Pink Sands Club
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 Pink Sands Club 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
The 26-suite Pink Sands Club opened its doors in October 2016 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 Pink Sands 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
Pink Sands Club sits on the grounds of a vast, 1,200-acre private-villa colony called Canouan Estate, formerly Raffles Resort. Guests of the Pink Sands Club can avail themselves of the Estate’s astoundingly 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
My family and I just returned from a week long stay at Pink Sands Club yesterday. Having been to all of the high end hotels in the Caribbean (Eden Roc St Barths, Four Seasons Anguilla, Shore Club Turks and Caicos, Viceroy St Lucia etc) this hotel was my families favorite! Do not let the lack of reviews turn you away. Get to Pink Sands and Canouan before the secret is out. This island is one of the prettiest I have ever been too and truly is unspoiled paradise. The people on Canouan and at Pink Sands are some of the nicest people you can come by and made sure our week in paradise was perfect.
The grounds, the service and the room were well done. We expected with the Mandarin brand superb food and variety. Having traveled throughout the islands staying at 5 star resorts, the food and beverage at this resort was poor. The explanation was the ineffective logistics to get food to the island. As mentioned before, the service, grounds and suites were excellent.
With the unveiling of the Mandarin Oriental Canouan on a sundrenched islet just south of Barbados, the eponymous hotelier dives into turquoise waters with its first Caribbean ultra-luxury resort.
Mandarin has so drastically refined the Caribbean luxury concept, our stay was more akin to visiting a billionaire friend's private island than having booked a suite at a resort.
We booked the flight to Barbados, and the Mandarin team handled everything else. Everything. In Barbados, Mandarin’s flight concierge whisked us through the red tape to the air shuttle, operated by SVG air. When the shuttle landed in Canouan, a silver Mercedes SUV was waiting for us.
Pulling up to reception, giant glass doors lead out to a world-class beach. Powdery white sand with hints of pink eases into a vividly azure bay. In a world clogged with Instagram filters adding gloss to the drab reality of daily life, this place needs no artificial enhancement. The dramatic colors left us breathless.
The Mandarin brand is built on royal service; Canouan is no exception. The entire team from General Manager to beach concierge had prepared for our arrival. Approaching the restaurant for breakfast, the director of the property’s five restaurants greeted us by name and confirmed our food preferences, which he had reviewed in advance of our arrival.
The resort is huge – I don’t know how many acres – but has only 24 suites, which made our experience intimate and secluded. Contrast this with Sandy Lane's 135 rooms on a beach a fraction of the size.
The detail and build quality of our one-bedroom suite exceeded every expectation. It is clear that the designers obsessed over every square inch of space, and the result is an elegant luxury that unfolded throughout our stay. Even four days into our stay, we were surprised noticing design details. The carved granite baseboard and casement moldings. The inlaid marble flooring. The chromed brass period bathroom fixtures. The leather-lined cabinetry.
The suite’s entire beach-facing wall is glass. Our upper-floor suite had a full-width balcony with an amazing view. The suites on the lower floor have patios that lead directly out to the beach.
We spent most of our time on the beach and bobbing about in the ocean, but occasionally partook in an activity here and there. Activities include golf, tennis, water-toys (sailboats, kayaks, etc.), snorkeling (a guide took us by dinghy to one of two reefs whenever we wanted), spa, and a 20-minute hike up to a panoramic viewpoint called Mount Royal. We saw the kid’s club from a distance – it looked pretty substantial – with a swimming pool and water slides.
We had an amazing, relaxing time, and can’t wait to go back!
We stayed in a One Bedroom Beachfront Suite which was the most incredible room we have ever seen in the Caribbean and we have been most everywhere. Huge bathrrom, tons of closets and storage space, separate living area, private balcony, etc. The beach is very pretty, nice sand, but the water can be a little wavy being on the windward side of the island. What really made this stay special were the staff who all went out of their way for us. I am sure I will forget someone but Jennifer, Sonia, Koya, Amo, Akins, and Candace at Shell Beach were great! My only small issue was the food. Part of the issue was maybe that it was November and the occupancy was not high but only one restaurant was open each night for dinner and the selections were somewhat limited. I will say that we asked a couple times for a special meal that was not on the menu and they accomodated us nicely.
This is the epitome of luxury. From the minute we arrived until we left, the service was impeccable. I have never experienced the level of friendliness and professionalism from the staff at Pink Sands Club. Everyone - from the airport concierge to the hotel concierge who waved goodbye to us - excelled at their positions. The restaurant and bar personnel remembered what we liked to eat and drink and called us by name, as did the beach staff. The room we had was just as it appeared on the website. The beach is fabulous and the golf and spa are topnotch. We couldn't ask for a better vacation and we will definitely be back!