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Sonora Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sonora Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 3, 2013

It's not often in travels around the world that you come across somewhere as special as the Senora Resort.

Don't know where to start without repeating the superlatives that other reviewers have used to describe the resort but here goes.

In no particular order:
- the customer service and staff are excellent. Sean, the GM and his team are to be commended on this
- the accommodations were superb. No expense has been spared on the property
- the food was sublime. Whilst I love my travels in North America the food is usually fairly average; this is not the case at Senora in fact it's so good and the chef and his team should be commended on the standard and quality of the food.
-the spa was fabulous! Its in a lovely setting and the spa staff were so welcoming.
- The Eco tours with Aaron were fabulous- my husband and I are not into fishing so we went on the Eco tours which was great. Aaron is so knowledgable and enthusiastic on the tours. On one of the days we were surrounded by a pod of around around 100 Pacific white sided dolphins who surrounded our boat and jumped around out of the water- a truly amazing experience!
- the setting is fantastic. There's always something happening whether it's watching bald eagles swoop down and feed on fish or watch whales pass by the resort - amazing!

I could go on but I think you get the message that Senora Resort is a truly magical place. Yes it is expensive but you are paying for a unique experience which everyone should try and savour at least once.

My husband and I have an unwritten rule in our travels- never go back to the same place twice- however we're going to break that rule for the Senora Resort!

Truly memorable and cannot recommend highly enough.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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SonoraResortCanada, Manager at Sonora Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank-you so much for the kind words about Sonora Resort. We hope to see you again. Happy Travels!

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Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

This place isn't cheap but it is amazing and I can confirm that it lives up to the other reviews on here. Whether it be the wildlife, fishing, luxury or location you go for you will not be disappointed. The food is very good and plentiful. The service is just great very attentive but not in your face too much for North America. We will be going back. If you get the opportunity to visit you must go.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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4  Thank Openered
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SonoraResortCanada, Manager at Sonora Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank-you so much for the kind words about Sonora Resort. We hope to see you again soon! Safe Travels!

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We have done some travelling but never have we enjoyed a get-away as much as our time at Sonora. Such a unique experience. Saw Orca whales passing right by us on the boat ride in, sea lions in the harbour, bald eagles everywhere and grizzly bears on a tour we took. What an experience! The resort is second to none. Buildings have been built around tall trees keeping the wilderness feeling. Grounds are so well kept. Rooms were spotless and housekeeping team was in twice a day. Great views from all the rooms we saw. Food was outstanding and service was as well. We found all staff members were quick to help or just offer a friendly greeting. Would love to visit again soon and highly recommend Sonora Resort.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank midnightchatter
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SonoraResortCanada, Manager at Sonora Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2012

Thank-you very much for taking the time to share your Sonora experience. We are so delighted that you chose to share your special 30th anniversary with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

You travel an hour up the jaw-dropping coastline of British Columbia by helicopter to land at Sonora Resort. Now prepare yourself for it all to be taken up a notch! Sonora is something special. The air- it's sharper, crisper, cleaner. The scenery is high drama: steep mountains, roiling, boiling waters with some of the most amazing tides in the world. (At one point we were going downhill as we travelled through a narrow passageway during high tide--go figure!) Out on the boat you see frisky Dall porpoises, huge sea lions sunning themselves, grizzly bears (from a safe vantage point) and it's always nice to catch a 23 pound Chinook.

If you are travelling to Vancouver and want an intense, magical, way to experience what British Columbia is all about book an extra 3 days and go to Sonora Resort. It absolutely lives up to its reputation as the highest level of luxury and the experience is truly one of a kind.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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SonoraResortCanada, Manager at Sonora Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2012

Thank-you for sharing your Sonora experience. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us, and we hope you return again soon!

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Our long awaited trip to Sonora did not disappoint. From the moment the helicopter landed at the Resort it was a matter of superlatives - outstanding food, friendly and efficient service and very comfortable accommodation.

Wildlife viewing opportunities are totally on the whim of the wildlife - but my oh my. Transient Orcas, pods of Pacific white-sided dolphin, seals, sea lion, eagles and of course the mighty Grizzly bear fishing for salmon in the Orford River. The walk amongst the giant cedars in old growth forest, despite the pouring rain was simply wonderful.

Aaron, our guide on three excursions was the best - passionate and knowledgeable he added so much to the experience. Restaurant staff catered and even anticipated our every request. I have never been to a restaurant where I have ordered the same thing for lunch three days in a row - Tagiolini Scoglio (spot prawns, scallops, mussels, clams, garlic, olive oil, chili and cherry tomatoes on linguine) - absolutely mouth watering (especially with a nice glass of pinot grigio).

Sonora is a magical place with its stunning views of the ebbing and flowing tide. No matter where you have been in the world or what you have seen you will not be disappointed. Once you experience it, you will never forget it,

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Watsonsgotravelling
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SonoraResortCanada, Manager at Sonora Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2012

Thank-you for taking the time to write this fabulous review. We will be sure to pass along your appreciation to Aaron - he is indeed an amazing passionate guide and we are happy to have him on our team! We hope to have you back soon!

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We went there for a quick one night getaway. It was by far the best service we have ever had, and the meals....oh the meals.......I have never had such fine cuisine prepared and served so nicely. Every single staff person was very pleasant and friendly. Zero issues or problems whatsoever and I would recommend Sonora Resort to anyone who enjoys a beautiful place with top quality service and dining at its finest.

Room Tip: ll the room are amazing. Get a view room......always something to look at overlooking the ocean.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank GlenMClark
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SonoraResortCanada, Manager at Sonora Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2012

Thank-you for choosing Sonora as your Anniversary celebration! We look forward to having you both back again soon!

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We spend four days at Sonora after it was recommended by a friend and it certainly didn't disappoint. My husband and I took my mum there as a surprise birthday present and it couldn't have been more perfect. From the helicopter rider (magical in the bright sunshine) to the grizzly bear tour (the highlight of our whole holiday in Canada) we couldn't fault it. The staff were lovely and the extra touches are what make this place amazing - the impromptu bottle of complimentary champagne on my mum's birthday and the flowers in her room made it feel so special.
Piece of advice - although the activities are brilliant, make sure you allow some free time to just sit and soak up the beautiful surrounds. We loved sitting on the decking outside our rooms watching the seals and sealions in the waters surrounding the hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Michelle P
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SonoraResortCanada, Manager at Sonora Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2012

Thank-you for choosing Sonora for your mum's birthday celebration. We look forward to having you as our guests again soon!

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Additional Information about Sonora Resort

Address: Sonora Island, British Columbia V7B 1W4, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Sonora Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sonora Island
Price Range: $685 - $1,330 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sonora Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 88
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 
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