Mandarin Oriental, Canouan
What We Love
- The spacious, impeccably designed suites and villas above a reef-protected lagoon
- Complimentary golf carts to explore the resort amenities of neighboring Canouan Estate
- Privacy—Canouan Island is remote, and the hotel accommodates only 60 guests
- The adjacent Jim Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course, with dramatic sea views at every turn and one of the longest par-3 holes in the world (305 yards)
- A TV set embedded in a giant mirrored wall in the bedroom that slides away at the press of a button to reveal the aquamarine lagoon
What To Know
- Round-trip connecting flights from Barbados are expensive ($500), but are included in stays of seven days or more
- Cuisine is of exceptional quality and variety, but will take a big bite out of your budget, even with a meal plan (starting at $110 a day per person)
- VIP service for guests connecting in Barbados eases your way through customs and gets you swiftly onto your connecting flight
Sumptuous, tropical resort where ultra-luxury, culinary excellence, and privacy are the rule of the day
The 26-suite Mandarin Oriental, Canouan opened to the tune of $120 million—and every penny of it shows. Even the smallest suite is 1,300 square feet and features a massive bathroom, separate dressing area, marble-encased entry hall, romantic bedroom, large living room, and private patio or balcony with direct access to the gorgeous (and calm) waters of Godahl Beach. Six brand-new, four-bedroom Lagoon Villas on the hillside above are modern in design and built on three levels, which is why their private elevators are so handy. The spa, with broad views of the lagoon, has two overwater treatment rooms with glass floors, eight treatment rooms on a steep hillside reached by a private funicular, a yoga pavilion, hair salon, and nail studio. Four restaurants offer guests a wide-ranging selection of cuisine, from a contemporary European/British menu at Juliet and Asian-inspired dishes at Romeo to the casual-with-a-view Pool Bar & Restaurant. The place to be later in the evening for socializing is Turtles, a lounge with a Hamptons-like flair.
In the Area
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan sits on the grounds of a vast, 1,200-acre private-villa colony called Canouan Estate, formerly Raffles Resort. Guests can avail themselves of the Estate’s beautiful golf course, kids and teens clubs, and four more restaurants, including Shell Beach Bar & Grill, where diners relax in shady palapas and choose from a selection of seafood and traditional Caribbean dishes. For a day trip, opt for a catamaran excursion to the nearby island of Mustique for shopping or to the Tobago Cays for snorkeling with sea turtles.
How to Get There
Wonderful hotel. Extremely luxurious with superb staff. Lovely suite and bathroom, almost on the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Very quiet at this time of the year. Really good breakfasts, but for our taste, the other meals were just ok. The infinity pool was warm and inviting and the sun beds extremely comfortable. Danny, our butler, was delightful.
I will write my review both in French and English.
We stayed 5 nights in March 2019 at the Mandarin Oriental Canouan and its was a great experience I would like to share. This hotel is the first resort from Mandarin Oriental in the Carribean islands. It used to be called " Pink Sand". The MO has decided to keep the pink color as one of the decoration touch.
The hotel is located in a private part of the island composed of villas managed by Canouan estate and nature.
The hotel is located in a white sand beach facing an amazing lagoon protected by a reef on the Atlantic side. There is another beach accessible by boat and the option to go to beaches located on the Carribean side. If you like discretion and feeling alone, you will love it. The place is just perfect to rest and enjoy the beautiful landscape and sea.
The rooms are beautiful, very well fursnished and equipped facing the ocean (prefer the upper floor of the building). The only part that shall be renovated totally to be much more friendly, luxury and nicer is the pool. I guess they will do it.
There are several options for dinner. 3 restaurants in the resort and the option to have dinner in restaurants located in the Canouan estate domain, including at Anse Guyac, which is a wonderful place on the Carribean side.
The island is likely to become a trendy place to welcome travellers looking for a luxury and exclusive escape in this part of the Carribean. Two new hotels will open in the island.
The island is located not far from Union Island, Mayreau and Tobago cays where you can enjoy a great snorkelling experience.
L'hôtel appartient à la chaîne Mandarin Oriental depuis peu, il s'appelait jusqu'à présent Pink Sand. Il est situé face à un lagon magnifique protégé par une barrière de corail. L'eau est d'un bleu incroyable et la plage est superbe. Il y a la possibilité d'aller depuis l'hôtel dans d'autres plages tout aussi exclusives et discrètes (il y a très peu de monde et on apprécie ce luxe ). Les chambres sont magnifiques, très bien décorées et spacieuses. Les restaurants sont variés car il est possible de diner non seulement à l'hôtel mais également dans des restaurants du domaine de Canouan estate où se situe l'hôtel. L’île est située proche des îles de Union Island, Mayreau et des Tobago cays ce qui permet des excursions très agréables. Les seuls aspects négatifs sont : la piscine qui devrait être refaite (c'est vieux et plutôt moche), il peut y avoir des algues (sargasses) et les prix sont élevés mais c'est le prix de l'exclusivité.
This place is great to escape everyday life as you really are away from it. 25 mins by private jet from Barbados to Canouan, landing at the airport and being greeted as the only passengers in the "airport" was a great experience, followed by a quick 10 min car ride up to the resort. We had a one bed penthouse which was the nicest room we've ever stayed in. Only downside is we had our 6 year old daughter with us and there were no curtains/drapes in the lounge where her bed was. As we paid so much extra when we booked this, I would have expected to be better-informed. The first two nights sleep were disturbed until housekeeping put a foldaway bed in the dressing room. This worked ok, but suggest if you are a family you look at the two bed suite (if you have 2 kids) or a normal suite if you have 1 child. Both these rooms are much cheaper than what we had and would have worked better for us.
Service throughout the resort is generally exceptional as you are often the only ones in a bar/restaurant. Food quality is also extremely good but choice is limited daily to two restaurants.
Upsides - everything about this place is first class
Downsides - possibly too quiet at times
Wow no expense has been spared on this most shinny and marble filled palace, from the ample walk in wardrobe to the high tech flat screen tvs and ipad control system every possible high tech luxury is at hand it's has the feel more of an Italian Villa than a Caribeen beach side place to chill, its formal and polished the service is beyond 5 star.
On January 21, 2019, our trip to Heaven to celebrated my wife's birthday started in Barbados where we were greeted be a VIP concierge - a very pleasant individual who greeted us and escorted away from from the mass arriving passengers, onto our connecting flight to Canouan Is. Upon arriving at the Mandarin Htl. we were personally greeted by the Duty Mgr, GM, our Butler and other staff members.
Our stay was met and exceeded our expatiation. Prior to arriving I contacted Mr. Rohan -Mgr. and requested some roses. He searched the Island and finally had 2 dozen roses flown from Barbados. On the day of the birthday my Butler together with staff planed a most memorable day of my wife's life. Started from the cabana to the 13 hole golf course aprox. 850 FL, drinking champagne and view almost all of the Grenadines Island. Amazing views !
Our daughter loves going to the Kids Club. However, due to the season, she was the only one there. The staff was caring and kept her busy with various activities. One morning as we were having breakfast I ran into the GM, he asked me how my daughter was enjoying the Kids Club, I told him that she was the only child there. He told my daughter that he will arrange for some local kids to have a kiddy party. Sure enough, after I dropped her off at 10 am, there were a classroom full with kids from the local school. UNBELIEVABLE !
Sadly, our 8 days of pampering came to an end.
The resort's new moto should be...WE DON'T SAY NO !