This resort is on the older side and needing upgrading, which it looks is happening in places, but the location is nice. It has nice tennis courts (although 5 of the 7 were out of service) a par 3 golf course, that we found challenging because of the number of hills and narrow margins of error before going down a slope, and a couple of pools and hot tubs. The view is spectacular from the casual restaurant deck. The beach is ok but not fabulous. There are lots of expensive boats to rent if you want (I am not personally interested in paying 100 dollars an hour for a motor boat or 25 for a kayak but others might and they seemed to have an excellent marina).
The biggest factor to be aware of is that it is located on a steep hillside with stairs or 15% grade roads to walk up to get to the courts, the restaurants and pools from the accommodations or beach (unless you stay in a chalet which are higher up on the property but then you would have to walk down to the beach and water). Even to get to the elevators is a climb up stairs. I did get a ride from a staffer when walking down a very long steep road one day and the staff were generally pleasant altogether. If you are able to climb stairs and hills then it is a good way to get some exercise to wear off the holiday food!
Our room was clean and the air conditioner worked fine. We were in one of the older condo buildings. There was no housekeeping while we were there. The description online says it overlooks a pool but there are no units in the woods overlooking any pool so I don't know what they are referring to.
The activities were aimed at younger people but we had a wonderful nature walk by an enthusiastic young man for only 5 bucks each ( I think that was to cover the gas to the Bear Creek area). We didn't partake of a wine tasting on site but wished we had as it cost about the same as driving to all the wineries and tasting there. The Activity Centre is for children and has crafts etc although we didn't see any groups together there. When we were there we didn't see many people over 40 there and the focus on young families was disruptive on occasion but hardly preventable. I never saw a fitness facility, or a games room although there was a pool table in the bar. There were no horses kept onsite anymore although there has been no changes to the website to reflect that. I didn't see any bikes and there was no mention of them.
Overall not a high end resort at this time but a very pleasant relaxing one. Since we didn't pay much, as it was a borrowed timeshare, I can't comment in comparison to cost. If you paid over 200 per night you paid too much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake Okanagan Resort is located on 300 acres of mountainside parkland on the West Shore of beautiful Okanagan Lake, just 20 minutes from downtown Kelowna.Lake Okanagan Resort is the Kelowna's "true destination Resort. The resort has its own 9 hole executive par 3 golf course, lit tennis courts, hot tubs, resort store, renovated meeting space, restaurants, lounge, seasonal pools, spa, upgraded suites (all with kitchen facilities) and premier villas, beach and brand new marina.The resort welcomes families, couples, groups, conferences, retreats and is perfect for beach weddings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Okanagan Hotel Kelowna
- Lake Okanagan Kelowna
- Lake Okanagan Resort Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, Canada