What We Love
- Access to miles of lush hiking trails within Virgin Islands National Park
- Seven white sand beaches with free Sunfish sailboats, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, Hobie cats, and snorkeling gear
- Private ferry transfers from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, to the resort
What To Know
- Rooms have air conditioning, but no televisions or telephones
- Passports are not necessary to enter St. John and the U.S. Virgin Islands
- Open-air “safari” taxis are widely available, as are Jeep rentals to explore independently
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Luxurious Caribbean stalwart near sleepy Cruz Bay, with seven white sand beaches spread across 170 pristine acres
Opened in 1956 by ecotourism pioneer Laurance Rockefeller, Caneel Bay is the only resort in St. John within the boundaries of Virgin Islands National Park. With 166 rooms spread across 170 lush acres, it’s easy to forget you’re at a luxury resort. After all, its low-key cottages blend seamlessly into the natural environment, and many are adjacent to one of seven private white sand beaches on the property.
Bed and Bath
You won’t find modern amenities such as televisions or telephones in Caneel Bay’s rooms — for an early rise you can request a wakeup knock in lieu of a call — but that lack is meant to showcase the resort’s main attraction: nature. The simple rooms feature stone walls, island-inspired artwork and large private patios. All rooms have AC, but to live like a local, open your windows and let the Caribbean breeze blow.
With five on-site dining options, you won’t have to go far for a great meal. The open-air Caneel Beach Terrace and Caneel Beach Bar & Grill are perfect for families, and Turtle Bay Estate House is fine dining at its best. But for a taste of the Caribbean, book a table at ZoZo’s at the Sugar Mill. Perched atop the ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill, with sweeping views of St. Thomas and the British Virgin Islands, the restaurant serves Northern Italian fare with local fish and island grown produce. End your evening with homemade gelato at the quaint cafe Cannella, which also serves sandwiches, coffee, smoothies and other snacks throughout the day. The free kids club for children three to 12 makes it easy for parents to unwind with a treatment in the massage cabana overlooking the ocean, hit the tennis courts or just relax by the pool.
How to Get There
There is nothing to say except that this resort is everything that other resorts should ascribe to be like. Five stars across the board. Everything is first class, especially the people!! The beaches are beyond beautiful, the food is amazing, and the staff is incredibly helpful and kind. Cannot wait for our next return!
Five star resort in one of the most beautiful settings, right in the middle of Virgin Islands National Park. Low key and unplugged, a chance to step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Add to that some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see and many fine dining choices. I hope for therm a speedy recovery from hurricane Irma.
My family has traveled to many islands in the Carribean, but St. John has been by far the most impressive. Caneel Bay had s nice location with a lot of options for snorkeling. The snorkeling was unparalleled with any other location we’ve been to. The food was good, and it was near a town. I would HIGHLY reccomend St. John and Caneel Bay.
Have been to this resort a couple of times. I love how its nested in the middle of nature and the rooms are almost hidden in the trees. I love the beach and all the activities the hotel offers. Over the years, however, i feel like the food has gotten worse and lesser quality. Overall a great family experience! really hope they can rebuild! see you soon
I've stayed at Caneel annually for over 10 years, and I hate to see the damage inflicted by hurricanes Irma and Maria. What was once and absolutely beautiful, quiet and laid back resort is now destroyed. We always stayed on Scott Beach and enjoyed walking out our door right onto the beach, pulling up a recliner and spending a nice quiet day in one of the most beautiful places on earth. My last time at Caneel was just a few weeks before Hurricane Irma and I'm really hoping that the pictures I took won't be the last ones I ever take there. Hopefully a new lease on the property can be worked out and the resort rebuilt in the same low-key, laid back style.