10 Gift ideas for Mother’s Day

How do you say ‘Thank you’ to the person who gave You the best gift ever, the gift of life?
We think no gift can ever express enough gratitude but have browsed the internet and put together a list of ideas to help you show your Mom that she’s the best.  From small and inexpensive to grand and exquisite, here are 10 gift ideas for Mother’s Day:

1) The gift of Relaxation

Whether it is just for a soak in our ancient healing waters, or for an overnight getaway, or with a Halcyon Hot Springs gift certificate relaxation is guaranteed. You can choose the value of the gift certificate and a personal message can be included. This is also a great last minute gift idea as we can send you the gift certificate as an electronic file via email. To purchase a gift certificate just call our front desk team at 1-888-689-4699 (toll free).

2) A relaxing Day out

Send your mom to Halcyon Hot Springs for a day and let her enjoy a 45 min massage, a soak in the hot springs and a delicious lunch at the Kingfisher Restaurant with our Spa, Lunch & Dip Day Package. Or even better, go with her!

3) Be Kind

BKIND offers environmentally friendly products. The all natural & vegan skincare line has never been tested on animals. We love the BKIND products and you can find them now at Halcyon Hot Spring’s gift store or order online.

4) Dine with her

Take out your Mom for a delicious meal at her favorite Restaurant. If you are in the area and high end casual dining is her thing, she might like The Kingfisher Restaurant at Halcyon Hot Springs. See the menu to find out if there is anything that sounds like your Mom would like.

5) Bake a cake

Surprise your mom with a delicious, decadent and rich Chocolate cake that’s also gluten free, diary free, refined sugar-free and vegan, click here for the recipe on beamingbaker.com

6) Ocean Therapy

Sea Flora Skincare uses nontoxic ingredients and incorporates whole, wild and raw seaweed into their products. The Spa at Halcyon is using Sea Flora skin care products for its benefits of pure and organic seaweed. Shop online or visit Halcyon Hot Spring’s gift store.

7) Spa Treatment

Book her in at a Day Spa for a Massage, a Facial, a Pedicure or Manicure or a combined multiple-hour Package for ultimate relaxation. Our registered massage therapists at The Spa At Halcyon would love to pamper your Mom.

8) Bath Salts

Remind your mom that she deserves time for herself, even if it is just for a relaxing bath. Get a bag of her favorite bath salts or make a calming bath salt mix yourself with only 4 simple ingredients (crushed dried Sage, Epsom Salt,  Lemon Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil) Visit jacquelynclark.com for the full recipe and instructions.

9) Tea Time

Have some tea with your Mom with the Farm to Cup Premium Loose Leave Herbal Tea from the New Moon Tea Co.
Shop online or get a bag of the herbalist made tea at Halcyon Hot Spring’s gift store.

10) DIY Sugar Scrub

Find out on goodlifeeats.com how easy it is to make a Rosemary Mint Sugar Scrub yourself with only 4 ingredients (Sugar, Carrier Oil for Skin and Hair care, Epsom Salt and essential oils).

 

Win a Halcyon Gift Basket

We have also put together an amazing gift basket and will run a gift basket contest on Facebook from May 1st. With a bit of luck you might be the winner of the gift basket (with over $300 in value) and win the perfect Mother’s Day Gift. The gift basket even contains some of the products on this list of gift ideas. We will post more information and how to enter on our Facebook Page.

Find out what’s happening at Halcyon Hot Springs on Mother’s Day on halcyon-hotsprings/mothersday

Halcyon Hotsprings Romantic Getaway

How to surprise your significant other with a romantic weekend away! (Hint: we’ve done the work for you!)

Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away and if you truly want to surprise your significant other, it’s time to start planning your Weekend Getaway to Halcyon Hot Springs!

 

Getting Here:
A stunning drive through the mountains it the start of your romantic getaway. Whether coming via Highway 1 or Highway 6 you will experience beautiful twisting drive through the mountains. Both routes are peacefully interrupted by ferry rides across either Upper Arrows Lake or South Arrows Lake that allow you to stretch your legs and smell the fresh mountain air. Approximate travel time by car:

  • Nakusp: 32 kilometres north (25 minutes)
  • Revelstoke: 68 kilometres south (1hr 20 minutes)
  • Kelowna: 280 kilometres (4 hours)
  • Spokane, WA: 425 kilometres (5 hours)
  • Calgary: 475 kilometres (6 hours)
  • Vancouver: 785 kilometres (7 hours)

 

 

A Relaxing Arrival:
Once you arrive to our Resort, check-in at the main lodge and get settled in to your private mountain-side accommodations. We recommend booking a King Chalet that is full equipped with a king bed, double bathtub, double shower, romantic gas fireplace and full kitchen for you to enjoy all weekend. If you have time for a pre-dinner soak, grab those plush Halcyon Hot Springs robes and join us in the mineral waters of the Hot Springs.  Then it’s on to dinner at the delicious Kingfisher Restaurant that has a seasonal menu with options for Gluten Free, Vegetarian & Vegan diners.

 

A Day of Pampering for Two:
Wake up late, enjoy a cup of smooth Kootenay Coffee in your room and then wander down to the Kingfisher Restaurant for Breakfast. Featuring classic favourites like Eggs Benedict, Omelettes or fluffy Pancakes. Then it’s over to the Spa for your rejuvenating spa treatments. We recommend you book your appointments in advance to ensure availability on your weekend retreat. The rest of the day is up to you! Enjoy a lazy walk through the mountains or along the lakeside trail or grab those cozy robes and spend your afternoon floating in the jetted swim channel.

Halcyon Hotsprings Romance

If you prefer to dine-in on your second night we would suggest packing your favourite items and opening a bottle of wine while you prepare dinner in your private kitchen. Or join us back in the Kingfisher Restaurant to devour another incredible meal prepared by Chef Nick Allen. A soak under the stars is a definite must, so ensure you head back to the lithium waters of the Hot Springs during our Adult Hour from 9pm to 10pm.

 

Plan Your Next Visit:
Another sleep in followed by a slow morning is the perfect finale to your Romantic Weekend Retreat. Enjoy breakfast in the Kingfisher Restaurant and have one final rejuvenating soak in the Hot Springs before you checkout. On your journey home, we hope you’ll plan your next visit to Halcyon Hot Springs!

 

Gift Certificates:
Please contact us if you would like to surprise your sweetheart with a Gift Certificate to Halcyon Hot Springs. Call toll free at 1.888.689.4699.

 

*Contest Now Closed*

Visit our Facebook & Instagram pages to enter to win a Romantic Retreat for Two!

Pamper yourselves with a romantic evening under the stars in the steaming springs, dinner for two in our spectacular Kingfisher Restaurant and a relaxing Spa treatment. Then retire in the most luxurious accommodations at Halcyon the King Chalet. A handcrafted King bed in the master bedroom, double bathtub and double shower, hardwood floors and floor heated slated bathrooms, a romantic gas fireplace, plasma and LCD TV’s, full kitchen with wine cooler and dishwasher and a patio deck with stunning view. A truly romantic getaway for two.

Romantic Retreat Includes:

  • 2 Nights in a luxurious King Chalet
  • One $100 meal voucher for the Kingfisher Restaurant
  • 60 Minute relaxing massage or spa treatment in the “Spa at Halcyon” for each of you.
  • Chocolate covered strawberries in your room upon arrival
  • All pool passes and free pool towel service

*Gratuities not included

**Please see Contest Rules for eligibility and Terms & Conditions. Random draw is on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook or Instagram.

Vegetarian Dish

Vegan, Vegetarian or Gluten Free the Kingfisher Restaurant has delicious choices for you!

The Kingfisher Restaurant at Halcyon Hot Springs serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes! We pride ourselves on using locally sourced ingredients (within 100 miles of the restaurant) and creating delicious and healthy dishes. Here are some of your delicious menu options to enjoy:

Breakfast:

Tofu Benny with Grilled Tofu, Sautéed Spinach, Garlic Confit, Basil Pistou, Hash Browns
(gluten free option available, order with Hollandaise if you don’t want it to be vegan)

 

Lunch:

Greens & Grains Salad with Baby Spinach and Arugula, Quinoa, Hemp Hearts, Pea Shoots, Seeds, Roasted Gala Apples, Whole Grain Mustard and Honey Vinaigrette

Falafel Burger with House Made Falafel Patty, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickled Onions, Tahini Sauce

Grilled Vegetable Flatbread House Rolled Flatbread, Basil Pistou, Grilled Vegetables, Mozzarella, Goat Cheese, Balsamic Reduction
(order without goat cheese for a vegan dish)

Vegetarian Dish

Moroccan Vegetable Curry

 

Appetizers:

Crispy Fried Chickpeas with Smoked Paprika and Cumin Salt

Roasted Apple & Butternut Squash Soup with Crème Fraiche
(leave off the Crème Fraiche for vegan dish)

Edamame with Ponzu, Sea Salt

Artisan Bread with Herbed Butter, Olivia’s Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
(eat without butter for vegan option)

Beef Striploin

 

Dinner:

Moroccan Vegetable Curry with Chickpeas, Potatoes, Yams, Tomatoes, Crispy Eggplant, Lemon and Dill Yogurt Sauce, Jasmine Rice Pilaf, Grilled Naan Bread
(order without yogurt sauce and Naan Bread for vegan dish)

Falafel Burger with House Made Falafel Patty, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickled Onions, Tahini Sauce

Gluten Free Dish

White Chocolate Gelato

 

Dessert:

Decadent Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Coconut Ganache and Raspberry Coulis

 

Gluten Free Options:

For those who prefer Gluten Free Options we can modify the following dishes to be Gluten Free:

  • All Burgers & Sandwiches can be served on gluten free bread
  • Moroccan Vegetable Curry, served without Naan Bread
  • Rossdown Farms Chicken Wings with Roasted Garlic and Honey
  • Salt Spring Island Mussels
  • Roasted Apple & Butternut Squash Soup
  • All Salads can be prepared gluten free
  • Spicy Albacore Tuna Tartare without Wontons
  • Farmcrest Chicken Breast
  • Beef Striploin
  • White Chocolate Gelato
  • Chocolate Orange Mousse
Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Kingfisher Restaurant - Margherita Pizza

7 Dishes You MUST Enjoy at Kingfisher Restaurant this Fall

The Kingfisher Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. We pride ourselves on using locally sourced ingredients (within 100 miles of the restaurant) and creating delicious and healthy dishes. Our menu includes many classic dishes with a West Coast & Kootenay inspired twist. Below are seven of our favourite dishes for you to enjoy during your next stay!

  1. Classic Benny
    Two Poached Eggs, Honey Smoked Ham, Hollandaise, Hash Browns

Kingfisher Restaurant - Eggs Benny

The perfect breakfast dish to start off your day! The honey ham is complimented by the tangy house-made Hollandaise Sauce and then topped with a poached egg. The Hash Browns at the Kingfisher Restaurant are roasted to the perfect balance of soft & crunchy with delicious seasoning.

  1. Margherita Flatbread
    House Rolled Flat Bread, Marinara Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Goat Cheese, Fresh Herbs

Kingfisher Restaurant - Margherita Pizza

This flatbread is all about the dough! It is light and crisp, the perfect base for the fresh ingredients baked on top. The marinara sauce, cheese blend and basil picked from Chef’s garden, make this dish a light and tasty lunch option.

  1. Caprese Bruschetta
    Heirloom Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil and Arugula Pistou, Grilled Bianca Flat Bread

Kingfisher Restaurant - Caprese Bruschetta

Fresh Tomatoes, cheese, herbs & bread – what’s not to love? This twist on traditional bruschetta is the ideal way to start your meal with the heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella piled high on housemade flatbread. Make sure to get a good swipe of the basil & arugula pistou with each bite for a fresh herb kick to this delicious starter.

  1. Beef Bavette
    Fingerling Potatoes, Tomato Confit, Watercress Salad, Asparagus, Chimichurri

Kingfisher Restaurant - Beef Bavette

This incredible cut of meat (similar to a flank steak) is perfectly cooked at a medium rare and cut against the grain for optimal tenderness. Served with confit tomatoes, fresh watercress salad & asparagus along with a green chimichurri sauce it pairs perfectly with a robust red wine.

  1. Pappardelle Pasta
    San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Fresh Basil, Grana Padano, Garlic Baguette

Kingfisher Restaurant - Papardelle

Pasta lovers, this is the dish for you! The pappardelle noodles, like a wider fettuccini, are a great base for the homestyle San Marzano tomato sauce. The vibrant basil gives the dish the perfect pop of freshness and is finished off with a crispy warm garlic baguette.

  1. Charred Japanese Eggplant
    Spiced Tomato Sauce, Green Lentils, Tahini Sauce

Kingfisher Restaurant - Eggplant

This is the perfect vegan & gluten free comfort dish. The dark purple Japanese Eggplant is gently charred and then smothered in spiced tomato and tahini sauces. The green lentils and fresh green veggies add the perfect textures to complete this entrée dish. 

  1. Meyer Lemon Tart
    Sugar Crust, Raspberry Coulis

Kingfisher Restaurant - Lemon Tart

A dessert that you will dream about! The meyer lemon filling is beautifully tart and perfectly balanced with the crispy sugar crust. Add a bright red swipe of raspberry coulis and a touch of whipped cream and you’ll enjoy a light and fresh dessert that will leave you wanting more…

To view all of our current menus online please go to our Kingfisher Restaurant Menu page.

Halcyon Hot Springs Guide to Ultimate Relaxation

Nestled in the beautiful Monashee Mountains surrounding Upper Arrow Lake, Halcyon Hot Springs is the perfect location to enjoy the most relaxing vacation you’ve ever had! Enjoy the beneficial mineral pools, exquisite dining and calming lakes & mountains while you rest, rejuvenate and unplug at our resort. This is the ultimate guide to relaxation at Halcyon Hot Springs:

Before you go!

The remote location of Halcyon Hot Springs means that you can truly unplug while you are visiting. There is no cellular service at the Resort and limited Wi-Fi, so ensure you’ve downloaded your favourite songs, movies and e-books before you arrive! There are many different accommodation options available: Cabins, Chalets, and Cottages all with unique features. Ensure you know what is included in your accommodation (like a BBQ, full kitchen, refrigerator, living space) to make the most of your stay. We encourage you to bring your favourite foods and beverages as most rooms are equipped with basic plates, cutlery & glassware. We have a limited shop with snack items and if you prefer to let us do the cooking, please plan on joining us at Kingfisher Restaurant open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Mountain View at Halcyon Hot Springs

Enjoy the Mountainous Drive

Whether coming via Highway 1 or Highway 6 you will experience a stunning and twisting drive through the mountains. Both routes are peacefully interrupted by ferry rides across either Upper Arrows Lake or South Arrows Lake that allow you to stretch your legs and smell the fresh mountain air. Approximate travel time by car:

  • Nakusp: 32 kilometres north (25 minutes)
  • Revelstoke: 68 kilometres south (1hr 20 minutes)
  • Kelowna: 280 kilometres (4 hours)
  • Spokane, WA: 425 kilometres (5 hours)
  • Calgary: 475 kilometres (6 hours)
  • Vancouver: 785 kilometres (7 hours)

Check-In & Head to the Hot Springs Pools

Once you arrive to Halcyon please meet us in the main lodge for check in, which is available anytime after 3pm. Here, our guest services team will give you an overview of the layout of the resort and all other information the ensure you have a great stay with us. Most of the accommodations offer parking right outside your door, so unpacking is quick and easy!

Our pools are open from 8:00am-10:00pm (11:00pm on Saturdays and throughout the summer) with Adult Only & Quiet Time from 9pm daily, so you’ll have time for a nice lazy dip before dinner.

  • Hot Pool                                                     105˚F / 42˚C
  • Warm Pool                                                100˚F / 38˚C
  • Seasonal Mineral Swimming Pool       88˚F / 32˚C
  • Cold Plunger                                             55˚F / 12˚C

Mineral Pools at Halcyon Hot Springs

Dinner at Kingfisher Restaurant

Kingfisher Restaurant has some of the most stunning views in the Kootenay Region with large picturesque windows overlooking Upper Arrow Lake. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and includes classic dishes with a West Coast twist that is infused with our own Kootenay flair.

We pride ourselves on using local ingredients, sourced within 100 miles of the restaurant, so not only are our dishes delicious, but contain real fresh and healthy ingredients! So, feel good indulging during your stay; maybe even splurge for a bottle of BC Wine or a cold craft beer.

Kingfisher Restaurant at Halcyon Hot Springs

Morning Sunrise Soak

One of the most spectacular views is of the sunrising over the mountains. Start your morning with a cup of “Kootenay Coffee Company” coffee (provided in your room), grab your plush Halcyon Hot Springs Robe and enjoy a sunrise soak. The minerals found in our pools are sodium, magnesium, calcium, strontium and lithium which studies have shown have an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties – a great way to start the day!

Afternoon Mountain Walk

There are quite a few studies that are now showing the health benefits of walking in nature including improved well-being and mental health, and lower perceived stress. The mountains surrounding the resort are perfect for a brisk and calming nature walk complete with waterfalls, sky reaching trees and lake front trails.

Tranquility on the Water

There is something about stepping off the land and onto the water that creates a tranquil and calming feeling. The resort offers kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals so you can enjoy a low impact and serene day on the lake. During the summer months the water is extremely refreshing for a swim or a lazy float.

Boats at Halcyon Hot Springs

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

The Spa at Halcyon perfectly compliments the unique makeup of the Hot Springs waters and uses a skin care line from Seaflora. Seaflora products are hypoallergenic, safe to use on sensitive skin types and are primarily made of hand-harvested Canadian Pacific seaweeds that promote beauty and natural wellness.

The Spa offers a range of relaxation, therapeutic and couple’s massages as well as skin care facials and hand/foot care. Half day and full day spa packages are available, and we do request reservations be made in advance to ensure we can accommodate the perfect Spa experience.

Spa at Halcyon Hot Springs

Fire Pit & Late Night Dip

After dinner, grab your robe and enjoy the fire pit and a late-night dip. The Warm Pool, with a slow running current, or the Hot Pool are the perfect places to relax and unwind before bed. At 9pm each night we promote Adult & Quiet Time in the pools which is perfect for de-stressing and star gazing!

Fireside at Halcyon Hot Springs

Cozy up in your Cottage/Cabin

Many of our accommodations include great amenities such as fireplaces, kitchens and living spaces which make for the perfect spot to settle in and cozy up for an evening. Bring your own cheese & charcuterie board and a bottle of wine (or order one from us) for a relaxing night in.

Sleep In & Check-Out

On your final day at Halcyon, sleep in, enjoy one more cup of “Kootenay Coffee Company” coffee and check out before 11am. Ask our guest services team about the Ferry schedules so we can ensure you have a perfectly timed departure and a relaxing trip home. The drive home is the perfect time to plan your next visit to Halcyon Hot Springs!

Lake and Mountain Views at Halcyon Hot Springs