Travel – Magical Muskoka
Photography, courtesy of JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
Rosseau Residences at JW Marriott Muskoka
For a true Canadian connection, Muskoka embraces all the elements that we’ve come to associate with the natural beauty of this country – pristine lakes, hardwood forests and glorious sunsets. As I drive north, there’s a point when the landscape changes, and so does my mood and my attitude. I feel more relaxed, and (as cliche as it sounds) at one with nature.
I had the pleasure of staying at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa last summer. It was a breath of fresh air after the stifling heat of Toronto. Ranked number seven on the top 20 list of resorts in Canada by Conde Nast, this property is perched on a granite bluff overlooking Lake Rosseau. It really doesn’t get more spectacular than this.
Similar to The Hamptons, Muskoka is a revered destination and the prices of owning there have come to reflect this. Cottage country isn’t what it used to be, but a variety of alternative shared ownership options are becoming popular. Not only because there’s no need to be tied down to a second property in terms of maintenance, but also because of the amenities that tend to go with them, which you just wouldn’t get in any other situation.
Located approximately two and a half hours north of Toronto, the resort is positioned between the historic communities of Port Carling and Rosseau, with local shops, restaurants, a library and additional services. However, there’s not much more that you would need if you had a suite at Rosseau Residences. Here, you have access to JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa Amenities, which includes waterfront access to Lake Rosseau with two sand beaches, boating, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding waterskiing and more. There’s a year-round indoor-outdoor swimming pool, plus an outdoor pool, whirlpool and children’s splash pad. Nearby, there are championship golf courses, and access to hiking and mountain biking trails. Come winter, there are guided snowshoe walks, dog sledding and snowmobiling. Astronomy outings, floatplane and helicopter sightseeing are also available.
I luxuriated in the indoor/outdoor pool for a couple of hours while a steady rain fell, and massaged my back and shoulders. It felt wonderful, and I wasn’t in a rush to be anywhere. Plus, the view was so spectacular, I didn’t want to leave – that’s called bliss.
A total of 133 residences are being built, with a choice of studios, oneand two-bedroom units. Prices start in the low $200,000s. What’s great, is that you can rent out your home when you’re not using it to help offset the costs, and a rental manager handles all of the arrangements.
Within each unit is an owner’s closet and an in-room safe for your personal belongings. All suites have been designed to take in the best views of Lake Rosseau and the surrounding landscape. Stone fireplaces are included in each room, as well as a balcony on many layouts, and all units include an oversized, luxurious bathroom with a separate bath and shower.
The rain didn’t dampen our spirits in the least. Spa Rosseau offers up dedicated treatment rooms, as well as a seasonal outdoor pool, hydrotherapy and relaxation lounges. And while we could have cooked a meal in the fully outfitted kitchen, the dining options at the resort were second to none. And dine we did – the steak was divine at Muskoka Chophouse, and the Italian cuisine sublime at Teca.