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Oceanfront hotel praised by guests for its natural setting and arranged excursions

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their attentive and professional service
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean and modern
  • A few reviewers praised the treatments they received at the on-site spa
  • Many reviewers described enjoyable resort-arranged excursions
Cons
  • A couple of guests thought that the room rates were unreasonable
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 19, 2013
Overview
This hotel is located on a secluded oceanfront property. Offering rooms in lodges with upscale furnishings (including hot tubs and heated slate floors) this property is well suited for guests who prefer more luxurious accommodations. The resort specializes in eco adventure travel, making it a good choice for travellers interested in a variety of outdoor activities.

This resort offers unique rooms in a variety of lodges. All rooms are smoke free and include a TV and DVD player, a CD player, a fireplace, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, a safe and air conditioning. Rooms are furnished with one king bed, two queen beds or two twin beds. Some lodges feature rooftop patios with hot tubs, soaker tubs, heated slate floors, a fireplace and/or common areas with vaulted ceilings.

The Eagle Rock Lodge is located a short walk from the Main Lodge and is well suited for private groups. This lodge offers personalized service (including Eagle Rock's own chef), a kitchen, a private office, four bedrooms, a living room and a dining room. Each bedroom has an oceanfront view.

Pets are not permitted. The on-site dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The on-site Island Currents Spa offers massage, baths and a variety of beauty treatments such as hair removal and facials. Other on-site amenities include a piano lounge, meditation space and a billiards room. The resort also features a golf simulator, a home theatre, a glass conservatory and a gift shop.

Guests may also arrange activities such as fly and salt water fishing, bear watching, and boat or helicopter tours with the front desk concierge staff. There is also a Phillips River tour to discover the traditional territory of the Kwiakah People.

This resort is situated in a secluded area on Sonora Island. Guests may travel to the island via helicopter or boat. Helicopter service is available from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and travel time is about 50 minutes. Helicopter departures happen at 3 pm on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Private charters are also available. Water taxi transportation is available from Campbell River's Discovery Harbour Marina. The trip lasts about 75 minutes and departures happen daily at 3 pm.

Verified by a front desk agent on April 15, 2013: Free Wi-Fi is available on the resort and in guest rooms.
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The Good
This property received rave reviews and some guests said that they had their best vacations at this resort, among the reviews used for this analysis. One reviewer described her experience at this property as magical, while another said that her stay was "a matter of superlatives".

Many guests described multiple wildlife sightings on land and in the water during their stays. Reviewers also mentioned that they enjoyed their resort-arranged excursions and described these activities as the highlights of their trips.

Many reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant. One reviewer described the food as outstanding, while another guest said, "I have never had such fine cuisine prepared and served so nicely".

The staff were frequently complimented by guests for their attentive and professional service. One guest appreciated that the staff provided an "impromptu bottle of champagne on my mum's birthday", while another reviewer said that the staff were always eager to do more for guests.

Several guests described their rooms as clean, modern, comfortable and well maintained. Several reviewers described impressive views from their guest rooms.

A few reviewers praised the attentive service and treatments at the on-site spa.
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The Bad
There were no concerns or complaints found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, a couple of guests agreed that the room rates were expensive. One of these guests said, "it's expensive, but superb in every way".
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TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #1 out of 1 hotels on Sonora Island, with an average score of 5 out of 5, from 86 reviews.

The author called the hotel on April 15, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Rated 10.0/10 based on 159 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 1 hotels in Sonora Island

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Map Marker Sonora Resort
Desolation Sound, Sonora Island, BC