Begin your exciting adventure by flying from London to Barbados. Relax onboard, enjoying state-of-the-art entertainment facilities. Touch down in the Caribbean and embark on a short but scenic flight to Canouan, part of the archipelago that makes up St Vincent and the Grenadines. This beautiful island is known for its enchanting beaches, stunning tropical landscapes and panoramic views of the ocean. Transfer to your luxury accommodation – Mandarin Oriental Canouan – and let the relaxation commence. Unwind over pan-Asian cuisine at Asianne, just one of many fine-dining options available to you.
Wake up in this immaculate paradise to the sounds of tranquillity. After a delicious breakfast, embark on your first day of exploration. Enjoy a range of outdoor activities including snorkelling and paddleboarding or soak up the sun in the company of a good book. Step out onto the crisp white sands of Godahl Beach or set off on a boat ride to Shell Beach. This hidden gem is home to a spectacular beachside restaurant serving up authentic local dishes such as grilled fish and spiced roti.
The Grenadines archipelago consists of 32 islands as well as numerous cays, lagoons and some of the most transparent waters on the planet – perfect for diving and wildlife watching. Look out for turtle, dolphin and whale meandering through the calm waters. Head out on a catamaran to see these creatures up close and make sure you have your camera at the ready. Alternatively, head out to see where scenes from Pirates of Caribbean were filmed, spend the day in the beautiful Tobago Cays or visit the elusive island of Mustique.
There’s plenty to do and see on Canouan. Traverse the landscape on a golf buggy or borrow some bicycles as you head out in search of the old Anglican church that was transported to the island centuries ago. Thrill-seekers can embark on an exciting guided hike up Mount Royal. With an altitude of 240 metres, the summit of this magnificent mountain is the perfect place to capture unforgettable images of the landscape. Explore the tropical foliage and learn about the remarkable biodiversity in this region.
Make the most of your final day at the Mandarin Oriental by exploring the impressive range of leisure activities available. Play a round of golf on the only championship course in the Grenadines, which promises incredible views of local beaches and rugged hillsides. Afterwards, head to the spa for a ‘Golfers Tonic’ massage, designed to rejuvenate aching muscles. If golfing isn’t your thing, perhaps head out on a deep-sea fishing trip or play a game of tennis on the all-weather courts. This evening, enjoy a beachside dinner under the stars.
Bid farewell to Canouan as you embark on a picturesque 45-minute boat ride to Petit St Vincent, the southernmost island in the archipelago. This beautiful island operates entirely as an eco-friendly boutique resort, showcasing Caribbean luxury at its finest. Expect stylish accommodation, unrivalled hospitality and 115 acres of lush tropical scenery. Take time to unwind in your room, enjoying stunning views from your private balcony. The open-plan design of the cottages and villas means you can soak up ocean vistas without leaving your bedroom.
The glittering waters surrounding this island boast the perfect conditions for a range of exhilarating water sports. Feel the wind in your hair as you head out on the open sea in a complimentary kayak, SUP, Hobie Cat or Sunfish. Later, return to your resort for a fascinating tour of the wine cellars, renowned as one of the most diverse collections in the Caribbean. Sample from a range of over 4,500 bottles as well as an impressive array of Caribbean barrel-aged rums.
Food fans will relish the opportunity to embark on a Caribbean culinary journey. Kick-off your shoes and take a walk along the velvet sands to the Beach Bar, a charming eatery flanked by almond trees and leafy palms. Unwind under a thatched canopy and sample authentic dishes including locally caught fish, fresh lobster and pineapple rice. Alternatively, enjoy a lavish barbecue on the beach. Your invite will arrive at your room, promising a night of excellent food and live entertainment from a traditional steel pan band.
In 2014, Jean-Michel Cousteau (son of legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau) opened his diving centre on the island in collaboration with his colleague, Don Santee. Here, you can make use of state-of-the-art diving equipment to explore the colourful ocean reefs up close. At the centre, learn about the fascinating on-going research into local reefs and their aquatic inhabitants and discover the secrets to a fantastic Caribbean dive from the experts who know these waters best. Later, unwind over cocktails with friends in the beachside bar.
After a hearty breakfast, pull on your workout gear for an exciting day of outdoor activities. Start with a scenic jog along the sand, reflecting on an incredible Caribbean adventure as you savour the tropical scenery. Alternatively, head out on a refreshing hike to Marni Hill, the highest point on the island standing at about 80 metres above sea level. From here, you can soak up stunning views of the ocean and the island of Petite Martinique. Upon your return, slow things down with a spot of yoga to stretch out your muscles.
Wave goodbye to Petit St Vincent today as you prepare to depart. Enjoy breakfast and perhaps a final stroll along the sand before transferring to Union Island. From here, embark on a short flight to Barbados before meeting with your international return flight to London. The next morning, touch down on UK soil and pick up your onward transfer home.