Having stayed here once over 20 years ago, my husband and I returned with our teenage daughter, and are now wondering why we've bothered with other Caribbean resorts in the intervening years. In all honesty, we were worried that we would find the place to be down-at-the-heels based on some reviews, but that was not the case at all: Caneel is even more lovely than we remembered -- it's simply magnificent. True, the rooms are not luxurious but functional and could use an overhaul, but the property and setting more than make up for that. Our rooms on Scott Beach were mere feet from the beach and from the much-appreciated Beach Bar. While many of the rooms at the resort are beachfront, we thought the view from Scott was the most beautiful. Frankly, in our opinion it beats the view at every other Caribbean resort, including those on St. Lucia, and that's saying something! The quiet atmosphere at Scott was enhanced by the fact that children younger than 12 are not permitted there most of the year, and by the resort's request that any radios/personal music devices be kept to the lowest possible volume. In fact, the absence of piped-in music at breakfast and in the public areas was a welcome change from many other beach resorts.
My techie daughter was concerned at first about the WiFi service, but we had no problem with internet reception either on the beach or in the rooms. Every staff member was exceptionally warm and friendly and made us all feel completely welcome at every turn. The food at all of the restaurants was very good, so we felt no need to leave the property for a meal. My husband said the zuppa di pesce at Turtle Bay Estate House was the best he's ever had. The level of service was unmatched. When our daughter had a question about having a special appetizer prepared, the chef himself came out to make suggestions in order to provide her with exactly what she wanted.
We are so glad that we decided to return to Caneel, and are now hoping to make it a regular family destination, as it is for so many for such obvious reasons.
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- Also Known As:
- Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Hotel Caneel Bay
- Caneel Bay a Rosewood Resort
- Caneel Bay Resort St John
- Caneel Bay St John