US Virgin Islands paradise: beautiful Caneel Bay Resort
The Island Runaways' "island addiction" compells us to seek out new properties for future tropical island getaways. Like most regular people (as opposed to jet setters), we're not traveling every single week, or even every single month. But that's all the more reason to stay on the lookout for special spots -- like this week's Caneel Bay Resort.
(Double rainbow at Caneel Bay Resort. Photo courtesy Caneel Bay Resort/Facebook.)
You'll find this idyllic property in the US Virgin Islands, and even more intriguingly, in the Virgin Islands National Park. Yes, that means that if you stay at the resort you'll be swimming, snorkeling, sunning, and exploring among gorgeously pristine acreage and a sea just teeming with spectacular tropical fish, sea turtles, sting rays, dolphins, and other marine wonders.
(Ready to dive in? Photo courtesy of Caneel Bay Resort/Facebook.)
Another thing that intrigues us about Caneel Bay Resort? It was discovered and founded by Laurance Rockefeller, the environmentalist and preservationist. Today the resort continues his mission to preserve its stunning natural environment. If you look at their list of projects on the website, from recycling to aiding a local school, you'll find an impressive list -- and a resort with a conscience.
So, how exactly can you get here? Well, to reach Caneel Bay Resort you'll need to fly into St. Thomas, USVI, and then take the Caneeel Bay ferry to St. John. (The resort makes all the arrangements for you and handles all your luggage, so the process is painless. They even provide refreshments on the ferry.) The extra effort to get there means that you can relax somewhere off-the-beaten path. In other words, you don't need to worry about sharing this paradise with hoards and hoards of other folks.
(Not hoards of travelers...but some sweet wild donkeys. Photo courtesy Caneel Bay Resort/FB.)
The vibe here is casually luxurious. Furnishings and décor in their rooms emphasize natural woods, Caribbean stone, and handcrafted furniture and artwork. Whether you come for a romantic escape for a multigenerational family reunion, the atmosphere oozes relaxation.
(Relaxing island décor. Photo courtesy of Caneel Bay Resort, Facebook.)
This doesn't mean, however, that Caneel Bay Resort is boring. On the contrary, they offer loads of activities. Guided snorkel trips? Sure! Sailing? Yes! And then there's kayaking, tennis, deep-sea fishing, indulgent massages, art classes, yoga, pilates, day trips to the British Virgin Islands. The list goes on...
(Just the spot for a massage. Photo courtesy of Caneel Bay Resort/Facebook.)
And when you feel hungry? There's upscale dining at Turtle Bay Estate House, Italian fare at Zozo's at the Sugar Mill, open air dining at Caneel Beach Terrace, and even a laid-back Caneel Beach Bar & Grill.
After browsing the Caneel Bay Resort website, I'm ready to pack my bag! It looks like just the place to unplug and relax. Zickie and I are definitely putting Caneel Bay and the Virgin Islands National Park on our island wishlist. But for now? I think I'll follow their Facebook page. There's nothing like a few gorgeous pictures from the beach to start the day....