by Matt Alderton | August 21, 2017
Just a few weeks after opening its first hotel in South America -- Hotel Santiago in Santiago, Chile -- Asian hotelier Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has taken its global expansion to the Caribbean, where it will operate the Mandarin Oriental Canouan resort on Canouan Island in St. Vincent and The Grenadines, it announced today. The $200 million property, which opened last year as the Pink Sands Club, will be rebranded and managed by Mandarin Oriental effective Nov. 1, 2017.

"We are pleased to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental to bring the best in luxury hospitality to the Caribbean and to our exclusive hotel," said John Dwyer, CEO of Canouan Development Corp., the hotel's developer.

Canouan is one of several islands in the Grenadines archipelago. Situated on Godahl Beach, on the island's east coast, Mandarin Oriental, Canouan has 26 suites and 12 three- to four-bedroom villas, each of which boasts a large private pool just steps from the ocean. The property also has a range of bars and restaurants, an outdoor infinity pool, and a spa and health club with two overwater treatment cabanas that are accessible only by boat.

In 2020, the hotel also will unveil a portfolio of private residences.

"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 Mandarin Oriental CEO James Riley. "We look forward to introducing guests to what we believe will become the Caribbean's most exclusive luxury getaway."