Canouan Island may be small but it packs luxurious punch. At only 3.5 miles long and 1.25 miles at its widest point the small island is part of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines island chain. The island is separated to the south by two bays, Friendship and Glossy. The highest point is Mount Royal and a barrier reef runs along the Atlantic side of the island.
Canouan Island History
The earliest settlers to Canouan where the Arawak Indians arriving in 200 BC. Making their landing in dugout canoes they carried with them animals, fire, fishing and farming skills. History tells us that the Arawaks thrived on the island for over 1500 years until the blood thirsty Carib Indians invaded killing all the men and enslaving the woman. In 1748 fearing complete extinction the Carib Indians allowed the French to construct a settlement in return they received protection from other Europeans. From 1871to 1969 the British controlled the island group as a Crown English possession. Finally in 1979 Saint Vincent, The Grenadines and Canouan became a independent state within the British common wealth. Statue of Arawak Indian.
The 1990s brought major change to the island when the Canouan Resorts Development (CRD) constructed paved roads and electricity to the island as well as guest houses and fresh water brought from St Vincent. The CRD secured land leases and built 2 resorts the Raffles resort and the Tamarind Beach hotel. In 2010 that raffles resort would be called the Carenage Bay Resort. Just Outside any Canouan resort the island is as wild as it has been sense the Indianans inhabited the island. when taking a nature hike you can see wild dogs ,Turtles, chickens, lizards and bats.
Raffles Canouan Island
Surrounded by a coral reef Raffles and a member of the leading hotels of the world as well as The Hot List by Conde Nast Traveler sits Raffles resort. There are two beautiful crescent shaped beaches on the 1,200 acre property as well as pools private and public. For your domicile you can choose the hotels lavish rooms or suite or if you need more room and privacy try the luxurious villas. For your dinning pleasure there’s everything from beach shack to ultra elegant. For the Booze traveler there are inviting bars and lounges with live music.
The Tamarind Beach Hotel Canouan Island
Beaming with Italian flair The tamarind Hotel is considered the quintessential luxury Canouan resort. Sitting on a stunning white sand beach dotted with 40 Beach front villas. Journey into the gardens and you will find 8 additional villas with awesome views of the Caribbean sea. When renting a villa you have access to The Hidden Cove, with its 18-hole golf course, water sports, tennis and Pirates kids club. If you are in search of some serious cleansing try the world class spa.
Jim Fazio created a world class golf course on 150 acres boasting sea views from every hole and fair lane . Also enjoy the dramatic hills views, no wonder the course is consecutively voted one of the best courses in the world.
I will be straight up with my readers; the Canouan resorts are very expensive. From getting there to accommodations and dining. There are no budget hotels on the island, keep in mind everything is imported including water. But if you have a few bucks and want ultra luxury seclusion, fine dining and world class diving and golf, Canouan island delivers big time.
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