Canouan Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean

Canouan Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean | Hire An Island - Caribbean

KEY FACTS

Unspoiled and virtually undiscovered, Canouan is one of the Caribbean’s most up-and-coming luxury destinations. The Canouan Resort blends European luxury with Caribbean casual elegance. Along with three beaches, the resort features one of the largest freshwater pools in the Caribbean at 12,900 square feet, where guests are treated to mineral water and chilled towels to keep them cool. Little ones splash in the children’s pool. Four restaurants, tennis court, a fitness center, a luxury spa, a casino, and the Trump International Golf Club Canouan Island are available.

Rates:
(depending on season and number of travellers): Ocean view rooms from £550 per night. Villa from £2,000 per night. All rates include full buffet breakfast and non-alcoholic beverages in the mini bar and exclude 10% service fees and 10% taxes.

Location:
Located in the heart of the Grenadines, less than 20 miles south of Mustique and 110 miles west of Barbados, the three-square-mile island is surrounded by small bays and coves, secluded white sand beaches and one of the Caribbean’s largest coral reefs, offering incredible diving and snorkeling. A short distance from the Tobago Cays in the southern Caribbean, Canouan’s enviable location also provides some of the best sailing in the world.

Accommodation:
Canouan Resort
Named after the island, this villa-studded resort opens onto a beautiful white sand beach set on 121 hectares (300 acres). It is the latest reincarnation of the Carenage Bay Club, which was once hailed as one of the grandest and most luxurious resorts in the southern Caribbean. Opening onto Carenage Bay, each accommodation is a villa suite set near the beach. The golf course has been extended to a full 18 holes, and a deluxe European-style casino has been added. Each suite comes with its own private terrace. Decorated in pastels, the bedrooms have a light, airy, tropical feel. Rooms come in a variety of categories from deluxe through luxurious suites.

Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club
Tamarind Beach Hotel & Yacht Club is a lively beachfront oasis with 42 seaside hideaways, surrounded by tropical gardens, on a long white sand beach. The low-rise property features two thatched-roof restaurants/bars: the “Palapa Restaurant”, with a delightful open terrace right at the water edge, offering Italian and West Indian cuisine and the “Pirate’s Cove” an informal bar serving lighter fare. The hotel also has a beach bar, water sports (hydro bikes, windsurf board, canoe and Sunfish dinghy) and massage facilities plus on site PADI dive facilities. The hotel offers 6 Beachfront Suites and 36 Beachfront Rooms. All rooms and suites are air-conditioned and are lined with Brazilian walnut wood paneling, with balconies overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
This small Italian-managed hotel offers travelers the welcoming charm of the Caribbean combined with warm Italian hospitality and style, as well as Italian-influenced cuisine and architecture.
It is the ideal location for lazy beach days and day trips exploring the Grenadines by boat. The other three buildings contain the 48 guest rooms and one suite, all of which overlook the sea, and include verandahs with lounge chairs and tables. Guest rooms feature an island decor with rattan furniture and ceiling fans. Each includes a mini-bar. The suite is composed of a bedroom, kitchenette and sitting room with telephone and cable TV. Guests have a choice of dining rooms and lounges.

Dining:
The Resort has four distinct gourmet restaurants and bars offering a variety of cuisine: La Piazza, a stylish Italian concept, will pamper its guests with a sleek and contemporary design. Jambu’s: this signature restaurant is a spectacular poolside all-day dining venue with Palapa roofing. La Varenne offers gourmet dining at it’s best with panoramic views of the Caribbean, overlooking the resort.

Activities:
Discover the resort’s many opportunities to explore the island’s majestic beauty. Scuba diving and snorkelling reveal the spectacular corals, close up in glorious colour. Windsurfers skim the surface at speed, and sailing or kayaking the waters is a magnificent experience. Back on land, enjoy a game of tennis, a round of golf. Or take to the air in a small plane for a bird’s eye view of Paradise. Pamper yourself with rejuvenating therapeutic and beauty treatments at the Spa Centre which richly deserves its “Best of the Best” accolade, Robb Report 2005. Luxuriate in hillside treatment villas, or take in the stunning marine life in the over-the-water treatment suites as you relax under the soothing hands of the skilled therapists. Mind. Body and Soul reenergize to the gentle sound of the sea lapping over coral beyond your door.

Canouan Resort Spa:
Canouan Resort Spa is located in one of the most spectacular natural settings on earth, inspired by the pristine elements of the Caribbean Sea the winds, sounds and colors of the water. Thatched-roofed palapa suites that serve as double treatment rooms. Two Grand Palapas are set over the water with glass bottoms floors.

Best time to travel:
The best time to travel to St. Vincent & the Grenadines is during our winter and spring months of December to April. The average annual temperature is 81 °F (approx. 27 °C). During the rainy season, June through to October, rain is frequent in the mountains of St. Vincent but with only short, sharp bursts on the coast.

How to get there:
Daily flights to Canouan from Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada and Saint Vincent. Private charters can be organized from Fort-de-France, Mustique, Union Island and all other neighboring islands.

Several airlines offer flights from major North American cities to Barbados – including Air Canada, Air Jamaica, American Airlines, BWIA, Continental, Delta and US Airways. There are daily, direct connections to reach Barbados in time for the inter-island transfer, by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Condor Airlines for European travelers.

Canouan Resort arranges air limousine transfers for inter-islands flights.

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