BC Staycations with a Design Twist
Everyone loves a good vacation, but what if we just don’t have the time to escape far away? Luckily, there are many exquisite places to visit right here in beautiful British Columbia – a staycation if you will. Staying relatively close to home doesn’t mean that you can’t have it all. These two dream-worthy staycation destinations are sure to be on your bucket-list for a weekend of rest and relaxation!
Engulfed in a lush spruce and cedar forest on the edge of Lost Lake in Whistler is the Scandinave Spa. Boasted as an authentic Scandinavian Spa, this day spa is sure to invigorate and cleanse your body and mind. While alternating between saunas, steam baths, hot baths and cold plunges in hydrotherapy, you can take in the incredible mountain vistas. At 20,000 square feet, the Scandinave Spa is filled with relaxation rooms, sauna and steam rooms, massage rooms and even a café. If you also want to squeeze in a tan, the various terraces stacked up the hillside offer plenty of deck chairs and hammocks for you to relax in. Another feature we love about Scandinave Spa is their Eco Spa which emphasizes green and sustainable alternatives. A design feature is their green roof which ensures that there is efficient heating, cooling and insulation year-round. This is definitely a place you can easily spend a day in while you are visiting Whistler!
Sparkling Hill Resort
As the name suggests, the Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, BC is truly sparking with over 3.5 million Swarovski crystal elements. This $122-million resort was funded by Gernot Langes-Swarvoski and is the brainchild of Austrian, Hans-Peter Mayr. Sparkling Hill is the perfect blend of North American pampering with a therapeutic European approach. Situated on Mount Royce, the resort has sweeping views of the Okanagan Lake and Monashee Mountains which can be enjoyed from each of the 152 suites. Complete with custom-designed Kohler soaker tubs, crisp white linens and natural wood finishes, each room is warm and features streamlined European inspired design. The resort’s 40,000 square foot KurSpa is where you will be spending your time. This European-inspired spa, clinic and wellness center has seven unique aromatherapy, steam and sauna rooms. Each steam and sauna room are a different experience and a true work of art. To top it all off, you can pick your choice of nozzles and showerheads, colors and scents in the Experience Showers. No detail was missed here as the serenity pool also has underwater music! If this resort doesn’t already sound like heaven, each stay also includes a full, hot breakfast in their PeakFine restaurant. Their menu is sure to delight especially paired with a local Okanagan wine. If casual is more your style, the Barrique & Java is a café and pastry shop by day and wine bar by night. What is there not to love about this place? If you still have money to burn, make a stop at the Swarovski Gift Shop. This very opulent and award winning resort was designed by the talented SSDG Interiors Inc.
Where do you want to go for your next BC Staycation? Let us know in the comments.