A Day at the Spa

Thursday, 24 February 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

I'm on the road a lot these days for work and play. Most recently we spent a few days at the Sparking Hill Spa near Vernon, B.C. while shooting an Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag episode on the Canyon Ranch cookbook.. It made perfect sense - since we're testing a spa cookbook full of supposedly healthy meals, we had to head to a spa, right?

And of course, we had to allow for a bit of extra time to actually use the facility. All work and no play does not make Anna happy!

Sparkling Hill Resort is nestled in 70 hectares of beautiful, arid, rolling hills, with stunning views of Lake Okanagan. The resort is owned by the Swarovski family and yes, that means there are crystals everywhere you look in this European-inspired modern resort. It is truly a unique space. 

My first stop at the resort’s KurSpa was the cold sauna. Apparently it’s the first of its kind in North America, but very popular in Europe. At minus 110 degrees Celsius, you’re only allowed to stay in it for three minutes. Yes, I said MINUS 110 degrees Celsius. 

Cold sauna here I come!

You have to wear a face mask, and ear, hands and feet covers. My hair froze in the first ten seconds! It was a bit painful at first, but once the therapist got me to breathe deeply and calm down, it actually felt invigorating. The cold sauna is apparently great for overall rejuvenation, as well as muscle and joint pain.

Three minutes at -110C. (Yes that’s a minus!)

Aside from the cold sauna, there’s a whole series of more traditional sauna rooms, but with a twist. Everything from a rose pedal sauna to a salt sauna. Going from room to room and then jumping in the infinity pool is a lovely way to spend an afternoon!

If you find yourself in B.C.’s Okanagan region, I definitely recommend a stop at Sparkling Hill Resort.

Wish us luck on our cook day!

Kristina awaiting her mud mask




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