This spa has an elevated location in more ways than one.

By Rana Good
May 13, 2018
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Pink Sands Club, Canouan in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is Mandarin Oriental’s first Caribbean outpost, and as one would expect from the luxury hotel group, the destination is stunning. Located on sparsely populated Canouan, one of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ most exclusive and under-the-radar islands, the spot is drawing luxury travelers who want to get away from the crowds and relax on a quiet beach, retreat to a private villa, or practice their swing undisturbed at the panoramic ocean view golf course.

However, there’s one place on property that will take even the most discerning traveler's breath away — their unique spa, or rather the way to get there. Why? You’ll have to ride a funicular up to your treatment room.

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Walk along the beach until you spot the tracks, then step inside a wooden carriage. A staff member will guide you up a steep hill until you arrive at your stop for the spa.

While the trip to the top will be a speedy one, the next few hours spent in one of the treatment rooms with floor-to-ceiling ocean vistas will be decidedly zen. Head inside one of nine suites and soak up the sound of rolling waves as you calm your mind while indulging in a signature treatment like the "After the 18th" — developed especially for golfers' aching muscles — or an in-depth facial or customized massage. You can partake in yoga sessions or visit the gym on the hilltop as well.

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Pink Sands Club is the ideal place to unwind and soak up some Caribbean sun no matter how you spend your time there, but if you want to quite literally take things up a notch, a visit to the elevated spa will truly make you feel like you’re on top of the world.

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