SONORA ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 20, 2012) -

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TripAdvisor has announced its 2012 Traveler's Choice Awards celebrating the top travel destinations in the world. Sonora Resort, a Relais & Chateaux property, was voted a top resort in three categories - 4th for Best Hotel in Canada, 16th for Best Relaxation and Spa in Canada and 19th for Best in Service in Canada.

"It is an honour we take very seriously to be given 100% excellent reviews by our guests and to be named a top resort in three separate categories of the 2012 Travelers' Choice Awards," said Wynne Powell, Sonora Resort president and CEO. "Sonora Resort is now becoming widely known for our commitment to excellence in guest services, our one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures and experiences, and world-class hospitality. We are truly thrilled our guests dedicate time to write and review Sonora on TripAdvisor, year-after-year."

Guest comments on the TripAdvisor site include:


I left my heart there among the backdrop of the wilderness and the current of the sea water;

Pure luxury wilderness, and adventure;

Without a doubt the most incredible experience I have ever had;

The moment you arrive via 1st class Helicopter, you are taken by the raw beauty of this resort;

Sonora Resort is one of the best hotels that I have ever stayed in around the world.

Customer service is top priority at Sonora. TripAdvisors' top 25 ranking in Best in Service in Canada reflects the unwavering dedication the management and staff has for all of its guests.

"With such an enormous abundance of world-class travel destinations in Canada, we are so appreciative of our guests' contribution to TripAdvisor naming Sonora Resort #4 in its Best Hotel in Canada ranking," said Sean Ross, Sonora Resort general manager.

This is also the first time Sonora Resort's Island Currents Spa has been recognized by TripAdvisor for its top 25 in Best Relaxation and Spa award. Sonora's spa overlooks the Pacific Ocean, with six treatment rooms, a 252-jet hydrotherapy tub, manicure and pedicure room, gym, yoga room and outdoor hot and cold mineral pools.

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Sonora Resort is a Relais & Chateaux property; unique in the world because of the resort's breathtaking location in the Discovery Islands and its customer-centred approach to hospitality. Guests have the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat surrounding Sonora Island including grizzly bears and killer whales - while enjoying luxurious amenities, comfort and gourmet cuisine.

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About Sonora Resort

Sonora Island is located within the Discovery Islands 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 & Chateaux property and unique in the world because of its secluded location, abundance of natural beauty and wildlife, with luxury accommodations and gourmet cuisine. Sonora welcomes guests from May to October each year. The guided grizzly bear tours at the nearby Orford River are offered in partnership with the Homalco First Nation, from August to October. Additional Sonora Resort highlights include a tennis court, conservatory, and the Island Currents Spa with six treatment rooms including a Couple's massage room, outdoor hot and cold mineral pools, fitness facility and relaxation room.

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Sonora Resort Canada
Wendy Hartley