For decades, Caneel Bay Resort (Caneel Bay, 340/776-6111, fax 340/693-8280, U.S. tel. 212/758-1735, www.caneelbay.com, $550–1,700 winter, $395–1,025 summer) has set the standard for barefoot elegance in the Caribbean. Laurance Rockefeller created Caneel Bay in the 1950s as a resort for guests wanting to stay within the boundaries of the new national park. Today, Caneel Bay still attracts guests looking for a luxurious vacation that emphasizes natural beauty and a peaceful setting. The resort’s 166 rooms are nestled discreetly into the surroundings. Each guest room is tastefully decorated and comes equipped with a coffeemaker and minibar, but no telephones or televisions.
Resort amenities include a pool, seven beaches, tennis courts, free continental breakfast and afternoon tea, evening turndown service and use of Sunfish sailboats and kayaks.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition