With an area of just five square miles, what the teeny island of Canouan lacks in size it more than makes up for in spellbinding beauty, warm hospitality and unrivalled luxury. Right at its heart, Mandarin Oriental, Canouan is a dreamy island resort that has fast become one of the most exclusive destinations in the Caribbean. With ultra-luxe accommodation, a world-class spa, countless leisure activities and numerous restaurants, it's clear to see why...
Stylish Suites and Villas
Made up of exclusively suites and villas, all with ocean views and large living areas, a stay here promises plenty of space (very important these days) and the highest level of luxury. Charming yet contemporary, the striking Patio Villas have been designed by a leading team of Italian architects from Milan, embracing the island's surroundings with seamless indoor/outdoor living. Nestled on the hillside, the luxurious Lagoon Villas are set across three storeys, home to four bedrooms, a den, living room, full-service kitchen and private infinity pool with - you guessed it - beautiful views.
For the ultimate exclusive escape, the aptly named 'Slice of Paradise Buyout' invites you to take full reign over the resort, enjoying its restaurants, spa and other fantastic facilities all to yourself!
Fabulous for families with children, Mandarin Oriental, Canouan is dedicated to making little dreams come true. The complimentary Pirates of Canouan Kids' Club welcomes young travellers over three years old to enjoy a variety of educational and fun-filled activities that embrace the natural charm and culture of Canouan - including island-inspired arts and crafts, quintessentially Caribbean cricket and beach games. The clubhouse is warm and welcoming, resembling a traditional colonial-style Caribbean home, while housing a game area, media room, library, trampoline, a miniature foot golf course, and two swimming pools - one for toddlers and one for teens. Phew!
Canouan is part of the stunning Grenadines archipelago, offering access to some of the planet's most enticing waters and picturesque locations. From the resort's very own and utterly gorgeous Godahl Beach, you can enjoy superb swimming and snorkelling over the island' large (and immaculate) natural coral reef, while various non-motorised (to keep the area pristine!) watersports are on offer - including kayaking and sailing. Beyond Canouan, the region is renowned for its postcard-perfect scenery, particularly the famed Tobago Cays Marine Park, comprising of five islands known for their heavenly lagoons full of green sea turtles, coral reefs and countless colourful fish.
For many, a luxury holiday isn't complete without a game (or several) of golf. Luckily enough, Canouan is home to the only 18-hole championship golf course in St. Vincent and The Grenadines. The fabulous Fazio-designed course really embraces the island's rolling, emerald green terrain to create a challenging round of golf with some seriously stunning sea views.
Mandarin Oriental is a brand known for its wonderful wellness offerings and Canouan is no exception. The impressive spa is home to tranquil treatment suites nestled in the lush hillside and overlooking the ocean, in which you can choose from a huge choice of massages, facials, holistic therapies and targeted rituals using utterly gorgeous ESPA products. Embrace the serenity of the island with guided yoga and meditation classes overlooking the turquoise waters, or head to the fantastically equipped fitness centre to work up a sweat. If you'd rather get active outdoors, you can enjoy a few laps of the beautiful infinity pool, explore the island by bicycle, head to the state-of-the-art tennis centre, or take a guided hike up mighty Mount Royal for sensational sea views.
Christmas in the Caribbean
You can look forward to a very merry Christmas on the island of Canouan, swapping cold, wintery weather for splendid sunshine and warm waters. There is still some availability for the upcoming festive season and, with a wealth of activities and dining experiences planned, it truly will be the 'most wonderful time of the year'. From Caribbean choir performances and an incredible Christmas Day brunch, to fireworks on New Year's Eve and releasing sea turtles on New Year's Day - get ready for a Christmas like no other.