AUGUST 12TH, 2010
need to cruise the Caribbean to find a luxury resort on a private
island situated in turquoise waters when there’s one in our own
backyard. North of Desolation Sound, the five star Sonora Resort is anything but desolate.
London Air Services’ 15-seat helicopter, which runs regular flights
between Richmond and Sonora Island, and arrive swiftly (45 minutes from
take-off to touch-down) and in style.
like royalty on Pacific Northwest fare with flair dreamt up by
Executive Chef Terry Pichor. Did we mention drinking and dining is
all-inclusive? The 6-course nightly tasting menu will arouse many ohs
and ahs. And if you’re still thirsty after dinner, a fully-stocked
gratis mini bar awaits you back at your room.
down and spa it up at the full-service Island Currents Spa on site.
Take a tension-relieving massage then sip a smoothie in the sun
afterwards or simply soak in the outdoor mineral pools.
one of the lovely lodges or splurge on Sea Lion Pointe. The palatial
structure on its own peninsula contains four lavish suites, a kitchen
fit for an iron chef and a two million dollar collection of
commissioned West Coast art.
is had with amenities that include a tennis court, hiking trails, movie
theatre, virtual golf, pool (both cue and chlorine varieties) and
plenty of hot tubs. If you feel especially outdoorsy, book a salmon
fishing expedition aboard a 25’ Grady-White or traverse tidal rapids in
search of seal, whale, dolphin and grizzly sightings on an eco-tour.
Michelle Pfeiffer summers nearby. Are we surprised?
Room rates start at $500, Sonora Resort, Sonora Island, 604-233-0460, www.sonoraresort.com