$549 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jan 5, 2015 Check-out: Jan 6, 2015

Caneel Bay Resort

5 stars
North Shore Road, Route 20, St. John, USVI, St. John, 00831
Best In Stay Elite
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.8
out of 5
61 reviews
Relaxing honeymoon

The hotel was clean and away from the city. Beautiful grounds, friendly staff and we saw more sea... See full review

  • kimberly o.
  • Dec 21, 2014
30th Anniversary second honeymoon

Just a gorgeous resort, with friendly staff and goo amenities on site. It's pricey, but was well... See full review

  • Paul and Helen
  • Nov 17, 2014
Get away from it all this low-key, luxury resort on St. John
Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the real world at Caneel Bay on St. John, a luxurious but low-key resort. Relaxation is the ultimate goal at Caneel Bay which is why rooms are devoid of modern technology such as telephone and TV. Still, entertainment is plentiful, with seven premier snorkeling beaches on the property, tennis courts, yoga, meditation, Pilates and Zumba classes (fees apply to classes). The Turtle Town program offers myriad activities for children age three to 12 (day programs are complimentary).
Highlights
  • Seven secluded white-sand beaches
  • Spa services
  • Youth center with big screen TV and computer/video games
  • Complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon tea
  • Ferry between St. Thomas and St. John available (fees apply)
Rooms
The 166 guest rooms at Caneel Bay reflect what sets this property apart from many others. Each retreat is furnished with hand-crafted beds and extra-thick custom mattresses, and decorated in luxurious plantation style. The beds are made with Egyptian cotton sheets and bathrooms feature extra thick spa towels. Lady Primrose toiletries are complimentary, as are grass slippers. The rooms are surrounded by lush gardens and are designed to blend into the surrounding landscape. Rooms are outfitted with mini-bar, safe deposit box, coffee maker and climate control.

Features
Built by a member of the Rockefeller family, Caneel Bay is among St. John's most unique properties. With seven private beaches (two are adults-only), 11 lighted tennis courts, multiple fitness classes and hiking trails, the resort is ideal for guests who enjoy active travel. But when it's time to relax, there's plenty of room for that, too. Guests use snorkeling gear, pedal boats, small sailboats, windsurfers and kayaks for free. Scuba lessons also are available with the first lesson on the house. There are four restaurants on the property plus a private dining room, the Wine Room, in which a set menu of six wines and five food courses are served nightly (reservations required).

Transportation
  • Cyril E. King International Airport (12 mi/ 19.5 km)
Attractions
  • Hawksnest Beach (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Honeymoon Beach (0.4 mi/0.7 km)
  • Elaine Lone Sprauve Library and Museum (1.1 mi/1.8 km)
  • Trunk Bay (1.3 mi/ 2.1 km)
  • Virgin Islands National Park (2.7 mi/4.4 km)
  • Annaberg Plantation (3.9 mi/6.2 km)

Business
  • 5,593 square feet of indoor and 7,100 square feet of outdoor meeting and event space
  • State of the art audio/visual and presentation equipment available (fees apply)
  • Private dinners for up to 100 guests available for wedding and business events
Policies and fees
Complimentary continental breakfast. Guests must transfer from airport to resort by boat. Airport transfer and unlimited use of ferry requires a one-time fee. No pets allowed.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Caneel Bay Resort Rooms

Courtside room
Room with 1 king or 2 twin beds including facilities like Iron / Ironing board, Safe in room, Bathroom amenities, Tea and coffee making facilities, Mini bar and Beach towels. The rooms located near the tennis courts and fitness center, these rooms offer views of lush tropical greenery and are a short walk to the beach.
Gardenview room
Room with 1 king or 2 twin beds including facilities like Iron / Ironing board, Safe in room, Bathroom amenities, Tea and coffee making facilities, Mini bar and Beach towels. Pleasantly scattered throughout the resort, these ground level rooms are surrounded by Caneel's tropical foliage and are just a short stroll to the beach.
Oceanview room
Room with 1 king or 2 twin beds including facilities like Iron / Ironing board, Safe in room, Bathroom amenities, Tea and coffee making facilities, Mini bar and Beach towels. These rooms, near the water's edge, offer panoramic patio or balcony views of the beach and sea.
Beachfront room
Room with 1 king or 2 twin beds including facilities like Iron / Ironing board, Safe in room, Bathroom amenities, Tea and coffee making facilities, Mini bar and Beach towels. Located directly on the pristine sands of Caneel's beaches, these rooms feature spacious balconies or patios.
Premium Oceanview Room
Room with 1 king or 2 twin beds including facilities like Iron and Ironing board, Safe in room, Bathroom amenities, Tea and coffee making facilities, Mini bar and Beach towels.

Amenities

  • Free breakfast
General
Concierge
Activities
Spa
Dining
Free breakfast
Restaurant
Services
Conference facilities

Dining

Turtle Bay Estate House
Succumb to the charms of the Caribbean moon while enjoying a romantic dinner at Caneel's most elegant restaurant, the Turtle Bay Estate House. Perched high on a panoramic peninsula, Turtle Bay offers an inspired menu of classical and creative American cuisine served against a backdrop of ethereal beauty. Relax with a cocktail on the Verandah. Then, savor a candlelit feast in the beautifully appointed dining room. Breakfast and lunch buffets are also served in high season at Turtle Bay. Afternoon tea and evening cocktails are served on the Verandah.Days and hours of operation of the resort's dining venues vary according to season.
The Wine Room
The Room, located within the walls of an 18th-century plantation house, seats up to 10 for private dinners. A prix-fixe, seven-course menu, carefully selected to highlight selections from Caneel's wine collection, is offered. The wine list is comprised of 265 selections to complement wine tastings and pairing dinners. The Caribbean's only fully operational, temperature-controlled wine room boasts over 1,000 bottles of wine. Open for dinner all week in winter and four nights in fall, spring and summer. Days and hours of operation of the resort's dining venues vary according to season.
Equator Restaurant
At the Equator, every evening is celebrated with passionate flair. Within the dramatic stone and coral ruins of this enchanted 18th-century sugar mill, guests enjoy an intriguing menu of eclectic cuisine while a glorious paprika sun sets over the water. The restaurant overlooks all of Caneel Bay with the dramatic lights of St. Thomas in the distance. It's specialty menu features fresh seafood and grilled meats prepared with classic and Caribbean flair. Days and hours of operation of the resort's dining venues vary according to season.
Caneel Beach Terrace
Sumptuous lunch buffets are available at the Caneel Beach Terrace. This open-air dining room located just a few steps from the Caneel Bay shoreline, is also a popular spot for the weekly Grand Buffet. All meals feature the finest cuisine prepared with health and fitness in mind. Days and hours of operation of the resort's dining venues vary according to season.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1300
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (61)

Ratings and reviews for Caneel Bay Resort

Overall score

4.8 / 5
5.01.0
61 out of 61
Amenities:
4.5
Room cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.9
Value:
4.1

97% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
kimberly o.
Business
N/A
Dec 21, 2014

Relaxing honeymoon

The hotel was clean and away from the city. Beautiful grounds, friendly staff and we saw more sea turtles than expected! The water was clear and warm. Hotel room and maid service were wonderful!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Paul and Helen
Business
Bellrerose Terrace
Nov 17, 2014

30th Anniversary second honeymoon

Just a gorgeous resort, with friendly staff and goo amenities on site. It's pricey, but was well worth s splurge.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Corbie
Business
USA
Jul 14, 2014

An Ideal Getaway

My wife and I recently stayed at Caneel Bay for the first time after an extensive search. Our experience was summed up when she asked me after our first full day "Can we just live here forever?" There are really very few areas to improve upon- the hotel has gone a long way to think of such little things as bugspray, a personal cooler, polished souvenier shells with turndown service, and a complimentary bottle of rum waiting in the room. The bed and room were consistently clean and super comfortable- the maids made sure of that in both the morning and evening, and ice was delivered daily. The towels were HUGE and soft. The beaches were SPECTACULAR and the water was crystal clear, with great walk-out snorkeling (we swam with all kinds of fish, tiny squid, and sea turtles!) And the staff let us keep our borrowed snorkel gear for the duration of our stay instead of having to turn it in each day. Things to note- there will be animal feces in certain locations due to the resident wild deer and donkey populations, but this is only a minor annoyance and not much to be done as the staff gets to it daily. Mongoose, butterflies, iguanas and lizards were also present along with some mosquitoes. If you're like me and attract every mosquito around, bring deet. Things to improve- the gelato could have been better, food quality depended on dish (some was phenomenal, some not), and the in-room coffee was horrible, but these are very nitpicky things. Overall, we're looking forward to going back soon.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: In Hotel

Get a rate that either includes breakfast or breakfast and dinner and just skip lunch - the breakfast buffet is HUGE and delicious, and you can take tidbits back for snack as well as leftovers from dinner the night before. Afternoon tea is complimentary and includes small pastries and scones.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Rock and roll traveler
Business
N y
Jul 13, 2014

Amazing get away

Caneel bay is one of the most spectacular place in the carrabean. Very family oriented beaches are gorgeous. I had a ocean front room u really don't needed to go to any other beach it was spectacular I loved it the rooms are clean great staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Not Applicable

Terrace exellent

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
silver01
Business
Kansas City, MO
Jul 7, 2014

USVI

This is a beautiful resort with several beaches, hiking trails and snorkeling.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Restaurant: Asolare

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Beach Bummm
Business
Jacksonville Florida
Jun 30, 2014

Paradise

Heaven is place on Earth. Please do this at least once in your life.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
GAMomDad
Business
Atlanta, GA
May 18, 2014

Family trip

We spent a week at Caneel Bay with our 3 adult children. Overall it was a fantastic experience. We were looking for a mix of relaxation and activities. The resort setting is awesome with a lot of open space and private beaches. The wildlife on site was a nice added touch. We elected to not rent a car and relied on taxi for several trips into town. Cabs charge a flat rate of $5 per person each way. Our package included breakfast--which was great. Other dining at Caneel is fairly expensive; we ate breakfast late then took advantage of the free afternoon tea for a light snack. We ate at Caneel several nights and went into town on others; price wise it was about the same when the cab fare was added in but added a nice variety. Another highlight was the tennis center and the complimentary equipment rental on the beach. Don't think you need to be a "good" player to enjoy the tennis; the pros who run the shop are very friendly and will ensure people of every ability enjoy themselves, even if you just want to hit balls. We also did the US Park Service's guided Reef Bay hike; that was a good trip but fills up very quickly so sign up before you arrive. The rooms are not ultra-modern but are well maintained, clean, and comfortable. The setting and amenities more than compensate for the slightly dated décor. We wanted a clean comfortable bed and shower and got that. The free bottle of rum and daily ice service was a nice touch.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

The complimentary afternoon tea was a nice break and provided a light snack. It's also set in a nice location at the resort's Turtle Bay Estate house.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Tude88
Business
Willoughby ohio
Apr 26, 2014

amazing experience

Peaceful and relaxing. More of an experience then a resort. Everything was more then we expected!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Captain H...
Business
Charleston, SC
Apr 21, 2014

Loved everything, just one complaint.

The grounds, the beaches, and especially the staff are wonderful at Caneel Bay. You won't find a nicer staff anywhere and we've stayed all over the caribbean. The restaurants on site were great and the staff was again, great. We stayed at turtle bay and ate breakfast everyday at Turtle estate house. Buffet but fresh to order omelets and waffles. ZoZo's italian was amazing. And their grill by the beach is good and has a KILLER sushi bar (yes sushi, japanese chef and all). There's a gift shop with Gelato store attached (we had that nightly) It's 5 bucks per person per way to go to town. There's a number of good restaurants there, and decent shopping at Mongoose Junction. The island is beautiful, there are tons of trails on the property of Caneel (or going from) plus others. Rent a jeep and drive to the other side to check out Coral bay. Nice pictures. To wrap - If you are looking for a high-end hotel room type experience (like say a Regent hotel or Four seasons) this is not that kind of place. The rooms are satisfactory but nothing to write home about. So don't come here for the room. What it is, is a huge huge property where you feel like its never crowded, always plenty of beach chairs at all the beaches (we liked turtle beach the best it was like our private beach with a few other people). The rooms are adequate and they would have been perfect had it not been for the horrible saggy bed and pillows. The staff replaced my pillows but they couldn't do anything about the bed. For what it is worth, the bed didn't bother my wife at all, but I weight over 200 and it was like a hammock to me :) That's my one complaint. PS: Special thanks to Cleo at Turtle Estate for making our dining experiences wonderful and to my man Edwin :) PLUSES: Location, beaches, snorkeling, staff, FOOD (was great), island beautiful, boat tours to BVI great. Wildlife, the Donkeys and deer, etc. MINUSES: Bed and pillows.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Not Applicable

Get some Pinapple and Orange Juice from the store in town (the one in Mongoose only takes cash btw) and some plastic cups and make rum drinks… There is a bottle of Cruzan dark rum that will be awaiting you in the room when you arrive (they give you that and a bottle of Moet).

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Happy couple 1127
Business
New York, NY
Apr 14, 2014

Beautiful location but at too high of a cost

The location is gorgeous. Beautiful beaches, views of the Caribbean and gardens. However, on top of the room their is 20% per night surcharge for amenities. In addition, if you want to use the Caneel Bay ferry, it is $55/guest but free to those who are travelling from St. Thomas for dinner - a bit crazy after the excessive room charges and per night surcharges. Food was consistantly very good with terrific selection. Staff could use more training.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Reserve the outside terrace area of Turtle Bay Estate House for an early dinner (6pm) for an amazing sunset.

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