My husband and I stayed at Sonora for 3 nights of our honeymoon. Our only regret was we didn't stay for longer, this place is absolutely suberb. When we booked we were concerned about the price, but it turned out to be worth every penny. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave you are treated like part of the family, the staff here are exceptional and nothing is too much trouble for them, at the same time they are all so friendly and you could happily chat away to any of them. The resort itself is in the best setting, I could have happily sat in our room overlooking the water watching the seals and eagles for hours. I don't think I have ever seen anywhere so stunning in all of my life. The food was amazing, it was fine dining in the evenings we had the tasting menu every night which was consistently excellent (although you could have a la carte if that was your prference). My husband and I are real foodies (we got married at Le Manoir) and this was the real deal and boy do they feed you! Breakfast was a choice of cooked or /and cold buffet, at lunch you could go for three courses (generally we didn't as we saved ourselves for dinner although I can recommend the Sonora burger!). We were also lucky enough to be there when local legend, chef Umberto Menghi was staying and he cooked one night, which was a fabulous added bonus (and we can heartily recommend his restaurant in Vancouver). That being said the resident chef, Matthew is also premier league, his arctic char was a particular favourite of mine.
During our stay, (when we could tear ourselves away from the restaurant!) we went on a two hour ecotour. It was just us and our tour guide Aaron who was excellent and so knowledgable about the area, we got to see eagles, seals and dol porpoise up close but also see lots of areas of interests. The water itself and the rapids were something by themselves!
A lot of people go to sonora for the fishing, we didn't try this but had some very good reports from other guests.
The weather for us was mixed, one day was very rainy but there was so much to do in the games room and on the tennis court we didn't find this a problem, in fact it made for some wonderful photo opportunities. I was also going to try the spa, as it looked fantastic but didn't have time in the end which was a shame.
Our room was the highest quality with the most comfy bed and the turn down service every night was a nice touch. It had a complimentary bar which was fully stocked with proper sized bottle of wine and spirits- we didn't really use it a lot as the drinks in the bar were mostly complimentary (try the cocktails!) but were told that it would be restocked each day. There was also a phone in the room on which you could make complimentary calls (including international!).
For us, Sonora was the perfect honeymoon destination. There is absolutely no negatives, this place is the lap of luxury in the most beautiful setting. We will be back!
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- Also Known As:
- Sonora Hotel Sonora Island
- Sonora Island Hotel
- Sonora Island Resort