After visiting Bass Pro in St. Louis a hundred times we finally signed up for the Big Cedar. We paid $299 upfront and received $100 worth of gift cards for a 2-night stay. I signed up in April and the first available Fri-Sat dates weren't available until December!!! I actually enjoyed going in December because it wasn't crowded. Overall the resort is breathtaking. I don't even like calling it a resort - It's like nothing I have ever stayed in. We stayed in the new Falls Lodge and the room had 2 queen beds. The room itself was very nice. The bathroom and huge tube that looked over the room was very nice. Each room at Big Cedar is decorated to a "T"...
We ate at the Devils Pool (I think that is what it's called) for dinner and it was good (not amazing but good). The prices are a bit high but after you see the place you'll know why. Just like the rooms - the Devils Pool was very nice and had a HUGE fireplace that really gave the place a special and romantic feeling.
The little coffee shop is also adorable. Since we went around Christmas the shop had lights everywhere and it looked amazing at night.
We went around the property and walked through different parts of Big Cedar - again all beautiful... You haven't experienced luxury cabin feel to its finest until you come here.
The reason I gave this place 4 stars instead of 5 is because I experienced the TIMESHARE people.....
When I signed up at Bass Pro part of the deal to get the low rates was to go own a 90 minute presentation of the place. Had I known what I was in for, I would have rather have paid full price! Yes, it was that bad...
The timeshare women we got was super nice and chatty (It's one on one with a sales person). We pretty much said up front that we had never been to a presentation like this one but we had open minds.... I don't know where to start.. This women along with the other people who hackle you are VERY GOOD.... At one point we even thought about signing up. The deals ranged from 13,000 - 30,000.... A lot of what the women said sounded great but then reality set in... After almost 2 hours I finally asked for a moment alone. I grabbed my iphone and typed in bluegreen (name of the timeshare) - the 2nd website that popped up was people who claimed to be ripped off! I started reading through a couple horror stories but then the lady came back... I told her I wasn't sure so she brought me over to a 50 inch plasma TV and started showing me all the resorts in HD... Yeah they looked nice but they should...
*****Red Flags of the Timeshare
-It's about $15,000-$30,000 upfront
-If you finance then you're going to pay at least 18% interest
-They want you grandfather your kids in or someone close (they say its a tax right off; its more like you can't get rid of it even when you die because you got your kids involved)
-YOU MUST PAY ANNUAL FEES ranging from $700-$1000 a YEAR
-If you don't pay the annual costs then your account is frozen - so no trips and they have you by the balls....
-The Annual fees can CHANGE at ANY time....and you have to pay or else you can't use your points for trips (after you pay you're awarded points; you use points to book trips)
-NO AIRFARE IS INCLUDED
*****So after paying $15,000-$30,000 UPFRONT (that doesn't include interest if you finance it) you MUST PAY ANNUAL FEES and buy your own airfare..
Conclusion - The annual fees start at $700 for the lowest package so $700 plus airfare is going to cost at least $1500-$2000 for a nice trip..... long story short - You can find better deals on Funjet or Expedia...
Honestly, I felt like I had a gun to my head during this presentation. When I finally got the balls to say no I was offered a better deal by some guy in a nice suit. I declined and was taken into another room and offered a one-time deal for $999 which would have gotten me one decent vacation. I was so close to signing up because I felt bad about not buying the big deal - but something held me back...I knew if I bought this $999 deal then I would have to go through another presentation. With that thought in mind- I declined. The woman said thanks and left quick. I did the walk of shame down to get my gift cards that bass bro promised and then I was out of there (2-2.5 hours later)...
In all my life I have never felt such relief. I think my blood pressure wen't up that day to an unsafe level. I realize the timeshare people are just doing their jobs but after much research there are so many complaints so I'm so happy I didn't sign up. I saw over 10 couples signing up the day I was there..... crazy people..
If you have the opportunity to visit Big Cedar without the presentation then GO GO GO~~~~> Awesome resort but stay away from the timeshare people. If someone offers you something for free in exchange for a special meeting or presentation then RUN!!!
- Also Known As:
- Big Cedar Hotel Ridgedale
- Big Cedar Hotel
- Big Cedar Resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A family-friendly resort on Table Rock Lake just outside of Branson, MO. This luxury resort features a variety of accommodation options including private cabins and lodges. On-site activities include golf, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and other outdoor activities. ... more less
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