Planning for the Future
Honoring the Vision ... Rebuilding the Dream
Greetings from America’s Caribbean.
On December 1st, 1956, Caneel Bay Resort, and the Virgin Islands National Park (VINP) were officially opened, fulfilling the vision of American philanthropist and conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller. With his donation to create the VINP Mr. Rockefeller preserved in perpetuity the extraordinary natural beauty of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. By building the Caneel Bay Resort, Mr. Rockefeller ensured a special place for visitors to stay, thereby providing significant employment opportunities and financial resource to the local community. Working together for the past 65 years, Caneel Bay and the VINP have ensured an exceptional experience that, through a sensitive and respectful management philosophy, significantly provides for the long-term well-being and sustainability of the local St. John community.
The devastation of back-to-back Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 rendered portions of Caneel Bay uninhabitable, forcing it to temporarily close to visitors. Since then, with the assistance of federal and local authorities, we have been working diligently to rebuild Caneel Bay - to restore a beloved vacation destination and re-establish a critical contributor to the economic health of the U.S. Virgins Islands and its people.
Laurance Rockefeller’s legacy of protection, conservation and environmental responsibility is paramount to the restoration of Caneel Bay Resort. The low-impact, mid-century modern architecture will be honored, and design features will celebrate both the cultural and natural character of St. John. In a highly competitive tourism market, Caneel Bay Resort will stand out for its commitment to the environment, people, and history of St. John and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
While work to reopen Caneel Bay continues, no reservations are being accepted through 2022. The Resort remains closed, with the exception of VI Ecotours at Honeymoon Beach and ZoZo’s Restaurant at Caneel Bay.
Gifts and apparel including T-shirts and caps, featuring the iconic Caneel Bay Resort petroglyph are available for sale by clicking on the SHOP prompt below.
Further updates will be available in the coming months and in the meantime, we thank you for your patience and understanding.