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
From the minute you arrive at there location, you are looked after by skilled staff. The location and views are to be remembered and that’s before you get in the building .
The rooms are a real treat , one full wall of glass with a double tub positioned so you can enjoy the view with a glass of wine while relaxing music plays softly . A double
Shower , walk in on two sides, over heated tiles is a place you can spend some time .
Was the second time for us and we will go back . Your stay includes a very classy breakfast buffet and suppers are very classy .. Not cheap but a bargain for what you get .
When you want to relax and get away, I 100% recommend this resort. Nothing is more relaxing than going to breakfast or lunch in your robe. Our room was outstanding with the view. The spa was clean, quiet and countless options.
We get here for a visit 2 or 3 times per year on average. My wife is a fan of the spa treatments. I like the steam rooms, saunas and pools. Staff service throughout has always been top shelf. And this time, they even plugged in our hybrid so we had a full charge for the drive home. They tend to go above and beyond at this place.
Classy restaurant with a nice atmosphere. We were so looking forward to our experience at Sparkling Hill Restaurant, but were extremely disappointed with the food. Not only was it expensive but not impressed with quality. Would not go back again, think it is over-rated.
We were excited and anticipating a wonderful spa experience at Sparkling Hill. It was pricey - I spent $600.00 which included an overnight stay, dinner, facial, massage and body scrub. The expensive dinner was mid-fare and not worth the price. Highly recommend you go somewhere else - we found a fabulous sushi restaurant downtown. What was most annoying is that a major part of the spa is SHUT DOWN between 11:00 - 4:00!! No sauna, no steam room, no relaxing. The whirlpool in the pool area was also shut down. No jets, the water was lukewarm and no staff. This was 2:30 in the afternoon. After enjoying the beautiful outdoor pool the facility should turn on the whirlpool. No one could understand or believe it. We were informed that it doesn't operate until 4:00! So, they push you to do the sauna, steam, whirlpool in the morning prior to 11:00 and after 4:00. Ridiculous and so obvious cost-saving measure but given that it is a SPA it should be open all day - like most high-end spas. When we went back to the whirlpool after dinner it was so jammed with partiers we left. The place is noisy. AND, the alarm clock in our room went off at midnight which greatly disturbed out sleep. Management was not too concerned about our concerns. I would never go back. What a waste of money and time.