Caneel Bay: Best of the old school Caribbean

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More than half a century into its life as a resort, Caneel Bay retains the natural appeal that likely drew Laurence Rockefeller to it on a sailing trip in the 1950s.

So says Forbes.com this week, in an article by Ann Abel. “Let the cool hunters and bragging-rights seekers chase the new and the trendy,” she writes, she’s just a plain old girl who wants to relax and have a good time.

While Abel concedes some of Caneel’s beachside rooms are not quite dramatic or plush, given the absence of flat screen TVs and iPod docks, the resort’s tradition and experience win the day.

“Give me a well-practiced island resort that’s comfortably in its groove, where the whole staff knows how to smile and help, and all the chefs can cook up a storm.”

While the daily room rate of $425 may seem steep, she suggests you consider part of it as an admission fee to a wildlife park, given that deer and goats freely roam the grounds for your entertainment.  And don’t forget the fish and the turtles, just there for the snorkeling.

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