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Caneel Bay Resort

North Shore Rd, St John
Classic Preferred Hotel

Caneel Bay Resort

OVERVIEW

Insider Tip

For a surcharge, the staff of Equator Restaurant sets a table in the sugar-mill ruins, dresses it with white linen, lights tiki torches nearby, and serves a private dinner under the stars.

Hotel Overview

Secluded peninsula
Set within the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John, the resort features seven powder-white beaches on a secluded peninsula.
Peaceful setting
Instead of televisions, radios, or telephones, 166 rooms provide tranquil views of lush gardens and azure blue seas.
Caribbean cuisine
Caribbean specialties are served at a restaurant atop the ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill, and casual fare is served beachside.

Amenity highlights:

Seven beaches fringe the resort's peninsula and provide snorkeling opportunities. Six are private; two are adults-only. A -long, irregularly shaped freshwater pool is flanked by thickly cushioned lounge chairs isolated near tennis courts. Dining choices range from buffets to fine dining with piano music in an air-conditioned setting where men customarily wear jackets.

What to expect:

  • 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.

Location

North Shore Rd, St John

Airport:

STT - Cyril King Airport

ROOMS

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom telephone
  • Bottled water in room (complimentary)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Child care (in room, surcharge)
  • Climate control
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • In-room safe
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Minibar
  • Premium bedding
  • Refrigerator (on request)
  • Rollaway beds
  • Separate sitting area
  • Shower only
  • Slippers
  • Television
  • Turndown service
  • Wake-up calls
  • Window opens

DETAILS

Property Amenities

Isolated on a hillside and featuring panoramic ocean views, The Self Centre at the Caneel Bay Resort 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.)An activity room 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 Internet access is also available at a business center computer. Complimentary wireless Internet access is offered in the lobby. For children ages 3-12, there are supervised activities and dinner-and-a-movie evenings (surcharges for all).Ground transportation:
Rental cars for getting around St. John can be reserved during the process of booking a reservation for this hotel, via this Web site, and added to the total trip cost.

  • Airport transportation (surcharge)
  • Arcade/game room
  • ATM/banking
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Banquet facilities

Policies

Know Before You Go

  • 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.

Fees

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 110 per person (roundtrip)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Renovations and Closures
The property is closed between 21 August and 1 November.

Dining

A complimentary Continental breakfast is provided each morning in the main building's Breezeway. Complimentary afternoon tea is served in the open-air Reading Room at Turtle Bay Estate House.
Caneel Beach Terrace
Breakfast and lunch. Dinner during winter high season. Sunday brunch. Monday-night "grand buffet" (prime rib, grilled lobster, mahi mahi, roasted chicken, braised short ribs, pasta, pizza, salads, fruits, desserts) following complimentary cocktail party. Dress code: long pants or dress shorts and collared shirts for men.
Equator Restaurant
Located atop 18th-century stone sugar-mill ruins on hillside. Open-air, with curved front providing views of Caneel Bay and St. Thomas beyond. Stone floor, wood-shingle ceiling, awning-covered terrace. Oil lamps. Gentle steel-band music, with tree-frog singing as background. Steaks and Caribbean-flavored choices such as jerk-spiced ahi, goat-cheese-conch Caesar salad, jerk-marinated beef salad, lobster-crab cake, West Indian roti, coconut shrimp, broiled lobster, cowboy steak, triple lamb chops, jerk-spiced pork chop, guava-lemongrass roasted chicken. Dinner only. Dress code: long pants or dress shorts and collared shirts for men.
The Dining Room at Turtle Bay
Located in Turtle Bay Estate House. Upper and lower dining rooms under high bleached-wood ceilings, with glass-door "walls." Air-conditioned. Doors opened for fresh-air dining when appropriate. Buffet breakfasts and lunches. À la carte dinners during winter season. Dinner only during summer. Piano music. Dinner choices such as lobster-mango salad, smoked salmon in buttermilk crêpe, lobster ravioli, bouillabaisse with mascarpone-truffle polenta, almond-crusted cobia, filet mignon, rack of lamb, duck breast with mango-barbecue glaze, truffle risotto with English peas. Dinner dress code: long pants, collared shirts, closed-toe shoes (no athletic shoes) for men. Jackets customary but not required.
The Wine Room
Private dining room at Turtle Bay Estate House for advance-reservation dinner parties. Minimum four diners, maximum 12. Set menu of six wine courses, five food courses. Menu might include skillet-roasted prawns with goat-cheese butter sauce, baby mozzarella and roasted tomato salad, quail stuffed with Parma ham and figs, "beef and onion three ways," and dessert soufflé. Dress code: long pants, collared shirts, closed-toe shoes (no athletic shoes) for men. Jackets required in winter season.
Caneel Beach Bar & Grill
Casual, open-air spot on beachfront. Salads, sandwiches, wraps, pasta, light meals like grilled game hen. Lunch and dinner. Live music some nights. Two TVs.
The Starlight Terrace
Rooftop terrace above main building Breezeway. Bar service afternoons and evenings.

Recreation

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.

  • Aerobics
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Dock
  • Fishing
  • Helicopter/airplane sightseeing
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Motor boating
  • Parasailing
  • Pilates classes/instruction
  • Running track/path
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga classes/instruction