A Lakeside Vacation Worthy of Royalty


August 8, 2022

Words by: mona rose butler

Take a step back into an age of sophistication without sacrificing those modern comforts. The Eldorado Resort pays homage to its aristocratic roots while also offering all the amenities and sensibilities one would expect from a resort in the modern age.

Set on the gorgeous Okanagan Lake, the Eldorado Resort is steeped in a sense of old-world luxury. With a long and dramatic history, the resort wears its history well, without accidentally appearing out of date. Spanning the waterfront, it is the perfect place to relax in between days spent boating or exploring the wineries of the Okanagan Valley.

The resort recently opened a new restaurant, located on the Manteo side of the resort, which is designed to whisk you away from the Okanagan to the shores of the Mediterranean: Maestro’s at Manteo.

“Driven by the cuisine of Valencia, Genoa, Split, and Nice, featuring sea-inspired dishes, local vegetables, with a generous usage of oils, spices, and grains, their unique dishes make up the vibrant space that is Maestro’s. The terrace is just a stone’s throw from the lake and is the place to be on a sunny day, cocktail in hand!” said Sarah Bradshaw, Creative Design Manager of the Eldorado Resort.

When you’re ready to come in from a long day on the water, the health and wellness team at Eldorado offers everything from deep tissue massages to facials, scrubs, and mani-pedis. For all of their services, they use Eminence Organic Skin Care products, a sustainable brand which formulates all their products with natural ingredients. Sarah adds that they chose this brand as they want their clients to be assured that they are getting the best quality products.

As demonstrated in their products of choice for their spa treatments, they value sustainability. As an ongoing mission of the resort, they’ve taken on quite a few initiatives in-house and work with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association’s Biosphere program to put on events such as cleaning up waterways, Earth Day, and Bike to Work Week.

“Our resort is Green Key certified and the measures we have taken include switching all our lights to LED, offering EV charging stations, removing plastic straws and stirrers from our restaurants, using seasonal regional foods whenever available, and providing labelled bins for mixed recycling and refundables throughout the property, just to name a few,” Sarah said.

For all its modern luxuries, the Eldorado is proud of its aristocratic, yet salacious, past. Stretching all the way back to 1926, the resort was founded by an English woman, Countess Bubna who, by the standards of the time, was a scandalous individual.

“After 7 years of marriage, she was divorced, turning the Countess into a social outcast for it was during a time when divorce was quite uncommon. She was already accustomed to controversy however, as her mother was the mistress of the supremely wealthy Duke of Sutherland. After the Duke passed away, the Countess’s mother inherited a sizable fortune. In 1926, Countess Bubna built a Victorian-style Inn in Kelowna’s Mission area at 4519 Eldorado Road called the Eldorado Arms. The Inn became a popular and sophisticated social spot for locals and visitors alike, hosting many celebrations and weddings over the years,” explained Sarah.


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