Sonora Island, British Columbia
What it is
An ultra-private all-inclusive retreat only accessible by air and water (and May-Sept.), with 12 themed lodges; rugged adventures (including salmon fishing); and a blissful spa.
What it isn't
Missing anything. Curated adventures hone in on local flora and fauna; you can seek grizzlies in the surrounding rainforests with a Homalco First Nation guide or spot orcas and humpback whales from a 28-foot-long zodiac boat.
What we think
The best of the Pacific Northwest—its clear emerald waters, its herbaceous evergreen forests—is captured here, and put on an unforgettable pedestal. And while you can embrace outdoorsy pursuits full throttle—including helicopter fly fishing jaunts and kayaking by dolphins and sea lions in Surge Narrows Marine Park. But if you’d rather curl up in your plushest cozies for R&R, they’ve got you covered there, too. Cedar and stone flanked guest rooms all have prime panoramas over the water below, plus flickering fireplaces and deep soaking tubs. (We love the four bedroom Marine Lodge, which is perched over the Yuculta Rapids, and has a hot tub on its private deck.) Always included in your rate, whichever room you pick? Meals, wine and beer; zippy WiFi; and all the resort amenities, including piping hot mineral pools, a movie theater, and putting green. Say it with us: “Aaaaah.”
You're here because
It’s a member of the extremely selective Relais & Chateaux. Translation: everything will be Perfect with a capital P.
Any worries you had about “all-inclusive” fare dissipated like morning fog when you saw your first dinner menu. Saffron-braised octopus? Charred lamb belly with corn pudding? You may never leave.
Restaurants & Bars
Tyee Dining Room - fine dining inspired by the changing seasonal harvest, as well as a tapas deck featured in the summer season
Tyee Lounge - fine wine, hand crafted cocktails
Chinook Room - provides an intimate dining experience
A quick 50 minute helicopter ride from Vancouver, or an hour and 15 minute water taxi from Campbell River.