Raffles Resort Canouan Island, Canouan
St. Vincent + the Grenadines
Tel: 784 458 8000
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The first Caribbean progeny of Singapore's legendary Raffles Hotel chain, this multifaceted resort sprawls across nearly two-thirds of Canouan Island; indeed, each of its 156 rooms and suites comes equipped with a golf cart for guests to tool around in. Boldly colored walls (navy, ocher), hand-painted tiles, and rich Italian textiles lend the rooms a Mediterranean air, complemented by such high-tech touches as flat-screen TVs and Lavazza espresso machines. Its three pristine beachesincluding ultrasecluded, clothing-optional Maho Baywould be enough to push Raffles into the top tier of Caribbean resorts, but the hotel also has an 18-hole par-72 golf course, a Trump casino, four restaurants, and a swank spa overlooking Godahl Beach.2005 Hot List
When to go: Anytime but hurricane season (Aug.Oct.).
Which room to book: Nos. 306 and 307among the least expensivehave lovely east-facing balconies with views of Wedge Mountain and Mount Currie
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Beach, Gym, Pool, Spa, 24-hour Room Service