Lay of the Land
Located in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan Island and the surrounding archipelago are refreshingly quiet and relatively untouched. This tiny island—only five square miles in size and with a local population of under 2,000 people—is a secluded haven of stunning beaches and pristine natural beauty. With only two resorts on the entire island (Canouan Estate, which includes the Pink Sands Club, and Tamarind Beach Hotel) and villas prized for their privacy and solitude, Canouan is the perfect Caribbean destination for those looking to relax somewhere truly off-the-beaten-path.
The largest property on the island is the 1,200-acre Canouan Estate. The complex boasts 14 privately owned villas, a renowned championship golf course designed by Jim Fazio and the glamorous Pink Sands Club, a boutique hotel that sits on one of the island’s loveliest beaches.
Beyond Canouan’s luxurious resorts, the island itself is quiet, low-key and relatively undeveloped (it lacked running water and electricity until the 1990s). It boasts a few of the most pristine beaches in the entire Caribbean, like Godahl, known for its powder-white sand and incredible emerald-hued seawater. The ocean surrounding Canouan boast this same amazingly crystalline bluish-green color, making it not just a haven for swimmers, but a snorkeling and diving paradise: a large barrier reef hugs the Atlantic side of the island, creating a shallow lagoon locally referred to as ‘The Bath’ for its tepid temperatures and transparent water.
Fly into Barbados (four hours from New York City) then take a small connecting flight to Canouan (about one-and-a-half hours with three stops on other Grenadines islands first). Pink Sands Club also offers VIP airport assistance and, if desired, private jet transfers directly from Barbados to Canouan (20 minutes).
When to Go
High season runs from December through May, but year-round temperatures range from 70-85 degrees.