Went to have a very quiet week of doing nothing. We planned to rest, read, nap, watch TV, enjoy sitting outside, just some R&R. We had had a very hectic year and we just wanted some quiet time. I had booked one of the smallest cabins as it was just my hubby and I plus our Maltese dog - we did not need a lot of space. But we were booked into one of their oldest cabins and it would not have suited our needs. Since it was "off" season and they were not fully booked, we were offered a different cabin which was new and gorgeous. To be honest, we never even saw the lake the entire week we were there. Our cabin was one that was behind the office and, except for when we checked in and out, and we could see a patch of blue, down the hill, between the cabins, we were not aware of the lake at all. We did hear some loons calling. Our big event for the week was driving to Brainard to have lunch at Taco Johns! We would consider going back. Maybe we'd even see the lake next time!…
We live in a large city, and I was craving a peaceful destination where my family of 4 (children aged 10 and 12) could swim, read, walk, bike ride, fish, see wildlife and play together. I thought Woodlands might be too rustic, but it was absolutely perfect for us. It was clean and had everything we needed and more. Between the down to earth owners and other guests, we learned a lot about life 'up north' including how to tie a hook on a fishing line, what a pontoon is and how to imitate a loon's call. I want to go back!
Really lovely hostel to stay at in Donsol. Dorm rooms of 3 with an ensuite were comfortable and provided big enough lockers for your backpack. Pool was lovely with great view of the beach. Food was really good at the onsite restaurant and they serve a decent breakfast early enough to have before you go to the whale sharks. We stayed for 3 nights and really enjoyed our stay, big thank you to the helpful and friendly staff!
We have been going to this resort for quite a few years and each year we love it more. The owners continue to upgrade the cabins while keeping them like the cabins we visited in the days of our youth, A swimming pool and retreat center are some of the new additions that families and friends love. Highly recommend this family resort.
My family has stayed at this resort since the 1940's - 5 generations. We absolutely love this place. So many friends have been made here as the same people usually return the same week every year. There is a store on site for basic essentials. The beach is very child safe - enclosed and shallow with no drop off. You have the option to bring your own boat for a nominal dock rental fee or rent their boats. Lakeview cabins are older, but have a ton of charm and defines the word "cabin". Air conditioning was recently added to all cabins - definitely an added plus! Bay Lake is a great bass and pan fish lake for fishing. Highly recommend this resort for a family getaway.