Lakefront Resort in Ozark Hills Offers Spacious Villas with Private Verandas
D'Monaco Luxury Villas Resort perches on a cliff overlooking Table Rock Lake, a vast fishing reservoir with 800 miles of shoreline in the Ozark Mountains. One of the best spots for taking in the area's natural beauty is the resort's outdoor pool, which looks out on forested highlands and a sandy stretch of private lakeshore. Floor-to-ceiling windows lining the three-story hotel's façade also showcase the Ozark landscape, whose rusticity strikes a harmonious balance with the ornate, Mediterranean-style lodgings.
The D'Monaco's six spacious villas feature warmly hued wooden furnishings, full kitchens, and private verandas where mountain and water vistas stretch for miles. The three-bedroom St. Tropez suite channels European grandeur with soaring, coffered ceilings, rich red and caramel décor, and textured floors. Two-level, three-bedroom villas such as the Marseille include cozy fireplaces and master bedrooms with king-size beds.
Outdoors, the resort's pool is outfitted with a swim-up tiki bar where staff members blend tropical drinks and foam noodles double as swizzle sticks. A poolside restaurant serves seasonal breakfast. Lakeside, the hotel's private docks are open year-round and store a selection of watercraft for exploring Table Rock Lake.
Ridgedale, Missouri: Ozark Mountain Town with World-Class Fishing on Table Rock Lake
Located 10 miles south of Branson near the Arkansas state line, the lakeside town of Ridgedale is nestled in the wooded hillsides of the Ozarks. Table Rock Lake attracts many professional fishing tournaments thanks to its diverse black-bass species, mild water temperatures, and guppies with can't-miss stock tips. Fourteen miles west of the hotel, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park occupies 2,200 acres of unspoiled wilderness. Here, hiking trails lined with hickory trees wind past natural waterfalls and trout-fishing lakes.
A glittery constellation of entertainment venues makes nearby Branson the self-proclaimed "live music show capital of the world." Commanding a stretch of Highway 76, more than 50 theaters light up every night with country-music tribute shows and dinner performances.