By Kat Tancock
It’s not just a name—Sparkling Hill Resort just outside Vernon in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley really does sparkle, thanks to the 3.5 million Swarovski crystal elements—valued at $10 million—used as decor throughout the hotel, spa and other areas of the property.
The KurSpa, with over 100 different treatments available, includes seven aromatherapy steam and sauna rooms as well as an outdoor infinity pool, a hot pool and an indoor pool with a “crystal sky,” all available to hotel guests as part of their stay.
Sparkle aside, perhaps most intriguing of the resort’s amenities is the cold sauna, the KurSpa’s signature treatment and the first of its kind in North America. Guests spend up to three minutes (with protective gloves, footwear and masks) in a room chilled to –110°C, a cryotherapy (cold-therapy) treatment that’s said to reduce inflammation and relieve pain—that is, once you get over the shock of the treatment.