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Mandarin Oriental’s Caribbean debut

The tiny, secluded island of Canouan, situated 120 miles to the west of Barbados and reachable in 25 minutes by private jet, is a bright speck of green amid the vast turquoise sea, whose untouched sandy beaches, clear waters, and coral reefs make it a pristine natural playground. Perched above the coral-blushed sands of Godahl Beach, from which the formerly-named Pink Sands Club took its title, Mandarin Oriental Canouan is the legendary luxury hotel group’s first resort in the Caribbean. Offering an exclusive, off-the-radar experience for those seeking the best of what the Caribbean has to offer – unspoiled beaches, calm azure waters and understated luxury – this 5-star resort is also home to some of the most exquisite culinary experiences in the Caribbean, at its five signature restaurants and bars.

Mandarin Oriental’s boutique style and the utter serenity of Canouan Island makes this one of the most romantic holiday destinations in the Caribbean. For that perfect intimate moment, enjoy a private dining experience overlooking the lagoon at Juliet, the resort’s most refined restaurant. This being said, Canouan is also a great choice for families with its shallow water lagoon, spacious accommodation and quiet surroundings. The complimentary Kids Club and Teenagers Club offer countless activities and facilities to keep young travellers entertained. The large swimming pool and water slides provide hours of entertainment! Indoor table tennis, games and films are available for when they need to dry out or just take a break from the sun. Children can even take part in cookery classes and arts & crafts sessions leaving parents free to enjoy a relaxing holiday.  

The resort features 26 spacious suites and six villas designed for both couples and families. The stylish and roomy new villas, designed using wood and stone sourced locally on the island, are nestled into the hillside above sparkling sands and come with their own private infinity pools! The resort’s 26 spacious colonial-style suites all feature ocean views and furnished terraces providing a lavish home from home. Featuring signature pink touches, dark wood finishes and cream fabrics, the elegant accommodations combine classic Caribbean charm with pioneering technology: from controlling room temperature to requesting gourmet services and spa treatments, the in-room touchscreen tablets help to create an easy and hassle-free experience for all guests.

The island is full of delights, including a thriving population of turtles to be spotted and a charming, old Anglican church to be discovered. If relaxation is what you’re after there’s no more tempting spot that the infinity pool with its spectacular three-tier deck. Spa suites perched upon the hillside offer exquisite views over the ocean but to take your pamper session to the next level head to the Amrita Spa: accessible only by boat and featuring two glass-bottom overwater palapas, a first for the Caribbean, treatments are specially-tailored to the resort courtesy of luxury spa and skin care brand ESPA.

For the more active holiday-maker, take to the water with a range of non-motorised watersports or enjoy a round of golf on the Jim Fazio-designed 18-hole course. A day-trip to Tobago Cays is a must for its biodiverse Marine Park and unscathed natural beauty and guests of MO Canouan can take advantage of a private boat excursion to this remarkable archipelago. Horseshoe Reef surrounds four of the five uninhabited islands, rich with colourful sea life and coral formations it offers one of the best snorkelling experiences in the world.

While it remains relatively under the radar, a trip to MO Canouan combines castaway island escapism with a renowned level of luxury. This property is featured by our partners Carrier, to find out more call our personal travel experts on 0191 285 9321 or email to holidays@travelb.co.uk.

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