The Ozarks — a region that includes southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, a bit of Oklahoma, Illinois, and even Kansas — is one of the best-kept secrets in America's Mid-South. It’s here that you’ll find nature that's ideal for hiking, kayaking, and swimming. At its heart lies Bluegreen Vacations’ Paradise Point Resort, situated on 24 acres in the Ozark mountains. Here’s a report on our recent visit, plus some ideas on how to stay here for less.
Budget Level: Moderate ($125+/night)
Lodging Type: Resort
What You Need to Know
Situated above the clear waters of Table Rock Lake, the resort feels like a fancier, hotel version of a log cabin, which is exactly what you want when visiting this neck of the woods. Guests are welcomed into a lobby with soaring ceilings and a fireplace, which is lit even in summer months. The natural landscape surrounding the property is on display here, be it lush forests or the lake's waters. A variety of room categories — from studios to the penthouse — have fully equipped kitchens, a comfy bed, and living space, so that you can truly make this your home.
You’ll find plenty of families at this resort — there’s a fantastic mini-golf course and a lovely pool. Plus, the property offers free popcorn and hosts a movie night. It's equally great for couples or fantastic for a group trip. The property is luxurious, but laid-back in the best way possible.
Who Will Love It
Sophisticated travelers who run screaming from some of the cheesier Branson hotels will find a perfectly restful spot here. Add friendly service, a list of activities, and loads of in-room amenities for homebodies and families.
Who Might Not
Those seeking a traditional hotel with on-site restaurants in the heart of Branson's action might not enjoy Paradise Point's remote location.
The swimming pool. The heated infinity-edge pool overlooks the blue-green waters of Table Rock Lake.
Paradise Point offers direct access to Table Rock Lake and the updated Bass Pro Long Creek Marina just around the corner. Guests can use resort facilities including the indoor-outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, clubhouse, BBQ grills, mini-golf, and tennis court. Rooms include fully equipped kitchens with high-end appliances, microwaves, bedrooms, sofa beds, washer/dryer units; some have fireplaces and outdoor space. Penthouse rooms have loft suites with fireplaces and a hanging (as it in hangs from ropes!) master bed along with a pool table.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
There are no restaurants on property, so you'll either need to plan to eat at nearby restaurants or take advantage of the kitchen in your unit. (The resort provides coffee and popcorn in your room.) Big Cedar Lodge, with its abundant dining options and activities, is just down the road.
How to Get a Deal
Book in low season (Jan-March) when spacious studio rooms start at $159 per night.The property's web site also offers discounts and through Bluegreen Vacations’ unique partnership with Choice Hotels, exclusive offers for members of its loyalty program, Choice Rewards.
In the Neighborhood
Paradise Point is located 20 minutes from Branson and Big Cedar Lodge is just five minutes away.
The Branson Regional Airport is a 25-minute drive away.
The Bottom Line
This upscale resort is a laid-back alternative to the Branson hotels with all of the amenities and even more charm.