Watermark Beach Resort
What We Love
- Choose from 123 suites in the main resort, or 35 beachfront villas
- The Wine Bar and Patio makes great use of local suppliers and Okanagan wineries
- The Illumination Spa uses only vegan and organic products
- The location is handy to the Okanagan wine region and Nk'mip Desert
What To Know
- This destination is a big hit with snowbirds, along with business groups
- While some rooms have lake views, others are of Osoyoos town
- The resort is pet-friendly, with a fee of CAD $25 per day
- Resort guests can moor their boats at the private 16-slip marina
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A cross between a condo development and a resort, this lakefront retreat in the popular Okanagan Valley offers a huge array of diversions, from full-day culinary excursions to wake boarding, along with pools, a full service spa, and fitness center. Suites and beachfront villas are large and self-contained, with full kitchens and indoor/outdoor dining areas. At the Wine Bar and Patio, tuck into treats like the charcuterie plate filled with meats and cheeses from local suppliers paired with acclaimed wines from the Okanagan Valley. Chill out at the Illumination Spa, which offers everything from Chakra massages to reflexology.
In the Area
Take advantage of the resort’s “Signature Experience,” a guided farm tour via a vintage 1952 Mercury truck through Canada’s only pocket desert, visiting organic fields and vineyards. You’ll visit the country market and wine shop at Covert Farms in the valley’s south before heading back to the Wine Bar and Patio where local wines are paired with farm-fresh dishes. Explore Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, a group of 31 grape growers and wine makers in the Okanagan Valley. If hitting the fairway is a priority, head to Sonora Dunes golf course, overlooking Nk’mip Winery and the shores of Osoyoos Lake.
How to Get There
We booked a 2 bedrooms suite. I wanted to treat my parents to something good. The price was a huge ouch (like a month's groceries for a family of four for only 1 night)... But as it was an exceptional circumstance - because my parents aren't from here and it was their first time in Osoyoos - I dived in. The hotel is really nice.
We usually come off season my husband and I, when it's less crowded. It's clean and the personnel is lovely.
Now here is the issue I had. We were given a suite that has a balcony that wasn't as great as usual.
There were 2 birds holes on the walls from which birds keep coming back and forth (there was poop going down the wall and a bit in the corner on the floor - not a nice sight) and on the other side of the balcony was the start of a wasp nest.
Now...we were only staying for 1 night, my parents were very tired from 5 hours of car trip so I didn't want to make a fuss about it by asking for another room. but I did mention it to the lobby, knowing some of the suites were owned by people like you and me and that they might want to know what's up. Their response was "oh yeah...the birds...we know, they love our walls and dig holes in it". I did mention the poop and the wasps but it didn't seem to phase them...
If they were aware of the issue, why giving this suite to people? That didn't feel nice.
Needless to say we didn't get to enjoy the lovely view from the balcony that much :/
My good points are evidently for our other stays there.
The Watermark Resort hotel has the best location in Osoyoos. Right on the lake and walking distance to the shops and restaurants in town. The rooms are very clean and well equipped. The staff is friendly and helpful.
Nice hotel and location is great. There are some misses though. The biggest issue was that a pack up homeless people were outside the hotel, at the beach. They were doing drugs, smoking, drinking and peeing in public. They also had Pit Bulls that were aggressive. We called the front desk but nothing was ever done. As a result we couldn’t let our kids enjoy the park and beach, which is why we stayed there! Also some of the advertised services were not available, like kids camps, etc.
This is a very good hotel. Great restaurant (no breakfast). We had the two bed corner suite for two nights and it was great. Outside balcony was big with great views over the lake and surrounding hills. Onsite parking was very convenient and the staff was also very helpful.
the one flaw in an otherwise perfect room is that the windows have only blinds to keep out the 430 in the morning sunlight. The inside of the room was like being inside of a glowing white ping pong ball. It seemed that none of the units - even in the condo sections - had anything other than these slatted blinds so perhaps it is an aesthetic thing. It was pretty annoying and took away from a tremendous stay.
Definitely eat at the restaurant. It is fantastic. For breakfast, there are a couple of options in town - a coffee shop, the restaurant at the Holiday Inn (very simple and good) and a fancier place across the lake at the Hyatt (looked good but we didn't eat there).
Rooms were nice spacious with balcony’s. Beds however found by all in our group to be hard. The pool and hot tub were fantastic! Staff were all friendly. With shopping, pubs, food and liquor stores and more right beside the hotel made for a great location. Be aware underground parking stalls are tiny! We had issues checking in/ double billing that put a bit of a damper on things and had us not wanting to return but the manager deep took great care to go above an beyond to fix the problems and address the issues so we felt confident and willing to return to stay with the watermark again.