CANOUAN ISLAND, The Grenadines -- The tiny boot-shaped,
three-square-mile island of Canouan, population 1,000, halfway down
the Grenadines chain, enters the major leagues this summer with the
July 15 opening of Raffles Resort Canouan Island.
The 156-room, suite and villa resort marks Raffles
International's first Caribbean venture.
The resort is the former Carenage Bay Beach & Golf Club,
briefly managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts but closed for the
past two years for extensive -- and expensive -- remodeling.
Sources say Raffles spent "more than $30 million" investing in
the resort to add amenities such as an 18-hole designer golf course
and the 10,000-square-foot Amrita Spa.
Donald Trump also marks his Caribbean debut when the first of
his Trump Island Villas on Canouan goes on sale this summer with a
starting price of $1 million.
Trump will develop several high-end villas here at the site of
the Raffles Resort, where Trump Hotels & Casinos will manage
the operations at the resort's European-style casino called Trump
In addition, the Moorings, a top yacht charter firm, established
a base on Canouan last year.
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