Relais & Chateâux wilderness retreat excited to welcome guests back this summer

Sonora Island, B.C. - March 4, 2021 – British Columbians looking for a sanctuary to escape to this summer will have the opportunity to relax, unwind, and recharge amongst a bounty of nature, just 50 minutes from Vancouver. Sonora Resort, a Relais & Chateâux wilderness retreat located on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest, has announced its anticipated reopening date of June 1st, 2021 for its 18th season.

Sonora Resort was closed for the 2020 season due to the pandemic.

“After the extremely difficult decision not to open in 2020, we have worked very hard to establish all necessary health and safety protocols to safely re-open June 1, 2021,” says Sean Ross, President and COO of Sonora Resort. “It is with great delight and eagerness we welcome back guests who will have the ability to enjoy all of the incredible amenities, land and sea adventures, exquisite culinary, spa and more, at Sonora Resort.”

For its 2021 season, Sonora Resort is reducing its capacity from 88 rooms to 43. Both of its private standalone villas, Eagle Rock and Sea Lion, will be available for occupancy. Guests can hold their booking with Sonora Resort with no penalty or deposit required. Payment in full is expected within 61 days prior to travel. However, Sonora Resort will work with guests on a case-by-case basis making sure all their travel plans and details are taken care of.

“We understand travel planning habits and considerations have changed in 2021, and so our policies have been created with our guests’ well-being in mind,” adds Ross. “This summer is definitely an opportunity for locals to experience their own backyard. Perhaps you’re travelling solo, for an anniversary, birthday or significant milestone, there truly is no other place quite like the magic guests experience on Sonora Island at Sonora Resort.”

In addition to on-premise amenities, such as a heated outdoor pool, treatments at Island Currents Spa, and hiking and mountain biking, guests can choose from a variety of activities to experience during their stay, including: guided salmon fishing, fly fishing at Phillips River, eco-tours, kayaking, and heli glacier adventures with 49 North Helicopters.

Executive Chef Justine Smith continues to helm the kitchen team with West Coast-inspired gourmet options inside the award-winning Tyee Dining Room.

Sonora Resort lies within the heart of the intimate ecological meeting place where the North Pacific waters touch the coastal rainforests of British Columbia. Visitors can only travel to Sonora by way of helicopter, sea plane, or boat. The resort is a proud member of Relais & Chateâux, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts, Condé Nast Johansens, and Signature Travel Network.

Sonora Resort’s health and safety protocols can be found here.

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About Sonora Resort

Sonora Island is located within the Great Bear Rainforest at the mouth of Bute Inlet, one of the deepest inlets in North America. Guests reach Sonora Resort by boat or air, approximately 50 minutes by private helicopter from Vancouver. Sonora is a Relais & Chateâux property and unique in the world because of its secluded location, abundance of natural beauty and wildlife, with luxury accommodations and gourmet cuisine. Sonora will welcome guests in 2021 from June 1 to September 30. The guided grizzly bear tours at the nearby Orford River are offered in partnership with the Homalco First Nation and will take place in August and September. Additional Sonora Resort highlights include a tennis court, conservatory, and the Island Currents Spa with five treatment rooms including outdoor hot and cold mineral pools, fitness facility and relaxation room. Sonora Resort has won several awards and accolades over the years including being named to the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller UK Gold List and Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice.