the best ocean views around.   

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Stroll the hallway lined with local artwork to serene and spacious rooms decorated in minimalist beach chic. And soak in the jaw-dropping scenery out your window. Thoughtful amenities dot the room: locally sourced comforters from Cuddledown in Maine, Red Flower bath amenities, incredibly comfortable beds, and the latest issue of Downeast magazine.

Organic milk from a local farm and fresh fruit are available all day at the coffee station. And if getting dressed before breakfast isn’t your thing, we can personally attest that the Cliff House has some of the best room service that we’ve ever had. Delivered in a sleek bento box tray, the bagel with smoked salmon was complete perfection in every way. (Read: melt-in-your-mouth salmon from Browne Trading Company accompanied by a lemon chive cream cheese and in-house pickled onions with cold-pressed beet juice).

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Speaking of the food, it is superb. And that may be the only time I have ever written that in all my years of travel. I particularly love their main restaurant, Tiller’s, which serves daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Focused on locally sourced ingredients and regional purveyors, the menu changes frequently, though the view is always oceanfront. There is also the casual Nubb’s Lobster Shack for - you guessed it - the ubiquitous Maine lobster roll. Or try Bald Head Coffee Company for terrific coffee and sweets.

There is plenty to do there besides soaking in the views over fresh, local meals. When it is time to get outside there are two outdoor pools (one family, one only for 13+) and hot tubs (also family and adult). Be sure to explore the walking and jogging routes through the property’s beautifully landscaped grounds and beyond. In summer there is sea kayaking and yoga on the lawn, in the winter ice skating and outdoor bonfires with smores. For days when you would rather seek activity indoors, head to the wellness center which is open 24-hours a day and equipped with treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, free weights, exercise balls and bands, kettlebells, weight machines and a large stretching area in front of amazing ocean views. The views carry over to the small class area where they hold indoor classes including yoga.

One of the Cliff House’s true treasures is their on-site Spa. During the hotel restoration, special attention was paid to the 9,000 square-foot luxury Spa at Cliff House to create a calm oasis, showcasing all of the latest wellness and beauty practices. Even if you don’t book one of their facials, body wraps, energy or therapeutic services, it is well worth getting a day pass and using their saunas, steam rooms, and the spectacular Sanctuary area to relax and unwind while sipping charcoal-filtered water or teas.

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While summer finds the Cliff House hopping every day of the week, the offseason allows for a quieter space, with time read or sip specialty crafted cocktails in front of fieldstone fireplaces. Be sure to look out at the dramatic winter landscapes and take advantage of all the amenities the hotel has to offer—at a much more affordable price. With many specials and packages to choose from, such as the Ice Bar Weekend, Celebrate your Babymoon, the Bed and Breakfast Package, the Stay in Maine package, the Cliff House, Maine is a perfect wellness escape all year long.