Sparkling Hill Wellness Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- KurSpa’s Ice Lab cold sauna is the only one of its kind in North America
- Seven different sauna and steam rooms plus indoor and outdoor swimming pools are free for hotel guests
What To Know
- The closest airport is in Kelowna, a 25-minutes drive north
- The resort is geared toward adults
- If you want to get around to see the Vernon area while visiting resort, consider renting a car. But staying put is absolutely do-able
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Chiseled into a mountaintop above British Columbia’s Okanagan Lake, this 152-room, wellness-focused retreat radiates light through the 3.5 million Swarovski crystals ($10 million worth) integrated into everything from light fixtures to the swimming pool. The sparkling scene is spectacularly set in the three-story glass atrium, which is festooned with more than 90 uniquely shaped pieces of glass to replicate a huge crystal. Inside, the space drips with the real deal, in the form of shimmering chandeliers hung from ascending tiers and crystal-embedded handrails.
Bed & Bath
This isn’t one of those themey resorts where the expensive design elements peter out once you leave the public spaces and enter your guestroom. You can feel the energy pulsating from the wall embedded with triangular crystals and the built-in crystal “fireplace,” a flame-mimicking sculpture that glows a fiery red. But the bling isn’t even the highlight of these spacious digs; the views are, especially from the window-wall fronting the freestanding tub (which stands beneath a crystal-studded ceiling, natch).
While most spas are all about the beige (zzzz…) the resort’s 40,000-square-foot KurSpa has left that dated concept in the dust; it may well be the most visually stunning spa in Canada. The space is refreshingly vibrant, with jewel tones popping off of sunlit spaces, like the seemingly liquid, bright turquoise glass doors behind which a veritable army of therapists offer more than 100 treatments. Among the unique treatments offered is cryotherapy, in North America’s first cold sauna, dubbed Ice Lab; the temp dips to -166˚ F, which activates biochemical, hormonal and immune modulatory processes that boost the nervous and circulatory systems.
How to Get There
I've traveled around quite a bit and I will tell you that this is the place to go and relax. They had me with a zillion different steam rooms, but if that's not enough, the outside infinity pool temperature hovered around 90 degrees with a wonderful view of mountains and huge lake. I even enjoyed the circulation pool, the walking in cold water and then into hot 3 times around. My wife had a massage or two and it was the first time she didn't complain about a "resort" masseuse - this means they cared about what they do. Breakfast and dinner were very good as well. If you play golf, there's two courses to play, that looked well manicured. I just didn't have the time to play, but will the next time we visit. Please note, I was a little suspicious after reading some ridiculous earlier reviews, but realize now that those reviews must have been written by some people with some extremely particular needs.
We were a little concerned after reading some of the reviews but we had a fantastic stay! Our room was awesome (you can’t beat the view), our spa services were great and the food was good. We checked in just before 4:00 and our room was ready to go. The steam rooms, saunas, and pools weren’t busy and provided lots of relaxation.
Breakfast was good and included labeled gluten free options. They also had gluten free bread and muffins that they keep in the kitchen to avoid cross contamination. We had a great lunch at PeakFine and many things can be made gluten free with a small change. We had dinner and drinks at the wine lounge downstairs which we also really enjoyed, they can do most things gluten free as well if you ask.
It might be a bit harder to meet everyone’s expectations on a weekend, we went midweek, but we couldn’t find much wrong at all. We will definitely be coming back.
This was our first stop on a golfing tour through central British Columbia.
We had booked two rooms. One was ready when we arrived and the second was ready by 3pm. Check-in is 4, which they achieved easily.
Front desk staff was friendly, efficient and informative.
The rooms have views of the lake or the golf course/hills. Ours was spacious and well designed in a somewhat unique manner as it relates to the bed/bathroom design. It was clean and well maintained. The views are beautiful.
Meals in the dining room were excellent. The breakfast buffet is expansive, lunch was very nice and dinner was very good. Particular hits at dinner were the risotto , the veal chop and the the cod. The wine list, on the other hand is disappointing. Especially considering where you are !
One of our group had a massage and was complimentary.
The valet service was efficient and timely.
Others seem to have had poor or bad recent experiences but we enjoyed it and would return.