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6 Unique Resorts and Hotels Outside of Vancouver That are Worth the Trip

God's Mountain Estate in Penticton, BC
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There’s no place like Vancouver.  With that being said, it’s good to get out of the city every now and then. If you’re in need of a time-out, a break from the hustle and bustle, these places offer something unique and cool for an always amazing experience.

We can’t even list these in order because they’re all too cool.

7 Sparkling Hill

If crystals and granite are your kind of thing (let’s be honest, who’s are they not?!), you’ll love Sparkling Hill. Overlooking Lake Okanagan on top of a cliff, it’s currently one the most premiere destinations in the world. To add to the experience, a crystal shaped soaker tub sits in the room overlooking the mountains.

inside sparkling hill resort

6 Scandinave Spa

Whistler, BC

Because who doesn’t love a spa retreat? With that being said, this isn’t your typical spa.  If  your idea of a vacation involves soaking in traditional Scandinavian baths, at a 25,000 sqft outdoor spa, a trip to the Scandinave Spa in Whistler is in order.

Hydrotherapy at its finest, alternate between hot and cold installations like the eucalyptus steam baths to the Nordic waterfall and showers.  Stabilize your blood flow and finish off your experience in one of the many relaxation areas, including solariums, hammocks, multi-purpose yoga rooms and outdoor fireplaces.  Now, that’s what we call R&R.

Scandinave Spa
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5 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Guest House

Oliver, BC

We have a penchant for wineries – for wine in general, really.  That’s why we’re OBSESSED with the idea of staying in a guest house on a vineyard! A wine lover’s dream, take in views of the private pool and rows upon rows of grapes in one of the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery guest houses!

Included in your stay is a daily “Wine Country” breakfast! With only 10 guest houses available, this is a getaway you’ll want to book ahead of time.  (Don’t forget to invite us.)

burrowing owl estate guest house
(Photo/Victoria BC Wedding Photographers)

4  Villa Eyrie Resort

Vancouver Island

At 1,880 feet above sea level, Villa Eyrie Resort is literally a mountainside retreat.  This luxury resort is located at the top of Malahat Summit on Vancouver Island, surrounded by some of the most staggering vistas – for the most part only visible from a bird’s eye view.

Elevate your dining experience with a sophisticated West Coast inspired meal at Summit Restaurant, go for a dip and detoxify in the natural mineral-infused saltwater pool, unwind at the spa with a glass of vino, and explore the best that Vancouver Island has to offer from winery tours to fishing tours!

Looking for a room with a view? Every suite comes with elevated views of the Saanich Inlet and Olympic Mountains.  The penthouse suite in particular, features 543 square foot balcony with a panoramic view.

Villa Eyrie resort
(Photo/Villa Eyrie)

3 Hotel Zed

Victoria, BC 

There are boutique hotels, and then there’s Hotel Zed, an insanely colourful, eclectic and affordable hotel located in the heart of Victoria! If you’re in need of an energy/life boost, this is the place for you.  Rad features like Classic VW shuttle buses, a vinyl listening station, typewriter stations, a pool (waterslide included), ping pong lounge, and more adds to the lure and appeal of this hotel!

Bonus: Comic books in every room!

inside a suite at Hotel Zed
(Photo/VancouverIsland.com)

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Tofino, BC

Best described as “luxury gone wild,” Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is unlike any other camping experience. Easily the most restorative and exclusive glamping experience in BC, three day, all inclusive packages begin at $5,400.  Packages include gourmet meals and alcoholic drinks, private seaplane transfers from YVR to the resort or boat and horse-drawn carriage transportation, and highly personalized guided nature and wildlife tours.

Inside your tent you’ll find a king bed, a full-sized day bed, a stunning full-sized ensuite bathroom with heated floors, double shower-heads, both an indoor and outdoor shower, rustic furnishings to complete the look.

hot tub and view at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
(Photo/Clayoquot Wilderness Resort)

1 God’s Mountain

Penticton, BC

God’s Mountain is all kinds of special.  A labour of love for owner Sarah Allen, this resort is pretty much the closest you’ll get to a Mediterranean oasis in BC  Nestled between Penticton and Okanagan Falls, the views of the lake and vineyards will take your breath away.

Rustic rooms are free from TV’s and phones so that you can connect with your surroundings without distraction.  One of the most incredible features of this estate  – in addition to the salt water pool – is the roofless room, complete with a private tub so that you can sit back and relax while you gaze at the stars – literally.

In the morning, enjoy a country style breakfast, served with a stunning lakeside view.  God’s Mountain is unsurprisingly, a popular wedding destination and also host to many beautiful al fresco open air dinners. Nearby neighbours include Painted Rock Estate Winery and an amazing provincial park for those interested in rock climbing or hiking.

God's Mountain Estate in Penticton, BC
(Photo/God’s Mountain)

Did we miss any? Let us know!

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God's Mountain Estate, Eastside Road, Penticton, BC, Canada
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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, Burrowing Owl Place, Oliver, BC, Canada
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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Alberni-Clayoquot C, BC, Canada
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Nectar Yoga B&B Bowen Island, Miller Road, Bowen Island, BC, Canada
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The Oswego Hotel, Oswego Street, Victoria, BC, Canada
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Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel, Main Street, Whistler, BC, Canada
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Villa Eyrie Resort, Ebedora Lane, Malahat, BC, Canada
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Hotel Zed, Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, Canada
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