Canouan is a small mountainous island located in the Grenadines. The heart of this island is the resort which occupies more than half of the island and is now in its fourth re-incarnation, The Pink Sands Club. Some of you may recognize names of past lives which include: Rosewood Carenage Bay, Raffles Resort and Canouan Island Resort and now the latest and greatest Pink Sand Club, certainly not to be confused with the Pink Sands in the Bahamas. This was my fourth visit to Canouan over the past 14 years. As an avid beach lover, I have a soft spot for this island which has a perfect white sandy beach with clear blue waters and of course I could not forget to mention one of the most scenic, challenging and well maintained golf courses in the Caribbean (I am a golfer). When I heard that the new Pink Sands Club had finally opened, I couldn’t wait to return.Unless you have access to a private jet, Canouan may not be the easiest island to get to….. However, who ever said that paradise can be found just a non-stop flight away?? I have always made a habit of visiting this island with friends and therefore have taken advantage of booking a private charter from either Barbados or St Lucia. Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about this as I have done this multiple times now.The new Pink Sands Club is a full service, six star, self-contained resort. The resort has anything and everything one could imagine you would need for a few days or few weeks of nothing but R & R. While this resort is very broad in its size and amenities it is also very small and intimate at the same time.The nucleus of the resort are the brand new state of the art 26 rooms and suites which make up the Pink Sands Club. There are also a variety of private villas, 18-hole golf course, various restaurants and bars, tennis courts, large kid’s entertainment area/kids club, spa, watersports and spectacular views from every possible location. If you have any questions pertaining to rooms and villas feel free to reach out to me as I did take the time to tour the rooms and a few villas while I was visiting.The hotel rooms are truly state of the art when it comes to technology. Everything in the room from the TV’s to the lighting to the drapes, etc. are managed by iPads located throughout your room which are strategically located. The décor might be considered a bit more on the formal side (it’s obvious no expense was spared) for a Caribbean destination. Dark wood furnishings are intermixed with drapery and colorful fabrics (mostly in the pink family) and tons of Italian Marble throughout. The towels in the bathroom were to die for! As I did tour various rooms, I found them all to be exceptionally oversized with the smallest room being a 1200 square foot one-bedroom suite (this was the room I stayed in). Each suite has a, living room, bedroom, bathroom and dressing room with a large furnished patio. A one-bedroom suite can accommodate a family of four with children under 12 years on the pull out sofa in the living room however there are also two bedroom suites which are about 3000 square feet and some of the one bedrooms can interconnect. All of the rooms have huge patios overlooking the gorgeous beach. My room was on the ground floor which allowed me to literally walk out of the sliding doors of my room with my toes in the sand however if you are on the 2nd floor rooms with balconies the view of the crystal clear blue water is a bit more dramatic.There are variety of restaurants and bars throughout the resort however depending on the time of year and occupancy levels of the resort you should not always expect all venues to be open. Since I was visiting during off season the hotel rotated which restaurant would be open. The quality of the food and service remained on par with my past experiences which were always very positive. In all of my past visits I always thought the quality of the food quality was exceptional on Canouan Island compared to other resort destinations in Caribbean and Mexico and this still remains true. The resort does have its own hydroponic farm and does obtain quality foods and supplies from the US which it flies into the island on a regular basis.I travel extensively and truly enjoy high end luxury properties. It is obvious that the owners of this resort have spared no expense in creating what is, in my opinion, probably one of the most luxurious properties in the Caribbean.
I recently had the pleasure of returning to the Canouan Island Resort for my third visit. I had previously enjoyed this property so much and was curious to return for a third time to see what was happening. Before I get into details, I will say, that I will return again. I thoroughly enjoyed my recent stay.Being that I am a travel agent specializing in luxury travel I am always seeking new and unusual locations and Canouan is exactly that. The first time I visited Canouan was in January 2002 when the resort was managed by Rosewood and then again in January of 2006 when the property was managed by Raffles. The hotel is now self managed and many of the same staff and services remains in place. The hotel has downsized from its original size however I wouldn’t let that deter you.The property is currently going through a transition however I would still consider recommending this property even during this transition. The property is huge (it covers ½ of the island of Canouan) and consists of a small hotel and 30 luxury 3-7 bedroom (privately owned) villas located on the hillside (with spectacular views). Many of these villas are available for rent and have available the use of the hotel facilities.The new boutique hotel is currently under construction and will be located on Godal Beach. The new hotel is partially owned by Sandy Lane (Barbados) and will consist of small number suites and villas within the hotel site. This construction does not affect your stay at the current resort. The new resort is anticipated to open December 2012. I was not aware that any construction was going on except when we took a catamaran out and were able to see what was going on from the water.Overall, however, the hotel offers an experience which is hard to find elsewhere.This is a great spot for someone seeking a very low key experience. We were at the resort during spring break week in March and we were three of only 40 or so guests staying at the resort. The resort has a staff of 300+ which remains in tact due to a contractual agreement with the government. It is very quiet resort so I would not recommend this property to someone seeking “action or excitement”. The hotel operates four separate restaurants. Two are always open for lunch and then one rotating restaurant is open for dinner each night which I found to be perfectly acceptable as they change the menus (Italian, Continental, French, and Asian). The quality of the food is very good and on par with any other Caribbean or Mexican luxury resort. They have nightly live entertainment which I found enjoyable and a small casino. For those of you who have been to Canouan, you would be pleasantly surprised to learn that the prices have come down on the food & beverage (which were previously excessive). The hotel now operates its own hydroponic farm which provides excellent fresh vegetables, lettuces, etc.All of the rooms are very large and nicely appointed with all the necessary amenities including flat screen TV’s, complimentary internet, huge bathrooms, etc. The décor is very nice and simple with cream colored slip covered sofas, dining areas and all have large balconies. Some rooms have private plunge pools. The hotel is a great choice for families since the rooms are very large and the resort itself is very family oriented. While I say that this is a great family resort, I don’t want to scare away couples because this is an excellent romantic destination too. The property is so large that a couple can enjoy private beach areas, etc. The individual rooms scattered within the very spread out resort and a golf cart is provided for each room. Feel free to email me for suggestions on room locations/categories, etc.The beaches are some of the best beaches I have been to in the Caribbean. They are large and quiet and the water is perfect for a family with small kids. Because the hotel has so few guests, it is a very serene peaceful experience. I will also mention the main beach is raked & cleaned everyday. I have never been to a better maintained beach!The kids club at this hotel was one of the best I have experienced to date (I have a 3 year old). The staff at the kids club were fantastic and have been there for years. They interact with the kids and do a lot of outdoor activities including swimming, boating, etc. They have a nice outdoor playground and are very flexible with any specific requests. Officially they state children need to be 4 years old however they gladly took in two 3 year olds and my friends 1 ½ year old and worked with our children’s personal schedules (for eating and napping). It was a nice experience and our kids loved it.Another appealing aspect of this property is the “over the top” golf course. As an avid golfer I have golfed all over the world. This golf course is, by far, the best in the Caribbean for many reasons. It is very well maintained with the most spectacular views I have every seen on almost every hole. It is many elevation changes. You are almost guaranteed to be the only person on the golf course at any given time. The greens fees are incredibly reasonable for the quality of course. It is managed by Trump golf courses.All in all I would recommend this property for the right client, a couple or family seeking a luxury resort that is low key, relaxed, very scenic. Canouan can be reached by flying to Barbados and taking a connection (scheduled service) or I would highly recommend for a family of 4 or more arranging private transportation via either Barbados or preferably St Lucia (which is only 70 miles away). Private air transportation runs about $1800 for a flight one way (from Barbados). I am not sure what the cost would be from St. Lucia which is about half the distance than Barbados.The hotel offers many interesting promotions some of which include all meals or private air charter. The hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and I found that many of the guests seemed to come from Europe. I would also highly recommend this property for clients seeking a villa rental. Please contact me if you would like more details. Please feel free to email me with any questions or if you would like my help recommending the best room locations, etc.Caribbean
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