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Caneel Bay Set on a 170-acre peninsula amid the lush beauty of the Virgin Islands National Park and seven picturesque beaches, the Resort is one of the most breathtaking vacation destinations in the Caribbean. It is located on the northwest side of St. John, one of the US Virgin Islands. The resort is nestled within Virgin Islands National Park on property once owned by Laurance Rockefeller. The hotel was one of the early members of Rockefeller's hotel chain, Rockresorts. The resort takes its name from the location of the property at Caneel Bay (Caneel means cinnamon in old Dutch). Rockefeller was so impressed by the area's beauty that he arranged to buy up most of the island of St. John. He then donated most of it to the U.S. government for the creation of the Virgin Islands National Park, the 29th U.S. national park. Rockefeller had the resort buildings designed to blend in with the landscape, giving the area a pristine beauty, and most property lighting is indirect so that guests can be able to see the stars at night. Caneel Bay was a Rosewood Resort until the fall of 2013. The resort is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.
The main resort and dining buildings are located on Caneel Bay itself. Guests can also stay on neighboring Scott Beach, Turtle Bay and Hawk’s Nest Bay. Caneel also has several dining facilities. The Caneel Beach Terrace is the original, open air dining hall which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets along with beachfront views. The Turtle Bay Estate House and ZoZo's at the Sugar Mill are both built on the ruins of an old sugar mill and are open for dinners. Cannella Gelateria and Coffee Shop offers homemade gelato, a large variety of coffee drinks and delicious panini’s all freshly made using high quality products in an eco-friendly environment.
Caneel Bay, which is open 10 months a year (annual closure in September & October), provides a variety of activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving. A diversity of marine life can be found in the waters surrounding the resort. Parrotfish, angelfish, and damselfish can be seen swimming around coral, bright sea fans or spiny sea urchins. Viewers may also spot a barracuda, sea turtle or reef squid.
Caneel Bay Resort offers a destination wedding and honeymoon setting like no other in the Caribbean. From the captivating point at Turtle Bay to secluded Honeymoon Beach, the enchanting surroundings of St. John create an inspiring backdrop for your special celebration. In addition to weddings, with seven white sand beaches and perfectly turquoise water, Caneel Bay provides one of the most beautiful and relaxing destinations for celebrating your Caribbean honeymoon.
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