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Get an overview of this hotelHotel with 7 beaches in Virgin Islands National Park

Popular property highlights

Free self parking
Free WiFi
On private beach
Outdoor pool
Business center

Private peninsula

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.

Snorkeling beaches

Guests at Caneel Bay, sunbathe on the sands and snorkel off 7 beaches (2 adults-only) of varying character and appeal. Dining options at this hotel include 4 restaurants and 1 coffee shop.

Relaxing rooms

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.

 Guest Highlights

  • Good location
  • Beach
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Helpful staff
  • Clean guestrooms
  • Comfy beds

Renovations & Closures

The property is closed between 21 August and 1 November.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

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 hotel 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 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 hotel features 4 restaurants and a garden. 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.

A complimentary area shuttle is available while an airport shuttle is available for a fee.

  • Beach sun loungers 
  • Beach towels 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 18 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • On private beach 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Children's club (free) 
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge) 
  • Meeting rooms 4 
  • Business center 
  • Conference space 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Total number of rooms - 166 
  • Front desk (limited hours) 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Babysitting or childcare 
  • Tennis on site 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 4 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Wedding services 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Concierge services 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Children's club 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Garden 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 9 
  • Free self parking 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Number of restaurants - 4 
  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Free WiFi 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Furnished balcony or patio 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Refrigerator (on request) 
  • Minibar 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Turndown service 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Slippers 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room safe 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (free) 

Where to Eat

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.

Nearby Things to Do

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 
  • Fitness classes on site 
  • Fishing on site 
  • Motor boating on site 
  • Pilates classes on site 
  • Sailing on site 
  • Scuba diving on site 
  • Snorkeling on site 
  • Windsurfing on site 
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site 

Spa Services

  • Body wraps 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Body treatments 
  • Facial treatments 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at 11 PM

Check-in time starts at 3 PM


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Free rollaway/extra beds!
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Fee for continental breakfast: USD 32 per person (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 110 per person (roundtrip)
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Caneel
  • Caneel Bay
  • Caneel Bay Hotel
  • Caneel Bay Hotel St. John
  • Caneel Bay St. John

We should mention

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.
  • The property is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

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