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
- 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
Outstanding hotel, beautiful views and a wonderful pool. The spa area is wonderful. We went as 4 girls and had a terrific time. You feel like a million dollars staying here. There is nothing near by so it is wonderful for a relaxing,or romantic stay.
This hotel is a beautiful facility and the rooms are large and have beautiful views. The rooms, however, have very little lighting. The bed was terrible. It was like sleeping on a brick wall. When staying here, be very careful of the corners on the bed frame. They tend to stick out and can do nasty things to your shins. On the positive side, the restaurant here is excellent. We had both breakfast and dinner here and both were great. As stated, it is a lovely facility, but if you want to do anything away from the hotel be prepared for a long drive as it is not close to anything. When you are there you are there,
Check in was a bit slow as we had to wait for room but the staff were friendly and responsive. It is a gorgeous setting with beautiful views. The spas and pools are amazing but my favourite room by far is the quiet room, for relaxing and unwinding it is unmatched
A friend and I went to Sparkling Hills for a mother's day getaway. It was my first time. I can honestly say there was nothing I didn't like! Such a beautiful place to relax. The food was wonderful. Free breakfast was a real treat. View from the pool was amazing.
I can't wait to visit again with my husband!
I booked a romantic getaway for myself and hubby. This place does not allow kids under 16 years old. We had a private shuttle service called Elite Mile that picked us up at Kelowna airport and drop us at resort. $79 each way for 2 people. When I went to check in, there was no one in line and place seem empty. The reception name Ryan was not helpful or welcoming as all. No hello no welcome not even asking if this was my first time or offer to show me around or even a map! So disappointing as I work for a luxury brand and first impression and client experience is why I decided to come here in the first place! I even had to ask him where is the Spa area! When checking in, he continued to stop the process three times to be distracted by the phone. Maybe the resort should hire someone to take in-coming calls so the front desk can fully focus on checking in the clients without any interruption. The resort is beautiful and once I get into the Spa, the staff there is nice and knowledge and show me a tour before we go change into our bathing suit. The sauna/steam room hours are from 9am-11am and 4pm-10pm. The pool and hot tub is open from 9am-10pm. They do not keep their sauna and steam room running the whole day that's why there's schedule time. I suggest you book your massage or treatment right after you book your room. I did the couples massage and the body scrub, both are amazing. Breakfast is included with your stay and they had a great selection of hot and cold food. I would suggest they have smoked salmon that would be a nice touch for breakfast in a high end resort like this! You can wear your robe to breakfast or lunch which I find is convenient before or after a spa treatment. Lunch menu is poor and very limited, I suggest they revisit the menu and add a pasta dish and more salad dishes. Dinner was okay, I had the same thing both nights. Scallops for starters and seafood curry on pasta. Wish they would have a special of the day and more pasta option. The outdoor infinity pool is very nice around 4-5pm when the sun is beaming down. I suggest you bring two bathing suits per day because at night you can relax in steam room or pool after dinner. Our room is very spacious with a shower and a nice tub with a view. You can open the window and see the mountain view and pathways to #6 hike. At night you can turn on some nice lights that's in the room and take a romantic bubble bath. This is great place to celebrate anniversary Or honeymoon but the level of service is not par to those of 5 star hotels like Fairmount or Wedgewood. Once is good enough for me to visit this place! The standard is not there for me to bring my money back. They forgot that I had to pay for airfare, transportation and accommodations to receive this sub par first impression.