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Sparkling Hill Resort
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Vernon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 July 2012 via mobile

I've stayed at a number of five star resorts and am rather particular about what I will or won't consider luxurious. Sparkling Hill is luxury.  I'm not entirely sure why the Swarovski family chose this hill at the north end of Lake Okanagan to create this resort but I am extremely grateful they did. The views certainly help.

Wow. Everything about this resort from the communal areas to the rooms to the huge and magnificently finished spa screams quality. The bedrooms are special for many reasons. Firstly, the rule book on hotel room layout was thrown out and they started again with a unique design for a room: long bathroom parallel to the bedroom, walk through shower, soaker tub by the window, glass walls that open to the lake view instead of windows. Unique lighting, a crystal "fireplace", great finishes and quality linens finish the experience. Wow.

I'm a bit of a spa rat, and have never visited a facility like this before. Every sauna and steam room had a unique high end design, the pool areas were luxurious and comfortable, there were spacious chill out and tea rooms. Everything was immaculately clean, but nothing smelled of detergent or chlorine. The spa fairies cleaned the areas without being seen. The view from the outdoor pool deck was breathtaking.

We ate dinner and breakfast at the Peakfine restaurant. The window seating is again afforded the wonderful views of the Okanagan valley and lake.  The food was excellent and the buffet breakfast, included in the standard room rate, was of a higher standard than most.

My only complaint would be the rather strict policy on not using the facilities after 11am checkout, since day use on checkout day is fairly standard in most other resorts I have visited. That is perhaps a sore point because I really didn't want to leave!

To the reviewers who gave this resort negative reviews, I really wonder what it would take to make them happy. This is easily one of the best hotels I have ever visited.

We only stayed at Sparkling Hill for one night, and still managed to feel relaxed and recharged after this short break. I will definitely return again in the future, and book a spa treatment for my next visit.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Just got back from a splendid weekend at the resort. The -110degree sauna was really neat, and I adored the mud and muscle massage. Service was fantastic all throughout the resort. Everyone was very accommodating to my gluten allergy, which made meals there a joy - had delicious sablefish. I cannot wait to go back for another stay. Cannot recommend it enough"

Room Tip: Try to get a lakeview room- wonderful views for sunsets.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

We stayed here one night in July. The room was great. Very comfy, very clean and beautiful scenery.

The restaurant was okay for dinner but considering there are no other options near by, you are sort of stuck with it. Breakfast was good with lots of options to choose from.

The spa was AMAZING. I have been to spas around the world and this is definitely at the top! We loved the selection of saunas and pools. Including the cold one! The only things that we really didn't like was that the saunas were closed between 11am and 4 pm and there is nothing to eat (not even nuts or fruit)... Other than that we had such a relaxing time and would definitely return!

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Reviewed 7 July 2012

I had the pleasure of staying at this beautiful resort recently. It is a stunning property in an equally beautiful location.
The rooms are well appointed and overlook amazing vistas. The use of swarovski crystal lighting throught the
resort ands a magical elegance.
I felt welcomed and pampered. I will look forward to returning soon!
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  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

My wife and I had the privilege of spending 2 days at Sparkling Hill Resort, which turned out to be one of the most incredibly relaxing weekends I have spent in years. From the moment you walk into this iconic building, perched atop a scenic Okanagan mountain, you know you are in for a very unique experience.


The simply stunning design complements the brilliant lake-views and are in complete harmony with the beautifully wild, natural space that wraps around the resort; ideal for long nature walks, peacefully quiet time and some great hiking. The interior is bright, open and has a lavish air of tranquility. Our room had an amazing view of the lake, was spacious, elegant and still very comfortable. The room literally has a wall of glass at one end which thankfully slides open, presenting the incredible views below; with the one half open, allowing you to feel and embrace the full effect of that natural mountain air!

The Spa area was beautiful and calming. Swimming in the outdoor infinity pool was an absolute joy, with breathtaking views across the Serene Okanagan Lake to the mountains beyond; and the very relaxing zen-like atmosphere of the entire surrounding Spa.


The Spa has a very unique European style and blend of luxurious services, saunas (including north america’s first highly therapeutic “cold sauna,” which actually goes down to an incredible -110C); along with a dazzling sensory array of steam rooms and therapy suites. So many more than we actually could fit into the time we had available.




There are large floor to ceiling windows throughout the building which creates an abundance of natural light and allows the wild beauty of the landscape in; creating a spacious, peaceful ambiance of balance and harmony.
The Swarovski Crystals are evident in every aspect of the brilliant design; from the lavish chandeliers; to the tiniest detailing such as literally being embedded into the stairways, accenting the furniture and glittered throughout the building and bedrooms. I defy anyone not to feel the energy this creates throughout...simply incredible.


We dined at the resorts Peak Fine Restaurant; which has both a uniquely local and traditionally European gourmet flair. I personally ordered Mahi-Mahi on Ravioli, which was very tasteful and done to perfection. My wife ordered the steak well-done, and the steak was perfectly done to her taste.
In conclusion, this is was an exceptionally serene and lavishly rejuvenating place to stay; which for us was over far too quickly; however, we will definitely be back....highly recommended.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sparkling Hill Resort

Address: 888 Sparkling Pl, Vernon, British Columbia V1H 2K7, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan Valley > Vernon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Vernon
Price Range: ₹ 16,857 - ₹ 25,095 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sparkling Hill Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Over 3.5 million crystals infused within this modern oasis – a most remarkable hotel and wellness centre with European-inspired design elegance. Nestled in the mountains near Vernon, BC, and overlooking Lake Okanagan, your personal journey to whole body health and wellness begins at our standout among British Columbia resorts. Wellness Packages at KurSpa Sparkling Hill’s reputation as an internationally-renowned wellness center and health retreat is unparalleled. What better way to spark your journey towards a new you than our Wellness Packages, providing savings on spa and wellness treatments at KurSpa. Learn more about our Weeklong Wellness Packages. Also be sure to explore our fitness classes and meditation workshops to promote well-being in mind, body and spirit. KurSpa: A Holistic Health Spa The heart of our Lake Okanagan resort is KurSpa, our 40,000 square foot European-inspired spa, clinic, and wellness center. It is the largest spa in Canada and shines brightly as a worldwide wellness destination. Relax, renew, and revitalize at KurSpa's seven unique aromatherapy, steam, and sauna rooms. Swim in Kurspa's serenity pool featuring underwater music and a Swarovski crystal night sky. Choose from over 100 transformative spa treatments and therapies to detoxify the body and promote optimum health. Consult with our professional team including our naturopathic physician, psychiatrist, massage providers and kinesiologists and view their renowned clinic services. Enhance your relationships with the help of our SHaRP program, which can range from romantic to work relationships. Schedule yourself a mini silent retreat in our Serenity Room. Or, experience the first European Cryo Cold Chamber (-110°C) in North America, our signature KurSpa treatment. Our Luxurious British Columbia Resort Take in the stunning beauty of the Okanagan Valley from our BC resort’s luxury guest rooms and penthouses, which feature sweeping lake and mountain views and operable floor to ceiling glass window walls that can be opened to instantly transform your room into an outdoor oasis. Swarovski crystals illuminate fireplaces, fixtures and ceilings, lending a luminous and luxurious ambience to every space. Fresh Fine Dining Sparkling Hill Resort is also home to the best fine dining destinations in Vernon, BC. PeakFine, our signature restaurant, serves a menu emphasizing the freshest and finest ingredients the Okanagan Valley has to offer. Known as the "Napa of the North" the region's spectacular wines are on offer at PeakFine and Barrique & Java, our more casual wine, tapas, and coffee bar. Stunning Swarovski crystal chandeliers and accents imbue our dining spaces with glamour and elegance, and those seeking an elegantly rustic setting for private dining or special events will find it in Gernots. Discover Sparkling Hill Recognized as a trendsetter in healthy living and wellness hospitality, our Okanagan Lake resort is a distinctive destination for the modern sophisticated traveler. Whether planning a couple's escape, corporate wellness retreat, or incentive travel, our British Columbia resort delivers an unforgettable blend of relaxation, restoration, and wellness. Please explore our website; we look forward to welcoming you to Sparkling Hill Resort on your personal journey to whole body health and wellness. ... more   less 
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