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Sparkling Hill Kur Spa-North Okanaga

Sparkling Hill Kur Spa-North Okanaga
"Celebrating Whole Body Wellness"
Located in our sister country Canada
888 Sparkling Place
Vernon, BC B.H. 2K7

25 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport

Sparkling Hill is a European inspired wellness resort elaborately designed with Swarovski Crystal Elements.  Andreas Altmayer from Austria was the chief Crystal Architect who placed and designed over 3.5 million crystals worth over $10 million dollars.  




Guests Rooms feature crystal architecture to floor to ceiling windows with sliding window walls, effectively transforming rooms to an outdoor oasis.  

The crowning jewel of the Sparkling Hill Resort is the Kur Spa renowned to be Canada's largest spa oasis spanning 10,000 square feet.

Health and Wellness features an integrated medicine clinic specializing in whole body wellness, detoxification, anti-aging and health.

The Kur Spa boasts 48 treatment rooms, 7 unique aromatherapy steam and sauna rooms, saltwater pools, and access to over 10…

What to wear when traveling-Africa/Middle East

Sometimes just going across state is hard enough.  Living in the Bay area in San Francisco is generally is 10 degrees lower Versus living in Southern California where it generally sunny and warm all the time.  Figuring out what could possibly work in other parts of the world is half the battle.  Fitting in, trying to understand the customs is the half.  

So here it goes, notes on what is acceptable in other parts of the world:

Africa/ The Middle East

The best bet is coverage.  


Dubai

Meetings-Wear suits, fashionable, black and slim ties
On the streets- the mall is the social arena.  Women out of respect keep shoulders covered, carry a pashima for the more conservative areas.  There are women who will wear shorter skirts and shorts, but they are accustomed to wear this is accepted. Men  wear name brand items.
Parties-glam is more accepted, blazers over t-shirts

Egypt

Meetings-Long Sleeved button downed with slacks are fine.  Ties and sports coats are more around the older generation
On the Stree…

Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay is an iconic Hawaiian landmark.  The only resort of it's kind on the North Shore of Oahu.  It is situated with panoramic views of the shoreline.

Activities in Turtle Bay include championship golf courses, paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, horseback riding.  Local guides are available to explore the North Shore.  The resort itself offers a spa, gym, restaurants and bars.

Turtle Bay is known for it's luxury which embodies three categories, accommodation, high levels of design, quality and service. It's a great place for special occasions and romance.

more information for this resort:
info@byebyebirdees.com

Waimea Valley

To visit Waimea Valley, it is important to understand their mission and value to the destination:

Mission:
E MĀLAMA A E HO'OMAU I NĀ WAIWAI KĀNAKA, MO'OMEHEU, A KŪLOHELOHE O WAIMEA NO KĒIA HANAUNA A ME NĀ HANAUNA E HIKI MAI AI I LOKO O KA HO'ONAAUAO 'ANA A ME KA HO'OKAHU 'ANA.
PRESERVE AND PERPETUATE THE HUMAN, CULTURAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES OF WAIMEA FOR GENERATIONS THROUGH EDUCATION AND STEWARDSHIP.


Vision: Waimea…A living pu'uhonua for and by the kānaka for Hawai'i and the world.
This one of Oahu's last partially intact ahupua'a subdivision of land.  Waimea is significant in history of Hawaii.  It is a place for Hawaiian spirituality and traditions.  
Waimea Valley cultural and natural resources is a backdrop for teaching, learning and inspiration  School programs surround cultural topics and ethnic identity.  It is home to more than 5000 documented kinds of tropical and subtropical plants including native and endangered Hawaiian plants.Some of whic…

Hawaiian Mission Houses

Across the street from the Kamehameha's palace are the Hawaiian Mission Houses.   This is a gem that can easily be overlooked. It's historic value brings visitors back to the 19th century that brought Christianity to Hawaii.  
Hawaiian Mission Houses was established in 1923 by the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, a private, non-profit organization and genealogical society. It consists of three mission houses that served as homes and workplaces for the first Christians on the island.
A tour of the property brings insight to the issues and history.  They work in collaboration with the Native Hawaiian agency, it is also known worldwide as the birthplace of the written Hawaiian language.  Two of the oldest houses  are still standing.
They also hold evening theaters to include stories, song, dance and recreate characters from the 19th century.
To learn more about the Hawaiian Mission Houses visit: https://missionhouses.org/