June 06, 2008 | Comments 0

The Resorts of St. John on the Virgin Islands

stjohnLocated about four miles East of Saint Thomas, and is about 4 miles South and West of Tortola. The Island is about 19.61 square miles and, according to the 2000 census, has a population of about 4,197. Most of the island of St. John is undeveloped and comprised of a national park.

One of the largest tourist attractions on the island is the beach known as Trunk Bay. This beach has been voted several times over as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Since the majority of the island is a national park the beaches and water ways are open to the general public and are not park of any particular resort or island establishment.

The coral reefs of the area provide an array of native marine life that can be enjoyed by snorkelers and divers alike. The North and East of the island are composed of private properties, villas, and cottages. St. John is also the home of the Rockefeller’s former personal estate, now known as the Caneel Bay Resort. Caneel Bay is surrounded by seven secluded beaches that border one-hundred and seventy acres of lush tropical vegetation and is nestled amongst the beauty of the Virgin Islands National Park. Ardent environmentalist Laurance Rockefeller founded the resort, and to this day the establishment remains true to its creator’s vision with a lack of modern glitz, digital connections and distractions of the fast-pasted world of modern day.

The resort of Caneel Bay contains one hundred and sixty-six rooms that are constructed with natural woods and native stone. Each room boasts spectacular views and cool trade winds. There are six room choices that include the following: Courtside, Garden View, Ocean View, Beach Front, Premium Beach Front, and Cottage 7. Courtside rooms are within walking distance from the beach and are located close to the tennis court and fitness room. Garden View rooms are located on the first floor and allow for gorgeous views of the lush tropical plant life that surrounds the area. These rooms also provide easy access to the beach. Ocean View rooms are closest to the azure of the tranquil Caribbean waters and allow for panoramic views of the water. Beach Front rooms are located directly on the sugary white sand of the Caneel Bay and offer direct access to the beach. Premium Beach Front rooms are one story and allow for private and secluded access to the beach of Caneel Bay.

Cottage 7, formerly the private estate of founder Laurance Rockefeller, provides large scale accommodations containing spacious rooms and balconies that overlook the beauty of the island and the tranquility of the open sea. All rooms lack telephones and televisions, but are equipped with air conditioning and ceiling fans. Guests of Caleen Bay will find the following accommodations with their rooms: Mini bar, In-room safe, in-room coffee maker, iron, ironing board, beach towels, bathrobes, complimentary bottled water, Lady Promise bath products, and there is a telephone pavilion located outside of the rooms. Dining at Caneel Bay is experienced in the fine culinary establishment of Turtle Bay Estate House, which is situated on the peninsula to provide romantic panoramic views of Turtle Bay. Afternoon tea and evening cocktails can be enjoyed on the veranda.

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