Surround Yourself With 3 Million Swarovski Crystals (And The Rockies) At This B.C. Resort

The tea room at the KurSpa


Written by Ed Hitchins and Ross Dias

Let’s face it. A box of chocolate and a couple roses don’t cut it anymore for Valentine’s Day. Why not skip the day and escape the tacky dinner. Instead, we recommend whisking your partner away on a surprise trip, and a healthy weekend of much-needed TLC.

Situated in the Okanagan Valley, half-way between Vancouver and Calgary, Sparkling Hill is the only resort that was built and is still owned by the the Langes-Swarovski family.

And – of course – the resort includes a whopping 3.5 million Swarovski crystals spread throughout 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

Yes, 3.5 million.

The entrance lobby at Sparkling Hill, featuring a three storey high Swarovski chandelier

However, the crowning jewel of this place, is the 40,000 square foot Euro-inspired KurSpa featuring seven steam rooms, an indoor salt water pool and a Kniepp water therapy pool. The perfect place for a relaxing weekend away from it all for you and your partner.

The Kniepp technique uses hydrotherapy to relax muscles, and treat varicose veins and swelling. Guests of the resort enjoy complimentary access to these amenities, and the spa offers other health and wellness packages to fully immerse yourself into rest and rejuvenation over a weekend.

Built in 2010, Sparkling Hill has been featured in publications ranging from trip advisor to Okanagan Life, which also gave Sparkling Hill the prestigious title of “best romantic getaway” in the region.

The spa’s mandate encourages health and wellness, and it’s Cryo Cold chamber is a favourite among recovering professional athletes.

The panorama sauna room at KurSpa

The Salt Steam room at KurSpa

Other highlights include an eye opening 48 treatment rooms, offering over 100 different therapies – which include couple’s massages and body scrubs – for whatever physical ailments you may encounter on those hikes in the 25 kilometres of trails in the back country.