Caneel Bay adds air conditioning

CRUZ BAY, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Resort enhancements at Caneel Bay this winter include the addition of air conditioning to 15 of the St. John resort's 171 guest rooms.

The 15 rooms are located in the tennis garden category of accommodations.

Another 40 rooms will be air conditioned by April and an additional 40 by May.

Windows that maximize the breezes are also being installed so that guests can ultimately choose between the natural cooling provided by the trade winds or air conditioning.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in time for the millennium celebrations on Dec. 31, 1999.

Caneel's beach club, health club and Turtle Bay restaurant already are air conditioned.

The lobby and other restaurants will remain as open-air locations.

Other developments:

  • Executive chef Hans Schadler, who returned to Caneel Bay last year after a 25-year break, redesigned the menu at Turtle Bay restaurant.
  • The historical Sugar Mill restaurant has been converted to a new grill serving Caribbean cuisine.
  • Buccaneer Barbecue, the half-day sailing program that takes guests from the resort to a nearby deserted island for sun and snorkeling, has been expanded this winter to include a beachside barbecue lunch prepared by hotel staff.
  • Rates through March 31 range from $350 per room, per night, double, in a courtside room to $700 in the premium beachfront rooms in single level units and $850 in Cottage 7, formerly Laurance Rockefeller's private estate house.

    Rates drop in April and next fall to $325 per courtside room, per night, double, to $525 in the premium rooms and $575 in the cottage.

    Three package plans are available.

    The Classic Caribbean covers accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily and a variety of activities, depending on the day of the week. Rates from Jan. 3 through March range from $550 to $1,050 per room, per night, double.

    The Pure Romance plan features accommodations for seven nights, transfers, all meals and activities. The weekly room rate for two ranges from $4,100 to $7,600.

    The Island Hopper offers a stay at both Caneel Bay and Little Dix, daily breakfast and dinner, transfers and activities.

    A three-night minimum stay is required at each resort. The daily rate at Caneel ranges from $550 to $1,050 per room, per night, double. At Little Dix, prices range from $725 to $1,500.

    Caneel Bay welcomes children ages 8 to 16 years from Jan. 3 to March 15. From March 16 through Dec. 19, children of all ages are welcome. There is no charge for one child, up to 16 years old, staying in their parents' room. Turtle Town, the children's center, offers supervised activities for a nominal fee.

    Caneel Bay, Phone: (800) 928-8889, Web:

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