Canouan Island is often referred to as one of the most exclusive and desirable destinations in St Vincent and The Grenadines – if not the Caribbean – with its sugar white sands and gentle turquoise waters lapping the shore. Already synonymous with private hideaways and extravagant retreats, the island of Canouan is the destination of choice for those seeking secluded beach holidays and the upmost luxury, whilst only being 35 minutes away from Barbados. Beyond its immaculate reputation for 5 star accommodations such as Mandarin Oriental Canouan, Canouan Island holds a simple and historic charm that can be felt from the moment you step on its shores. Just like generations before, a small populous of local fishermen spend their days constructing traditional wooden boats by hand, bringing in the catch of the day and spreading laughter throughout the community. Steel pan lessons and social beach barbecues offer a taste of the island life for visitors, whilst those who wish to stay on resort can visit the lovingly restored 17th Century Anglican Church within the heart of Mandarin Oriental Canouan.