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 much­needed 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 (man­dari­nori­en­tal .com), fea­tur­ing an ex­clu­sive col­lec­tion of vil­las and suites that com­mand 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.

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