Clinic at KurSpa, Sparkling Hill Resort

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Overlooking legendary Okanagan Lake and Monashee Mountains near Vernon, BC, the Swarovski crystal-infused Clinic at KurSpa, Sparkling Hill Resort offers a luxurious wellness experience. Comprised of over 40,000 sq. ft. of treatment space and offering 100+ innovative healing treatments, KurSpa provides guests with the wellness experience of a lifetime.

You Are Here:

Sparkling Hill Resort is located outside of the town of Vernon, a 30-minute drive north of the Kelowna International Airport. The resort is also a five-hour drive from Vancouver, or a seven-hour drive west of Calgary.

Treat Yourself:

The Clinic at KurSpa’s focus is to restore optimum physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. The clinic combines all the services of a naturopathic clinic, integrative medicine clinic, and full-service spa under one roof. Programs are designed to treat the whole body with a combination of Naturopathic and conventional therapies that eliminate chronic pain and inflammation, defy aging, and improve health, relationships, and work-life balance. Consult with our professional team including our naturopathic physician, psychiatrist, massage providers and kinesiologists. Or, experience the first European Cryotherapy Cold Sauna (-110°C) in North America, our signature KurSpa treatment. Access to KurSpa is complimentary with your stay. Guests enjoy exclusive access to the seven unique aromatherapy saunas and steam rooms, experience showers, igloo, indoor pool complete with underwater music and starry Swarovski crystal sky, hot pool, outdoor infinity pool, Kneipp water therapy, Tea & Serenity Relaxation Rooms, and Keiser-equipped fitness studio.

You Deserve:

Pantai Luar, a centuries old treatment steeped in Ayurveda offers a warming, luxurious experience. Its intense, aromatic fragrances of exotic herbs, limes, and precious oils have a strong effect on the body and mind. This rejuvenating experience starts with a warming in a private steam to relax the muscles and open the pores. The treatment then proceeds with a wonderful herbal massage using special herbal “stamps” and a 140°C plant extract oil. The body feels revitalized and muscle tension is relaxed.

Stay & Play:

Sparkling Hill Resort is a distinctive destination for the modern sophisticated traveler. Whether planning a couple’s escape, corporate wellness retreat, or incentive travel, the resort delivers an unforgettable blend of relaxation, restoration, and wellness. Guest rooms are equipped with every modern convenience, including fireplaces and sweeping lake and mountain/sunrise views. The resort’s signature restaurant Peakfine, focuses on the freshest and finest ingredients the Okanagan Valley has to offer, including an extensive wine collection. The Barrique & Java offers a more casual wine, tapas and coffee bar. Sparkling Hill Resort is convenient to top Okanagan Valley attractions, including Wine Tasting, Helicopter adventures, more than 80 golf courses are situated nearby, including the adjacent Predator Ridge Golf Course, world-class skiing and snowboarding at Silver Star Mountain Resort, and hiking on more than 12 kms of local nature trails.

Kudos:

Tripadvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence • 2013 Okanagan Life Magazine Reader’s Choice • 2012 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award Winners • 2012 SpaFinder Wellness Readers Choice Awards • Top 100 Spas of 2015, Spas of America

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Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa – From Austria with Love

If Ian Fleming had been looking for a modern-day lair for James Bond, Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa, British Columbia’s newest wellness resort, would have been perfect. Overlooking the reflective brilliance of Lake Okanagan, Sparkling Hill could easily be renamed GoldenEye.During the drive from Vancouver, while meandering along the Okanagan’s scenic highway and country roads, I had mentioned to my companion that I’d heard Sparkling Hill compared to a European-style hotel. But after making the final turn and seeing the resort glistening in the sun, their reaction was, “it looks like nothing I’ve seen in Europe.”Sparkling Hill is a truly unique experience. Occupying a modest location in the north end of British Columbia’s Okanagan wine region, the resort combines brilliant hilltop design and architecture with the understated, yet remarkable, KurSpa experience.After two years of construction at a reported cost of $122 million, Sparkling Hill opened in the spring of 2010. The Austrian influence begins with owner Mr. Gernot Langes-Swarovski, patriarch of the famed Austrian crystal family, and General Manager and CEO Mr. Hans-Peter Mayer, project manager and resort visionary. A recent assessment counted over 3.5 million crystals used in the hotel’s design.Mr. Mayer’s vision of Sparkling Hill is not a resort containing a spa, but a spa within a resort. At over 40,000 square feet, the KurSpa does not disappoint. Delivering a full-sensory spa and wellness experience, KurSpa features seven saunas and steam rooms with different temperatures, and a variety of scents, textures and stimulants designed to promote rejuvenation and relaxation. Their immersive detoxification and cleansing treatments will leave you relaxed and refreshed. I especially enjoyed the Kneipp Waterway pool, a unique creation designed for strolling knee-deep in changing water temperatures. Outside, the infinity pool invites you to take a swim while soaking in the ‘sunsational’ views.

The most unique treatment is Cryotherapy, offered in North America’s first Cold Sauna (-110 Celsius or -166 Fahrenheit). I first inquired about the treatment after exercising, not realizing that participants must be 100% dry. I made an appointment for the next morning, joining a young couple and a middle-aged man in a walker who was using Cryotherapy to treat a medical condition. Dressed in swimsuits, with running shoes, earmuffs, masks and mitts to protect our extremities, we entered the first of three chambers with our winter-suited guide. The KurSpa’s Cold Sauna was an exciting experience, even to a spa connoisseur such as myself. Our guide was excellent, explaining the process and ensuring that we were relaxed and comfortable during the exhilarating two-minute treatment.

Sparkling Hill’s guest rooms are beautiful, clean, well designed and invite you to revel in sunrise or sunset lighting on sweeping mountain or lake views. Floor-to-ceiling windows, a crystal glass fireplace, a bathtub for two, luxurious robes and slippers, and a walk-through rain shower with a view complete the experience. Sliding window walls keep each room ventilated, guaranteeing a great night’s sleep.

Your stay at Sparkling Hill includes valet parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, a full hot breakfast with healthy options and unlimited access to KurSpa. Barrique & Java offers light-meal options and the opportunity to appreciate the views while enjoying BC wines, locally brewed 1516 lager or a shaken, not stirred, Vodka Martini. For dinner, PeakFine serves a tantalizing menu showcasing the best products of the Okanagan Valley. And of course, the staff were friendly and helpful, offering a genuine charm that is characteristic of the Okanagan.

James Bond would be very impressed.

~ Craig Oliver, Editor-in-Chief, Spas of America