Pool With A View
With pool renovations now complete, The Lodge of Four Seasons just took lakeside lounging to the next level.
It’s summertime — finally — and that means it’s time to take all those dreams of sipping cold drinks by the pool and make them a reality. For those who want to get away from the city, an escape to the Lake of the Ozarks (named the best recreational lake in the U.S. by USA Today earlier this year) can put you poolside and lakeside, and thanks to an impressive list of new features, the Lodge of Four Seasons has taken lakeside lounging to the next level.
Overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks, the Lodge’s cloverleaf-shaped, 4,000-square-foot pool was an integral part of the resort’s recent $15 million renovations, which included landscaping and swimming pool updates, new roads, walking trails, lighting, carpet, painting, furniture, wall coverings, total restaurant renovations and more — all aimed at enhancing the overall guest experience. Designed with relaxation in mind, the entire pool is now a consistent 4 feet deep, with no diving or deep end. Added built-in benches extend around the pool to offer plenty of space for guests to sit.
“Our goal was to give our guests the ultimate in relaxation,” Frederik Houben, director of sales and marketing, says of the renovation. “They come for a getaway, whether they’re here for a day or a week, and we want to give them the best experience possible. The consistent depth of the pool, along with the new benches, make it easy to sit back, relax and enjoy the view.”
The renovations also included replastering the pool, extending and resurfacing the surrounding decking and updating all of the landscaping around the pool area. The sundeck now accommodates 30 chaise lounges, and a fire bowl was added atop the enlarged grotto area, also featuring a waterfall and lush foliage. Previously called the Parrot Bar, the newly renovated Fire & Ice Bar offers a new beverage menu and burger bar, so guests can stay in their swimsuits while enjoying a drink and burger poolside.
Holiday weekends at the Lodge — including Fourth of July and Labor Day — bring the added bonus of live music by the pool, where guests can watch the fireworks over the Lake. Groups can host cocktail receptions around the pool or in the Japanese Gardens, and the Lakeview Patio, offering a great lake vista directly below the pool, is popular for summer weddings.
“Summer is all about fun, sun and the chance to recharge,” Houben says. “We hope our guests will truly enjoy every minute of their time here so they can leave feeling relaxed and ready for whatever comes next.”
In addition to the pool, the resort also features a total of five restaurants and six bars, plus activities such as boating, golf, yoga, trap shooting, walking trails and more. For more information, visit 4seasonsresort.com.