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Located on a picture-perfect stretch of Godahl’s beach on the Atlantic side of the island, the Mandarin Oriental takes full advantage of the sweeping views out over the Atlantic. The hotel’s twenty-six colonial-style suites and thirteen villas all face the ocean; ground floor suites have individual access to the beach, and those on the upper level have balconies overlooking it. The rooms are done in a palette of creams with dark woods and fuchsia accents; each is equipped with every luxury you could wish for (walk-in closet, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, Nespresso machine, Acqua di Parma toiletries, blackout shades, yoga mat, beach bag, your own personal butler) as well as a quite a few you’ve never thought of, like an iPad that controls nearly everything in the room. The pink lounge chairs on the beach and by the infinity pool are perfect for a morning of doing nothing; grab lunch at the pool bar (the conch ceviche or the shrimp tacos is the way to go).

The hotel is on the Canouan Estate, with access to five different beaches (some on the Atlantic and some on the Caribbean), tennis courts, a full roster of watersports, and nine dining options. There is also a Jim Fazio–designed eighteen-hole golf course—the only course in the Grenadines. Even if you’re not a golfer, head up to the 13th tee for a sundowner one evening: It’s an experience you won’t soon forget. The spa, a few minutes’ walk down the beach, is spectacular. Treatments take place in individual thatch-roofed huts built into the hillside. Ask to leave the AC off and the doors open—the sound of the waves and the breeze off the water enhance whatever treatment you’re having. For those traveling with children, the hotel has a phenomenal kids’ club: It has a foot-golf course (it’s a thing), a pirate ship climbing frame, board games, video games, a play kitchen (for littles) and a real kitchen (for older kids), arts and crafts, dress-up wardrobes, and the pièce de résistance—a set of swimming pools with water fountains and a water slide. All told, this is the kind of hotel it’s hard to write about without falling into clichés—so here’s one more: It really does have something for everyone.

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