Wednesday September 4th, 2013 - 9:34AM
ST. JOHN, USVI—Caneel Bay Resort will reopen as an independent resort when it opens for the season November 1.
Previously managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, the property will continue to be owned and operated by CBI Acquisitions.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has overseen the management of Caneel Bay since 1993. Under the new management, Nikolay Hotze will continue to lead the property as managing director. As one of the largest employers on St. John, the resort will be retaining the current on-site staff as well as maintaining the sales and marketing team in New York City, according to the hotel.
CBI Acquisitions, which has owned the property since 2003, indicated it is committed to the long-term preservation and development of the resort with a capital investment plan to begin next year, with completion in phases over the next two to three years.
New dining outlets will open this season, including ZoZo's Ristorante, led by local restaurateur John Ferrigno, along with Cannella Gelateria and Coffee Shop. These will join the recent addition of the Sushi Bar, adjacent to the Caneel Beach Bar & Grill.
The resort offers 170 acres and seven beaches within the Virgin Islands National Park and will continue to follow the same eco-friendly focus in place since its founding by philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller.
All pre-existing resort reservations, events and bookings will be unaffected by the transition, and guest histories of past stays will be held and maintained by the property’s management systems, according to the hotel.