Charming, but rustic - know what you're in for & have a great time A review of Blue Water Manor
I would give the place a 3.5 (slightly above average), but Trip Advisor won't let me.
The place is not the Ritz, but the owners and staff will do anything for you. They remember everyone's name and will stop to help at the drop of a hat. Activities on the water are plentiful and the food was a lot better than we expected it to be. We were there 3 nights and ate Prime Rib, Roast Loin of Pork, and Stuffed Mahi-Mahi (sure beats burgers and dogs!). Beautiful views, an unbelievable bar and fun stuff away from the Lake [tennis, pool, basketball, playgrounds] add to the charm. We went with 5 other families and had a ball.
If you can put up with meager accommodations (in fairness, they are fixing the places up one unit at a time), a very small beach, and paying a little more - you'll be ahead of the game. The waitstaff in the DR is all foreign, so it causes whimsical confusion (could frustrate the weary) but they are super polite and try their best to accommodate.
BWM has crazy potential and Danny and Ellen have a vision. I met them for the first time on Friday, so I don't want you to think I'm gaming this review. They were in the bar Saturday night having fun with friends, but making their rounds to say hello to all of their guests. They have big plans for this little place.
You can fix up rooms, but you can't buy hospitality and friendship - it's inherent at Blue Water.