Lifestyle & Parenting

Discovery Islands De Luxe

August 12, 2010

No need to cruise the Caribbean to find a luxury resort on a private
island situated in turquoise waters when theres one in our own backyard.
North of Desolation Sound, the five star Sonora
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 youre 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


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,



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