Muskoka Resorts | Lakeside Retreats for a Relaxing Break

Leaving behind the hustle and noise of city traffic for the quiet and serenity of Muskoka is what draws travellers into Ontario’s Cottage Country.

Looking for an adventurous escape with skiing and ice fishing? Or are you ready for a quiet weekend by the lake with a bit of star-gazing at night? Muskoka has something for every kind of traveller who is looking to escape fast-paced city life for more of an outdoor adventure.

We’ve chosen hotels that include luxury getaways paired with spa treatments and gourmet dinners, and budget-friendly options for when you want to spend quality time with friends and family in the great outdoors.

And what a great outdoors it is  with over 1600 freshwater lakes, incredible ski slopes, along with luxury resorts and beautiful cottages surrounding by breathtaking scenery. The hardest part about choosing where to stay in Muskoka is deciding which route your adventure will take!  

A Family-Friendly Muskoka Resort with a Relaxing Spa


Deerhurst Resort is a family-friendly retreat situated on the shoreline of Peninsula Lake. The sandy beach is perfect for spending a lazy day making sand castles, or playing in the inflatable splash zone.

For rainy days, the resort has an indoor pool, a rock climbing wall, an indoor treehouse, and game zone. Up to two children (18 and under) can share their parent’s room for free, and they can also play golf free with each paying adult at Deerhurst Lakeside or Deerhurst Highlands.

You have the option of staying at one of the two hotels on the property, or of staying in a condo if you are looking for more space for your family (with options of one, two or three bedrooms).

With four different restaurant dining options and occasional appearances from celebrity chef’s like Lynn Crawford hosting dinner and culinary demo’s, there’s something for every culinary palette.

Deerhurst Resort

7.8 Good (2284 reviews)

A Muskoka Resort Situated on Lake Peninsula


Hidden Valley Resort is the ideal destination for those who ski or snowboard since it’s located right next to Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area.

The resort is also situated on Lake Peninsula, and boasts an indoor and an outdoor pool, and provides complimentary canoe’s, kayaks and pedal boats.  On-site you can find volleyball, basketball courts and tennis courts, while nearby you can find horseback riding, plus ATV and snowmobile rentals.

The hotel features lakeside and hillside views, and The Birches Restaurant which overlooks Peninsula Lake serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hidden Valley Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection

7.6 Good (2104 reviews)

A Luxurious Resort with Lakeside Views


Are you looking for a luxury getaway? If you are, Touchstone on Lake Muskoka is the perfect spot for you!

They feature five different accommodation options including the Main Lodge which is situated where all the action happens with the restaurant, gym and pool in the same space. The Treetops, offers three and four bedroom suites atop the cliffs at the highest point of Lake Muskoka with gourmet kitchens and private hot tubs. The Grand Muskokan is adjacent to the beach and other outdoor activities. The Cascades is situated just steps away from the main lodge with some of the villas sprawling two levels, and the Boathouse Villas which range from studio rooms to four bedroom suites with lakefront views.

The outdoor activities contrast with those looking for more of a serene stay such as a visit to the spa or a nature trail hike.The spa offers facials, massages, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures. The hot stone massage would be ideal after a long day of hiking through their trails.

The dining options range from a more laid-back experience with The Boathouse Lakeside Lounge, or the Touchstone Grill where the executive chef even cooks up a kid-friendly menu.

Touchstone Resort

8.4 Very good (316 reviews)

The Comforts of Home at this Muskoka Resort

Looking for a cozier and quieter stay near Muskoka? Beautiful Retreat by Lake Muskoka has every comfort of home because it is a fully furnished cottage! Laundry facilities, WiFi, and a beautiful interior make this cottage the perfect choice for your home away from home experience.

The location? A golf course is just across the street, the cottage is only a five minute walk from Muskoka beach, and an even shorter walk to Huckleberry Rock trails.  The cottage sleeps six adults and two children comfortably, so it’s the perfect spot to spend quality time with friends and family. 

Who wouldn’t want to wake up with a view of the Muskoka river during a little getaway from the city? The Country Getaway on Muskoka River includes two bedrooms to spread out in, your own BBQ to make an easy dinner, and a fire pit to spend the evening relaxing with friends and making S’mores. This is the perfect location to sit back and relax during your Muskoka stay.

Everything you need is ready and waiting for you – dishes, linens, utensils, and pantry items – you can travel lighter to this destination because everything you need is within reach.

Beautiful Retreat By Lake Muskoka

8.6 Excellent (48 reviews)

A Muskoka Resort with a Large Indoor Pool


When location is everything, the Holiday Inn Express checks off all of the boxes!  It’s only a 10 minute drive from Arrowhead Provincial Park.There is an indoor pool, complimentary wireless internet, and even free breakfast. The 24-hour gym in the hotel is perfect for someone wanting to keep up with their fitness routine, and it’s pet friendly as well.

The hotel is steps away from delicious local restaurants, and only 30 minutes away from Santa’s Village which has 60 acres of fun for all ages including amusement park rides, zip lining, go karting, rock climbing, and it’s own beach.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Huntsville, an IHG Hotel

Top rated
9.1 Excellent (3696 reviews)