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Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa

1257 Sunset Timbers Trl, Shell Knob, MO 65747-8213
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#1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Shell Knob
A luxury lake and wilderness retreat of nearly 500 acres forested foothills. Nestled on the shores of Table Rock Lake, surrounded by Mark Twain National Forest, Stonewater Cove combines tremendous natural beauty and outdoor fun with unbeatable indoor luxury, infused with the natural surrounding environment every step of the way. Book your all inclusive stay (all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, valet parking, wireless Internet, and all non-guided activities) at this remote, boutique getaway for romantic trips, family vacations, corporate retreats, weddings, and family reunions.
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Missouri Rocks! wrote a review May 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri1 contribution1 helpful vote
My wife and our two children have been to this resort multiple times over the years. Sometimes with the kids, sometimes sans kids for a relaxing get a way. The location just can’t be beat. It is so nice to just drive into the resort and start having fun. There is so much to do. Kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, boat cruises, water sports, atving, ziplines, just to name a few things our family enjoys. There really is something for everyone. The staff is top notch. The cleaning staff keep the resort spaces and rooms very clean. The maintenance staff keeps everything in tip top shape. The landscaping team keeps the resort looking great. The activities staff are a lot of fun. The management staff comes around several times a day to check to make sure everything is okay with your stay. My wife and children find these visits intrusive as they come around to check in and talk during all three meals each day. I don’t mind these visits happening during meals but I will talk to anyone, anytime! Seriously though, these chats would be more appropriate at the end of the meal or another time. I understand what my wife and children are saying. It is kind of uncomfortable to sit there with a plate of food while someone is talking to you. Do you let the food get cold? Do you continue eating? The staff welcomes all guests like they are family. Those of us who are returning guest are treated like immediate, living in the same house type family! They probably could tone that whole treat you like family thing and still provide good personal service. Sometimes it seems way too lax for a professional resort. Guests could be treated like fond acquaintances not immediate family and still be happy. We don’t all need to know each other’s personal business or what is going on behind the scenes! We aren’t huge fans of the food at the resort. Several years ago, the chef that they had had since they opened left. Ever since he left the food has been very inconsistent as they have been through several chefs over our last few stays. I wouldn’t recommend someone go to this resort for the food, not until they get consistency in food. You come here for the location and activities! For this particular stay, breakfast service was slow and when the food came out, it wasn’t the best to start your day. It would be great if there was a grab and go breakfast option or a small breakfast bar set up for those who want it while keeping the sit down breakfast menu for those who prefer that option. This stay they went to gluten free – vegan food for desserts and breads and such. Not a fan, hopefully that was a one off that they were trying and will go back to a more normal menu this coming year to at least allow people to choose. Our family is very active and eats super healthy at home, but we don’t do vegan, dairy free, gluten free, vegan and were shocked that was the standard, not an option, now at the resort. There is a difference. The resort staff never do ask what food you like or dislike either prior to the visit or during. Sometimes the set meal times didn’t work for our family. I wish those seating times were a bit longer, more flexible. There is no food available between meals. It would be great if there were some grab and go snacks and maybe a limited snack menu available between meals. You are limited to the three meals they offer a day and one pre-dinner snack they put out right before dinner. There is no room service available. It would be great if a glass of wine and beer was included at dinner and maybe a glass of wine or beer also included before dinner in the lounge with the pre-dinner snack. And, no, we don’t share our criticisms with the resort. With all honesty, no guest probably does. When they make you feel so much like family, it is hard to look them in the eye and be honest about things you don’t enjoy. In actuality, they probably would like to know what people don’t like so they could change them, it is just so hard to be honest when they welcome you and you develop relationships with the staff. At other resorts, hotels, restaurants, you don’t develop that relationship, that closeness, so it make it easy to critique, not here though! Prices keep going up each year but they haven’t really added any new activities or anything else that adds value it seems but there really is no other resort in the area with the location and activities. This was a review for a family stay we had last summer. I am hoping to use some of this Covid 19 downtime to add other reviews of this resort and other places we have been if Tripadvisor lets you go back and do that.
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Date of stay: July 2019
1 Helpful vote
FabFiveAdventures wrote a review Feb 2020
Missouri8 contributions10 helpful votes
Almost everything about this resort is wonderful.  Everything is exquisitely maintained and clean.  The staff works tirelessly to make sure every detail is taken care of throughout the resort.  The landscaping is beautiful. The staff is super friendly and walks around to all the guests to make sure everyone has everything they need. They really do make you feel like family.  The cabins are clean, nicely decorated, spacious and have all the comforts of home. The lodge is beautiful and the views of the lake from it are stunning.   There is so much to do here. The activity options are endless.  You can choose to have a relaxing vacation and just do things around the resort at your own pace, like lounge by the pool, fish, play mini golf or watch a movie.  There are so many little spots around the resort to escape and read a book or take in the sounds of nature.  You can be active if you like and do a guided activity like zip lining through the trees, do water sports on the gorgeous lake or zoom through the woods on an ATV.  Leisure boat cruises and sunset boat cruises are definite musts!  The resort staff is super flexible on activity timing and will move things around based on weather or if you just change your mind on a time or activity.  We booked the wilderness rate, so basically we could do as many of the guided activities we wanted, however many times we wanted to during our stay.  Safety is top of mind for the staff at all times during the guided activities which allows you to relax and just have fun.  Every evening the staff builds a bonfire and everyone gets to roast their own marshmallows and make s’mores.  We all looked forward to bonfire time every night.  We had a couple of activity hiccups during our stay.  Nothing with the activities themselves, but logistics more so.  For the guided activities, we had always just talked to James or Adam about what activities we wanted to do and worked out a time, then they arranged everything and we just showed up at the time we planned.  We had verbally arranged an activity one evening for the next morning.  We showed up the next morning for the activity. James' father was leading that particular activity.  He said we weren’t signed up for it.  Apparently we weren’t listed on some paper on the podium in the lobby which we don’t remember ever being told about.  He seemed irritated at us or maybe the situation, but definitely irritated. It all worked out in the end and we still got to do the activity, but it was frustrating.  Also, we had only done activities with our own family. This time, for two guided activities, we were put with another family.  We just weren’t expecting that (otherwise we would have asked to just be with our family).  We wished the staff would have asked if it was okay prior to the activity.  We didn’t realize it until we showed up for the activities so it would have been awkward at that point to say anything. We were totally fine socializing with other guests at the pool, in the lounge, by the bonfire and in the lodge.  It just wasn't comfortable to be with people you don’t know and whose personalities are completely opposite of your family for an activity.  Those were just minor hiccups and we knew to double check details going forward.  We requested our own bonfire on our last night so we could spend the last night of our vacation as a family.  Food was okay, dishes were hit or miss.  It was better than it had been in the past but doesn’t seem to match up to the surroundings and amenities the resort offers.  In a resort like this, you want to be awed by everything, including the food.  Prior to our visit, we did note some food dislikes and likes and a lot of our dislikes were still offered.  We didn’t notice any of the other guests eating those items so it was disappointing to see them offered when it didn’t appear anyone requested them and we listed them as dislikes. Another reviewer mentioned the wish that the resort would have asked what foods the guests liked.  That is a really great idea.  A simple preference sheet giving some options and allowing guests to note likes and dislikes seems like it would be helpful to the chefs and guests, if utilized. It would help make sure all guests get food they will enjoy. It would give the guests a more personalized food experience to mirror the personalized experiences the resort offers for the guided activities and other things throughout the resort.  It would make the stay more special and help match the food up to the high standards the surroundings and amenities offer.  Yes, we could have probably ordered hamburgers for dinners when none of the entrée choices appealed to us (we saw other guests eating hamburgers at dinner during our stay and they were never a dinner entrée choice). Hamburgers aren’t special though, they aren’t what we want for dinner in a resort like this. We want something special, something we wouldn’t make at home.  For the first time, we actually met the chef.  In past visits, the previous chefs didn’t engage with the guests at all.  The chef didn’t talk to us about what we liked or disliked or wanted or didn’t want, but we were happy to see a chef out in the dining room. Breakfasts were super slow.  It didn’t matter if we got there at the beginning of breakfast service, in the middle or towards the end or if all of us showed up at once or in smaller groups.  It was slow every day.  That was very frustrating when we had an activity planned for 9:30 am.  It was also frustrating that the meats and potatoes with breakfast were always overcooked, almost burnt.  We started asking for those items to be cooked less, even trying the words “almost raw”, but they still came out overdone.  A French toast dish came out one day obviously completely burnt and we were shocked they sent that out to a guest. The breakfast menu is the same everyday with a new chef’s special each day.  The chef’s specials were tasty and it was nice to have some variety.  Lunches were okay, there wasn’t a lot of variety as the menu stays the same each day. There were no daily specials.  We didn’t stay for lunch on our checkout day because we were ready for some other options. Hors d’oueuvres were fine.  I can’t remember what any of them were, but I believe the ones we tried were a nice bite to have with a pre-dinner drink. Dinners were okay.  There were nights that none of the choices appealed to us.  There was always a steak and a seafood option, which we liked, but the supporting ingredients and or the side dishes weren’t appealing.   There was a soup course served at dinner each night.  They looked nice, but it was much too hot to enjoy a warm soup.  Desserts were not something we liked. While we were disappointed with the desserts, we knew the bonfire and s’mores were still to come every night.  We learned on the last night, when we overheard another guest ask, that the desserts were all vegan, egg, dairy, gluten free, so they weren’t the traditional desserts we were expecting.   We really love this resort. We love the location, the surroundings, the accommodations, the activities, the amenities, the staff, the service.  We just aren’t fans of the food.  Good, consistent food is so important when staying at a secluded resort as their food is really your only option.  
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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TravelGirl wrote a review Jan 2020
Dallas, Texas1 contribution2 helpful votes
The property and ground are just absolutely wonderful. Rooms are well appointed. Everything is so clean and well maintained. There is so much to do around the resort, either individually or with the activity guides. The organized activities offered are great with the full inclusive plan (unlimited activities and everything else included except alcoholic beverages). The staff was very friendly. Service was good. Lovely pool area. Food was hit or miss. The location doesn't lend itself to just getting in the car and heading down the road to a nearby restaurant. They didn't ask us ahead of time what type of food we liked or what proteins we preferred, so we had to choose from what they offered. We could always get burgers or something from the kids menu if the chefs choices didn't suit. You don't want to pay all that money and end up eating burgers or chicken strips though. The sample menu on the dining page of their website and on facebook aren't current and doesn't seem to reflect their current food offerings. We should have requested a current menu before our stay. Breakfast service is a very long process. It was very slow and a lot of the food came out overcooked. Lunch choices did not change and were very limited. After a couple of days, we were bored of the choices and wished there was something different. Didn't try box lunches or any of the evening appetizers, so not sure how they were. Dinner, again, wished they would have asked us what we liked to eat. Some of the choices offered weren't anything we liked. Some nights we really had to struggle to choose something when nothing really appealed to us. They serve a hot soup every night which we didn't enjoy with it being in the heat of the summer. Desserts were disappointing. We didn't know ahead of time but all their desserts are dairy free, gluten free, vegan, basically everything free. It is great they have those offerings for people who need to or want to eat them, but not everyone wants to or needs to (especially on vacation). I wish somewhere on their website it would say that all their desserts and baked goods are gluten free/dairy free/vegan, we would have known what to expect. We didn't know until the first night. We were disappointed with the dessert (very dense) and the waitress told us all baked goods at the resort are gluten free/dairy free/vegan. We found it odd that they go so strict health conscious for those items, but then serve lots of breakfast meats, dinner meat entrees, potatoes, macaroni and cheese. Smores around a bonfire every night was wonderful and a perfect way to end each day. And nice to have an indulgent sweet treat! In summary, this is a wonderful resort on a lovely property with lots of things to do, great staff, everything is well maintained and clean, but the food is hit or miss which is why we rated it average instead of very good or excellent.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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TravelHappyFam wrote a review Dec 2019
Cave Springs, Arkansas50 contributions20 helpful votes
This place is really a hidden gem. The property is gorgeous, rooms were spacious and clean. Staff was incredibly friendly. This is all inclusive and we did the zip line activity as our choice. We had a blast. Mini golf was also fun. Food was hit or miss. We had some amazing food and then a couple of not so great items (specifically the smoked fish tacos had fish that was very dry and one morning they served me rotten fresh fruit while the next morning the fruit was perfect). We plan to come back in a warmer time of the year so we can take advantage of all of the water activities!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Katie C wrote a review Oct 2019
Miami, Florida2 contributions1 helpful vote
After searching "Luxury Lake Resorts in US" Stonewater Cove popped up as an option and we ran with it, planning a week-long family vacation for four adults. We didn't really know what to expect, but what we received was beyond our best expectations! The resort itself is remote, which added to it's charm, however there was never a lack of something to do whether it be boating, fishing, swimming off the dock, or partaking in any number of the activities the Cove provides. Our family rented our own boat which was great, and docked it on site. Every day for lunch someone would provide a cooler full of ice and boxed lunches on the dock for us to take with us for the day. The staff (who really are like friends) couldn't have been more exceptional, and the personalized service and details they provide are top notch. The food was excellent, the accommodations were comfortable and well appointed, and we took advantage of the lodge's games and movie room to relax as well. Stonewater Cove truly is a hidden gem, and we cannot wait to return! Thank you Emily, Adam, James, Hunter, Jen, and Chefs for making our time at the cove feel like time spent at home among family!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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United StatesMissouriShell Knob
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Frequently Asked Questions about Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa
What are some of the property amenities at Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include RT's Family Restaurant-Hillbilly Bowl, Castaways Pub, and Happy Teriyaki Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.