Caneel Bay Resort

As you approach Caneel’s unassuming entrance, pass through the understated stone gatehouse and take in the resort’s soft green rolling hills dotted with grazing donkeys and deer, you might notice that something is missing: noise.

Caneel Bay remains faithful to the vision of its founder, Laurance Rockefeller, whose love affair with St. John is forever immortalized in the resort’s 170-acre property. Between the d├ęcor, which marries refined 1950s beach style with traditional St. John stonework and touches of mid-19th century Danish flair, and the serenity of the simply landscaped grounds, it’s not hard to imagine Mr. Rockefeller and his family calmly strolling the property, nestled in the Virgin Islands National Park along St. John’s famed north shore.

The resort’s 166 rooms sprawl across the property, and with seven beaches lining the north side of Caneel Bay, you will never feel crowded out by other guests. There are plenty of quiet places to hide out, like the elegant stone Turtle Bay Estate House, whose overstuffed chairs invite you to curl up and while away the afternoon as the tranquil turquoise waves lap gently at Turtle Beach just below. If you need a break from the kiddies, drop them off at the complimentary Turtle Town kids’ club and head to one of Caneel’s two adults-only beaches.

Four restaurants and a plethora of complimentary water sports ensure you’ll never go hungry or bored, and Caneel’s world-renowned tennis program has been ranked number one in the Caribbean for five years running by Tennis Resorts Online. If you’re still stuck on the fact that there are no telephones in the rooms, don’t fret — there are phone stations throughout the resort which you can use to call out or order room service.

Caneel Bay has attracted numerous die-hard repeat guests for whom the luxury is not found in the amenities, but rather in the resort’s intangible aspects: the aura, the atmosphere, the environment. One stay at Caneel and you’ll find yourself dreaming of its simple elegance long after the vacation is over, counting down the days until you might return again.

  • If you want a good value without skimping on the luxury, check into room 7A. It’s part of the original cottage that Laurance Rockefeller built for his family and boasts the same Danish mid-century modern style that adorns other rooms in the cottage. It affords plenty of privacy and easy access to two of Caneel’s beaches, but is considered an ocean view category room which is nearly half as expensive as other Cottage 7 rooms.
  • Soaking up the history at the Equator, a Caneel restaurant that’s situated in an historic 18th century sugar mill, is a must. Take it a step further by asking to be seated in the adjacent ruins for a truly mysterious, romantic evening.
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