Overall we really enjoyed our time here. However, although this development is very nice, for those expecting to be pampered in four or five star resort style, this place is not recommended. If you arrive knowing what to expect, you should have a great vacation.
Condos are very spacious, modern, clean, and come with quality utensils and full kitchen.
Nice setting, among the trees. The property, which is on rocky bluffs overlooking Lake Okanagan is quite spectacular.
The outlook from our "Trout Lake" (really a pond) condo was nice.
Neighbors the Ellison Provincial Park, which is stunningly beautiful, with magnificent beaches, and a good children's play area.
Staff were polite, and efficient.
Parking and ok. Internet access is included.
Weather was outstanding.
Main pools are heated a little...a nice touch!
Quite accommodating for children (and pets). There are loads of kids, and the kids and their parents are friendly.
Neat to see deer and other wildlife wandering around the resort.
This is a massive condo development, more than 150 units / houses. For its size, the facilities provided are inadequate. There are two (fairly small swimming pools), and a total of 5 or 6 sun umbrellas in the whole complex!
Due to the size of the resort, it is a long walk down/up the hill to/from the "beach" or the main amenities from trout lake, a little tiresome for kids. Owners use golf carts.
The childrens playground is a joke...less than many folks would have in their back yard at home! The one at Ellison park is way better, but quite a hike.
The fitness center is too small (one treadmill, eliptical trainer, recumbent bike, weight equipment), is poorly ventilated and does not provide any towels (and the paper ones for cleaning equipment had run out.) The treadmill needs maintenance.
The resort is miles from the nearest grocery store (about 25 minutes by car), and unless you plan well in advance (basically you have to provide everything`), it is a big hassle.
There are essentially no services provided for guests onsite. No coffee bar, no shop at all, no facilities to rent kayaks, bikes, or other equipment, no spa.
There has been little effort to connect to the neighboring park (you have to go through someone's yard and climb a fence.) The resort cannot provide you with walking/hiking/running maps.
Lower floor rooms can be noisy. We awoke to the kid in the level above running around on the hardwood floor at 7 am each morning.
The beaches do not compare to what is available at the park next door or elsewhere. That being said, the resort IS beautiful, well designed and is in a magnificent location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the stunning natural environment of one of the best places on earth, along the rugged shorelines of Okanagan Lake, lies what is perhaps North America's finest 4-seasons waterfront resort. Situated on 60 acres, this resort offers 2 pools, 4 hot tubs, children's playground and tennis courts for your enjoyment. There are hiking and biking trails onsite and adjacent to the resort at neighboring Ellison Park. World renowned Predator Ridge Golf Course and The Rise Golf Course are nearby. The Outback Vacation Homes offers 4 different types of accommodation to suit all budgets. Choose from Trout Lake townhomes, Forest Cabins, Bay Villas and the stunning Ridge Homes. Each vacation home is stylishly furnished and the gourmet kitchens are fully equipped. The perfect location for your family vacation get away, romantic weekend, or fun retreat with friends.... ... more less
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