by Chris Duthie | November 01, 2014
Set on a mountaintop with breath-stealing views of Okanagan Lake, the 149-room Sparkling Hill Resort anchors a Vernon, British Columbia, locale of wineries, golf and Sonoran Desert landscapes.

Austrian crystal patriarch Gernot Langes Swarovski invested $140 million into an architecturally acclaimed complex with 10,000 square feet of function space and fine dining for 210 guests, decorated by 3.5 million Swarovski crystals generously infused around the property.

This jewel also features Canada's largest spa, the 40,000-square-foot, European-style KurSpa, which offers cryotherapy -- at minus 166 degrees Fahrenheit -- for relieving rheumatoid arthritis and other aches.