Missouri is located at the crossroads of the South and the Midwest. The state’s location in the center of the country as well as its many important rivers such as the Missouri River and the mighty Mississippi have made it a hub for pioneers, explorers, and businessmen throughout the history of the country.
Today the state attracts tourists who want to enjoy the state’s rivers or climb aboard the controversial riverboat casinos, as well as outdoorsmen who come to explore a plethora of rivers, caves, and lakes. Many of the resorts on this list are located in the beautiful Ozark mountains, with most of them being lakefront properties, guaranteeing the best of both mountain activities and fun on the water.
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Missouri:
1. Big Cedar Lodge
Big Cedar Lodge sits in a beautiful location overlooking the southern part of Table Rock Lake. The upscale resort opened the Top of the Rocks Ozarks Heritage Preserve in 2014 as a companion to the lodge. The property has many amenities and activities including a golf course, a museum, and two delicious restaurants.
Many of the lodge’s services and amenities are situated to have optimal views of the beautiful sunset over the lake. In addition to guest rooms in the main lodge, smaller and more intimate log cabins are tucked away in the pine trees and are perfect for couples. For active guests, the resort offers programming for all ages including stand-up paddleboarding, yoga hikes, a yacht offering dinner cruises, and a fun selection of kids programming.
2. Still Waters Resort
Still Waters Resort in Branson is a luxury, family resort located on Table Rock Lake. Conveniently located near Silver Dollar City, the resort has the perfect combination of convenience to all of Branson’s attractions at the same time providing a relaxing, lakefront escape.
The resort is built around fun on the water. A variety of rentals are included in your stay including kayaks, pedal boats, and bikes. The resort also has three pools for endless swimming, three hot tubs, and a water slide. If you’ve had enough time in the water, the resort also has a sand volleyball court and access to several hiking trails.
3. Timber Creek Retreat
Timber Creek Retreat is a welcome spiritual retreat for visitors who need space and time to recharge away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The tranquil resort is perfect for individuals and couples who wish to get away. The intimate property only has seven guest rooms which means there are even fewer distractions during your retreat.
Resort amenities are all built around spiritual, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Three times a day there are guided meditation sessions signaled by the ring of a bell. There are yoga and exercise rooms as well as private yoga sessions available and complimentary yoga classes on the weekends. There is a library with spiritual books, a chapel for reflection, and a cinema with a selection of inspirational films.
Each day, the chef cooks wholesome gourmet meals for resort guests from organic ingredients.
4. Stonewater Cove Resort
Stonewater Cove Resort provides visitors with a secluded getaway in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks. The 500-acre resort is nestled in the midst of several thousand acres of forest and overlooks Table Rock Lake. The posh resort is perfect for adventure-seekers as the resort has many guided adventure activities.
Activities include guided ATV tours, archery, zip lines, hiking, biking, and low ropes courses. Guests can also take to the water with options including fishing, boating, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. After all that fun, guests can relax in the hot tub or indulge in the resort’s spa services.
5. Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center
This luxurious resort is set in a grand chateau on the shore of Table Rock Lake near Branson. The resort has a high-end restaurant as well as a casual cafe and wine bar, a dessert shop, and a deli that will pack a picnic lunch for your day out exploring. The resort has plenty to keep you busy and entertained including an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a comfortable spa.
They have a full-service marina on the lake which offers rentals of boats and kayaks. The rooms themselves are lavishly furnished and for a bit more you can have a room with a scenic view of the lake or mountains. They also have suites with pull-out couches, mini-fridges, and microwaves.
6. D’Monaco Luxury Resort
D’Monaco Luxury Resort is an upscale, modern resort located on the waterfront of Table Rock Lake. Accommodations at the lakeside retreat are in the form of airy villas with fully furnished kitchens, cable TV, and wireless internet. Each villa has a private lake-view veranda as well as a washer/dryer. Many of the rooms have four-poster beds.
Resort amenities include an outdoor pool with a sundeck for relaxing or tanning, a whirlpool, a seasonal swim-up bar, and private hot tubs. Guests can get a massage or rent a boat for an additional fee. For water lovers, the resort lakefront has a beach area with firepits and boat slips.
7. Camden on the Lake Resort Spa & Yacht Club
Camden on the Lake Resort Spa & Yacht Club is a beautiful lakefront property on Lake of the Ozarks. The property is located near the Lake of the Ozarks State Park and right beside H. Toad’s Entertainment complex. The rooms range from studios with kitchenettes to suites with balconies, living rooms, and sleeper sofas. Some suites even have whirlpool tubs.
The property has a laid-back bar and grill-style restaurant that has live entertainment and a coffee bar with seating on the terrace. Other amenities include a gym, outdoor pool, hot tubs, spa, and boat rentals that are perfect for enjoying the beautiful lake.
8. Westgate Branson Woods Resort and Cabins
Westgate Branson Woods Resort and Cabins are tucked away on 140 wooded acres near Branson. The standard resort rooms come well furnished, but for an extra level of comfort, book a 1 or 2-bedroom villa with a whirlpool tub, fireplace, full kitchen, and balcony. The property also has cabins for rent if you are looking for a more private and intimate experience.
The resort has a pizzeria as well as a bar and grill-restaurant. Amenities include bike rentals, three swimming pools, a sand volleyball court, and hiking trails. The resort is pet friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along on your trip.
9. Tan-Tar-A Resort
Tan-Tar-A is a beautiful golf resort located on the banks of a small branch of Lake of the Ozarks near the Mansfield Forest State Wildlife Preserve and the Dogwood Hills Golf Resort. The resort accommodations are divided between the main property and a nearby estate complex.
The rooms are furnished with modern luxuries like flat-screen televisions, coffee makers, and in some units, kitchens, and pull-out sofas. Resort amenities include two on-site restaurants, an indoor water park that has a lazy river, whirlpool, and waterslides as well as a marina that offers boat rentals to maximize your enjoyment of the Lake of the Ozarks. Other activities include two championship golf courses, bowling, tennis, and horseback riding.
10. Lakeview Resort
Lakeview Resort is another popular choice for lakeside accommodations in Missouri. The resort is located on the Lake of the Ozarks and looks out over the Davey Hollow Cove. The family-run property has both condos and cottages that cover a range of accommodation sizes and types.
Guests can choose from a basic studio all the way up to a 7-bedroom unit that is perfect for large groups. Each unit has a full kitchen and dining area and many have porches, grills, and pull-out couches. Resort amenities include boating and fishing from the dock, campfire pits, grills, tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, a fitness room, and playgrounds for kids as well as both indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
11. Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles is located just a bit outside of downtown St. Louis in the town of St. Charles. The resort is perfect for individuals and couples who wish to get away without the kids or who enjoy gambling in style. The resort and casino offer plenty of opportunities for adult gaming. The casino has all of the popular table games as well as slots and more.
There are eight restaurant options in the resort ranging from bake shops to buffets and oyster bars. When you need to take a break from the games, or if your luck has ran out, you can rest and recoup at the on-site pool or full-service spa.
12. Tribesman Resort
Tribesman Resort is situated on a sprawling property overlooking Table Rock Lake. There are low-key cottages and apartment-style accommodations spread throughout the property offering a range of sizes from one to four bedrooms. The apartments come complete with free Wi-Fi, kitchens, and living rooms. Many of them also have laundry facilities, grills, and porches.
The property has many amenities that are perfect for families such as a game room, play area, and daily activities for kids. There are four outdoor swimming pools with plenty of chairs for lounging and an indoor pool for when the weather is not great. Other activities include two marinas that offer boat rentals, as well as golf cart rentals to easily traverse the large property.
13. Crystal Cove Bed and Breakfast and Luxury Log Cabins
Crystal Cove Bed and Breakfast is perched on a mountainside above Table Rock Lake. The property has several rustic-chic log cabins which make for the perfect romantic getaway. The cabins each have their own theme and are perfectly furnished for your romantic retreat with jacuzzi tubs, log beds, and fireplaces. Modern amenities in the rooms include flat-screen televisions, kitchenettes, free Wi-Fi, and iPod docking stations.
Each morning, a full, hot breakfast is served in the property’s dining room which has a scenic view of a waterfall and koi pond. There is also a camping area, hiking trails, and a 24-hour cafe on site.
14. Kapilana Resort
Kapilana Resort is nestled on the waterfront of the Lake of the Ozarks. The property is located near the Lake of the Ozarks State Park as well as Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark. Resort accommodations include both poolside and beach house rooms as well as two- and three-bedroom condominiums. Each room type offers modern comforts such as free WiFi, kitchenettes, flat-screen televisions, living rooms, and pull-out sofas. The larger condos have full kitchens, fireplaces, and living rooms.
There are many amenities and entertainment options at the resort including a playground and game room for children, fishing and boating on the lake, and a swimming pool with lounge chairs and picnic tables.
15. Robin’s Resort Rentals
Robin’s Resort is a casual, family resort located on the Lake of the Ozarks. The property is the perfect option for families who are happy to forego some of the luxuries of other properties for a low-key but functional room at a lower price. Each room is equipped with WiFi and cable television as well as full kitchens. Larger suites and apartments include screened porches and many feature pull-out sofas.
The resort is a popular fishing destination and includes a heated fishing dock, boat rentals, docks, and a boat launch as well as a fish-cleaning station. For those who aren’t into fishing, the property is conveniently located near Osage Beach and Osage Beach Premium Outlets.