The health effects of this cold therapy are exceptionally beneficial for many types of illnesses… our main goal is well-being.
Markham, ON (PRWEB)
June 2, 2010
When the first guests of the Sparkling Hill Resort and Wellness Hotel in Vernon, British Columbia, above the Okanagan Valley, entered the hotel’s glass atrium during its recent grand opening, they were must have felt that the origin of the aboriginal word “Okanagan”, meaning “transport to the heavens,” was appropriate.
The spectacular grand opening, held on April 30 for the European-inspired wellness destination, literally sparkled with hundreds of thousands of Swarovski crystal elements. The property rolled out the red carpet for European dignitaries, local officials and guests who were tasted, dined and delighted by professional performers, musicians and performers.
Sparkling Hill Resort’s memorable grand opening began with a surprise performance by the Vernon Highlands Pipes and Drums Marching Band. The group paraded to the complex’s porte-cochere and were greeted by Gernot Langes-Swarovski, the Patriarch of the Swarovski Crystal Empire with his wife Eva and son Markus as well as many smiling faces invited to the festivities. Over 150 guests, including members of the Okanagan Indian Band, were on hand to commemorate the dawn of a new wellness experience in North America.
The construction of the 240,000 square foot complex was designed by Gernot Langes-Swarovski and designed by Swarovski architect Andreas Altmayer incorporating 1.9 million Swarovski crystals into virtually every element of the property. The sparkle of crystal elements found in chandeliers, walls, fireplaces and stair railings create a layering effect filling the space with light and dimension. “We are the first building in the world to feature public crystal architecture,” said Hans-Peter Mayr, general manager of the complex.
The grand opening celebration included an elaborate afternoon reception with a ribbon cutting and performances. Rising European star singer Nadine Beiler has been flown in by the Swarovski family to surprise Gernot Langes-Swarovski with a song dedicated to her. After numerous performances, guests sampled European-inspired cuisine and migrated to the Austria Room, the main ballroom at Sparkling Hill Resort, for a performance of the Okanagan Symphony. It was a fairytale ending to the breathtaking event.
NORTHWIND – Maestro PMS, who provides the resort’s property management system, congratulates Sparkling Hill Resort and Wellness Hotel on its successful grand opening and is honored to be its technology partner. The spectacular property has booked hundreds of groups and corporate events, banquets, weddings and individual reservations prior to opening using the Front Office Maestro ™ system and fully integrated ResWave web booking engine. Sparkling Hill also implemented Maestro Sales & Catering, Yield Management, Spa and Activities Management, Gift Card & Loyalty and Analytics Business Intelligence systems.
“We have evaluated many system vendors to select the most advanced technology to support our resort’s customer-centric service standards,” said Hans-Peter Mayr. “The Maestro hotel software with integrated online booking engine was the most complete application we have seen.”
Sparkling Hill Resort and Wellness Hotel partners with Predator Ridge Golf Course to offer championship golf, as well as skiing at Silver Star and Big White resorts, fishing on Okanagan Lake, hiking and wine tastings. wine. The resort also features the first cold sauna in North America at minus 110 degrees Celsius (minus 166 degrees Fahrenheit). “Our cold sauna provides temperatures not found anywhere else on Earth,” Mayr explained. “The health effects of this cold therapy are exceptionally beneficial for many types of illnesses… our primary focus is well-being. “
Credit: Event produced by Synergy Events inc. and photography courtesy of darrenhull.com.
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About Sparkling Hill Resort
Sparkling Hill Resort is a European inspired hotel specializing in whole body wellness. A member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts, the resort is located near Vernon, British Columbia. Sparkling Hill Resort is next door to Predator Ridge Golf Resort, allowing guests to indulge in wellness, relaxation and championship golf during their stay.
Sparkling Hill Resort offers over 100 treatments in 48 treatment rooms; each designed to refresh and rejuvenate the body. Traditional spa treatments are offered, but Sparkling Hill Resort will offer treatments that go beyond traditional treatments.
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