Rooms & Suites: 26 Suites, 6 Villas
Formerly known as the Pink Sands Club, the property was reflagged as Mandarin Oriental, Canouan in 2018, bringing the brand’s renowned level of hospitality to the Caribbean
The luxury resort is perched on the shores of Godahl Beach and is surrounded by the Caribbean’s largest natural coral reef.
Comprised of 26 luxury suites and nine villas designed by a leading team of Italian architects, Mandarin Oriental, Canouan’s design reflects a contemporary colonial aesthetic. The secluded island hideaway boasts plenty of activities, including three night-light tennis courts, exclusive access to a Jim Fazio-designed golf course, extensive water sports, hiking, and the finest spa in the Grenadines archipelago.
There are five restaurants and bars within the resort, offering the freshest produce in atmospheric beachfront locations. Most notable is “Castaway,” where guests can essentially choose their own culinary adventure on a nearby, yet remote-feeling island. Guests can select from one of the existing menu options, which offer either a four- or eight-hour journey serving up to 10 people, or they can work with the concierge to create their own customized experience. Whether it’s being the only diners on Godahl Beach for the ultimate private dining experience, or being able to watch the sunset with a glass of champagne in one hand and feet buried in the sand, Castaway promises to deliver a truly personalized experience.
Located within St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Canouan is one of the rare Caribbean destinations not affected by hurricane season between June to November. It remains one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets as a sought-after luxury destination by those in the know – though perhaps not for long. The island is poised for considerable growth in the next few years, attracting an increase in both private jet and yacht travelers. Its remoteness has made it an idyllic oasis for those seeking complete privacy and a true escape, which has helped attract high-profile names, in addition to families and couples seeking a romantic getaway.
Thanks to its exceptional white-sand beaches, including Godahl Beach, Carenage Bay, Shell Beach, L’Ance Guyac Bay and Grand Bay, Canouan also inspires romance, making it the ideal destination for weddings, honeymoons, vow renewals and anniversaries. Mandarin Oriental, Canouan offers a range of fully customizable wedding packages, with guests able to personalize every element, from bouquets and boutonnieres to a custom wedding cake. For couples seeking a memorable experience unique to Canouan, a 17th century Anglican church, brought to the island in the 1800s from England and reconstructed stone by stone, can also be used for ceremonies, along with festivities such as the Canouan cake dance, a long-time island tradition where the bride sees her cake for the first time on her wedding day when it is danced to her. Whether it’s an elegant beachfront banquet or an intimate ceremony by the sea, guests can work with the hotel’s on-site Wedding Specialists to ensure their celebrations reflects their personal style and taste.
As the island continues to develop, Mandarin Oriental, Canouan has prioritized giving back and being an active part of the community. Guests can be a part of the hotel’s efforts by participating in programs like Cargo 4 Kids, by donating school supplies that the team delivers to local schools in need throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Additionally, Mandarin Oriental, Canouan aids in the annual release of sea turtles into the Caribbean Sea and encourages guest participation during the Festive Season.
For travel to Canouan, there are three main gateways via Grenadine Air’s scheduled flights from Barbados (45 minutes), St. Lucia (20 minutes) or Grenada (20 minutes). Private charter planes are also a popular option for getting to Canouan. Pink Sands Club, Canouan’s reservations department at +1 (784) 431 4500 can assist guests with booking flights to and from Canouan.