Honoring the Vision ... Rebuilding the Dream
Thanks to Laurance S. Rockefeller, on December 1st 1956 Caneel Bay Resort and the Virgin Islands National Park opened simultaneously. When creating these two destinations Mr. Rockefeller preserved the extraordinary natural beauty of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and enabled visitors to enjoy that beauty through a sensitive development that significantly contributes to the long-term well-being and sustainability of the local community.
Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, the Resort and St. John were devastated and reopening Caneel Bay was impossible. Since then diligent work was undertaken with Federal and local authorities to address the business realities necessary to rebuild Caneel Bay which is critical to both the overall economic health of the U.S. Virgins Islands and the employment of its people.
In the design of the future Caneel Bay, Laurance Rockefeller’s legacy will be a central guiding force. The low-impact, mid-century modern architecture will remain, and the interior design will capture elements of the natural environment. Sustainability practices aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the Resort will be considered in every decision made.
While work to reopen Caneel Bay continues, it is closed through the end of 2019. Further updates will be made available in the coming months. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding.