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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sparkling Hill Hotel Vernon