A couple of weeks ago on my cruise, I had the fabulous opportunity to spend the morning at Trunk Bay in St. John. The crystal clear waters rivaled what I’ve seen in competing destinations, like Turks & Caicos, and, on the way to our morning at the beach, the tour guide pulled over on the side of the road to point out the island’s nicest hotel: Caneel Bay Resort.
I stared longingly at the property from a distance. Why, I asked myself, did I not set up a site visit at this property? These moments are why Craigslist created its missed connections section. So close yet so far.
“The property has seven beaches,” our tour guide said, “so if you stay there a week, you have one beach for every day of the week.”
Regretful that I was all the way in St. John and failed myself as a travel agent, I came back from the cruise with a mission to educate all of my wonderful travel bug readers about this gorgeous property. My next mission is to send one of you there so that I can live vicariously through you. Plus, you have to stay there a week to try out each of the seven beaches. Here’s a special: the first person who books a week at Caneel Bay through me after reading this post will receive a trip for two aboard Caneel’s cocktail sunset cruise (here’s an even better special: EVERY guest who books Caneel Bay through me receives this perk, along with daily breakfast and an upgrade if available).
So, are you already packing your bags?
At least let me tell you more about the property first!
This prestigious Rosewood property has set a goal to avoid an over the top display of ritziness; instead, it compliments the natural beauty of St. John with its traditional Caribbean charm.
Getting to the island of St. John is half the fun: the resort provides a warm welcome at the St. Thomas airport, where they then transfer guests to the dock before whisking them away on Caneel’s private boat transfer. What better way to make an entrance?
The property’s 166 rooms blend perfectly into the surrounding nature with their airy feel and elegant interiors. While my number one room recommendation is the famed Cottage 7, which is located in in what was once Laurance Rockefeller’s private estate (if it’s good enough for a Rockefeller, it’s good enough for you!), my more budget-friendly suggestion is one of the Beach Front Rooms, located directly on the sands of Caneel’s beaches.
Caneel offers all of the expected resort amenities, like swimming, snorkeling, plus access to tennis, golf, and more. The Virgin Islands National Park surrounds the property and Caneel will happily arrange Jeep rentals for guests wishing to explore the island to see recommended sites like the nearby Cruz Bay, which offers charming shops and restaurants. Day trips to St. Thomas and even Little Dix Bay, Caneel’s sister property on Virgin Gorda, are effortless to arrange – and a must-do while staying here!
Want to know the other must-sees about Caneel Bay? Well, you’re going to have to email me to find out more about how we can customize your own trip to the US Virgin Islands. Feel free to fill out our Request a Trip form to begin planning your getaway to this beautiful property!