by Diana Lambdin Meyer
This 420-acre resort has more than 950 guest rooms and 185 suites, along with two championship golf courses, a full-service marina that includes parasailing, a fishing guide service and boat rentals. Relax at the Arrowhead Pool, an outdoor pool complex with a 125-foot waterslide, toddler splash pool and whirlpool. Tan-Tar-A is a year-round resort that also includes an indoor waterpark, bowling, fitness center and salon. You can also go horseback riding, play miniature golf and tennis. The family-friendly restaurant onsite is the Black Bear Lodge, but the Windrose offers fine dining in a romantic setting for mom and dad. There’s in-room baby-sitting and a kid’s camp.
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite family-friendly restaurant
- In-room baby-sitting and a kid's camp
- Water playground with toddler splash pool
When we arrived at the resort to check in, there was a gentleman putting cones up to black the area you pull in to for check in. When we rolled the window down to ask where we were suppose to go since he was blocking that off, he sarcastically responded with you just ha e to roll the window down and ask, and I’ll move the cones for you.
When we pulled in, he made sure to give us a disclosure not to take to long while checking in. They’re busy so don’t get to talking to anyone. We need to move our car ASAP. Which is exactly what we wanted to do too guy!
Check in was ok. A little chaotic. You check in with one person, than they send you somewhere else to get a property map and directions to your room. Even with a map, it’s still like a maze to your room and no close parking spaces, so expect to trek all hour stuff a good ways.
The room was nice, clean, and updated. The hallways need some work.
The spa was amazing and definitely the highlight of our trip. Incredibly friendly and accommodating.
Dinner at the Boat House was terrible. They had 8 tables, 3 servers and yet we tipped the hostess because she did all the work. That was disappointing.
Lastly if you’re expecting a traditional resort this is not it. You pay a resort fee, but pretty much nothing is included. The tennis courts were in terrible shape and made it challenging to play a game. Bowling was fun, but even after paying for bowling you keep score your self and the equipment gets stuck a lot requiring you to have to reset it often.
I had high hopes for this “resort” because usually there are a lot of amenities and everyone’s over the top nice. Sadly I report this place is just ok. It’s definitely not a resort I would probably stay at again.
I have attended many conferences and events at this resort. The updates that have taken place so far have really lightened up the spaces, including the room I stayed in. There is still a lot of freshing up to go, but like what has been done so far.