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WATERMARK BEACH RESORT- OSOYOOS

ADDRESS: 15 Park Place
Osoyoos, B.C., Canada
V0H 1V0

PHONE: 1-(250) 495-5500
Toll-free reservations: 1 (888) 755-3480

FASCIMLE: 1-(250) 495-5501

LOCATION: Located in downtown Osoyoos on 1,000 feet of sandy beach along the shores of Osoyoos Lake, Watermark Beach Resort is accessible several ways: a five-hour drive from Vancouver and Seattle, 45-minute drive from Penticton Airport or two-hour drive from Kelowna International Airport.

RESORT FEATURES: Amenities on the resort include amazing food and beverage offerings at the Restaurant at Watermark and Patio, salt-water pool, outdoor hot tubs, steam rooms, waterslide, full service spa & salon, yoga/Pilates studio and a Marina. The 4-storey, 153-suite property consists of a main building and 30 beachfront townhomes. Each 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom (penthouse) suites come equipped with gourmet kitchens, deep soaking tubs, flat screen televisions, DVD players, washer, dryer and dishwasher, living areas and private balconies with views of the lake or desert landscape.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

STUDIO SUITES
Each suite is approximately 410 square-feet and includes a king-size bed as well as double pullout sofa bed, full bathroom, outdoor patio dining for four, and a fully-equipped kitchenette including stove top, compact fridge, dishwasher, microwave, blender & coffee maker.

ONE BEDROOM SUITES
Suites are approximately 643 square-feet and include a king-size bed in bedroom with extra TV and queen-size pullout sofa bed in living room, full bathroom, and an indoor/outdoor dining table for four and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and in-suite washer/dryer.

ONE BEDROOM + DEN SUITES
One bedroom plus den suites are approximately 829 square-feet and include a king-size bed in bedroom with second TV, queen-size pullout sofa bed in the living room as well as a double pullout sofa bed in the den. It also has a full bathroom, indoor/outdoor dining table for six, and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen.

TWO BEDROOM SUITES
Each suite is approximately 826 square-feet, and has a king-size bed in master bedroom with second TV and full en-suite bathroom, a queen-size pullout sofa bed in living room, a queen-size bed in second bedroom and a second full bathroom off of living room. There’s also an indoor/outdoor dining table for six, and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen with in-suite washer/dryer.

TWO BEDROOM TOWNHOMES
Those looking for an exclusive vacation can rent a two-bedroom beachfront townhome. Located right on the shores of Osoyoos Lake, the five buildings, located next to the main resort, each consist of six private villas. Each air conditioned home features a spacious living and dining room with TV, DVD player and gas fireplace, two full four-piece private bathrooms, and a fully furnished gourmet kitchen with a wine fridge. The private outdoor balcony includes a barbeque, dining table and chairs.

THREE BEDROOM PENTHOUSE SUITES
Each penthouse suite is approximately 1328 square-feet and has a lakeside view. The master bedroom has a King-size bed with second TV as well as a full en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom has a king-sized bed, the third room has a queen-sized bed, the living room has a queen-sized pullout sofa bed, a second full bathroom off the living room, and gas fireplace. There is an indoor dining table for eight and outdoor dining table for six, a total of three balconies in suite, a BBQ, and fully equipped gourmet kitchen as well as an in-suite washer/dryer

DINING AT WATERMARK

RESTAURANT AT WATERMARK:
Watermark Beach Resort’s award-winning restaurant features culinary inspirations profiling and championing farm to table cuisine paired with a selection of local wine and signature cocktails. The seasonal summer kitchen adds a dimension to the outdoor experience at Watermark. Open seven days a week starting at 4pm. With spring hours including breakfast and summer season we are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

IN-SUITE KITCHENS:
All suites at Watermark include fully equipped kitchens with stove, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and microwave, coffee maker, and blender, giving guests the option of Penthouse suites also include a wine cooler. The resort grounds also include many outdoor barbeque areas available for guest use.

OKANAGAN ACTIVITIES

GOLFING:
Osoyoos’ mild weather boasts a year-round golfing season. With several world-class golf courses around the South Okanagan, the area is truly a golf fan’s paradise, and Watermark Beach Resort offers special golf packages.

CYCLING PACKAGES:
Watermark Beach Resort offers many biking packages, whether guests seek to view desert vistas, conquer sloping mountains or leisurely ride through the region’s wineries. Cyclists can choose traditional pedal-pushing bikes or rent an electric bike rental with Heatstroke Cycle tours.

ECO TOURS:
As the only desert in Canada, the indigenous plants and animals in Osoyoos are found nowhere else in Canada. Adventurers can explore this unique landscape and go wildlife watching via Watermark Beach Resort’s plethora of eco tours, horseback-riding excursions and guided hikes through the area’s innumerable trails.

COOKING COURSES & FORAGING:
Watermark Beach Resort has partnered with renowned chef Chris Van Hooydonk to offer visitors educational cooking courses using ingredients from all over the Okanagan region. The school, located in Van Hooydonk’s orchard property, allows guests to enjoy a multi-course dinner showcasing the food and wines of the Southern Okanagan.

WINE TOURS:
Not your typical winery tour, Watermark offers luxury VIP excursions for visitors looking to try the region’s wines. Depending on their palate, guests are taken on a customized, private tour to the wineries, complete with special VIP tasting privileges. As of 2015, Watermark will be the exclusive accommodation partner to Okanagan Wine Country Tours – which also offer luxury vehicles and the option of Sea Plane transportation. Rated within the top 10 regions in the world and offering over 87 wineries dotting the Southern Okanagan, guests can get their fill of local vintages through a variety of outings. Guests will be taken on a special tour of the valley (avail to pick up in Kelowna or Penticton upon arrival). http://www.okwinetours.com,

CONFERENCE & WEDDING FACILITIES

For meetings or wedding receptions, Watermark can host specially tailored group gatherings and events. With almost 3,000 square feet of event space, which can accommodate up to 200 people. With two versatile meeting rooms and a sprawling lawn, the space can accommodate any gathering from a small corporate meeting to a large family reunion.

ABOUT WATERMARK BEACH RESORT:
Built in 2009 in the heart of Canada’s premiere wine growing region, Watermark Beach Resort is located in downtown Osoyoos, British Columbia. It is situated in front of 1,000 feet of sandy beach, along the quiet shores of Osoyoos Lake, Canada’s warmest body of water, and offers a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities from fishing, horseback riding and water sports to golf, hiking and fine dining. For further information, visit: https://www.watermarkbeachresort.com.

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Fast Facts
• The resort is easily accessible: a five-hour drive from Vancouver and Seattle, 45-minute drive from Penticton Airport or two-hour drive from Kelowna Airport.
• There are several options to get to Watermark, with twice daily flights from Calgary to Penticton, as well as non-stop flights from Vancouver and Calgary.
• TripAdvisor awarded Watermark Beach Resort with a 2015 Certificate of Excellence.
• The four-storey, 153-suite property consists of a main building and 30 beachfront town villas.
• All suites are equipped with gourmet kitchens, deep soaking tubs, flat screen televisions, washer, dryer and dishwasher, living areas and private balconies.
• Resort amenities include salt-water pool, outdoor hot tubs, steam rooms, waterslide, spa, yoga/Pilates studio and water sport rentals.
• Okanagan Life’s 2015 ‘Best of Restaurants’ Readers’ Choice Awards awarded The Restaurant at Watermark for ‘Best Chef’, ‘Best Wine Bar,’ ‘Best Tapas’ and ‘Best Place to have a Meeting in the South Okanagan.’
• Parks Canada has earmarked the South Okanagan-Lower Similkameen Valley for the creation of a national park reserve.

Wellness is a way of life at Watermark
Watermark’s newly appointed health and wellness coordinator, Kelsi Bissonnette, brings a holistic approach to fitness that caters to mind, body and soul to ensure guests are relaxed and rejuvenated after their stay. Kelsi has led Pilates and group workout classes for more than two decades, and for five years owned and operated Breathe Studio in Osoyoos – making her the perfect person to oversee the 25 various classes on offer from beach yoga in the summer to meditation, Pilates and group fitness. Keen to encourage guests on their wellness journey, Kelsi also runs workshops, retreats and seminars throughout the year, focusing on everything from detoxing to creating desire maps and offering activities from golf to SUP yoga. Guests can rent paddleboards to explore the lake or take a bike tour to see the scenery at their own leisure.

New farm to (treatment) table concept at Levia Spa

Recently opened in May 2016, the brand new Levia Spa brings a fresh approach to relaxation, with signature treatments themed around a ‘farm to treatment table’ concept that includes the use of fresh homegrown herbs such as lavender, rosemary, mint and basil in herbal foot baths and facials. Locally inspired body wraps, massages and scrubs are also available. Scrubs are blended in-house with Himalayan salt or raw organic sugar and all Levia treatments incorporate the use of the ancient jade stone, which is believed to bring wisdom, balance and peace by relieving anxiety.

Devour! The Food Film Fest a feast for the senses at Watermark

The world’s largest culinary film festival, Devour! The Food Film Fest, will be returning to Osoyoos this spring. Devour! Okanagan at Watermark Beach Resort features a full weekend of culinary celebrations lead by festival founder Chef Michael Howell and Watermark’s own Executive Chef Adair Scott. A feast for the eyes and your stomach, Devour! hosts a selection of B.C.’s top chefs and restaurateurs who travel to the Okanagan to participate in creating a multi-course feast expertly paired with a selection of local wines, along with the festival’s contending food-themed short films. The Devour! weekend festivities end with the transformation of the Watermark boardwalk into a slow food market showcasing local artisans. There is no better way to celebrate the start of the sunny season than partaking in fine food, local wine and film in B.C.’s Interior. Find out more about Devour! Okanagan at Watermark Beach Resort online.

Dining at Watermark

The award-winning Restaurant at Watermark features culinary inspirations profiling and championing farm-to-table cuisine, paired with a selection of local wine and signature cocktails. For guests who would rather stay in, all of the suites at Watermark include fully-equipped kitchens, complete with a stove, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and blender. The resort grounds also include many outdoor barbecue areas available for guest use.

Lakeside Wedding Bells

Watermark Beach Resort is the perfect venue for tailored group gatherings and events. With almost 3,000 square feet of event space, two meeting rooms and a sprawling lawn boasting spectacular views, the resort can accommodate any gathering, from a small corporate meeting to a large family reunion. Many engaged couples also seek out Watermark Weddings to help them celebrate their special day in style. With a magnificent ballroom, venues with beach backdrops and more than 150 luxurious suites for the wedding party, Watermark has every detail covered when it comes to tying the knot.

On The Radar

The Osoyoos locals know: throughout the year, some of B.C.’s best festivals and events take place right in their own backyard. Our top picks include:
Osoyoos Oyster Festival
Annual Canada Day Fireworks display
Intrepid Stage Ride (one of B.C.’s best events for the avid cyclist)
Winter in Wine Country Festival
Half Corked Marathon
Pig Out!
Freak’n Farmer
Similkameen BBQ King

South Okanagan’s First Concierge

Introducing Watermark’s very own Amy Kneller as the first concierge ever in the South Okanagan. As the daughter of Ingrid Jarrett, General Manager and Vice President of Business Development at Watermark, Amy is no stranger to the resort. She has grown up at Watermark and watched its growth firsthand since even before it opened. For the past five years, Amy has worked in every department at the resort, gaining hands-on experience and thus being an asset to the fundamental role as
concierge. Much like her mother, Amy holds strong enthusiasm for the tourism and hospitality industry. She is proud to call the South Okanagan home and looks forward to showing off its many gems to visitors.

A Cyclists Dream

Discover Osoyoos on two wheels through Watermark Beach Resort’s distinctive biking packages. Cyclists can get more mileage with an electric bike rental with Heatstroke Cycle tours. Wine enthusiasts can pedal or zip through the trails of the South Okanagan, drinking in the beautiful vistas and great wine varieties of the region. The popular Kettle Valley Rail Trail will soon receive improvements between Oliver and Osoyoos, making it an even safer and more enjoyable experience for cyclists, hikers and nature lovers alike.

The Canadian Signature Experience

Watermark Beach Resort invites hungry visitors to immerse themselves in “A Culinary Journey through Canada’s Desert.” In this Canadian Signature Experience, visitors will travel through a rare antelope-brush ecosystem, past steep bluffs which are habituated by 18 species of bats and onto a sandy plateau where a glacial ice dam burst 10,000 years ago. Here, First Nations fishing grounds on the Okanagan River site are adjacent to 600 acres of lush, biologically diverse farm fields.
Guests are picked up in a vintage 1952 Mercury truck for a guided farm tour, stopping along the way to pick and taste fresh peaches, muskmelons and tomatoes. Back at The Restaurant at Watermark, guests can sample locally-made wines paired with fresh Okanagan Valley fare.

Year-round Golfing at Watermark

Golfers from far and wide descend on Osoyoos annually to take advantage of its extended golf season. The sun-drenched B.C. Interior enjoys long dry summers and mild winters, making the region an ideal destination for travellers hoping to take in a relaxing round (or two). With several world-class golf courses in the South Okanagan, the area is truly a player’s paradise. Watermark Beach Resort serves up special golf packages to help guests hit the local links while enjoying a luxurious Osoyoos getaway.

Wine Tours: A Perfect Pairing

Not your typical wine tour, Watermark Beach Resort offers luxury VIP excursions for visitors looking to try the region’s wines. Depending on their palate, guests are taken on a customized private tour to the wineries, complete with special tasting privileges. As of 2015, Watermark is the exclusive Southern Okanagan accommodation partner to Okanagan Wine Country Tours – which also offer luxury vehicles and Sea Plane transportation. Recognized as one of the top 10 wine regions in the world – with over 90 wineries dotting the Southern Okanagan – this tour is not to be missed. Guests will get their fill of local vintages through a variety of outings, and also have the option of pick-up in Kelowna or Penticton upon arrival.

Area 27: A Fast New Development in the South Okanagan

The South Okanagan is now home to motorsport club Area 27, an FIA-spec track designed by Canadian racing legend and project co-founder Jacques Villeneuve. The 228-acre development offers a Grand Prix lifestyle with luxurious amenities for the motorsport enthusiast. The Members Clubhouse features a restaurant, private lounge, locker rooms, media/classroom, day spa and pro shop. The 4.9 kilometre, 16-corner circuit captivates, challenges and rewards drivers of all skill levels and provides an opportunity to comfortably explore the limits of your motorsport passion – whether it’s a luxury performance car, vintage racer, or motorcycle.