Mandarin Oriental to Open First-Ever Caribbean Resort


By Alexander Britell

Mandarin Oriental is finally coming to the Caribbean.

The luxury brand will be rebranding and managing the Pink Sands Club on the island of Canouan in the Grenadines.

It will be rebranded as the Mandarin Oriental, Canouan.

That will take effect Nov. 1, according to a release from Mandarin Oriental.

The hotel includes 26 suites and 12 three-to-four-bedroom villas, all of which have full ocean views (the villas have their own pools, too).

Pink Sands Club

A signature pink-styled room at the hotel.

Mandarin will also be branding and managing a portfolio of Residences at Mandarin Oriental, which will be located near the hotel and set to debut in 2020.

“We are delighted to be introducing the Mandarin Oriental brand to the Caribbean, and to be bringing the Group’s legendary service and quality standards to the beautiful island of Canouan,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. “We look forward to introducing guests to what we believe will become the Caribbean’s most exclusive luxury getaway.”

It will be a major addition to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which earlier this year debuted its new international airport.

Canouan is accessible by the hotel’s private jets and by flights from both Barbados and St. Vincent.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental to bring the best in luxury hospitality to the Caribbean and to our exclusive hotel and residences,” said John Dwyer, Chief Executive Officer, Canouan Development Corporation.

Mandarin operates 30 hotels and eight residences in 20 countries around the world.