Set on a 170-acre peninsula amid the lush beauty of the Virgin Islands National Park and seven picturesque beaches, Caneel Bay Resort is one of the most breathtaking vacation destinations in the Caribbean. Discovered by Laurance Rockefeller while sailing on a family cruise, this luxury hideaway is accessible only by boat or ferry and its beaches are widely considered to be among the best in the world. A steadfast environmentalist and preservationist, Laurance Rockefeller was dedicated to creating a destination that would live in harmony with its natural environment.
Caneel Bay opened its doors on December 1st, 1956. Since that day, the resort has remained faithful to Laurance Rockefeller’s original dream of simple splendor in a pristine natural setting. It is a rare destination where guests can find sanctuary from the stress and distractions of everyday life. It is a place to truly “unplug,” where guest rooms are free of telephones and televisions. Finally, it is a place for making new memories – whether you’re connecting with loved ones on a greatly anticipated family vacation or a long overdue romantic getaway.
Today, Caneel Bay is one of only a few marine environments within the U.S. National Park System and is home to abundant wildlife as well as colorful coral reefs that teem with underwater life. Here, turtles and dolphins freely roam their natural habitat while guests explore the pristine natural surroundings of this truly unique Caribbean resort.
Escape to Caneel Bay Resort on a vacation destination that is luxurious yet refreshingly simple. While appointed with thoughtful comforts like plush robes and designer bath amenities, rooms and suites are free of televisions and telephones. Private patios and terraces offer stunning views of the beach as ceiling fans welcome in the abundant Caribbean breezes swirling around St. John.
It is certainly the most beautiful, upscale but also most expensive place to stay on St. John. It is a great place for weddings and honeymoons. It was just picked among the Best destination Wedding Hotels in the Virgin Islands by USA today.
Caneel Bay Resort is right on one of the most beautiful National Park Beaches on St. John
While for almost all other accommodations you will need a car to get to the National Park Beaches, this one is set right inside the National Park next to one of the most beautiful beaches with awesome snorkeling.
If the prices are a bit out of your league, you can still enjoy the great beach bar and beach front restaurant, which serves some awesome sushi (until 3PM). You can drive there by car (25$ parking fee, but will be refunded with restaurant receipt) or kayak or paddleboard over there (make sure you bring proper attire, Shorts, Shes, Shirt and Cover-Up)
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