Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
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Tomorrow we leave Caneel Bay and head for San Francisco. Basically a whole day travelling. But we will eek out the last enjoyment of this place before then. Off to Manager's cocktail and lobster buffet in a mo. Back later.
Well a very nice evening, and now we are all packed up for tomorrow. Caneel Bay is a very special place. I think it is …
We made it! Yesterday we landed in the US Virgin Islands on St Thomas. A 30 minute ferry ride to St John brought us to this spectacular resort at Caneel Bay. We've come here especially to do nothing more than sit by the water, swim and snorkel and relax. I think we have found the ideal place.
There are at least six white sandy beaches …
We are headed to the Indians - which are a group of uninhabited rock formations that jut out of the Caribbean. According to Charles, this is the highlight of the trip.
It took 3 tries to hook up to the mooring ball, but once we got moored close to the rocks, Charles and I got in and snorkled all the way around the formation. Chris and Kathy got in and snorkled too. This was the highlight and probably the most fish that we had seen on the trip. The water ...
We had an early morning -- seems that on this trip we go to bed when the sun sets and get up when it rises.
Ate a great breakfast cooked by Letty and Bonnie - - we are going to need the fuel today - - we have another long sail.
Before we sail we need ...
Headed to Soper's Hole Marina this morning to do some shopping. It's quite a view coming into the Marina - - there are houses on the edge of the Mountains as you come through the pass.
Once done at Soper's Hole we are going to head to Norman ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Want to Feel like a King ?
Best stay ever. I have travelled quite a bit in my life but never felt so special, so relaxed and so provided for than at the Caneel bay Resort in St. John. The property is on nearly 200 acres and has several restaurants and 7 private beaches. Many of the rooms are beachfront. The decor is sophisticated but casual. The service is impeccable. This is a place to completely relax and feel like royalty. There are no phones or tv's in the room so one can really be at peace. Great Tennis, water sports (everything from scuba to sunset sailings) and massage. The restaurants are fantastic including the buffet Brunches. The prices are on the high side but worth every penny and very deserving of its "leading Hotels of the World" status.
Amazing!!! We spent a week in August of 2002 at this incredible resort. Well worth the expense. When we arrived we felt as if we were entering a tropical jungle, the resort is breathtaking. The beaches are equisite, theres many to chose from. Very small pool, but we weren't interested, the water is very warm.Try the breakfast buffet, super. But, at $50 for two we only went twice. The food was good but pricey, there are a wide variety of restauraunts in town. We prefered to eat in town. We never had a bad meal. Rent a jeep for atleast a day. For you couples looking for a private beach, little lameshur bay is a must on the other side of the island. We took a trip to virgin gorda to see the baths, spectacular. Also a trip to st. thomas, fun, but no comparison to the beauty of st. john. Can't wait to go back. Nice spa services at the resort too, very few children.
Quality doesn't matter; they've got location
Caneel Bay is a tough place to review. The accomodations are not great (got stung by a wasp my first hour in the room). The restaurant staff is rude. The food is sub-par and very expensive. Housekeeping leaves much to be desired. You get hit with about $50 in resort fees and taxes for each day that you stay in addition to your room rate, which starts at about $300. That said, none of this matters a bit when you see their property--probably the most spectacular property I've ever seen for a resort. They have seven private beaches (we didn't even get to them all in a five-night stay). And St. John is one of the most wonderful places in the Carribean. So...go to Caneel. Don't eat there. Bring bug spray. Enjoy the beaches and Cruz Bay. I'd go back in a second.
Caneel Bay was delightful and charming.
We stayed at Caneel Bay in April 2002 after one night on St. Thomas.Our hotel there was awful, so we decided to move to Caneel Bay to salvage our vacation.
May 23, 2002. I just returned from a vacation at Caneel Bay in St. John USVI. WOW! I have been lucky to travel the world for several years now, and this my first visit to Caneel Bay proved to be the best trip ever. The rooms were delightful and spotless eventhough we were located just a few steps form a sandy beach. The food was exciting and delicious. The service was the best I have ever experienced. The staff of the restort was warm and very accommodating. They were sincerely there to make ones holiday absolutely perfect. I would visit again just to be around such friendly and interesting people. The property was a dream come true. I love the Caribbean, and this has to be the most beautiful spot among many lovely destinations. It was a true paradise....just what I would hope heaven might be. I have already taken the calendar down to pencil in next year's vacation. WOW!
My wife and I just returned from our third visit to Caneel Bay and it was our best vacation ever. What a wonderful place. This year we spent ten nights which was still not long enough!
It *is* possible to vacation at a great resort with your kids! Caneel Bay takes the other vacationers into consideration by putting the kids nearer to the main reception area away from the more "tucked away" accomodations on the property.
My wife and I stayed at Caneel Bay for 10 days in March, 2001. We were in a premium oceanfront room. The room was nice but not posh. Beaches were spectacular. Grounds were poorly manicured and maintained for a five star resort. Broken sprinkler heads abounded, and everything looks as though it needed a thorough watering. Food at all of the restaurants was mediocre at best. There are many better restaurants around the island. Service was slow but not unexpected in the Carribean. The most disappointing aspect of the resort was the attitude of the staff. Most were indifferent and many were overtly surly. Our overall impression was that Caneel Bay was resting comfortably on past laurels and was certainly past its prime. We intend to return to St. John in 2002, but will not return to Caneel Bay.
My wife and I found Caneel Bay to be truly wonderful. Wonderful enough to have reservations to return a third straight year in May of 2002.