Our Story

Discovered by Laurance Rockefeller while sailing on a family cruise in the early 1950s, Caneel Bay is accessible only by boat or ferry and its beaches are widely considered to be among the best in the world. A steadfast environmentalist and preservationist, Laurance Rockefeller was dedicated to creating a destination that would live in harmony with its natural environment.

Caneel Bay

Caneel Bay opened its doors on December 1st, 1956. Since that day, the resort has remained faithful to Laurance Rockefeller’s dream of simple splendor in a pristine natural setting. It is a rare destination where guests can find sanctuary from the stress and distractions of everyday life. It is a place to truly “unplug,” where guest rooms are free of telephones and televisions. Finally, it is a place for making new memories - whether you’re connecting with loved ones on a family vacation or a long overdue romantic getaway.

Today, Caneel Bay is one of only a few marine environments within the U.S. National Park System and is home to abundant wildlife as well as colorful coral reefs that teem with underwater life.

Timeline

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1755

Danish King Aquires the islands of St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix. Sugar cane plantations, such as the famous Annaberg Sugar Plantation, were established in great numbers on Saint John. The intense heat and fertile soil provided ideal growing conditions.
 

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1917

Official transfer of Danish West Indies to the United States on March 31st for $25,000,000. This was a strategic move during the First World War. The US purchased it to prevent expansion of the German Empire in the Western Hemisphere.

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Caneel Bay Resort Founder: Laurance Rockefeller

Discovered by Laurance Rockefeller while sailing on a family cruise, this luxury hideaway is accessible only by boat or ferry and its beaches are widely considered to be among the best in the world. A steadfast environmentalist and preservationist, Laurance Rockefeller was dedicated to creating a destination that would live in harmony with its natural environment.

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1956

Laurence S. Rockefeller opens Caneel Bay Resort. Virgin Islands National Park opens as a result of a 5000-acre gift of the Jackson Hole Preserve. At this time there were 53 Jeeps on St. John.

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1957

Winter Season Rates for Caneel Bay Beach front rooms start at $24 per night. Flying time from New York City to St. Thomas was 7 hours. 

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1969

Guest rooms on Scott Beach, Turtle Bay Beach and Hawksnest Beach were completed in the late 60's.

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2013

Caneel Bay Resort becomes an independent resort and joins Leading Hotels of the World as a member.

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2016

Caneel Bay Celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2016 with a celebratory weekend December 1-4. Our Commenorative 60th Anniversary Book is now on sale in the Cololoba Boutique and in the online store.

Awards

2016

Managing Director Nikolay Hotze recognized by Hotel Management Magazine on "33 GM's to Watch" list

2016

Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards: Top Caribbean Resort List

2016

Tennis Resorts Online: Top 100 Tennis Resorts - No. 2 in the Caribbean, No. 17 in the World

2016

U.S. News & World Report: Best Hotels in the Caribbean

2015

Travel + Leisure: World's Best Awards - Top 20 Family Travel (Caribbean Resorts)

6oth Celebration

Book our 60 for 60 package today! Join us December 1-4 for a celebratory weekend at Caneel Bay.

Learn more about the Caneel Bay Resort Legacy in our newly released Anniversary Book "Caneel Bay & The Legacy of Laurance Rockefeller"  Purchase online in our Cololoba Boutique