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Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Centre, New York

Top of the Rock, New York City

Top of the Rock, New York CityIn 1933, General Electric proudly opened Rockefeller Centre. It was a marvel in construction and was a shining example of art deco design. Standing at 259 meters (850 ft), the 70 story building is the 10th tallest building in New York City and the 33rd tallest in the United States. A visit to the observation deck atop of the skyscraper, Top of the Rock, is a highlight for any visitor to New York.

The observation deck, day or night, has some of the best panoramic views of the city. Visitors can get picture-perfect views of the Empire State Building and lower Manhattan, Central Park, Brooklyn, and New Jersey.

From 1985 through 2005, the Top of the Rock underwent a $75 million renovation, which included a wall of mouth-blown glass panels, with Swarovski crystals and fiber optic lighting called Radiance.

Rockefeller Centre is also home to NBC Studios. The Today Show, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live, amongst others, are all shot and produced here.

Top of the Rock, New York City

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Top of the Rock, New York City


Sparkling Hills Resort, Vernon, BC

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The Okanagan Valley is home to beautiful lakes, world-class ski resorts, award-winning wineries, and championship golf courses. But did you know it’s also home to a $122 million resort development outfitted with over $10 million in Swarovski crystals?

The 187-acre Sparkling Hills Resort is located in Vernon, BC, and is home to a 149-room hotel and wellness spa. From the moment of arrival, guests will be in awe over the stunning property, located adjacent to Predator Ridge Resort.

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Guests of Sparkling Hills have the choice of one king or two queen beds.  The rooms also have soaker tubs for two, a sitting area overlooking the spectacular views of either Lake Okanagan or the Monashee Mountain range, and complimentary breakfast, valet parking and wireless internet.

All hotel guests receive access to the KurSpa amenities, the highlight of Sparkling Hills. Offering over 100 treatments to rejuvenate and refresh the body, the KurSpa goes beyond traditional pampering. Treatments include massage, mud wraps, reflexology, aesthetics and aromatherapy.

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What makes Sparkling Hills unique is their signature cold sauna. Featured in The Real Housewives of Vancouver, the cryotherapy treatment is the first cold sauna in North America. There are three chambers. The first is at -15’c, the second at -65’c, and the third at -110’c. Cold sauna guests wear shoes, swimsuits or shorts, and protective covering for the head, hands and face. This treatment is particularly effective for people suffering from inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. It would also do wonders for marathon-runners, post-race!

Guests are also welcome to enjoy the two salt-water swimming pools. The 14m X 8m indoor pool has underwater lights and music, and overhead the ceiling is decorated with crystals giving a magical starry sky effect. The outdoor 17m X 8m infinity pool overlooks Lake Okanagan.

There are also three restaurants located on site offering everything from breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.

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Fast Facts:

  • 3 million Swarovski crystals
  • 1.3 million Swarovski gems backed by silver to reflect light
  • Over 1529 metres of crystal chains
  • Over 750 metres of crystal strands
  • 1 four story tall crystal built on site
  • 3 crystal chandeliers hanging from the bridges of the lobby cost over $600,000
  • The feature crystal weighs 300kg (661 pounds)


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