Sparkling Hill Resort

Vernon, Rural British Columbia

The hotel

As if sun-spangled Lake Okanagan didn’t deliver enough sparkle, this glitzy hotel is decorated with more than 3.5 million Swarovski crystals. It’s a decadence most wouldn’t associate with an holistic health spa, but Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa is more than a wellness centre, it’s the largest among luxury spas in Canada and a place to feel pampered, preened, and perfected. A futuristic building encased by timeless mountains, it presents fitness classes, meditation workshops, even relationship improvement services. You may feel relaxed, but you’ll have a few tricky decisions to make here: which of KurSpa’s 100-plus treatments do you try? Do you feast on upscale Okanagan Valley fare at PeakFine or on casual tapas at Barrique & Java? And do you swim indoors beneath a Swarovski crystal night sky listening to the pool’s underwater music, or outside in the infinity pool overlooking the lake?

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Hot tub
  • Honeymoon
  • Free Parking
  • Valet parking
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Anniversary and special occasions

Where is it

Nestled in the mountains near Vernon, BC, and overlooking Lake Okanagan. Wineries, orchards, golf courses and local farmers markets are all within a short 45-minute drive from the resort. Transfer time from Vancouver Airport: 5 hours.

Hotel information

152 rooms. All with floor-to-ceiling sliding window walls, crystal light fixtures, TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi access, mini-bar, safe, iron and board, robes and slippers, Swarovski crystal fireplaces and custom free-standing two-person, in-room soaking tubs.  All rooms feature stunning Monashee Mountain or Okanagan Lake views. Standard Mountain View Rooms with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

 

Superior Mountain View Rooms with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

PeakFine Restaurant and Barrique & Java wine, tapas and coffee bar. Gernots private dining suite. Full hot breakfast for two at PeakFine Restaurant daily. KurSpa* (advance bookings for spa treatments* are recommended, this is an adult-only facility). Exclusive access to KurSpa pools, steam rooms and saunas (this is an adult-only facility). Adult-only outdoor infinity pool. Adult-only indoor pool complete with underwater music and starry Swarovski crystal sky. Keiser-equipped fitness studio. Serenity and Tea Room access for rest and relaxation. Within the resort grounds, hiking trails are available to explore a variety of wildlife, birds and flowers. Complimentary WiFi access. Complimentary valet underground parking.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: No children under the age of 16 are allowed in the spa and pool facility. 

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May 5, 2021 Hiitsmaps

I’ve stayed at Sparkling Hill before, and I’m always blown away by how lovely it is. First of all, the whole place smells FANTASTIC. I have an extremely sensitive sense of smell and it never smells like a hotel (or like hundreds of other people), but always like some lovely blend of essential oils. Secondly, it is beyond peaceful there. I know… Read more
I’ve stayed at Sparkling Hill before, and I’m always blown away by how lovely it is. First of all, the whole place smells FANTASTIC. I have an extremely sensitive sense of smell and it never smells like a hotel (or like hundreds of other people), but always like some lovely blend of essential oils. Secondly, it is beyond peaceful there. I know it’s controversial, but deciding to make the resort child free was a great move. I have two young kids at home, if I’m going to relax I need to be AWAY from children. The staff are always friendly and helpful, and they seem genuinely happy to be there. The food is delicious and I feel like the prices are quite reasonable as well ($19 for a burger meal, similar to restaurants in town but MUCH more delicious). They have always been very accommodating of my husbands celiac disease. The views from every room are stunning. It seems pricey but “suites” at other hotels in town are almost the same price, and not nearly as nice (plus there are children, and your in town with traffic noise, etc). Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing views, facials and food

Apr 26, 2021 R5312QAmonikap

I planned a surprise spa trip here for my best friend and it was incredible! We stayed in a Superior Lake King room which was very spacious and the views of the lake were stunning (we walked around the resort and the views of the mountain side are just as nice though). Food was excellent quality and same goes for the facials. The spa even did… Read more
I planned a surprise spa trip here for my best friend and it was incredible! We stayed in a Superior Lake King room which was very spacious and the views of the lake were stunning (we walked around the resort and the views of the mountain side are just as nice though). Food was excellent quality and same goes for the facials. The spa even did a skin test and informed you of what types of creams you should be using on your skin type. If you're considering booking be sure to ask for Eve or Iryna as they both went out of their way to move my reservation around due to covid and got us in an extra night even though the resort was almost full. It was a great stay and we'll be back for sure! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stacey - Night in shining armour!

Apr 21, 2021 Dillon K Vancouver, Canada

Why settle for less when you can deal with the best. I called the front desk and asked for for a painkiller for a headache. She swiftly offered to open the gift shop with no hesitation. Then got a late checkout, I’ll have to notify the manager to give her a gold star. There’s service then there’s Stacey 👌
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Would highly recommend Sparkling Hill

Apr 19, 2021 MelissaR1717

My fiancé and I arrived an hour early and they had our room ready. Our stay was absolutely spectacular, one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed in! I would highly highly recommend. Everything from the Flower heart left on the bed for our anniversary to the slippers and robes provided was breathtaking. The view from our room was outstanding. Looking… Read more
My fiancé and I arrived an hour early and they had our room ready. Our stay was absolutely spectacular, one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed in! I would highly highly recommend. Everything from the Flower heart left on the bed for our anniversary to the slippers and robes provided was breathtaking. The view from our room was outstanding. Looking forward to the next time we get to stay there. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice views, average stay

Apr 8, 2021 rikkir2013 Airdrie, Canada

Pros: The views are beautiful, it really does feel like you're on top of the world! The pools were nice and relaxing, also. I enjoyed my early morning swim all alone before any one else was awake. The oversized robes were very nice. I appreciated being able to check in when we arrived early. Cons: Our king sized bed was lumpy and not comfortable… Read more
Pros: The views are beautiful, it really does feel like you're on top of the world! The pools were nice and relaxing, also. I enjoyed my early morning swim all alone before any one else was awake. The oversized robes were very nice. I appreciated being able to check in when we arrived early. Cons: Our king sized bed was lumpy and not comfortable whatsoever. The food and drinks were absolutely not even close to the level of the rest of the resort. The burger was very mediocre, the "truffle" fries were dried out and old tasting, and the garlic aioli looked like plain rotten mayonnaise. Drinks (margaritas) tasted like pure gasoline. Kelly O'Bryan's makes a great margarita for less than half the price of what we paid here. I'm glad we decided to have appetizers and wine at 50th Parallel a short drive down the road, otherwise we would have been much more disappointed as we are huge foodies. Ultimately I would not stay here again. It is nice to have been now, but we will choose a beautiful restaurant and a nice hotel closer to town next time. Read less