It wasn’t long ago that this tiny island in the Grenadines archipelago was best known for its Trump Monte Carlo casino—bright lights, hot slots, and all. But a much-needed scrubdown, followed by a decade of careful rebuilding and rebranding, has removed nearly every trace of Canouan’s less-than-sophisticated past. The five-square-mile island now has a new 5,900-foot private-jet runway (long enough for a Boeing 737), a 120-slip marina (including 24 superyacht berths), and, launched in June, the Mandarin Oriental, Canouan, featuring an exclusive collection of villas and suites that commands some of the highest nightly rates in all of the Caribbean.
Altogether, the reinvention is being touted as the makings of the next Mustique. Still, there is one place where you can catch a glimpse of the old Canouan: The island’s Jim Fazio–designed golf course—formerly of the Trump International Golf Club—is still the Grenadines’ best place for a round in paradise.