We have just returned from a lovely 5 night trip to Sonora Resort. The previous reviews are all right about the food - it is top notch! We were incredibly well fed, with 3 glorious meals a day, served by truly wonderful staff. Michael, in particular, always made us feel so well cared for and knew how to make the kids (little and big) very happy! The restaurant was very accommodating and flexible with all of our needs, and every single meal we had was truly excellent. There was also the option of a 5-course tasting menu with paired wines for dinner every night (recommended time is 2 hours). We have all returned home about 5-8 pounds heavier! :-)
Our four kids (5yo-12yo) LOVED the “Snack Shack” and was always in there raiding it - unlimited supplies of candy bars, granola bars, pretzels, crisps of all varieties and flavours, and all the water, sodas and beers that you can imagine. (I think there were about 15 varieties of cold beers!) We stuck with sparkling water for the most part! :-) There is definitely something to be said about going to an ‘all-inclusive’ resort that makes you feel like you are a kid in a candy store (literally!)!
The games room was fun - everyone loved the two golf simulators, and the kids also loved the shuffle board and the foosball table. There is a fantastic outdoor covered tennis court with ping pong table and basketball hoops in it as well! We also had fun in the movie theatre! The staff will make you popcorn and serve you drinks for your show, and this too can be used at anytime.
I had wonderful treatments at the Spa (probably my personal favourite spot in the resort), by truly lovely and excellent therapists. Chrissy has the most beautiful touch and gave me wonderful massages and facials and did a great mani/pedi! Melissa was wonderful with my 7yo daughter - she gave her the most indulgent and best kids’ mani/pedi that she’s ever had and made her incredibly happy. I also really enjoyed the gym. And they have a good sauna, steam room, warm and cold mineral pools and a hot tub.. all that can be used at any time. I really liked the environment they have created at the spa. They also use a great range of products (from organic skin care to high-end swiss products and also an in-house line).
There are lots of activities that you can sign up for at the resort. We did a family guided rafting trip down Campbell River, as well as heli-fishing, a few fishing trips by boat and an Eco Tour (also by boat) and saw black bears, lots of bald eagles and seals, dolphins, water birds of all kinds. Our guide Ben was very knowledgeable. The guides are all great. So are their boats!! We unfortunately didn’t catch any fish on the boat trips, but we saw people who did! And I would’ve liked to have tried the ocean kayaking and gone snorkelling with the salmon, but perhaps next time! A big thanks to Donna for being so super and efficient at organising all our excursions and trips! :-)
The property is beautiful, easy to get around, great views everywhere, with lots of options for hikes and/or bike rides. The staff are all very approachable and friendly and very helpful. The rooms and lodges are well appointed, very comfortable, with everything (and more) that you need, including (too well) stocked mini fridges, and a great selection of excellent teas and coffees! What I really enjoyed too were the lovely little gifts that they left you during the turn down service every night.
Sonora Resort felt like a home away from home in the best possible way, but with 5-star cuisine and service for every single meal! :-) We never had to get dressed up (which we so loved), and the kids were happy everywhere. Thanks for a lovely time, Sonora Team!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This B.C. Wilderness resort is an absolute jewel amid one of Canada's most alluring, pristine environments. Sonora Resort is where uncompromising eco-adventure travel meets luxurious accommodations, unparalleled service and five star facilities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sonora Hotel Sonora Island
- Sonora Island Hotel
- Sonora Island Resort