The best hotels in the Ozarks

The Ozarks is a beautiful place to enjoy nature and experience a bit of luxury. Here are some recommendations for the best hotels in the Ozarks.

Margaritaville Lake Resort

Long-term Lake of the Ozarks travelers will recognize this property as Tan-Tar-A; one of the first and finest resorts in this vacation town. However, the resort was renamed Margaritaville in 2019, as part of the Jimmy Buffett brand.

Tan-Tar-A still has a 27 holes championship golf course, an indoor waterpark for year-round family entertainment and the Driftwood Spa & Salon.  The Landshark Bar and Grill is the focal point of the fun on the water. It has three pools, a swim-up bar, a sundeck, and a boat dock for over 52 boats.

Margaritaville offers over 500 guest rooms, including basic rooms, suites with kitchenettes, and condominiums. With lyrics painted on the walls and some of the furnishings, you’ll be singing your favorite Buffett tunes and maybe learning some new ones.

Lodge of the Four Seasons

The Lodge of the Four Seasons is one of Lake of the Ozarks’ iconic resorts. It is home to the lake’s biggest marina and two of the region’s best golf courses. The Four Seasons can provide whatever you require for a family holiday or a romantic break for you and your spouse. Choose from a variety of condos, suites, and regular hotel rooms, as well as three restaurants.

As an Asian-inspired spa, Spa Shiki is well-known for its authenticity. To get the knots worked out and the health flowing, try a Himalayan Hot Stone Massage. Stretching, a Swedish massage, and a nutritious lunch delivered to your apartment are all part of the Journey to Wellness package.

Camden on the Lake

The Lake of the Ozarks has over 1,100 miles of shoreline, and Camden on the Lake is located in a prime location known as Horseshoe Bend. The guest rooms in this hotel are suites with spectacular views. During the warm weather seasons, there is a DJ at the swim up bar that keeps the party on the weekends.

If you’ve come to the Lake with a fishing rod, you’ll want to look into the fishing excursions available. The professional guides know all of the Lake’s nooks and crannies and can almost promise you a hefty haul.

You can rent a boat at the marina or hire a boat and skipper for the day if you don’t have one. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Lake is the abundance of restaurants and bars located directly on the lake. When it’s time for supper, contact the water taxi and they’ll get you there.

Old Kinderhook

Properties in the Lake of the Ozarks have two addresses: one for land and one for the point where they are accessed by water. The historic lake resort of Old Kinderhook is located near the 12 mile marker on the Niangua Arm of the Lake. The marker indicates the distance you are from Bagnell Dam.

The three salt water swimming pools at Old Kinderhook, the only location in mid-Missouri that enables salt water swimming, are a real treat. One of them is an indoor pool that can be used all year. The outdoor pool and hot tub provide a spectacular view of the golf course.

While most people associate the Lake with summer activities, Old Kinderhook celebrates Christmas and the winter season all year long with horse-drawn sleigh rides, an ice skating rink and a Christmas village.  In the summer, the ice rink converts into a beach volleyball court. Enjoy s’mores over the fire pits at any time of year.

The Regalia Hotel & Conference Center

Immerse yourself in luxury at this charming 82-room boutique hotel in the Lake’s Horseshoe Bend region. While not located by the sea’s edge, the Regalia Hotel more than compensates for it with the Midwest’s biggest swim-up bar. The outdoor pool also hosts some of the greatest music in the Midwest, with performances scheduled throughout the year. The indoor and outdoor pools are popular for water aerobics and yoga programs supplied by the fitness facility.

The Royal Touch restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t miss out on its renowned sea bass dish and one of the greatest steak dinners in the area. It is one of three restaurants in the Regalia.  When the day is over, relax in the bourbon and cigar bar.

Lakeview Resort

Beaches are not common at Lake of the Ozarks resorts, but this family-owned property is an exception. The  Lakeview Resort is excellent for everything that it provides for your family’s lake holiday. The kids will be happy a hopscotch court with two playgrounds and a kiddie swimming pool.

The game room, sand volleyball fields and swim docks will be appreciated by your teens. During your trip unwind with a hot tub, a sauna, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

There is no restaurant in the resort but who needs one when there are so many wonderful establishments surrounding the lake? If you want to cook for the family, there are barbeque grills and picnic tables dispersed across the site. Aside from that, each room features a kitchen where you can make snacks. 

Inn at Harbour Ridge

The Inn at Harbour Ridge is a friendly B&B that is one of the most romantic spots in mid-Missouri. Each bedroom boasts a jacuzzi tub as well as a fireplace.

Breakfast is always a pleasure, and the proprietor Sue Westenhaver is always happy to accommodate special requests. Baked French Toast and Baked Pineapple are two of her specialities. Take your time wandering the grounds and admiring the award-winning garden.  

While you’re staying at Harbour Ridge why not go shopping and visit the outlet shopping area, where there are also many excellent restaurants and other activities.