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June 18, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Caneel Bay in Saint John, US Virgin Islands

Amidst the verdant tropical landscape of the Virgin Islands National Park, Caneel Bay is a historic luxury resort on Saint John. Set on a 170-acre peninsula with seven spectacular beaches, this award-winning retreat prides itself on maintaining its pristine natural surroundings and drawing guests to connect with the breathtaking beauty all around. A stay at Caneel Bay is an opportunity to truly unplug - guest rooms are free of phones and televisions - and there are ample amenities designed to make the most of your time at this Caribbean island paradise. Accommodations are blissfully elegant in their ambiance and furnishings, boasting a definitely traditional Caribbean style blended with modern materials and comforts. Each guest space includes a mini bar, plush robes, and private terrace, and depending on your exact location, views vary from colorful gardens to azure ocean vistas. Toast to the beginning of a memorable experience with a complimentary island rum, and let yourself relinquish all your wordly cares. This is Caneel Bay.

The resort is readily equipped with a full fitness center, tennis courts and available lessons, and a sparkling outdoor pool - but you may just find yourself tempted to head straight out to one of the peninsula's gorgeous beaches. Catch a glimpse of sea turtles at Scott Beach, lay in the white sands of Turtle Bay Beach, romance for an afternoon at Honeymoon Beach, and duck over to Paradise Beach for a quiet moment of calm. The popular Caneel Bay Beach is the site for a host of water sports, including sunfish sailing, sea kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. For additional options, arrange a fishing charter, day trip to the British Virgin Islands, or sunset cocktail cruise. For a casual open-air dining experience during the day, visit Caneel Beach Terrace or Caneel Beach Bar & Grill, and for an enchanting gourmet dinner, head to Turtle Bay Estate House or ZoZo's at the Sugar Mill, which is perched atop the resort's 18th-century sugar mill ruins. With endless expanses of crystalline sea, idyllic beaches, and tropical vegetation around you at every moment, relish in the incredible experience that is Caneel Bay.

Location of Caneel Bay

Caneel Bay
P.O. Box 720
00831-0720
Saint John, US Virgin Islands

Nearest Airport: STT

Amenities for Caneel Bay

  • General Information
  • 166 Guest Rooms
  • Connecting/Adjoining Rooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Dining
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Shop
  • 4 Restaurants
  • Waterfront Dining
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge
  • Spa Services
  • Hiking Trails
  • Laundry Service
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Center
  • Tennis Courts
  • Car Rental
  • Outdoor Spa Treatments
  • Wedding Planning Services
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Private Patios or Balconies
  • Turndown Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • No Televisions or Telephones
  • Iron/Ironing Boards
  • Coffee & Tea Facilities
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Work Desks
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Basketball
  • Fitness Classes
  • Paddleboarding
  • Business
  • Business Center/Services
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Family
  • Babysitting
  • Kids Club
  • Baby Bath Amenities
  • Baby Amenities
  • Nearby
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • National Park
  • Interests
  • Beach
  • Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
  • Family
  • Kids' Club

Reviews for Caneel Bay

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

I first came to Caneel in the 1970s, a dozen times since 2017 visit, and the nature is always vibrant, fresh, delivers a big wow! The clarity, warm water and sounds of ocean are amazing here. My favorites are Turtle Bay Beach, Caneel Beach, and the walk from Turtle Bay to Caneel beach, day or night, breakfast or dinner. Lunch at the new bar is very nice, especially near the blinding sunset. Great fancy menu and vast drink selection. The view from breakfast table across the yellow green mangroves on powder white beach and clear blue waters onto the BVI and onto St Thomas is rare in Carribean and spectacular. That one-of-a-kind view is a big reason why I come here. The beauty of this Island cannot be found anywhere in Florida, Hawaii, or most other islands. It is a natural volcanic sea-mount that runs from PR Spanish Virgins to USVI to BVI. St John and BVI islands of Sir Francis Drake Channel are the tip of the top. St Thomas is interesting for first-comers, and Charlotte Amalie should explored. This is I recommend when you arrive at airport, go to town for 2-3 hours, get a drink at AH Riise Bar in the jeweler's alley, then take the next Caneel Ferry to the resort. RECOMMENDATIONS -take the Caneel transportation and scenic island-weaving ferry trip from Charlotte Amalie to Caneel Bay on St John, versus from Red Hook Note it is a long taxi from airport to Red Hook. -take the Kalina afternoon day sailing to go snorkeling, fabulous views of the many Islands. Sunset trip is nice to talk, see St thomas/BVI local area, but not as scenic.. -take the Tour Boat from St John, Cruz Bay to BVI, to see The Baths, Cooper Island, Norman Island, Jost Van Dyke, multiple snorkels, lunch, drinks at Soggy Dollar. Excellent deal, and incredible scenery. The Baths are unlike anything on St John. -kayak from Caneel to the tiny islands off Cruz Bay (try this in summer only), go snorkeling in 10ft deep reefs. Only for strong swimmers with courage. Go with a buddy. Watch out for sea planes and boats. -windsurf from Caneel to Carvel Rock -hike the trail from Hawksnest beach to Turtle Bay beach -hike from Caneel to Trunk Bay, stop at old sugar mill on cliff, in woods -hike from top of St John, Centerline Road (check map), down to Caneel -hike from Caneel to Cruz Bay and explore stores -taxi to Westin for a drink, and crash a hot tub for 30 minutes -rent a jeep and head to Cinnamon Bay and other beaches, Maho Bay, explore the Annaberg ruins, drive to the end tip to see a different world -Return along the top spine of Island, along Center Line, and head to Great Cruz Bay, Chocolate Hole, and further Bays in the remote parts of Island -play some tennis at Caneel near sunset, cool off in pool -snorkel around Hawksnest and Turtle Bay beaches, check calendar for full moon for coral spawning at night for irridescent waters with billions of eggs -go scuba diving from the hotel to Carvel Rock, or sponge cave walls off BV or St Thomas. Endless options, 2-tank dive for sure. -rent a 24ft boat in Cruz Bay from Ocean Runners and take it to the Baths. most incredible boat experience ever. Be careful anchoring in BVI, use moorings. -have couple of meals at Caneel and have some dinners in town. DINING ON ST JOHN -The best meals at Caneel are during the huge manager parties -Sugar Mill is best restaurant at Caneel -Nice places in town in 2017 are --French Restaurant at junction toward Gallows Point (open air) --Grill Restaurant a few 100 ft from pier, on road toward Westin --Raw Bar on main street, near church, great artisinal bar menu, fish tacos, drinks --Bar furthest from pier, toward Gallows road junction, next to Low Key Water sports, with large triangular bar and live music. Right on the beach/water edge. -Food on St John, St Thomas, USVI, BVI, PR is 4 or 5 star quality. -Service is best at Caneel and Little Dix Bay. BARBEQUE ST THOMAS STYLE IN RED HOOK -there used to be a real authentic steak/salad joint in Red Hook, huge grill, amazing barbeque. double check if open. Caneel might run ferry to Red Hook -if you came this far, take a taxi to get a drink at Ritz Carlton, 3-5 min away, to see the view onto St John at night ROOMS -I recommend Turtle Bay upstairs units for the view. Look at the resort room map. -Rooms at Caneel Bay are nice too, closest to water rooms. -Cottage 7 top floor has great views, but a bit quiet location. FINAL NOTE -Caneel is basically all about nature, beaches, views, and luxe 50s era rooms, brought to modern standards, with the limits of what the National Park will allow -some call it luxury camping, but it is in hotel rooms. No tents. -the rooms have a lot of windows, screens, so it feels like you are in a tent, in the open -there can be no-see-em tiny bugs, bring insect repellant

trip647 - New York City, New York


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

This was perhaps my 40th trip to St. John and my first to stay at Caneel Bay (although we had both used the beaches and eaten there before). Yes, it's a lovely location and a storied history. But I was incredibly underwhelmed. For something pricey even by St. John standards, the room was relatively small and old, we had several persistent bugs (literally, as in insects) in the room -- lizards I'm o.k. with but bugs, not so much -- and everything seemed crowded and incredibly managed at the resort. My personal view is that renting a house is much, much more enjoyable -- more room, more authentic St. John, better price. Load up on food either on St. Thomas or even St. John (the restaurant prices were exorbitant) and IMHO you will have an infinitely better time. Treat yourself to a nice dinner at Caneel and you'll get all the Caneel you need. Not intending to dis Caneel but that was certainly my first and last stay there. My 2 teenagers (who have literally been coming to St. John all their lives) were in total agreement. We had a wonderful time -- it's next to impossible to do otherwise on this amazing island -- and enjoyed Caneel -- but will return to our long-standing prior practice. The staff, BTW, was wonderful!

Elizabeth S - Oxford Mills, Canada


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I just returned from 5 days at Caneel Bay. This was our fourth stay at the resort. The place never disappoints. We stayed on Scott Beach and love the updated rooms. Walking out of your bedroom and onto a beautiful beach is awesome. The grounds are beautiful.... large variety of trees, flowers and of course donkeys, deer and mongoose. We have been to 12 other islands in the Caribbean and St John is the best hands down just as Caneel Bay is the best resort The beaches are spectacular. White sand, palm trees and lots of sea turtles in the water. Great snorkeling as well. We saw lots of turtles, stingrays and tropical fish just off Scott Beach. Only negative comment is that parts of the resort need some TLC. The main breakfast area is aged as well as some of the villas around the tennis courts and fitness center. Stay here and you will not regret the decision. Truly worth the visit.

gwstephan - Charlotte


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

I have long wanted to go to Caneel Bay Resort. I have read about it for years and seen it from afar on a previous day trip to St. John. I decided to return with my wife to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and loved every minute of it. From start to finish it was a wonderful experience. The reservation process was easy and the staff helpful in answering my questions about the accommodations. The website has a map which was very helpful in picking out which part of the resort to choose. This is necessary as there are seven beaches to choose from and rooms near most of them. There are advantages to each, more on that later. After reserving you will receive information about activities, dining and transportation. The later is an experience in itself if you are traveling from the airport in St. Thomas - there is no major airport in St. John. The resort has its own ferry which is the most convenient way to get from St. Thomas to Caneel Bay. This is $110 a person round trip (and includes unlimited use through out your stay), but was worth it for the two of us. Having arranged this we were told to go to a reception lounge in the baggage claim area where we checked in to the resort and left our luggage. Our bags joined us in the transportation provided to the dock. Once there we joined our fellow guests on the ferry where we received rum punch and a beautiful view on the 35 minute ride to the Caneel Bay Resort dock. You are directed to your personal host who gives you a brief tour of the resort area around reception and will take you to your room via cart. Your bags are delivered to your room so you don't touch them from the airport until they arrive. The beaches by the dock are Caneel Bay and Little Caneel. These are a little busier and are the location of the water sports kiosk. This is where you pick up your complimentary snorkel gear for your visit. Kayaks are also available and small sailboats which require some experience or lessons to use. The kayaks are limited to the bay. Scuba lessons and excursions are arranged at the nearby scuba "hut". The breakfast buffet, bar, and casual dinging restaurant are all on this beach. Just inland is the gift shop and coffee shop. The coffee shop is a nice option for breakfast and lunch with quiche, smoothies, gelato, and paninis which are relatively inexpensive for the resort. On the hill overlooking the transportation circle (for the resort shuttles) is ZoZo's - an independently operated restaurant. You will want to get reservations here before you arrive. This is a somewhat confused process since the concierge has to contact ZoZo's reservations during their hours of operation. Double check on your reservations when you arrive. Visitors from outside the resort arrive in this vicinity and have access to these beaches, but they are directed by signs to Honeymoon Beach and most seem to go there. Suffice it to say this part of the resort is busier, but nearer most amenities. The grounds themselves are manicured and look like a golf course. The tropical plants and trees are beautiful, but are not ornate are overly planted. It has more the feel of a park than a garden which is more in keeping with the island. And this better suits the deer and donkeys that roam throughout Caneel, a unique and quaint feature. The resort is large and although it is walkable the shuttles are a needed convenience if you are at one of the other beaches. Scott's Beach is one of the longest beaches and the rooms here cost more. I believe it is supposed to be adult only, but we did see children here. There is a beach bar and they will take orders for the kitchen here and deliver them to your chair. I would recommend doing this to maximize beach time. Wait for your food on the beach rather than a restaurant and lounge here all day under the trees or in the gentle surf. There are floats available for this purpose. I found this the best beach for snorkeling for sea turtles and rays. Paradise Beach is a small, almost private beach for the cottage rooms on the small promontory next to Scott's Beach. The cottage rooms are the most expensive accommodations and give you more space. We stayed on Turtle Bay Beach and loved it. It is the farthest removed from Caneel Bay. The room was large enough - we weren’t in it much.There was plenty of room for the king bed, a desk, two sets of chest of drawers, a closet with safe, minibar with adjacent bench seat and two chairs with a coffee table. This was great for the two of us as we spent most of the time in bed, on our veranda, or on the beach. The veranda had two lounge chairs, a table and a combination bench seat/railing. The bathroom was adequate with a walk in shower and the expected toiletries. Complimentary champagne on ice was present on arrival for our anniversary. A bottle of rum is standard. A nice touch was the different shell left behind with the turndown service each night. Lots of little extras. Our housekeeper arranged gratis flip flops on each side of the bed at night. The linens were impeccable. There is no phone or TV, but there is free internet that could be picked up on the beach.There was air conditioning although the windows could be opened to allow the sea breeze to pass through the room. This was nice at night as we could hear the surf from Turtle Bay. The beach was literally a view steps from our first floor room (91). I would stay here again in a heart beat. I heard no noise from other rooms when in ours. The bar and restaurant at Turtle Bay Estate are a short walk up the stairs. There is tea served on its veranda in the afternoon. Turtle Bay Beach is smaller and the surf a little rougher - but not too rough. It is produced mostly by the boats that cross the straits the beach fronts. The noise of the ferries is it’s only drawback and was more than made up for by its seclusion and the scene of the sail boats crossing back and forth in front of you. The snorkeling here was good for the rocks and coral. It was the least busy. Sunsets from this beach and the adjacent point were memorable. It is shaded in the morning. Also, the Mary's Trail trailhead starts from this beach. Scotts Beach is a short walk away. One last thing about the room: some reviews discussed insects and other pests. This was not a problem for us. I saw two tiny bugs the size of a pinhead in our room. That was it. Nonetheless there was bug spray for the room as well as mosquito repellant in the closet. Mosquitos were not a problem on the beach and I only encountered them on Mary’s Trail. No Zika yet! Hawksnest Beach was scenic as well with hills and islands in the distance. It is larger than Turtle Bay Beach and is shaded in the late afternoon. Its beachfront rooms are also less expensive than Scotts Beach. There are nearby "public beaches”, but I saw no traffic from these. When I was there the water was murkier for snorkeling, but I am sure this changes. If you are not one to sit in the sun, but like the views and the amenities Caneel has to offer an Ocean View room is a good option. I did not see the Garden View room area, workout facilities or the pool. Had zero interest in the pool. Worked out by walking and snorkeling. Getting into Cruz Bay is an easy inexpensive taxi ride to town. Go there and enjoy Long Boards, the Lime Inn, and Morgans Mango. I had plans to rent a jeep and explore the island. We loved the resort and its beaches so much these plans went out the window. We were relaxing too well. But if you are paying this much you should enjoy Caneel to the fullest. If your goal is to explore the island you might consider staying elsewhere, renting a jeep, and just visiting the resort for the day. If I return to St John it will be a tough decision as to whether to spend the money to return or stay in a rental and travel around the island. Caneel spoils you very well. I can see why many come year after year.

MacTraveller64 - Nashville, Tennessee


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I love to travel and rarely repeat visits to the same place. We stayed at Caneel Bay in April 2017 and are already planning our return trip in the first half of 2018. It’s true that the resort may not meet everyone’s definition of luxury. If you’re accustomed to the aesthetically perfect, sterile environment of a 5-star hotel conglomerate in Mexico or Hawaii, this isn’t exactly it. It’s an older resort that lacks sleek, modern updates. If you stay at this resort, it should be because you want to experience the outdoors and enjoy what the island has to offer. If you are coming to St. John to experience beauty and complete serenity - this is your place. This is a true paradise for any nature-lover. Hiking trails are abundant throughout the grounds. One of these connects to downtown Cruz Bay (grabbing a margarita and lunch are always a great end to a hike). We couldn’t get enough of the wild donkeys and deer roaming the resort. A baby donkey was just born a few days before our arrival and a fawn was born during our stay. The staff went out of their way to show us where we could find these cute lil guys, which we really appreciated. The best part is the uncrowded beaches. You won’t be fighting with other guests for chairs or shady spots. Snorkel gear, floaties, etc. are all complimentary. Sea turtles are everywhere (saw plenty on both Scott Beach and Hawksnest Beach) and easy to find underwater while snorkeling right off the beach. We also saw tropical fish and stingrays. Our room was on the ground floor on Hawksnest Beach. This was our favorite beach on the property and I can’t begin to describe how lovely it was to have the sparkling turquoise water just steps from our room. Our room was clean and comfortable with lots of closet and drawer space. The only negative about the room was the fact that it always felt a bit damp from the humidity, but I guess that’s par for the course. Also, no matter how hard you try, you’ll get some insects in your room (we only had a couple of mosquitos and ants). The resort has a can of Raid waiting in the room, along with a bottle of OFF. We had to ask for a second bottle of OFF by the last day as the mosquitos were ruthless outdoors. Even at 20+ bites per leg, it was well worth it to stay in the middle of a beautiful national park & sit on the beach at night (we had it to ourselves) watching the stars. Again, if you’re traveling to St. John to escape your hectic day-to-day and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of this island paradise, Caneel Bay is the place to do it.

Autumn D


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