Perched atop a ridge near the Monashee Mountains and set with 3.5 million Swarovski crystals, the $120-million Sparkling Hill Resort recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. Owned by Gernot Langes-Swarovski, patriarch of the Swarovski crystal family, the health and wellness resort is 72 hectares of pampering and decadence. The 152 suites, complete with a deep soaker Kohler tub, crisp white linens, and crystal components embedded throughout, offer sweeping views and pure comfort.
While an impressive 300-kilogram crystal chandelier hangs in the lobby, the real jewel in the crown is the resort’s 40,000 sq.-ft. spa. The largest facility in Canada, the award-winning KurSpa (kur means healing in German) offers multiple steam rooms, saunas, and pools, plus an encyclopedia of rejuvenation offerings (100 and counting). Choose from facials, hot stone massages, or, for the risk-taker, the Cryotherapy Cold Sauna—a minus-110°C total-body treatment and the resort’s top draw. If that wasn’t adventurous enough, a nightly European hour is offered in the saunas, where clothing is optional.
Photos by Joshua McVeity
Sparkling Hill Resort, 888 Sparkling Place, Vernon, British Columbia, V1H 2K7, Canada, 250-275-1556.