CANOUAN ISLAND, The Grenadines -- The opening date for Raffles Resort Canouan Island has been pushed back to July 29 from July 15.

The 56-room, suite and villa resort marks Raffles International's first Caribbean venture.

General manager Louis Sailer said the resort will open its doors with special daily rates from $345 to $755, single or double, not including 17% tax and service charge. The rates are in effect through Nov. 12.

The resort is the former Carenage Bay Beach Hotel & Golf Club, briefly managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts but closed for the past two years for extensive -- and expensive -- remodeling.

New to Raffles Resort Canouan Island is an 18-hole Jim Fazio-designed golf course; the Raffles Amrita Spa with 10 cliffside and two over-water bungalow-style treatment rooms; four restaurants and bars; and the Sugar Palm Club for kids.

Sources say Raffles spent "more than $30 million" investing in the resort, which was already "up to [Raffles'] standards," to add the amenities.

Donald Trump also marks his Caribbean debut with his Trump Club Privee European-style casino and Trump International Golf Club with changing rooms, steam room, sauna and the 19th Hole Lounge.

For details, visit www.raffles.com; to book, e-mail [email protected].

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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