A soft breeze rustles the leaves bursting off twisted vines, awakening the tranquil vineyard. Its vivid green tapestry is framed by the blonde hills of the surrounding Osoyoos desert, creating a striking contrast as the lake shimmers in the distance. The sky overhead is bathed in cotton-candy hues as the sun begins to set over bountiful orchards bursting with sweet cherries and peaches, granting a reprieve from the arid heat that makes the region’s fruitful harvests possible. Nestled in the heart of it all is Nk’Mip Resort, this enchanting scene just a typical day in the spectacular Okanagan Valley surrounding it.
Nk’Mip Resort (pronounced “Inka-meep”) is situated on the Osoyoos Indian Band’s sacred land, and the success of their ventures which also includes golf courses, restaurants, gas stations and an acclaimed winery is proving to be a business model for other Indigenous communities across Canada to aspire to. The sprawling property has numerous attractions, including the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre where the band’s First Nations heritage is showcased through interactive displays and artifacts, an 18-hole championship golf course, the Nk’Mip Campground & RV Park, and easy beach access.
The concept has proven wildly popular as a base for those exploring the Oliver and Osoyoos wineries, as its enviable location in wine country means dozens of vineyards are just a few minute’s drive away—not to mention the on-site Nk’Mip Cellars, which was the first Aboriginal-owned winery in North America and was named Canadian winery of the year in 2016. Visitors can enjoy guided tours, a six-course wine and cheese pairing in the cellars, or head into the bright tasting room to sip Nk’mip’s signature Dreamcatcher blend or their fabulous pinot noir.
The property is anchored by the luxe Spirit Ridge Resort, Unbound Collection by Hyatt which has more than 200 suites and villas with full kitchens, sitting rooms and balconies offering breathtaking views of Anarchist Mountain or the sun-soaked vineyards and sparkling Osoyoos Lake. Ranked as one of the top Osoyoos resorts, Spirit Ridge is a perfect accommodation option for any group. Families love the outdoor waterslide, while gents enjoying a boys weekend can hit the links then retreat to a private cabana for some cocktails and pool time. For the perfect girls’ getaway, book in at the Solterra Desert Spa for indulgent treatments like the invigorating Desert Delight massage and facial where a head-to-toe scrub leaves skin tingling and rejuvenated, then spend the rest of the day sampling varietals at Nk’Mip Cellars before heading to the adult-only pool to soak up the sun. Click here to book
Throughout spring and summer, travellers can book the First Nations Package, which includes two nights of accommodation at Spirit Ridge, a Land to Legacy Tour for two at Nk’Mip Cellars, and two passes to the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Pricing starts at $199 based on double occupancy, and is available through October 31, 2018
Foodies should hit the fabulous outdoor patio at Mica Restaurant which overlooks the pool and Osoyoos vineyards, and tuck into mains like wild B.C. salmon paired with herbed lemon risotto, or braised lamb shank with butternut squash.
With its luxe lodging options, unbeatable location and countless on-site amenities, Nk’Mip Resort is the perfect place to unwind after a fun day of Okanagan wine tours, and well-deserving of its reputation as one of the best places to stay in Osoyoos.
Globe Guide explored Nk’Mip Resort as a guest of the property.
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