As soon as I heard inter-province travel restrictions were being lifted, I got on planning our babymoon. Being in the 2nd trimester I finally started feeling better and thought this would be the perfect time to get away for some fun in the sun with my husband!
We decided to stay at Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon. It was about a 5 hour drive from Vancouver. Many of the resort amenities were closed, such as the breakfast buffet, stream rooms, sauna, tea station and in-room daily cleaning services. Despite this, it was still very lovely, but had our timing been different, I would have waited till those opened back up.
We stayed in a superior mountain view room on the 2nd floor. The view was very private and perfect for using the extra large bathtub. The best view is on the 3rd floor with a lake view room, not overlooking the pool. The windows are not reverse tinted, so if you are in a room overlooking the pool, those in the pool can see you in your room. The rooms are really nice with a walk through shower, mini-fridge, double sinks and swarovski crystal details throughout. They also have air conditioning, which was amazing due to the heat wave!
The first evening we had dinner at the Predator Ridge Grill, which was excellent. The patio overlooks the golf course which is stunning. We sat right by the fireplace which had the best view. The non-alcoholic drinks were yummy and the menu was huge! This is one place that had variety and selection for every diet type and preference. We had the dinner mushroom ravioli and the slow braised beef obie. Both were delicious. I can't wait to come back here!
After dinner we checked out the resort amenities which don't allow photography unfortunately. There is an outdoor heated infinity pool, indoor heated pool, indoor hot tub and shallow hot/cold walk through pool for leg circulation. There were also a few rooms for lounging and relaxing, but none of these had air conditioning. In addition, there is a small gym and yoga room. The outdoor pool was quite popular around sunset because the view is spectacular! Especially if you are in a mountain view room or a ground floor room, it's very different from what you would see there.
Instead of the breakfast buffet, the hotel had an a la carte menu of 5 breakfast options to choose from which included eggs, waffles and granola/yogurt options. They also provided fruit and a small morning pastry. Both mornings we had egg options and they were good. It would have been nice if they had a to go option or where you could get the breakfast delivered to your room because the wait in the dining areas was quite long. Both mornings breakfast took over an hour :(
After breakfast we ventured into Vernon. It was quite hot so we tried to stay in the car as much as possible! We went to Davison Orchards to try their apple juice, apple sauce and apple pie - all of which were delicious!! We also couldn't say no to their fresh berry ice cream that was mixed in as you ordered. We had lunch here too and and the sandwiches were fresh and yummy. The farm property is really large and had a bunch of cute shops, a large playground for children and many activities. It was quite hot, so we decided to pick up some cherries and save the activities for sometime in the future.
That evening we had dinner at the Peak Fine Dining Restaurant at the resort. The service was very good and the restaurant is very well set up and fancy. We had the salmon risotto and duck, and chocolate layer cake for desert. We didn't have super high expectations as the restaurant doesn't have the greatest reviews. The experience overall was really nice, but the food itself was okay. We would probably pass on eating here in the future. It is very convenient to have a restaurant in the resort, especially when it's super hot and you don't want to venture out into Vernon or Kelowna.
On our last morning we had massages at the spa which were so wonderful. I highly recommend booking massages if you get a chance! They do sport, regular and prenatal massages and the two therapists we had were excellent. They don't have RMTs, but even though the practitioners were not registered, they were still really great. We spent our remaining time by the pool and then headed into Kelowna for lunch before heading home.
For lunch we picked a cute little Mexican restaurant - El Taquero along the downtown strip. They had a roadside outdoor patio with bright picnic tables and umbrellas, which were much needed since it was over 30 degrees celsius! I had the chicken enchiladas which were delicious but super spicy! Mike had an assortment of tacos which came with four different salsas and added a bit of fun and flavour. We also tried the Horchata which was not too sweet and very refreshing, with my favourite Guava jarritos. We picked up some cherries on our way home (Cherry season runs in the beginning of summer) and hit the road! It was a great vacation and I hope we get to take one more before our little one arrives!