Caneel Bay – St. John – US Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay – St. John – US Virgin Islands
Caneel Bay invites you to disconnect in pristine surroundings and low-key luxury. The beach vacation resort is nestled within the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John. Seven secluded beaches border 170 lush Caribbean acres where rooms have been artfully built to blend into the landscape. The resort remains purposefully absent of modern glitz and digital distractions. A perfect location for your romantic Caribbean beach honeymoon.

Why Choose Caneel Bay St. John

Founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations, St. Croix’s Buccaneer is the Caribbean’s and Virgin Islands’ longest running resort. Both historic and modern, the resort blends old world charm with warm hospitality and the amenities expected by today’s traveler. More than a hotel, The Buccaneer is a premier destination resort for golf, tennis, water sports, destination weddings, and of course romantic honeymoons.

Accommodations at Caneel Bay St. John

Nestled within Caneel’s lush grounds are 166 charming accommodations outfitted in casual luxury. Each intimate retreat has been thoughtfully decorated with natural woods, native Caribbean  stone, hand-crafted furniture, commissioned artwork  and richly woven fabrics. The resort remains purposefully absent of modern glitz and digital distractions; in keeping with tradition, there are no telephones or TVs in the individual guest rooms.


Located near the tennis courts and fitness center, these rooms offer views of lush tropical greenery and are a short walk to the beach.


Located near the tennis courts and fitness center, these oversized rooms offer a further separate single room featuring one twin bed.


Pleasantly scattered throughout the resort, these ground-level rooms are surrounded by Caneel’s tropical foliage and are just a short stroll to the beach.


These rooms, near the water’s edge, offer panoramic patio or balcony views of the beach and sea.


Located directly on the pristine sands of Caneel’s beaches, these rooms feature spacious balconies or patios.


Located in the Cottage Point area of the resort, these rooms are perched along the shoreline with unobstructed views of the sea.


Offering the utmost in privacy, these beachfront rooms are located in single-level units and feature balconies that open directly onto the finest of Caneel’s beaches.


Located on Little Caneel Beach, this suite is comprised of a separate bedroom and parlor along with a spacious terrace that is ideal for entertaining.


Located in what was Laurance Rockefeller’s private estate house, this collection of oversized accommodations offers the most dramatic rooms and patios available, as well as breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea.

Dining at Caneel Bay St. John


Located at the northern end of Caneel’s peninsula, the Turtle Bay Estate House is one of St. John’s most elegant restaurants, offering traditional dinner favorites along with nightly chef’s specials. The intimate atmosphere at Turtle Bay creates a truly romantic dining setting. The cuisine is classical and creative American with a steakhouse-inspired theme; the service,  honed over generations,  is gracious and personal.


Situated within the walls of an 18th-century St. John plantation house, The Wine Room at Turtle Bay seats up to 10 guests  for elegant private dinners. A prix-fixe, seven-course menu, carefully selected to highlight selections from Caneel’s  wine collection, is offered. The wine list is comprised of 265 selections to complement wine tastings and pairing dinners. The Caribbean’s only fully operational, temperature-controlled wine room boasts over 1,000 bottles of wine.


High atop the resort’s 18th-century sugar mill ruins, overlooking Caneel Bay , the Sugar Mill restaurant features delicacies of the Caribbean  for  dinner. The resort’s executive chef has created dishes that introduce restaurant guests to the herbs, spices and natural resources native to St. John and the Virgin Islands. The  sparkling lights of St. Thomas on the distant  horizon  and  tropical breezes drifting into the  open-air restaurant  create a setting that is simply intoxicating.


Located immediately adjacent to the resort’s main reception and dock area, the Caneel Beach Terrace features open-air dining with a panoramic view of Caneel Bay Beach. In a this relaxed atmosphere, complemented by Caribbean tradewinds and the sounds of the gentle surf, guests enjoy generous buffet-style offerings as well as a la carte selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


The Caneel Beach Bar & Grill is located adjacent to the resort’s main reception area and offers a family friendly environment for lunch, dinner and the hours in between. Large TV screens broadcast the latest news and sporting events, while the menu is filled with perennial favorites, such as a hamburger and fries, sandwiches of all types, a range of salads and tempting desserts. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, perfect after  hours spent on the beach or out snorkeling. At sundown, the bar provides an unmatched location for enjoying refreshing cocktails while watching the splendid Caribbean backdrop drift into night.

Activities at Caneel Bay St. John


  • Airport greeting
  • Welcome bottle of island rum
  • Use of Sunfish sailboats, kayaks & snorkeling gear
  • Use of fitness center,  tennis courts  & pool
  • Weekly Managing Director’s cocktail reception
  • Garden Walk
  • Feature movie presentations, rum-tasting demonstration & marine life slide show
  • Early Riser continental breakfast & afternoon tea
  • NY Times facsimile
  • Twice-daily housekeeping service including nightly turndown
  • Wireless Internet access in guest rooms


  • Sailing trips, guided snorkeling tours & sunset cocktail cruise
  • Scuba diving & instruction
  • Tennis instruction
  • Zumba and Yoga classes at Caneel’s M’Ocean Studio
  • Tours of St. John
  • Art lessons  in watercolor & pastels
  • Fishing & boat charters,  powerboat rentals  &  luxury excursions
  • Jeep rental
  • Massage services
  • Shopping
  • Laundry service
  • Rose Buds ® for Children

Photos of Caneel Bay St. John

Address: Caneel Bay, St. John 00831, U.S. Virgin Islands