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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.

Devour! The Food Film Festival 2018

From Friday October 4th to Sunday October 6th, Devour! The Food Film Festival, Canada’s largest culinary film festival, will return to the Southern Okanagan for its fourth consecutive year. Devour! Osoyoos was inspired by the original Devour! The Food Film Festival, created by Chef Michael Howell in Nova Scotia, as a celebration of film, food and wine.
Brought to you by co-founder Watermark Beach Resort, in partnership with Similkameen Independent Winegrowers & Devour! Wolfville, the festival will bring an eclectic mix of local and national culinary talent, to Osoyoos BC, to celebrate the region’s unrivalled film and gastronomic offerings.

This year’s festivities will also offer a number wine education sessions led by Similkameen Independent Winegrowers, who will be showcasing a number of world-class wines, ciders and bubbles that express the Okanagan Valley’s unique region. Though lively discussions, wine experts will share their wealth of knowledge focusing on topics that include the best varietals of the valley, micro-terriors, as well as ciders and organic fruit wines.

The Picture Perfect Wedding

Watermark Beach Resort’s picture perfect lakeside location makes it a popular choice for couples looking for a romantic, sunny wedding spot. With 153 suites, the resort can accommodate an entire wedding party and couples can choose from the Vineyard Ballroom, with a capacity of 144 seated guests, a more intimate reception for 20 guests in the Penthouse, or an outdoor Penthouse Patio ceremony that seats 12. Watermark’s culinary program allows wedding guests to discover regional wines, specialty cocktails and fresh food created with the finest local ingredients.

Private Chef’s Dinner in the Penthouse

Foodies of four or more, staying in the Penthouse Suite, can enjoy an exclusive dinner prepared by Watermark’s acclaimed culinary team. The Chef’s Table Dinner is a four-course, wine paired meal prepared only with local, fresh ingredients.

The personalized dinner will be served in the comfort of the Penthouse Suite and starts at $199. All dishes highlight the regions seasonal ingredients and guests’ dietary preferences can be accommodated. Guests are highly encouraged to book in advance.

Wellness at Watermark

Watermark Beach Resort’s wellness team brings a holistic approach to fitness that caters to mind, body and soul. With a wellness studio and beach access, the resort’s 25 weekly classes range from beach yoga (available in summer) and meditation to Pilates and group fitness lessons that incorporate TRX, Step & Sculpt and Yogalates. Guests can rent paddle boards, kayaks or bikes to explore the water and the scenery alongside Canada’s warmest lake.

Levia Spa Introduces New Products and Services

New for 2018 is the introduction of Monat hair products, Amaterasu cosmetics and Elate Clean Cosmetics. The new brands are stocked permanently and highlight Levia Spa’s dedication to expanding the brands it offers. Signature treatments, including a new threading service, are inspired by the ‘farm to treatment table’ concept including the use of homegrown herbs lavender, rosemary, mint and basil in footbaths and exfoliants. Scrubs are custom blended in-house with pink Himalayan salt or raw organic sugar, and all Levia treatments use the ancient jade stone, believed to bring wisdom, balance and peace.

Okanagan Wine Country: Our Sonoma of Your Napa

The South Okanagan is one of the top wine destinations in the world and like Sonoma, California, it has retained a boutique charm where visitors can speak directly with winemakers and discover hidden gems. Here, each glass tells a story of the passion and dedication that viticulturists have put into making award-winning wine at the 40-plus wineries in the Oliver Osoyoos area. Watermark offers an extensive array of top local wines at the restaurant to best showcase the region, and wine packages take visitors out on guided tours in everything from self-drive adventures to luxury limos for tasting and sightseeing in style.

Stargazing in Osoyoos

With pitch-black night skies, perfect for spotting the planets and galaxies, visitors to the resort are able to escape the light pollution and soak up the desert sky; free of light pollution due to a law passed in 1963 that prevents any lights in the town from pointing upwards. The region has such clear views of space that each August, the yearly Mount Kobau Star Party sees astronomers from far and wide trek up to the magnificent 1,800 metre summit for the ultimate stargazing excursion. Osoyoos is also home to renowned Canadian Astronomer Jack Newton, whose home offers superb views and features a 16-inch computer-controlled telescope housed in a rooftop observatory. Just a 45-minute drive from Watermark Beach Resort is the White Lake Observatory (Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory), for science and technology research related to radio astronomy.

Fun for all the Family

Spacious suites provide a home away from home, with fully equipped kitchens, a living room, dining room, private four-piece bathroom for each bedroom and washer/dryer. Watermark offers the ideal destination for multi-generational family vacations with babysitting options, a family-friendly outdoor hot tub, waterslide and pool, steam room kayaks, SUP and beach volleyball courts. At the marina guests can rent boats or take a variety of lessons, from sailing to wakeboarding.

Furry Friends are Welcome

The resort welcomes four-legged canine friends and is located close to hiking trails and doggie beach access, perfect for swimming, walking and fetch. Dog treats and a welcome packet are provided upon arrival, giving furry friends a very warm welcome to their stay. Osoyoos and the surrounding area has six popular dog-friendly areas, with clean-up bag dispensers available. Pet guests are charged a fee of $25/night (up to $150), and must notify reservations agents when booking.