FAMILY FUN IN GRAND STYLE - THE ROSSEAU RESORT and SPA
Minett, Ontario, Canada
Some people claim to be creatures of habit. I think I may be the exact opposite. Call me a creature of contradictions, and you may have an apt description of my conflicting holiday preferences. I spent hours researching for a great family vacation where mum could bask in luxury and the whole family could also enjoy a relaxing week by the lake. Whatever resort-design genius foresaw the dream vacation pictured by mums everywhere - sure did me a favor.
The JW Marriott Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa stands high on a hill above beautiful Lake Rosseau, its sprawling accommodations, pools and paths following the tree-line downwards. One step through the beautiful Muskoka entrance and I was committed to embracing every moment of this glorious luxury. The lobby opened into a very grand version of Muskoka cottage decor, lounges anchored by stone fireplaces, and a cosy library and games room. The chess and checkers tables were a hit with my son, who presided over them and met a few like-minded 10-year-olds. Our room followed the grand Muskoka cottage theme with a well-stocked kitchenette, cosy sitting area, and piles of pillows to support far too many pillow fights.
Our lakeside week included canoeing, paddle-boating, splashing in the lake, and swimming in … let me count … five pools, including one indoor-outdoor pool, and a lovely comfortably hot and bubbly hot tub. Needless to say, a lot of swimming was done - all day, every day. As the sun started to dip, the family gathered around the campfire for hotdogs, or simple meals whipped up in our kitchenette. The campfire was uniquely located for a Muskoka resort - right by the entrance where cars pull in. The landscaping was done with such skill though, that you were surrounded by a beautiful piece of wilderness - a little pond, waterfall, and rock garden and comfortable Muskoka chairs.
The highlight of our visit was a really fantastic bird of prey show. The charismatic host shared his love of these creatures - some majestic, and a few just beautiful and endearing. They flew to his gloved arm without hesitation. They also flew to the gloved arm of my daughter - a rare experience for a 7-year-old, and one that will not be forgotten.
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