Both Caneel Bay Resort and Westin Resort and Villas are reporting record occupancy rates during the first quarter of the year. Matt Balcik, at the Westin, said "we’re running at 92% occupancy," while Caneel’s chief, Rik Blyth said the resort has had occupancy in the high 80s to low 90s during the first three months of the year. Favorable publicity in mainland media, including Conde Nast’s Travelers Magazine and The New York Times is credited for some of the strength in business.
The third quarter looks iffy, however. Caneel’s Blyth said last year’s September and October were much worse than in 2004, according to the St. John Trade winds. "My gut feeling is that it has to do with all the hurricanes. and the threat of them this year," he said.