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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
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 2 weeks ago

Caneel Bay Resort is located on St John island which is a nature preserve. I spent a week there with friends. It took me four days to realize that the rooms do not have television or phones. The resort has a fleet of kayaks and small sailboats as well as snorkeling gear. There is a dive shop on site. If you crave "night life" the town of Cruz Bay is a short five dollar cab ride away. Service at Caneel Bay is superb the food is excellent.

emkayach - Leesburg, Florida

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Caneel Bay has been on our radar screen for over ten years but we never booked a trip because of the cost. It was hard for us to imagine that it could be worth it but this year we decided to splurge on Caneel in celebration of a major birthday. Let me tell you: IT IS WORTH IT. ROOM: We stayed in a Courtside room and it was totally fine. The room was comfortable and large enough for us but we did find the bathroom quite cramped but not enough to really impact the trip in any way. That's truly a nitpick. The bath towels and beach towels were enormous and plentiful. We were in the room to sleep and little else and spent the rest of the days on the amazing beaches. The courtside rooms are at the top of a considerable hill but we didn't find it problematic to walk from restaurants / taxi stand to our room but I could understand that some might not like doing that. That said, the resort transportation is really convenient to use, both the larger green bus and the smaller golf carts. We seldom waited more than two minutes for somebody to pick us up and transport us to where we needed to go. Walking from Courtside area to Caneel Beach was a snap and Scott, Hawksnest and Turtle are all quite close together too once you are in that area. I'm sure the beachfront rooms are wonderful but believe me, you can have a great experience in a courtside room. BEACHES: Spectacular! Every one is beautiful and filled with abundant shade and chairs. I'm quite fair and sunburn easily and I had no issues on this trip despite being outside all day every day for eight days. We often vacation at all-inclusive resorts and it was a wonderful change to arrive mid-day at a nearly empty beach and have our pick of chairs and shade. At one point, on what I'd consider the most crowded moment of my stay, I counted 25 people on Scott beach -- and that included people sitting on the chairs and swimming. It was like having a private beach. No conversations to overhear, no cigarette smoke, no loud DJ music drifting over from the pool area, no drunk people, just beautiful peace and quiet. We snorkeled from most beaches and saw interesting things each time but my favorite had to be the abundant turtles. My last morning at Scott I saw six of them and had a similar tally over on Hawksnest earlier in the week. I feel like at most resorts you'd be happy to have one beach as nice as these and at Caneel there is just and abundance of riches. FOOD: Our only complaint, if we were forced to make one, was wishing for more dining options at the hotel. I understand why it's limited though because Cruz Bay is so close by (5 minute taxi) and has so many restaurants. it's really not a big deal to go there often for two but the taxi might add up quickly for a larger family. The breakfast buffet was very good but expensive ($64 for two) - I'd heed the advice to book a rate that includes breakfast if possible. One morning we ate breakfast in the coffee shop and on a few days we had some of the continental breakfast and supplemented with granola brought from home. Lunch from the Bar/Grill was just fine and can be ordered and delivered to the beach if you choose. Dinner at the Bar/Grill was OK but the menu gets old fast when it's the mostly the same for lunch and dinner and this is the only dining option on the property. Afternoon tea: a total treat. I wish I could have fresh scones and lemon curd everyday! This was really a lovely way to wrap up an active day. ZoZo's was as good as we'd heard and I wished we had made a second reservation there. Also take note of the time of sunset before making a reservation. We had an early dinner, which we typically like, but the sun was blazing hot and blinding for the first half hour of our time at ZoZo's. GROUNDS/ANIMALS: Many times over the course of my stay at Caneel Bay I was struck by how beautiful it was. The greenery, the flowers, the animals, the beaches, all of it add up to a picture perfect location. I really enjoyed the donkeys and other animals - they added just the right amount of the unusual to the whole experience. STAFF/SERVICE: I've seen many posts commenting on the chilly staff. I didn't find this to be the case at all, everybody at Caneel Bay was perfectly pleasant. Service one night at the Bar/Grill was spotty but even then when our original waitress seemed slow and ineffective, another one swooped in to make things right and she checked in with us repeatedly for the rest of the evening. I loved how we did the business of checking into the hotel while waiting for our bags at the airport. Getting that tedious task out of the way before the boat transfer was awesome and we loved arriving at the dock and being whisked immediately to our room. Checking out was equally painless with our bill delivered to our room the day before and the bell staff picking up our bags and transferring them to the ferry while we ate breakfast. We were delivered to the airport well ahead of our flight and it was a totally stress-free process on both ends. Overall this week was one of the most relaxing vacations we've ever had. Before arriving we wondered if Caneel Bay could possibly be worth it and now we are wondering how we'll ever vacation anywhere else again.

hmonkey - Collegeville, Pennsylvania

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although this venerable property has not been affiliated with Laurence Rockefeller's former RockResorts hotel company for many years, his original concept and dedication to eco-conservation continues to be embraced by the current ownership. First of all, this is an enormous property, comprising 170 acres of beautifully landscaped park which, to put into perspective, is roughly twice the size of the Disneyland theme park located in Anaheim, California. Despite the immense size, there are only 166 rooms spread out in clusters throughout the property, situated primarily along any one of its seven beautiful beaches. The expansive grass-covered open spaces separating building clusters are presumably where sugar cane crops once grew, dating back to the property's original use as a sugar plantation, with some of the old sugar mill ruins conspicuously evident near the main core of the property. Independently operated ZoZo's restaurant with its excellent menu is actually situated atop one of the former plantation buildings, and offers great views of the ocean and neighboring islands from its large covered open air gazebo structure boasting a full circle wine bar situated in the center of the restaurant from which to watch the gorgeous sunsets. The rooms themselves are spacious, extremely clean and well-appointed, but do not provide either telephones or televisions,neither of which you will miss in this exquisite setting. The beaches are spectacular, and snorkelers will be rewarded with sea turtle sightings on a regular basis in the clear, warm water. In addition, there is a proliferation of wild deer and feral donkeys which roam the property, and can easily be seen at any time of day or night. Finally, although you will be least interested in knowing about how to leave the property, there is a convenient resort ferry which will both bring you from and return you to St. Thomas airport in Charlotte Amalie for a reasonable cost, which is the rough equivalent cost-wise of alternatively using the public ferry to/from Red Hook to Cruz Bay, plus cab fare for the remaining distance to/from St. Thomas airport.

stephen g - Laguna Niguel, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wake up to the sun rising over a private beach 50' from your window. Walk out for a morning swim is glass still water before a stroll through the resort grounds to breakfast, stopping to watch deer, donkeys and iguanas who live in the resort.

Alan P

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the hotel that A List celebs frequent when they come to St John but the amazing thing is that the staff treats all the guests the same no matter what kind of room they have booked. Certain parts of the hotel have been renovated and they are working on updating the rest. I had a court side room over near the tennis courts and just up the road from Zozo's and the taxi stand. You are personally escorted to your room and the staff tries to make you feel welcome. The beaches are spectacular I enjoyed Scott Beach the best as I saw a sting ray when I snorkeled there. The hotel has beach towels in all the rooms and you can borrow snorkel gear for the entirety of your stay. Feral donkeys and deer roam the property and they the signs say not to pet them, they don't mind humans and some will let you get up close and personal. There are two walking trails on the property so you can get in a little exercise while seeing the views. There is also easy access to the Lind Point Trail at the end of Honeymoon Beach that will take you down to Cruz Bay. A taxi ride to Cruz Bay is $6 for a single or if there are two or more people going to town it is $5. You can hire taxis by the hour as well and the concierge can arrange this for you. I did a taxi tour of the North Shore and t was $55 an hour which is rather nice as my driver, JJ, knew how to get to everything and the best places to stop for pictures. I even thought I had a problem with my bill and when I got upset, the staff stayed calm and accept my apology when I realized I was wrong. I will note that there were some of the staff that seemed to care less but for the most part they were stellar and so nice. Also recommend a massage in one of the massage cabanas as they overlook Hawksnest Bay and are very calming. The best hotel in all the US Virgin Islands as I have been told and now believe.


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