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Cove Lakeside Resort, West Kelowna

by Katarina Polonsky

Burrowed into the rolling, dry, mountainous landscape of beautiful West Kelowna lies the Cove Lakeside Resort and Spa, an impressive and expansive space right at the shore of large, glimmering Okanagan lake. This quiet and relaxing four star hotel, with its immaculate gardens and spacious, residence-style suites, marks the definition of ‘home-away-from-home’, a comfortable abode for a Canadian desert vacation. With only the cicadas and lapping waves of the lake to break the hot, summer evening silence, this is a place to escape from the stresses of the modern urban centre. Yet do not be fooled by the sounds of crickets – this resort remains a short walk from some of the finest vineyards in Kelowna, and just 15 minutes from Kelowna’s hustling and bustling city centre oozing with bars, restaurants, and shops.

Very much a family-orientated resort, this hotel has it all to make the perfect escape destination: from stunning lakeside views from the rooms, to a luxurious spa to relax and rest in, lakefront patio restaurant at which to enjoy a glass of wine and dinner, two large outdoor pools to splash around in, and fitness centre to rejuvenate in. A very Kelowna-kind hospitality is their speciality, offering a boutique level of attention to detail and intent to go above and beyond the norms of good service. This resort is the perfect place to retreat to.Given this is Kelowna, nature abounds outside of the hotel, and the resort delivers in its access to recreational activities to enjoy it. Beyond the beautiful pools, there is a golf putting green, tennis courts, fire pits, BBQ grills, and also access to paddle boarding and jet skiing. After a day of wine-tasting, watersports and sunbathing, one can recline in the hot tub before drying off with loved ones over cosy, late night fireside chats.

Catering to all audiences, the resort offers a series of helpful packages. These include an Ashtang Yoga Retreat which includes 2 classes a day, a private wine tasting and reception, and welcome goodies, a Discover Okanagan Wine retreat, a Cozy Up at the Cove retreat (with spa, wine, dinner, and hamper), and many more. There are, of course, corporate facilities too, including a series of well-equipped meeting rooms and even an 18-seat movie theatre.

The real gem of the Cove though, is the spacious rooms–with an airy, contemporary décor that feels complete without overpowering, each condo-like layout comes complete with complimentary high-speed wi-fi and 42” flat screen TV with built-in DVD player. With floorplans ranging from 700-2400 square feet, choose from one, two, or three bedroom suites and soak in your choice of either mountain or lake view. Each unit is was designed for maximum comfort, a true home-away-from-home–with a fully stocked 5 piece kitchen, brand new stainless steel appliances, wine fridge and mini bar to stock all the bottles you pick up on your touring. Cozy up in front of the fireplace when the weather gets cool, or stay cool in the summer with in-suite air conditioning–and feel at ease with in-room safes to store your essentials and a completely smoke-free environment.No matter if you’re soaking in the breath taking views of the surrounding mountains, gardens or lake–each suite at The Cove does not spare the details, with pillowtop beds and plush bedding, bathrobes for relaxing, and private balconies/patios to enjoy a cup of coffee from the in room Keurig coffee brewing system. Perfect for large groups and families, you’ll also enjoy all the comforts of home with a dining area fit for large groups, and a large seating area for enjoying a movie with family or friends. Considering a work trip? You’ll find all the conveniences of an in-home office with in suite work desks and chairs, along with free local phone calls. Perhaps the most attractive feature of this lush resort, is that they will accommodate your pets. A fixed amount of rooms are pet-friendly so that you can enjoy discovering the landscapes of the Okanagan with your furry companion in tow.If you’re looking to take your adventures away from the resort, we’d recommend renting a bicycle to soak in the scenery and make your way to the near-by attractions. Close-by you’ll find incredible local artisans – Carmelis Alpine Goat Cheese, Gellatly Nut Farm, an Paynter’s Fruit market. You can even enjoy the sounds and sights of exotic birds at he Parrot Island Sanctuary. Other activities could include a walk in Gellatly Heritage Park, ziplining across the valley with Zipzone Peachland. If you’re up for something extra special, consider soaring above the water with Hydrofly Kelowna and indulging in the latest trend in waterspots–jetpacks.

No matter if you’re looking for a relaxing wine touring weekend with your friends, a romantic getaway with your partner, a fun-packed family adventure or a quiet solo work trip–the Cove Lakeside resort has you covered on every detail. Trust us when we say, you’ll be right at home here.

Cove Lakeside Resort
4205 Gellatly Road
West Kelowna
BC V4T 2K2


  • Katarina Polonsky

    Katarina resides in London, after completing a Masters in Gender & Equality Studies at University of Oxford where she was also acting Head of PR at the University’s Wine Society. Prior to Oxford, she enjoyed a globe-trotting career in the premium champagne industry. Passionate about making the finer things of life accessible to all whilst appreciating it along the way.

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