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Discovery Islands De Luxe

AUGUST 12TH, 2010

Discovery Islands De Luxe

No 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.

Take 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.


Feast 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.


Slow 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.


Book 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.


Fun 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,