A shining jewel in the Caribbean is Mandarin Oriental, Canouan – a shimmering five-star beachside property nestled on a small island in the archipelago nation of St. Vincent and The Grenadines. Known as the island of tortoises, Canouan is a tropical treasure chest in its own right, where the rich go to hide away and revel in unbridled luxury.
Privacy and exclusivity here reign supreme. Perched on a white powder stretch of the coconut-clad Godahl Beach, you can travel from St. Vincent directly or by chartering your own private jet or borrowing the hotel’s plane. Attention to detail is second-to-none, while its colonial style, designed by a team of Milanese architects, blends contemporary chic with bucolic luxury.
The island’s 1,200 leafy acre allows for indulgence on many levels – golf at the Fazio-designed 18-hole course, diving through the Caribbean’s largest living coral reef, experiencing a restaurant without walls with a private beach dinner or set sail on a catamaran to spot sea turtles. Book into a new four-bedroom Lagoon Villa with its prime hillside spot, or claim the entire island as your own from $60,000 a night. Set to open again June 1, this is the head’s up you need to be the early bird that catches the worm.