The saying goes that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’ve learned that crystals can also leave a girl feeling good inside and out. I learned this on a recent trip to Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, British Columbia. Utilizing 1.9 million Swarovski crystals throughout the property, the resort is truly a dazzling site. Located on the edge of a granite ridge overlooking the Monashee Mountains and Lake Okanagan, the resort offers some of the most amazing views I’ve ever seen. I was able to explore much of the surrounding area during my trip–I hiked the property, rode a mountain bike across train trestles on the Myra Canyon section of the Kettle Valley Railway, and visited four local wineries. I loved all the outdoor activities I partook in, but afterward I was happy to enjoy the breathtaking views while relaxing indoors at Sparkling Hill’s beautiful 40,000-square-foot KurSpa. Stay tuned for more about the new hotel and spa in an upcoming edition of American Spa.