Mandarin Oriental Canouan, formerly known as Pink Sands Club, is an exclusive and extremely luxurious resort within a 1200 acre gated estate on a small island in the heart of the Grenadines. The secluded resort occupies a spectacular setting beside a white sand beach on the east of Canouan, overlooking turquoise waters that are protected by one of the Caribbean’s largest living coral reefs.
There is a pink theme throughout, from colourful furnishings in guest bedrooms to bright sunshades on the beach. Accommodation options include one and two bedroom ocean-facing suites which all have a private balcony or garden just steps from the beach, as well as spacious villas with private pools.
The elegant and sumptuously furnished suites occupy the main hotel building and boast spacious bedrooms, light-filled living areas, airy covered terraces, walk-in wardrobes and huge marble bathrooms. Luxurious touches include mirror TVs, sliding mirrors which separate the sleeping and living areas and tablets which guests can use for everything from requesting room service to controlling the room temperature, lights and curtains. Two- and three-bedroom villas are set up the hillside behind the main resort, boasting spectacular views from the patio area surrounding the private infinity pool.
Dining at the resort is exceptional with beachside restaurants serving mouth-watering menus featuring the freshest produce, while additional restaurants and bars are found in other locations within the estate. Options in the main resort include a Mediterranean-style café which open for breakfast and lunch, a pool bar serving a fusion of Japanese-Peruvian cuisine throughout the day and evening, and two fine dining restaurants offering European and Pan Asian cuisine. A beachfront bar provides an additional space for afternoon drinks and pre-dinner cocktails. Restaurants are open seasonally on a rotating schedule, with a current guide available for guests to look at on the tablet in their suite or in an app which can be downloaded prior to arrival.
Guests at Mandarin Oriental Canouan can spend their days doing as much or as little as they please. Relax in a cabana by the large infinity pool, take a dip and enjoy a cocktail at the swim-up bar or stroll along the powdery white sands in front of the hotel. Those looking for activity can take part in water sports such as hobie cat sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, while a few minutes away by golf buggy is Carenage Bay where guests will find a golf club and tennis centre with three floodlit courts. Canouan is home to the only championship 18-hole golf course in the Grenadines, a par-72 Jim Fazio-designed course offering spectacular panoramic views over the surrounding islands.
Also at Carenage Bay is the Pirates of Canouan Kids Club, a fantastic facility which is complimentary for youngsters aged 3 years and above. There is plenty of space indoors for arts and crafts, cooking, music and much more, while outside there is a large play area and two swimming pools, one for small children with water slides and the other also suitable for adults.
Another highlight of Mandarin Oriental Canouan is the spa, a calming retreat for the body and soul which is set over 9 levels at one end of the resort. Treatment rooms are tucked away up the hillside and reached by a funicular, with ESPA products used in the many rejuvenating treatments and therapies that are on offer. Guided yoga and meditation classes are held on a platform facing the sea.
Canouan itself is a beautiful island that is well worth exploring - guests staying in a villa receive complimentary use of up to two golf carts while those staying in a suite can hire one.
Mandarin Oriental Canouan is an ultra-luxurious resort with an air of exclusivity, promising the highest standards and great attention to detail. I stayed in one of the elegant beachfront suites, boasting cutting-edge technology and glass doors that I could slide back and step out into a private garden just a few metres from the white sand – simply amazing.
Sipping cocktails at the infinity pool’s swim-up bar was a relaxing way to spend a few hours, while lunch at the poolside bar and dinner at Juliet Restaurant were both incredible.
The resort is excellent for families, offering accommodation options with two or three bedrooms plus a fantastic kids club where youngsters could quite happily spend a few days thanks to the varied facilities.
I would highly recommend dragging yourself away from the main resort to explore the rest of the island. Climb into a golf buggy and head to one of the many beautiful beaches or wind your way up to the highest point on the golf course for breath taking views over Canouan and the surrounding islands. Just make sure you watch out for the many wild tortoises that are often found in the middle of the road!
Children: Children are welcome. One child aged 12 years and under stay free of charge when sharing with an adult, and under 2s always stay free of charge. Interconnecting rooms can be requested and will be provided subject to availability. Access to the Pirates of Canouan Kids Club is complimentary for those aged 3 years old and above, with babysitting available at a cost for younger children.
Airport: Canouan airport is about 15 minutes away by car, and can be reached from Barbados and Grenada. Guests flying via Barbados receive a complimentary airport concierge service.
Location: Mandarin Oriental Canouan is located within a 1200 acre gated estate on the east coast of the island of Canouan in the Grenadines.
Facilities: Infinity pool, three floodlit tennis courts, gym, water sports centre, beach changing facilities, golf club, extensive kids club.
Spa: The relaxing spa has seven treatment rooms set up the hillside which are reached by a funicular, with ESPA products being used in the vast range of treatments and therapies. Guided yoga and meditation classes are held on a platform facing the sea.
Excursions: As well as there being plenty to do on Canouan from guided hikes to cycling, the resort can also arrange boat trips to discover the other islands in the Grenadines as well as snorkelling excursions, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing trips.
Complimentary: Airport concierge in Barbados, return airport transfers in Canouan, twice-daily housekeeping service, welcome drink on arrival, non-alcoholic drinks in the mini bar, access to the fitness facilities, non-motorised water sports, use of tennis facilities, Wi-Fi and access to the kids club (3 years and above). Guests staying in villas also receive complimentary use of up to two golf carts and a dedicated butler service.
Meal Arrangements: Stays at Mandarin Oriental Canouan are on a bed & breakfast basis.
Dining: There is a choice of bars and restaurants at Mandarin Oriental Canouan, open seasonally on a rotating schedule. Castaway, the restaurant without walls, serves from chef's sample menus or you have the option to work with the chefs to create your own. Asianne, serves pan Asian cuisine using local ingredients from the region and the resorts own hydroponic garden. Tides Bar + Grille, and serves International classics (as opposed to European) with a Caribbean twist. Lagoon Café is open for breakfast and serves a Mediterranean menu at lunch. The pool bar is set beside the infinity pool and serves Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine at lunchtime. Turtles is a Hamptons-style bar which serves a large drinks menu throughout the afternoon and evening.
Suites occupy the main hotel building and feature a bedroom, a living area with comfortable seating and a dining table, a covered terrace with additional seating, a large marble bathroom with separate bath and shower, and a dressing room. Suites are elegantly furnished with cream fabrics, dark woods, cool marble and pink colour accents. Luxury amenities include touchscreen tablets which allow guests to manage all aspects of their stay, a Nespresso coffee machine and mini bar - beers, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary but are not replenished (except in villas). Villas are set on the hillside overlooking the resort, offering indoor/outdoor living with ocean views. Villa guests
One Bedroom Oceanview Suite: Set on the first floor, these luxurious suites offer uninterrupted ocean views from their covered balcony. A sliding mirror separates the bedroom from the living area which in turn is separated from the balcony by sliding glass doors, allowing guests to enjoy the stunning views and cooling sea breezes from their bed if they wish. Most suites have a king size bed while some have twin beds. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 1 child under 12. (114sqm)
One Bedroom Beachfront Suite: These suites are set on the ground floor and are identical to the One Bedroom Oceanfront Suites except the covered terrace leads out onto a garden area with direct access to the beach. Most suites have a king size bed while some have twin beds. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 1 child under 12. (114sqm)
One Bedroom Oceanview Penthouse: These two suites are centrally-located on the first floor and feature a kitchenette, private dining room, large living room and guest bathroom in addition to a spacious en-suite bedroom, two walk-in wardrobes and marble bathroom. The large covered balcony offers breathtaking views of the beach and lagoon. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults + 1 child under 12. (150sqm)
Two Bedroom Oceanview Suite: These suites are on the ground or first floor and feature two spacious bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, seating area and access to a covered balcony or terrace. Suites also feature a living area with dining table and comfortable seating, leading out onto the furnished balcony or terrace. Maximum occupancy: 4 adults or 2 adults + 3 children under 12. (250sqm)
Two Bedroom Patio Villa with Studio: These elegant villas are built around a private central courtyard and offer stylish accommodation including two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes, covered living areas and a patio area surrounding the private infinity pool. There is also a butler’s pantry and staff studio. Maximum occupancy: 6 persons. (336sqm)
Three Bedroom Patio Villa with Studio: These villas are similar to the Two Bedroom Patio Villas but with the addition of a third en suite bedroom. Maximum occupancy: 8 persons. (344sqm)
Four Bedroom Lagoon Villa: Set on a prime hillside location, these villas offer commanding ocean views, and boast private infinity pools and full equipped kitchen. Golf carts available for guest use. Maximum occupancy: 10 persons. (500sqm)