Sunday, February 1, 2015


Sometimes the best kept secrets are close to home, even in the dreary depths of winter when all I longed for was a tropical vacation on an azure sea. What a wonderful birthday treat to be surprised by my honey for a two night stay at a European inspired wellness resort less than an hour from home. And since  this fabulous place is in our valley I will promote it with a few photos which don't really do justice to being there in person.

This fabulous resort is owned by the Austrian Swarovski family who have incorporated 3.5 million crystals worth 10 million dollars into every aspect of it's design. Now just to clarify, the opulence of this resort does not equate to a super expensive stay. It was nice that they offered a great rate for locals during winter months. The price adds up only if one chooses the specialty amenities. Maybe I can entice you to come and visit.

Our car parked by a friendly valet right at the door at our beck and call!

The reception area

 Beyond these doors lie opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation in seven uniquely designed aromatherapy infused steam and sauna rooms, massage and beauty salons. And for an extreme experience that is rather pricey, the Cryotherapy cold sauna at  -110 C. 

The large serenity pool provides the relaxation of underwater music. Then on to a hot whirlpool and slipping through a tunnel to the outdoor infinity pool which overlooks Okanagan Lake. For most of our little vacation there was absolutely no view as the valley was shrouded in thick fog. It was quite surreal to float in the infinity pool completely surrounded by fog.

 TIme to take a break from water therapy one heads to the tea room to relax and sip organic hot and cold infusions. There is also a serenity room to relax with a view, that is, when the fog lifts. 

Guest rooms feature crystal architecture and wall to ceiling windows.

The crystal fireplace in our room and crystal starlight over the double soaker tub 

Our foggy view was enhanced by a tall pine tree lit up with LED lights. 

The Dining Room where we enjoyed a complimentary brunch each morning.

 Just a few close-ups of the sparking crystals

 This truly is an all season resort surrounded by golf courses, ski hills, wineries, hiking trails, and all the activities that several gorgeous lakes can offer. 

It was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend Sparking Hill Resort.

1 comment:

bonnie's test blog said...

Sigh...looks happy you got to enjoy it. Hope you feel better soon.