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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 5 restaurants.

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.

Renovations & Closures

The property is closed between 26 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 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.

  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Beach sun loungers 
  • Beach towels 
  • Business center 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Conference space 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free self parking 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Front desk (limited hours) 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Health club 
  • Meeting rooms 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 18 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Number of restaurants - 5 
  • On private beach 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Supervised childcare/activities 
  • Tennis on site 
  • Total number of rooms - 166 
  • Wedding services 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)  
  • On private beach  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Refrigerator (on request)  
  • Rollaway/extra beds available  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Climate control 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • In-room safe 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Minibar 
  • Patio 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Refrigerator (on request) 
  • Rollaway/extra beds available 
  • Room service 
  • Shower only 
  • Slippers 
  • Turndown service 

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 
  • Aerobics 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 treatments 
  • Facial treatments 
  • Body wraps 
  • Aromatherapy 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 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel 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.

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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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