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Caneel Bay 00831-0720 St. John
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** This place is temporarily closed** Further to the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September of 2017, Caneel Bay was damaged to such an extent that it was impossible to re-open. The owners are working diligently with many constituencies, including both local and Federal authorities, to establish a framework for Caneel Bay to operate as a luxury resort moving forward and to once again become an active part of the vibrant community on St. John. Achieving this goal requires many components to come together and regrettably at this stage, it is not possible to advise of a re-opening date. As soon as more information is know, a time-line towards a re-opening date will be made available.
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Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Business Center with Internet Access
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Bryce C. wrote a review Mar 2021
3 contributions11 helpful votes
I have been going to Caneel Bay for more than a decade, and every time I have been there it has been amazing. But due to the back to back hurricanes in 2017, it is still closed and has a long road to recovery. Besides that, the restaurant near the front lobby is open. Zozos (The restaurant) is open, and I highly recommend their sunset dinners. It doesn't hold the same experience as the original Caneel Bay, but they are trying to make it better. If you are wondering how long it is going to take. It is going to be about 3-5 years as of the making of this review.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Room Tip: Lots of stairs, recommend the rooms over at Turtle Bay for great snorkeling.
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8 Helpful votes
Valerie Ryczek wrote a review Sep 2019
1 contribution18 helpful votes
I have been to St John several times & have stayed at Caneel each time.My first trip was in July 1966 - my honeymoon. We went there on the recommendation of my parents who had stayed there in 1965. It was EVERYTHING a honeymoon spot should be-amazing beaches, wonderful restaurants, beautiful quiet rooms, beautiful grounds to stroll ,& so much more! We returned for our 25th anniversary & were so happy to see that not much had changed- the resort had undergone some upgrading, but the overall experience was very much as it had been in 1966. We loved it so much that we returned 3 more times & just loved it. My husband passed away in 2003. July 2016 would have been our 50th anniversary & I decided to return to Caneel Bay to celebrate my marriage. I spent 10days there thinking, reflecting, & remembering. What a great place to do it! It was all as I remembered! My heart breaks to see the devastation & to hear that it may not reopen. What a tragedy that would be! Caneel Bay Resort - Please come back!!!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
18 Helpful votes
Response from MDCaneel, Public Relations Manager at Caneel Bay Resort
Responded Sep 13, 2019
What a joy to read a post from one of our most long-time guests. Thank you for sharing some wonderful memories of past stays at Caneel Bay Resort with your husband. Please know that the team at Caneel Bay is working to ensure we can restore the resort, providing increased economic activity to the island. We have made it clear we are ready to rebuild and start down the path to a new Caneel Bay, that honors Laurance Rockefeller’s vision. It is our sincere wish that this happens quickly. We have heard that our past guests are eager for the re-building to commence and I hope that we will be sharing some positive updates in the coming months. We look forward to welcoming you back to Caneel Bay Resort and our beautiful island of St. John. I feel sure that you will experience the same opportunity for reflection and remembering, as on past occasions.
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KLight_12 wrote a review Apr 2019
Oak Ridge, TN44 contributions39 helpful votes
We spent our anniversary here, it was a dream trip. There were several different beaches to explore. The crystal clear water held fantastic coral reefs and fish. The seafood buffet was delicious. We enjoyed an open air truck tour of the island. Hiking trails led into the small town nearby, we enjoyed seeing the cactus and tropical plants. We would love to go back to Caneel Bay one day!
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Date of stay: August 2018
4 Helpful votes
teamtighe wrote a review Feb 2019
Saint Paul, Minnesota13 contributions13 helpful votes
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!
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled on business
4 Helpful votes
dtheduck wrote a review Aug 2018
Fort Lauderdale, Florida33 contributions15 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: September 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
3 Helpful votes
Jaedyn N wrote a review May 2018
81 contributions66 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
2 Helpful votes
Avi Vach wrote a review May 2018
123 contributions113 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Trip type: Traveled with family
2 Helpful votes
S_M_Healey wrote a review Apr 2018
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey46 contributions12 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Traveled with family
3 Helpful votes
brixton456 wrote a review Apr 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana190 contributions155 helpful votes
This resort was nothing short of spectacular with its 5 beaches and access to 2 others all within walking distance and beautiful landscape with donkeys and deer freely roaming around. It looked like a scene out of Jurassic Park minus the dinosaurs! There is a transfer that will pick you up from the airport (they have their own office there to greet you for check in that serves drinks and cookies) and a boat to pick you up from St. Thomas that will take you to the resort and back to St Thomas when you leave, again with a transfer van. We had one of the ocean front rooms which was very quiet inside but could use some TLC (the dresser drawers would not close). We spent one day in Trunk Bay as it was easy to get a taxi to and from the hotel to the beach for $10.00 one way. Totally worth it to let someone else worry about the driving as the road we took had no shoulder and was flanked on one side by a cliff. The Caneel Bay beaches were not busy and you were provided chairs and free snorkeling gear that you can keep with you for the duration of your stay. This is a nice convenience as you don’t have to check out and check in the snorkeling gear each time you want to use it. They had other equipment you could take advantage of but we stuck to snorkeling. There was a big corporate group at the hotel the first part of the week, but the resort did not seem busy at all. It was easy to a get a table at the Caneel Bay Grill that had great sandwiches and probably the best pizza I have ever had. We were a little disappointed that the balcony level that overlooks the ocean was only open one night during our stay. One night we ate at ZoZo’s on the resort grounds and is was superb. I ordered the Fresh Papperdelle. It was delicious and while my husband ordered something else he wished he had ordered the Papperdelle after tasting it. Dinner was reasonably priced but we also ordered wine so our check was over $120.00. If you wish to eat at ZoZo’s make reservations as soon as you check in as you will want to be able to get a table during your stay. Now, for what I did not like about our stay. The breakfast buffet is great with a variety of choices and was included in our room rate. However, our very first day at breakfast our waitress who served us coffee was very slow. We finally got up to leave and as we started to walk out of the dining area she started yelling at us to sign our check. Remember, the breakfast was included in our room rate, so I am not sure why she had to make a scene. I did mention it to the front desk when I went up to ask them a question after breakfast and got an apology, so hopefully that does not happen to any other unsuspecting guests who are not skipping out on a bill. Also, the wait staff spent the whole morning chasing off birds. Being on an island, I did not mind the birds. I minded when the wait staff was swatting at them with their towels. We checked out the bar a couple of nights. However, one night at the bar the bartender ignored us the entire time to talk to “friends” she had made that sounded like they were repeat customers. However, you have to try their signature cocktails. I don’t think there was one we did not try and they were all equally good. Finally, we did see that someone else posted to Trip Advisor that they saw roaches in their rooms. This was true for us as well. I am sure they spray for bugs constantly (I was not bit by any mosquitoes) but maybe there is more they can do to keep the roaches out. Again, I understand we are on an island, so that is why it is not going to affect my rating for this resort. I can only be so lucky to visit this resort again. It was paradise!
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Date of stay: May 2017
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
mollykapoo wrote a review Mar 2018
Auburn, Maine11 contributions8 helpful votes
This was the Most amazing place!! I’ve stayed there twice and there’s no place on earth I’d rather be!! I was there the yr before the hurricane that destroyed most of the island !!! But this peaceful nature filled paradise takes your breath away. And snorkeling is fabulous! This resort is a different kind of comfort. No frills. All homey natural comfort with friendly service and absolutely beautiful scenery..it has several beautiful beaches! If your looking for relaxation and crystal blue beaches, this is a must !! St. John is the most friendliest beautiful island you’ll ever see!! I can’t wait to go back!!
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
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Frequently Asked Questions about Caneel Bay Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Caneel Bay Resort?
Nearby attractions include Bamboo Studio (0.9 miles), Trunk Bay Beach (1.3 miles), and Maho Bay Beach (2.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Caneel Bay Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Caneel Bay Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Caneel Bay Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Caneel Bay Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Our Market Smoothies, Pizza Pi, and Latte's In Paradise.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Caneel Bay Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Caneel Bay Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Caneel Bay Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Caneel Bay Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Caneel Bay Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Caneel Bay Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Caneel Bay Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Caneel Bay Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Annaberg Sugar Plantation (4.0 miles), Cinnamon Bay Nature Trail (2.2 miles), and Catherineberg Ruins (0.9 miles).