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Resort with 7 beaches in Virgin Islands National Park
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Isolated on a 171-acre peninsula, this retreat founded by financier and conservationist Laurance Rockefeller for celebrities and the world-weary is part of the Virgin Islands National Park.
Guests at Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort, sunbathe on the sands and snorkel off 7 beaches (2 adults-only) of varying character and appeal. Dining options at this resort include 5 restaurants.
Instead of TVs, radios, telephones, and clocks, Caneel Bay guestrooms provide tranquil views of nature from balconies and terraces in the widely scattered 18 buildings. Rooms do have access to complimentary Wi-Fi.
Renovations & Closures
- The property is closed between 26 August and 1 November.
Isolated on a hillside and featuring panoramic ocean views, The Self Center offers sessions designed by an associate of Dr. Deepak Chopra. Choices include Aqua-Chi (guided water movements), Breathwalk (breathing, walking, meditation), Chakra Meditation, Pilates, yoga, and YogaPlay for Kids (surcharges for all). The resort also offers a range of spa services for complete relaxation. Offering a private white sand beach and direct access to the nearby beach, Caneel Bay also provides beach towels and sun loungers.
An activity room at Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort, contains a big-screen television for nightly complimentary movies. Another television is located in a teen center, which also includes a video game and Internet-connected computer (both complimentary). Complimentary wireless Internet access is offered at a business center computer, and in the lobby. The resort features 5 restaurants, and a bar. For children ages 3-12, there are supervised activities and dinner-and-a-movie evenings (surcharges for all).
Transfers, which include baggage handling, van transportation, and unlimited use of the Caneel Bay ferry between St. Thomas and St. John, are available. Transfer fees are automatically applied to guest's folio. The ferry schedule is designed to complement flight arrival/departure times.
Rental cars for getting around St. John can be reserved during the process of booking a reservation for this property, via this Web site, and added to the total trip cost.
- Number of buildings/towers - 18
- Room service
- Beach sun loungers
- Beach towels
- Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
- On private beach
- Swimming pool - outdoor
- Massage - spa treatment room(s)
- Concierge desk
- Complimentary newspapers in lobby
- Health club
- Free parking
- Banquet facilities
- Multiple large conference rooms
- Event catering
- Business center
- Multiple small meeting rooms
- Audiovisual equipment
- Business services
- Front desk (limited hours)
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Security guard
- Total number of rooms - 166
- Number of floors - 2
- Gift shops or newsstand
- Medical assistance available
- Tour assistance
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Arcade/game room
- Tennis on site
- Wedding services
- Supervised childcare/activities
- Airport transportation (surcharge)
- Free Wi-Fi
Available in all rooms: Free Wi-Fi
Available in some public areas: Free Wi-Fi
- Room Amenities
- Connecting / adjoining rooms available
- Free Wi-Fi
- Premium bedding
- Hypo-allergenic bedding available
- Climate control
- Ceiling fan
- Air conditioning
- Coffee/tea maker
- Complimentary bottled water
- Refrigerator (on request)
- Wake-up calls
- Turndown service
- Shower only
- Hair dryer
- In-room childcare (surcharge)
- Window opens
- Iron/ironing board
- In-room safe
- Daily housekeeping
- Rollaway/extra beds available
Complimentary afternoon tea is served in the open-air Reading Room at Turtle Bay Estate House.
Room service is available during limited hours.
Turtle Bay Estate House - Fine dining restaurant offering classical and creative American fare. Dinner dress code: long pants, collared shirts, closed-toe shoes (no athletic shoes) for men. Evening attire for women.
The Wine Room - Private dining room at Turtle Bay Estate House for advance-reservation dinner parties for a maximum of 10 guests. The Wine Room offers a prix-fixe, 7-course menu, and a wide selection of wines. Dinner dress code: long pants, collared shirts, closed-toe shoes (no athletic shoes) for men. Evening attire for women.
Sugar Mill - Located atop a 18th-century stone sugar-mill ruins on hillside, this open-air restaurant serves Caribbean specialties for dinner.
Caneel Beach Terrace - This open-air restaurant offers buffet and a la carte selections for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dress code: long pants or dress shorts and collared shirts for men.
Caneel Beach Bar & Grill - This family friendly restaurant serves lunch, and dinner. The bar serves refreshing cocktails in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
Seven beaches (six private) fringe the resort's peninsula and provide snorkeling opportunities. At least five supply calm water on any given day. Caneel near the main building includes water sports. Hawksnest catches tradewinds and provides afternoon shade. Honeymoon (the most isolated) features a snorkeling reef at each end. Little Caneel supplies peace and quiet near the resort's pier. Turtle Bay offers views of marine traffic between islands. Paradise is tiny and tranquil. Scott features sea turtles. (Paradise and Scott are adults-only.)
The resort provides complimentary snorkeling gear, pedal boats, small sailboats, windsurfers, and kayaks. Play on 11 lighted tennis courts is also complimentary, as are tennis clinics. Private lessons are available for surcharges. Beginning scuba divers receive a complimentary class.
Scuba and snorkeling excursions and sailing and fishing trips depart from the resort's dock. Aerobics classes are offered during winter season. Hiking trails as well as Trunk Bay's underwater snorkeling trail are located in the Virgin Islands National Park, which covers two-thirds of St. John. (The park's Visitors Center is within two miles, in the town of Cruz Bay.)
Activities include watercolor classes, wine tastings, sunset cruises, and a snorkeling/swimming trip to an uninhabited island followed by a beach barbecue (surcharges for all). Guided tours of the former sugar plantation are complimentary. Use of a fitness center containing cardio and weight machines as well as free weights is complimentary.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the resort; fees may apply.
- Hiking/biking trails nearby
- Aerobics on site
- Fishing on site
- Motor boating on site
- Pilates classes on site
- Sailing on site
- Scuba diving on site
- Snorkeling on site
- Swimming on site
- Windsurfing on site
- Yoga classes/instruction on site
- Body wraps
- Aromatherapy treatments
- Body treatments
- Facial treatments
To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.
- Accessible path of travel
- Accessible bathroom
- Roll-in shower
- Accessible parking
- In-room accessibility
Policies & Fees
Check-in time ends at 11 AM
Check-in time starts at 3 PM
Check-out time is noon
- Payment types
Accepted at this hotel: Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, American Express
Pets not allowed
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
- Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check-in or check-out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
- Boat transfer per adult: USD 110 (roundtrip)
- Transfer service fee per child: USD 55 (roundtrip), (from 5 to 11 years old)
- Babysitting/childcare fee: USD 15 per hour, per child
- Additional Details
Guests must transfer to the property via boat and must arrange the transfers by contacting the property before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
Awards & Affiliations
- Caneel Bay is listed in the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Top 100 List.