Could Canouan Be The Caribbean’s Next Luxury Destination?
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
During the high season, beaches in the Caribbean are often overcrowded with tourists, making travel and even relaxation difficult. If you are looking for the next unspoiled, luxury island destination, Canouan may be it.
Canouan is a small island in the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The five-square-mile island feels completely removed from the rest of the world, with vast stretches of unoccupied beaches, untouched land, and breathtaking, crystal clear waters.
Luxury travelers are not just drawn in by the landscape, the island also boasts a runway long enough for private jets, a top-tier golf course, and a brand new marina that can house mega yachts. However, with only two commercial flights a day and charters costing over $7,000, it certainly limits the type of traveler who can afford to get there.
“There’s been a lot of talk recently about Canouan, particularly among sophisticated clientele looking for a balanced share of luxury and adventure,” says Joan Roca, CEO and founder of the Essentialist to cnn.com. “In the next few years, we expect this under-the-radar hotspot to emerge as the perfect luxury Caribbean micro-island,” he added.
Hotels on the island are limited and pricey. The Mandarin Oriental offers rooms starting at $1,300/night, with Tamarind Beach Hotel offering a more affordable option at around $200/night during the low season.
According to cnn.com, at the Mandarin, the brand’s first property and most expensive in the Caribbean, there are 13 villas with 12 more in the works, some of which rented for $70,000 during the peak vacation week between Christmas and New Year.