Posted July 8, 2011 by Natasha Lees in Blogs

Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa: Absolute Rejuvenation

For those seeking pure relaxation and rejuvenation, the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa offers travelers and locals alike the perfect stress-free getaway. This hotel and spa escape is located three hours from the Okanagan, two hours from East Vancouver and only a 90-minute scenic drive from downtown Vancouver. The Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa is home to many return guests and out-of-town visitors. The hotel is situated on the southern shore of Harrison Lake and boasts magnificent views of the British Columbia mountainside. The hotel and spa welcomes guests that are seeking tailored travel for corporate events and meetings, milestone celebrations, family vacations or a romantic rendezvous.

An Overview of the Property

Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa features five outdoor and indoor natural hot spring mineral pools as well as tennis courts, bright abundant gardens; on-site lake tours; the Healing Springs Spa; a resort marina that offers fishing charters and boat and jet-ski rentals; a fitness center; and several other fun activities. Other activities just minutes off-site include eco tours, luxury golf and show gardens.

The Healing Springs Spa provides guests with a variety of delicious spa treatments such as reflexology, relaxation and couples massages, water treatments, facials, men’s facials, eye lifts and lip upgrades, and skin care treatments. Guests can spoil themselves rotten!

The dining and café facilities include the historic Copper Room, the Lakeside Café, Miss Magaret’s and the Island’s Bar. The Copper Room is an elegant ’40s-era dining venue that will take you back to a time when romance thrived and a night of dining and dancing was considered a luxury to most. The Lakeside Café has a full breakfast buffet with all the morning goodies you may desire: fresh fruit, homemade omelets with the ingredients of your choice, sizzling bacon and sausages, waffles, cereals, yogurts, freshly squeezed juices and more. The Lakeside Café also has a themed dinner buffet on the weekend and a Sunday brunch for those corporate meet-ups and the late risers.

If you are in need of a morning or afternoon snack or coffee fix, Miss Margaret’s, located in the lower lobby, is a one-stop café/shop that offers fresh muffins, pastries, sandwiches, daily soup specials and specialty coffees and teas. The Island’s Bar is a great place to relax with friends or a book, unwind on the patio and sample exotic cocktails, as well as take in views of Harrison Lake and its popular sunsets.

The Rooms and Suites

The Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa has a total of 337 guest suites, cottages and rooms that are spread out over the property in five separate areas. Because of this combination, the hotel is pleased to offer accommodation to suit a wide range of travelers’ budgets and personal lodging preferences. There are views of Lake Harrison and the hot spring pools to choose from, as well as the mountainside. All rooms are easily accessible from the property and everything you need is only a short stroll from your room. There are room gifts available, business services in the lower lobby and a dedicated shuttle that can transport guests to the airport.

Property and room amenities include:

– Business services and centre in the lobby area
– Ice and soda machines
– Complimentary fitness centre
– Games room for the kids, teens and the adults
– On-site ATM
– 24-hour front desk services and assistance
– Complimentary tennis courts
– Gift shops with necessities and souvenirs
– Children’s water park in the garden area
– Healing Springs Spa
– Resort marina for boat and jet-ski rentals
– WiFi Internet Access
– Complimentary indoor and outdoor hot spring pools
– Pet-friendly options
– Wakeup calls
– 24-hour Security
– Coffee maker and teas
– Clock radios
– Color TV and pay-per-view movies
– Shower or shower-and-bath combinations within rooms
– 11 a.m. checkout time
– Iron and ironing board
– All rooms non-smoking
– Faxing and photocopying services

My Personal Visit

My visit to Harrison Hot Springs Hotel and Resort was an excellent overnight break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Lake Harrison was shining in an emerald-like fashion and the resort marina and its mini-beach town atmosphere were exactly what I was seeking. The marina and small town brought back memories of visiting Key West in Florida, but with a Canadian influence. Harrison’s Hot Springs Aggasiz’s mountain views were breathtaking and surrounded us at every turn. I just could not resist taking photo after photo! We were greeted by an exceptional staff that was happy to help in any way possible, and who also gave some insight into the property.

We were very pleased to stay in one of the West Wing suites, which offered a king size bed, shower, bath, large TV, sitting areas and extraordinary balcony views of Harrison Lake. The suite also featured a second sitting area with a couch and separate chairs, business area and computer connections, as well as another luxurious glass shower and large TV. This area of the suite would be perfect for entertaining business colleagues, family or friends. The suite was charming and cozy and I enjoyed running from one part of the suite to the next. Remember the days of jumping on or flopping down onto the bed when you arrived at your new destination? Well, we didn’t do that, but wandering to and fro was just as fun. I truly felt as though I had jumped on a plane and flown somewhere, as the resort really felt like a surreal escape. It is amazing how you can feel as though you had flown abroad, but without the jet lag!

After touring the marina, resort gardens and beach, we were pleased to experience the Copper Room’s Table d’hote menu in the Lakeside Café. (The Copper Room had a large private event at the time). I began with the Fable Farms butter lettuce with shaved fennel and orange-strawberry vinaigrette, which was followed by a refreshing sorbet. Sitting on the Lakeside Café patio and taking in a Harrison Lake sienna sunset while devouring a mouthwatering grilled ‘certified Angus beef’ New York steak with garlic parmesan herb butter is a memory I will hold onto. I followed my main course with a delectable raspberry mousse dessert with lemon sponge crust, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a gooseberry garnish.

The following morning, we enjoyed a generous breakfast buffet in the Lakeside Café. The buffet was filled with numerous selections to suit every taste bud. From eggs Benedict and waffles to made-on-the-spot omelets and pastries, this buffet satisfied every craving. After breakfast we decided to lounge around the hot spring pools and take in some sun. What is fantastic about this resort is that you can walk around in your robe all day, within the lobby, around the grounds of the resort and back and forth to your room. This definitely provides guests with a sense of getting away from it all.

Our couple’s relaxation massage was up next on the agenda and we were well taken care of by the fabulous staff at the Healing Spa who made sure we were comfortable and stress-free. I felt so relaxed after the massage that getting up to walk after it felt like a challenge. This was definitely a sign of a thorough head-to-toe massage. The Healing Spa offered a wide variety of massages for guests to experience, from reflexology massages and purifying facials to leg comfort and moor mud treatments. Trust me—their spa treatments will significantly enhance your visit to the resort!

This mini-escape was unlike any other I have experienced and I would highly recommend the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa to anyone interested in ultimate rejuvenation and who would like to experience a tranquil atmosphere. You truly can let go of worries and stress at this resort, as you don’t really get a choice once you arrive! This resort definitely has it all when it comes to an out-of-town luxury adventure, hot springs excursion or a revitalizing visit to British Columbia.

By: Natasha Jervis

Natasha Lees

Natasha Lees
Natasha Lees is a dedicated and professional travel copywriter with over 16 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Some of her past and current roles include the New York Times travel channel on About.com, Trivago, Sunwing Vacation Group, WeddingVacations.com, Mastercard Caribbean, Princess Cruises, CanadaTravels.com, Escapes.ca and a variety of other worldwide travel media resources.