Manteo's Magic is in Family Fun
By Jane and Brent Cassie
Photos by Brent Cassie
Contributors Travelink Publishing
The sun-splashed days of a hot, Indian summer are a perfect invitation to a blast of family fun in the Okanagan before the temperature starts to drop.And beat the kids 'what can I do?' syndrome, we headed for Manteo Resort.
We had heard that this five-star destination has a variety of 'things to do' and as our three children ranged in age from eleven to nineteen, it seemed the perfect choice.
With golf clubs packed on the roof of our Aerostar and tennis rackets crammed in between water toys, we were on our way.
After a warm welcome by Manteo's attentive staff, we headed to one of the resort's luxurious three-bedroom villas where its handsome sandstone-coloured exterior gave way to the multi-levels of professionally decorated interior. It was all very elegant with a Santa Fe feel and stunning views of Lake Okanagan. From our own private patio, interconnecting pathways led to a nearby playground, tennis court, clubhouse, sandy beach, and loads of fun!
After claiming their rooms and discovering that play station was an attached perk to one of our villa's three TVs, the kids squealed out a universal, "Awesome!" There was even internet access for web browsers and email devotees. Our turn for excitement came when we ascended the stairs to our penthouse suite. It offered an entire floor of privacy complete with a separate study and an ensuite designed to pamper!
The Manteo Resort boasts twenty-four villas in total. Some are two bedroom, others three, and all provide the same wonderful amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, barbeques, gas fireplaces and pristine lake views. And the piece de resistance? Manteo's recent multi-million dollar hotel expansion - 78 additional guestrooms and suites also includes a fine dining waterfront restaurant, a conference centre, and many additional amenities. Thanks to the Okanagan's abundance of nearby championship golf courses, wineries and sensational ski destinations, this first class, year-round resort will be a prime destination for corporate retreats as well as for pleasure seekers.
The Manteo Resort boasts twenty-four villas in total. Some are two bedroom, others three, and all provide the same wonderful amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, barbeques, gas fireplaces and pristine lake views. In Spring 2000, their fabulous multi-million dollar expansion was unveiled.. Seventy-eight additional guestrooms and suites compliment a fine dining waterfront restaurant, conference centre, and many additional amenities. Thanks to the Okanagan's abundance of nearby championship golf courses, wineries and sensational ski destinations, this first class, year-round resort will be a prime destination for corporate retreats as well as for pleasure seekers.
Anxious to try out Manteo's kid-pleasing activities, our three water-loving offspring dashed out for a splash. There was certainly no shortage of things to do - the 12,000 sq. ft. clubhouse includes conference facilities, a well stocked library, a fully equipped fitness centre, and other aesthetic perks.
The kids checked out the air hockey, kids club programs and, as they frolicked through the water park, scurried between the indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, and slithered down the waterslide, we enjoyed the opportunity for a little kidless time together. The adult lounge met our need with pool tables, a large screen TV and no pitter-patter of little feet. Later we all re-united to enjoy an afternoon flick in the clubhouse's surround-sound theatre.
"Can I please try water skiing or wake boarding?" pleaded our eldest, after the movie was over. "How 'bout tubing. Can we go doubles before dinner?" the other two chirped in. We couldn't believe the energy level of this normally complacent trio!
Team Lepin Watersports, in conjunction with Manteo, offers a variety of aquatic opportunities from tubing to boarding, right at Manteo's shore. So?off we went. After cheering Emily on with her mastery of slalom skiing and taking turns at being propelled around the lake on inner tubes, we headed back to our villa to appease their ferocious appetites.
"This place is the greatest, Mom. Can we stay for a few more days?" they all hounded. Based on our children's pleading responses, and the renewed rejuvenation we were both feeling, Manteo Resort had been an effective remedy for curing our case of the 'there's nothing to do' boredom blues.
If You Go:
Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas
3766 Lakeshore Road,
Kelowna, BC Canada V1W 3L4
Web site: www.manteo.com
From Vancouver: Highway #1 to Hope
From Washington: Sumas border crossing to Highway #1 to Hope
Coquihalla Highway to Kelowna
Highway 97 / Harvey Ave to Lakeshore Road
Regularly scheduled flights to Kelowna from Vancouver, Calgary and Seattle
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