All You Need to Know About Kelowna Resorts

The Shore Kelowna aerial view with Gyro beach and Okanagan lake in foreground, highlighting Kelowna resorts and Kelowna resort alternatives

 

With an impressive 304 days of sunshine per year, Kelowna is a year-round Canadian travel destination. Visitors come for the all-seasons tourist appeal, from summer water sports on Okanagan Lake to bluebird winter days at Big White Ski Resort. People return for fresh summer fruit, world-famous wines, and our vibrant culinary scene.

In the summertime, Kelowna feels more like an all inclusive resort than a city. Water skiers and stand up paddle-boarders brave the cool morning waters, beachgoers flock to the hot sands in the afternoon, and the pubs and restaurants truly come alive at night. Famous vineyards, hopping breweries, and spa services are all a short distance from the city centre.

For anyone wanting a resort stay or a resort-style experience, Kelowna is full of options. Here’s everything you need to know about Kelowna resorts and what makes The Shore Kelowna a popular resort alternative. 

 

Kelowna-Area Holiday Resorts

Sparkling Hills Resort

Sparkling Hill Resort gets its name from the 3.5 million Swarovski crystals that contribute to the architecture of this Okanagan destination. Luxury is provided by their upscale spa and renowned farm-to-table restaurant, PeakFine.

The resort is a peaceful 45 minute drive from Kelowna, making it a stop-over option for many travellers on their way in or out of the city. You can book multiple rooms for group getaways, or whisk your partner away for a romantic retreat.

 

Lake Okanagan Resort

Lake Okanagan Resort is a historic Kelowna beach resort with gorgeous waterfront views, a quiet mountain backdrop, and its own beach on Okanagan Lake.

Rooms at Lake Okanagan Resort include coffee makers, mini fridges, and the right amount of dishes for each guest. Today, many of the rooms are locally-owned residential apartments. Activities at the Okanagan Resort include 9 hole golf, tennis courts, outdoor pools, and forest hiking trails.

Lake Okanagan Resort is a 25 minute drive from Kelowna via Westside Road which has seen major improvements over the last decade and is no longer considered BC’s most dangerous stretch of road. The remote locale may deter some travellers, but it’s perfect for a taste of life amid the Okanagan’s mountains and forest with all the comforts of a resort experience.

 

The Cove Lakeside Resort

The Cove is West Kelowna’s most prominent resort accommodation. In the summer, its beachfront, public pool, and outdoor hot tub complete the holiday experience.

Lakesurf Premium Rentals at the Cove’s marina rents out boats, kayaks, and jet skis for action-packed days on the water. After a long day on the water, relax at Spa At The Cove with massage, hydrotherapy, and body treatments.

The Cove is located at the far end of West Kelowna, 30 minutes drive from Kelowna’s city center, and 5 minutes from notable restaurants in West Kelowna’s town centre. Lost Horn Mediterranean Grill, Everest Indian, and Kind Brewing get top reviews.

 

Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort

Known locally as “The Grand”, The Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort is one of Kelowna’s most well-known accommodations.

Located in the heart of downtown , The Delta overlooks the picturesque Waterfront Promenade and Okanagan Lake. The waterfront locale immerses summer guests into a vivacious scene of party boaters, beachgoers, and casino patrons.

Due to traffic and parking, your feet are the best way to get around the downtown core during the summer. You’ll be walking distance to attractions like the Cactus Club Café, Playtime Casino, and Prospera Place – the home of Kelowna’s own Rockets hockey team.

 

Discovery Bay Resort

Discovery Bay Resort offers apartment style accommodations in Kelowna’s North End neighbourhood, next to the Delta Grand Hotel and Waterfront Park. Discovery Bay features condo and townhouse style units with indoor and outdoor pools & hot tubs, saunas, and a fitness centre.

Rooms are a short stroll to Tugboat Beach, a sandy beach with food vendors, bathrooms, and plenty of spots to relax in the shade. Rent stand up paddle boards, hire a ski boat, or take a gentle walk through the Rotary Marsh Bird Sanctuary.

Kelowna’s North end is well known for its craft breweries like Red Bird and The BNA, and upscale restaurants like Waterfront Wines and Bouchons Bistro.

 

Manteo Waterfront Hotel & Villas

Manteo is a family-friendly Kelowna resort with a bit of club-med vibe. You can rent individual rooms, suites, or separate bungalow-style villas inside the resort’s gated property.

The resort borders a private beach, features a heated outdoor pool, and boat rentals for your Lake adventures. 

Each suite has its own well-equipped kitchen to cook your own meal, or you can try the resort’s feature waterfront restaurant, SmackDab, a fine-dining option with a kid-friendly menu. Manteo is a picturesque 20-minute walk to the boutiques and restaurants of Pandosy Village.

 

The Shore Kelowna – A Popular Resort Alternative

The Shore Kelowna is a great resort alternative, offering flexible short-term and extended stays in a central location. The Shore has 103 fully-furnished apartment-style rooms from studios up to 3 bedroom suites. Rooms include modern kitchens, high-speed internet, and gorgeous lake views.

The Shore Hotel is located in Kelowna’s vibrant Pandosy Mission neighbourhood, a sought-after neighbourhood for summer travellers seeking a resort-like experience. The Shore is across from Gyro Beach, a 200 meter sand beach with a zipline for kids, clean change-rooms, watersports rentals, and its famous apple-shaped concession stand.

The Shore’s location makes it an excellent base-camp for Okanagan activities. Shop the vintage clothing boutiques, coffee houses, and local art galleries while strolling along Pandosy Avenue. For day trips, hire a car for the 1 hour drive to Big White, 20 minute drive to the Kangaroo Creek Farm, or the 10 minute wine cruise to Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

Head downstairs for a treat at Marble Slab Creamery, a frothy pint at Shore Line Brewing Company, or an on-site bite at KB&Co restaurant. With the Lower Mission at your doorstep and downtown Kelowna 10 minutes away, you can try out a different restaurant every night.

 

A Comparison of Resorts and Resort Alternatives in Kelowna

Kelowna Resorts and Alternatives Satisfaction / Rating

(Google Reviews)

Driving Time to Kelowna Per Night Rate

(2 Adults, 1 Week during Summer*)

Sparkling Hills Resort 4.3/5 45m $449
The Cove Lakeside Resort 4.3/5 20m $551
Lake Okanagan Resort 3.4/5 25m $208
Casa Loma Resort 4.5/5 10m n/a (full)
Delta Grand Kelowna 4.3/5 Downtown Kelowna $416
Discovery Bay 4.4/5 Downtown Kelowna $336
Manteo at Eldorado 4.4/5 Pandosy Mission $399
The Shore Hotel 4.7/5 Pandosy Mission $324

*For a 1 week stay between July 12-19, 2021. Sources: TripAdvisor, Booking.com

 

Choose Your Own Holiday Adventure

Kelowna’s Pandosy Mission neighbourhood has everything you’d find at a holiday resort: fun activities, spa-like amenities, and memorable culinary experiences. 

There’s nothing quite like taking the reins on your own vacation, living like a local, and experiencing the city on your own terms.

Come stay at The Shore. The holiday of your dreams is just around the corner.

Finding The Right Kelowna Accommodations for Your Next Vacation

An aerial view of The Shore Kelowna accommodations on Okanagan Lake with Gyro beach in the foreground on a sunny day

 

Located in Southern BC, Kelowna holds the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Known to wine lovers as Kelowna-fornia, Kelowna boasts over 40 wineries and over 300 days of sunshine every year. If you’re dreaming of sandy beaches and summer days on the lake, or even a cozy, winter ski vacation, look no further. Kelowna is vibrant in all seasons and offers things to do for every age.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the different types of Kelowna accommodations available. Whether you’re staying for a weekend, a week, or for several months, Kelowna has a variety of options. With luxury amenities, on-site dining and a central lakefront location, The Shore Kelowna is an accommodation that has it all. 

 

Kelowna Airbnb & VRBO

Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) have sky-rocketed in popularity since the early 2000s. Operated as a community for sharing spaces, these platforms offer owners a place to list their accommodations for booking anywhere in the world.

Airbnb is unique in volume and extensive reach, with over 7 million listings in 220 countries. Airbnb is also known for uncommon rentals, such as the Potato Hotel in Idaho or the Lego House in Denmark. Almost anyone can be a host on Airbnb, with the expectation that hosts abide by Airbnb quality standards.

VRBO is similar in that anyone can host their home on the platform. Guests are ensured an entire rental to themselves, as opposed to Airbnb’s which are often shared with the property hosts. 

Each platform has its perks, and they each have limitations. Both platforms charge service fees to guests with each transaction. For guests, these fees typically range from 10-13%

Airbnb and VRBO platforms also leave property management to the homeowner. This can result in a great experience if the property is managed well, but can lead to disappointment if the property isn’t as the listing or reviews describe. 

As a trusted alternative, The Shore Kelowna vacation rentals are quality assured through RISE property management. The entire booking process can be done online, and contactless check-in and check-out provide additional privacy. With no platform service fees and a central location steps to the beach, The Shore has everything you need for a memorable Okanagan vacation.

 

Kelowna Hotels

If you’re looking for quality-assured accommodations in the Okanagan, hotels are another great option. Hotels typically cost more than other types of rentals, with the added expense of amenities, location and comfort. 

Hotels, Airbnb’s and VRBO’s can be similar in price, depending on the location and unit being offered. Hotels are typically chosen for short stays, and are located along major routes for convenience or around tourist hubs, like the lakefront or downtown Kelowna

As a unique hotel alternative, The Shore Kelowna offers many luxury amenities including a fitness center, community barbeques, an outdoor terrace with fireplace, modern in-suite kitchens and private patios. On-site dining and close proximity to Kelowna tourist attractions bring together all the comforts of a hotel stay, with the flexibility of a vacation rental. 

Valley view of Okanagan Lake surrounded by vineyards, forests, and mountains on a sunny day
Okanagan Lake with Kelowna vineyards in the foreground.

 

Kelowna Apartments & Condos

For extended stays, apartments and condos are a popular long-term alternative. These large buildings of multiple residential units can be rented out for weeks, months, or even years. As a rapidly growing city, Kelowna has numerous buildings in development at all times. 

For rental accommodations, privately owned condos run similar risks to Airbnb & VRBO. These units can be mismanaged, resulting in unexpected disruptions and poor-quality stays. As a short-stay condo alternative, The Shore Kelowna offers extended rentals with superior quality assurance.

The Shore consists of 103 modern apartment units, one floor of offices, and a handful of retail and restaurant spaces. All apartments are furnished with state-of-the-art culinary kitchens and interiors, and beautiful views of Okanagan lake. 

Interior view of The Shore Kelowna suites, including a state of the art kitchen with modern decor, wooden cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.
All of The Shore Kelowna suites include state of the art kitchens and private patios.

 

Kelowna Resorts

While hotels and apartments primarily offer a place to stay, resorts go a step farther in offering experiences and entertainment. All-inclusive resorts, such as those south of the border, typically offer complimentary food and beverages, excursions, water sports, spa treatments, and more. Resort Hotels simply differentiate themselves by offering more amenities and services than a regular hotel.

The Shore Kelowna can be considered a resort because of its luxury amenities, beachfront location, and on-site dining and entertainment. The Shore has multiple restaurant options, including plant-based KB&Co Conscious Eats, Diner Deluxe, and craft beerhouse Shoreline Brewing. T-One Restaurant offers Asian-Fusion ramen & rice bowls, and Pizza Hut and Marble Slab Creamery offer comfort food steps from your rental. 

While Spa services aren’t included in your stay, Kelowna’s prestigious cosmetic & anti-aging clinic, Derm Medica, is located on-site. The clinic offers a variety of treatments, including facial peels & microdermabrasion, with over 20 years of experience and free consultations.

The Shore’s central location provides many dining, shopping, fitness and entertainment options, all within walking distance. Steps from Gyro Beach, The Shore has everything you could desire for a Kelowna resort experience.

 

Kelowna Cabins

Traditionally, cabins are known as small, remote, hand-built dwellings. In Kelowna accommodations, the term cabin is often used interchangeably with a lake house. These cabins often have private beach access and are owned by family or friends. When locals speak about a ‘weekend at the cabin’, it’s usually a getaway from the city with days spent on the lake.

If a vacation away from everything is what you’re looking for, a cabin may be your solution. Things to consider for these rentals are having to go into town to get groceries, cooking your own meals, and making your own entertainment outdoors.

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, The Shore Kelowna offers a great cabin alternative. With direct access to one of Kelowna’s best beaches and water sports, days at the lake are steps from your rental. A short drive to Okanagan Mountain Park gives you access to over 10,000 hectares of hiking, and nearby bicycle rentals provide leisurely transportation along the lakefront. 

When you’ve had enough fresh air for the day, a central location means that everything you need is conveniently on site. Dinner is ready when you are, for dine-in or takeout. An outdoor terrace with a fireplace allows you to comfortably enjoy the outdoors into the evening, and private patios with lake views mean that you’re always close to the lake. 

The Shore Kelowna on Okanagan lake, with an outdoor terrace and fireplace for guests to enjoy, shown here on a sunny day in the Okanagan
The Shore Kelowna accommodations with an outdoor terrace and fireplace for guests to enjoy.

 

Kelowna Cottages

A cottage is traditionally a small, simple house near a lake or beach. In modern usage, a cottage is often close to nature and is valued for its privacy. If you’re interested in getting away from the city, a cottage may be your ideal accommodation. However, we encourage you to consider the amenities that you’re looking for in your vacation getaway.

As a cottage alternative, The Shore provides privacy through no-contact digital access. Designed as a hotel econcierge property, The Shore has no front desk and no on-site concierge. Everything is done electronically, allowing guests access to services and amenities without having to go through reception. 

The Shore offers a central location with nearby activities for the whole family. Two and three-bedroom suites are available if you’re looking for separation for siblings, and all suites are pet-friendly so no one gets left at home.

 

Your Have-It-All Kelowna Accommodations

The Shore Kelowna is a modern apartment-style rental property, steps from Okanagan Lake. With the perfect combination of flexibility and luxury, The Shore delivers everything you need for an idyllic Okanagan vacation.

To learn more about our suites or secure your accommodation in Kelowna, please contact us today. Whether you’re from out of town or a local looking to enjoy a relaxing staycation, we can’t wait to welcome you to The Shore!