For those who want to take their spa-going to new heights, Hidden Pond (Kennebunkport, ME), a 60-acre secluded resort, has the perfect solution with its new Tree Spa, which immerses guests in nature by featuring treatment rooms that have been built in the trees. Guests will pine over the spa’s three treetop treatment rooms, which are situated eight feet above the ground and connected by a catwalk woven through the trees. According to founding partner and operator Debra Lennon, Tree Spa was an important part of Hidden Pond’s close connection to nature. “We wanted to create something incredibly authentic and unique that matched Hidden Pond’s laid-back casual elegance,” says Lennon. “The spa is unique in the sheer fact that the spa rooms are built as tree houses nestled in the trees. The styling, the decor, and the ambience are rustic yet luxurious.”
Originality is nothing new to the resort, which features 14 eclectic cottages, each designed by a different Maine designer, and 20 bungalow cottages situated among the property’s balsam and birch groves. The spa’s location was determined by the fact that it would overlook Hidden Pond, the resort’s namesake watering hole. “The location was perfect to reflect the seasonality and tie into all of the natural elements of Hidden Pond,” says Lennon. The tree houses themselves feature unfinished wooden interiors with tree-themed elements, such as mirrors encased in a section of the oak trees and birch-finished sinks. Other accents include vintage potting benches used as work stations and natural ingredients displayed in glass apothecary jars. Rolled towels can be found in wicker baskets and old water pails. Tree stumps serve as ideal tables for guests to place their personal belongings.
Trees also played a role in the development of the menu. Green leaves dangling from tree branches make up the background of the printed menu, which also features various tree-related poems. “The poems talk of the strength, the character, the need for nurture, and the individuality of trees, and how they are similar to the human body,” says Lennon.
In creating the menu, it was important to all involved that there be some stand-out signature treatments and to hold true to the resort’s commitment to sustainability and conservation. “We chose not to offer nail services because of our goal to use only the finest organic and all-natural products,” says Lennon. As for the spa’s face and body treatments, Farmaesthetics was ultimately chosen to fit the bill on account of the fact that the products are both organic and based on herbology. The glass jars with handwritten labels that the products are packaged in was also a point in its favor.
According to spa consultant Carla Bashaw, choosing the line was rather serendipitous. Unable to recall the company name, Lennon mentioned the line to her in their preliminary discussion about the decision. “I knew exactly which one she meant, because I had originally wanted to carry it in one of my day spas several years prior but was unable to for exclusivity reasons,” says Bashaw. She later came to find out that managing director Natalie Ward used to work with someone whose relative worked for Farmaesthetics.” They also discovered that the lead esthetician for Farmaesthetics is originally from Kennebunkport. “It was definitely meant to be,” says Bashaw.
In keeping with the property’s eco-friendly philosophy, the spa also relies on local ingredients picked fresh from Hidden Pond’s garden. Lavender, mint, and rosemary are three ingredients that figure prominently in various treatments. Wanting to ensure that guests get exactly what they need, customization is key. Fortunately, that made-to-order mentality can also be found throughout the property. “Hidden Pond is all about laid-back living with an opportunity to customize your stay to your own tastes,” says Ward. “It’s a vacation reminiscent of sleep-away camp but with all the elements in place to feel truly relaxed and pampered.”