Caneel Bay Resort

Caneel Bay Resort
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North Shore Road, Route 20, St. John, USVI
St. John
U.S. Virgin Islands
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Reviewed by Steve Jermanok

In 1956, the philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller donated 5,000 acres of St. John, more than two-thirds of the island, to form the Virgin Islands National Park. He had come to St. John on a sailing trip only four years prior. Enraptured by its beauty, he started buying up large swaths of land to ensure that it would never be developed. An additional 170 acres would be set aside to create Caneel Bay, the Caribbean's first eco-resort long before "eco" was an adjective. The low-lying

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Arts and Crafts,Beach Activities,Birding,Fitness and Beauty,Gourmet Dining,Hiking,Kayaking,Sailing,Saltwater Fishing,Spa and Massage,Swimming Pool,Tennis,Wildlife/Nature Programs
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Caneel Bay Resort invites you to 'disconnect' in pristine natural surroundings and low-key luxury. The exclusive resort, nestled within the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John, remains faithful to the vision of founder Laurance Rockefeller and his reverence for the environment. Seven secluded white sand beaches border 170 lush acres where Caneel's accommodations have been artfully built to blend into the landscape. A true escape, the resort remains purposefully absent of modern glitz, digital distractions and the furious pace of the world at home. All guest rooms include sitting area, fully stocked refrigerator/mini-bar, safe, bathrobes and slippers, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and telephone pavilion outside of rooms. Amenities are Internet access high speed, Spa Services (Massage, Facial, Steam Room, etc.), Internet access wireless, Concierge, Conference facilities and Restaurant.

Expert Review of Caneel Bay Resort

Beach Review of Caneel Bay Resort

By Away Travel Expert : Gary Chandler
Beach Expert Favorite
Beach Expert Rating 5.0 out of 5
Recommended for:
Sailing,Scuba Diving,Snorkeling,Windsurfing
Few resorts can match the serenity and stunning natural beauty of Caneel Bay. The resort is ensconced in the Virgin Islands National Park--the resort and park were both created in the mid-50s by American millionaire Laurance Rockefeller--and its sprawling 170 acre plot includes seven (yes, seven) white sand beaches. The expertly-maintained grounds are the haunt of deer, birds, and other creatures, while the ocean areas teems with sea life--it's common for guests to see coral, tropical fish, and

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