Caneel Bay plans to relaunch itself as an independent boutique resort this fall when it reopens for the season on November 1.
Caneel’s contract with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts recently expired giving the 170-acre luxury resort the opportunity to begin operating independently. The change officially goes into effect October 13.
“(The resort, which will be renamed Caneel Bay Resort,) will continue to follow the same eco-friendly focus that has guided the property since its founding by philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller,” a release stated Tuesday. “The appealing mix of low-key luxury, attentive service and purposeful absence of digital distractions will remain the same, right down to the donkey and deer that are such a lovable part of the Caneel Bay Resort experience.”
Along with the relaunch, Caneel will offer guests two new dining options in addition to its planned updated guestrooms. As we reported earlier this summer, Zozo’s Ristorante will open at the former Sugar Mill restaurant November 1. (Read that story here.) The site is currently being transformed by ZoZo’s owner, John Ferrigno, who also plans to revamp the renowned restaurant’s menu when it reopens at Caneel.
Caneel guests and visitors will also be able to perk up at a new coffee shop and Italian geleteria when the resort reopens. Cannella will serve gelato inspired by local flavors, in addition to paninis and coffee. The shop will be located near Caneel’s gift shop.
The resort is also looking to further pamper its guests with the addition of two new spa treatments. The hot bamboo massage and hot seashell massage will help guests to relax and unwind in special cabanas overlooking the beach.
Lastly, Caneel plans to renovate all of its rooms beginning in 2014. The work is expected to be completed in phases over the next two to three years.
“Caneel Bay continues to be the leader of rustic, luxury-chic in the Caribbean. We have an incredible heritage started by the Rockefellers and it’s a legacy that we look forward to developing, while preserving the area’s tranquility,” Nikolay Hotze, Caneel’s Managing Director, said in a release. “We look forward to this new chapter as an independent resort and welcoming back our returning and first-time guests to the property.”