Cap Juluca (Anguilla) is my favorite resort in the caribbean. How does Caneel Bay (St. John) compare?
Well if CJ is your very favorite place in the Caribbean then I have to assume that you are also crazy about the uniqueness of the island which is different from every other resort island in the Caribbean.
The warmness and accessibility of the locals (you can't get that anywhere else!), the beach bar scene, the highly regarded restaurants from upscale to casual and fun places, the relative ease of getting there, the spectacular beaches (count 'em), the family-style warm handshake extended to mere strangers, are things that are lacking in other islands.
Caneel Bay is a classic, upscale place with a few lovely and private beaches, caring service and fine accommodations. If you've never been there, it deserves your attention.
But puleeeze do not compare it with AXA.
You just cannot!!!!
Caneel Bay is very different than CJ. Its spread out on (I think 175 acres)
it has rooms on their 7 beaches. The beaches are great--snorkeling
is fantastic. We ended up going there after meeting a travel writer at
Cap who said we should try it. All the rooms are not beachfront, and you
will pay a premium to do that. The rooms cannot come close to CJ--
we stayed on Scott beach, and also cottage 7. Beach service for the most
part is non existant--except for very busy Caneel beach. It cannot compare
to CJ or Anguilla. We did enjoy St. John and Caneel, and did stay
there 4 times. The natural beauty is stunning. What are you looking
for? IMHO nothing really can compare to CJ.
Cap sits on one dazzling white sand beach, Maundays Bay. Caneel has 7 beaches on it's property and offers great snorkeling. They are the only resort I know of that offers guests a map of the types of marine life you can find on each beach and only one of Caneel's beaches is open to the public. There's no snorkeling to speak of at Cap. My favorite beach at Caneel is Scott Beach, a pretty long arc of golden sand where you'll see huge turtles among so many other types of fish.
If my memory serves me correctly the grounds at Caneel have a lot more beautiful flowering trees and plants than Cap. The accommodations at Cap are much more luxurious than Caneel where Laurance Rockefeller's concept was to keep things pretty basic. So you have no phones or televisions in the rooms but you're steps away from the sea and can fall asleep and wake up to the music of the waves lapping the shore. This is great for me as all I need is internet and you can have WIFI or use their internet cafe. Caneel is meant to be all about a celebration of nature and getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Cap is all about the 5-star experience.
I love Anguilla but as a PADI certified diver and avid snorkeler, I prefer the smorgasbord of marine life in the waters of Caneel's beaches. Just makes being in the sea more entertaining. Caneel is owned by Rosewood Resorts and offers great split your stay deals with Little Dix Bay another of their properties on Virgin Gorda in the BVI. We had a wonderful trip splitting a trip between the 2 resorts and countries with amazing side trips to other islands in the BVI.Edited: 31 May 2010, 13:41
We have the opposite situation. Caneel Bay has always been our favorite resort in the Caribbean, along with Petit St. Vincent. We are considering going to Cap Juluca this fall for our anniversary. We love the quiet, natural environment of Caneel Bay (island is 2/3 National Park), so there are alot of trees, flowers, etc. along the beach, as well as the snorkeling. It has a very cozy and quaint feel. The pictures we have seen of Cap Juluca look very stark in comparison - no shade, etc. Everything else about Cap sounds wonderful - especially the food on Anguilla! So, if we try somewhere new, we are debating whether to go to Cap or find an environment more similar to Caneel Bay.
I am a huge PSVer. I went there for years and years.
If you are trying to compare Caneel and PSV to AXA forget it. AXA is an entirely different kind of vacation. First of all, unlike the other two, AXA is definitely NOT pretty. It is scrubby looking. Secondly, AXA is not an intimate, private enclave with only 1 or 2 restaurants to choose from. The beaches are enviable -- one after the other. The restaurant choices are myriad. Accommodations vary from basic to midlin to exclusive.
Unlike PSV, where you can walk the entire thing in 1/2 hour tops, it would take you at best 1/2 hour just to get around the entire island of AXA by car.
Just to try a change, I would suggest you break out of the PSV/Caneel Bay mode and give AXA a try. It may be your cuppa tea. Then again, it may not.Edited: 14 June 2010, 21:24
Yes, but does St. John have a seliki for lobster? Does Caneel Bay have an illness club? Look here - Anguilla's got it all!
Cap Juluca is an exclusive Caribbean road house that is
located to a southwest coast of Anguilla, of the
British Virgin Islands. The review is set upon 179
tranquil acres, as well as surrounded by white sandy
beaches, palm trees, as well as H2O so clear that you
can see to a bottom.
Guests of a Cap Juluca review have been accommodated
in eighteen beachfront style villas that will house
no some-more than six bedrooms each. The bedrooms measure
at slightest 700 block feet in distance as well as feature large
marble bathrooms, white tile floors, as well as louvered
doors that will open far-reaching to let in a cool sea
breezes. During a morning, guest can enjoy
complimentary continental breakfast that is
served upon their own in isolation terrace.
The Cap Juluca also offers six pool villas which
are surrounded by foliage upon a corner of a beach.
The pool villas suggest either a in isolation or shared
swimming pool, sundeck, as well as even golf carts to
help you transport around a property.
The review design facilities outlandish arches, domes,
turrets, as well as parapets. The white villas, which
are situated along a white sands of a mile
long Maundays Bay, is surround by tropical
flowers, palm trees, as well as breathtaking fountains.
This beach eighth month also offers a series of
great activities that include H2O sports,
croquet, a illness club, herb as well as endangered
species gardens, children’s program, nature trails
and even tennis. Cove as well as Maundays Bay offer
a mile of beach, where you can enjoy kayaking,
sail, snorkeling, waterski, as well as even windsurfing.
You can also prepare for island tours during the
Cap Juluca in Anguilla to try a many
beaches, go scuba diving, or even low sea
fishing. When it comes to fun upon a water,
this review has something to suggest everyone in
The sauna services during a Cap Juluca include
specialized treatments such as Cap Juluca for
two, a Thai massage, aromatherapy, reflexology,
and even kinesiology.
Cap Juluca offers guest two restaurants and
a twenty-four hour room service. One of them, George’s,
features pool as well as beachfront dining, serving
guests contemporary pleasant cuisine that
includes salads, seafood, burgers, as well as even
The alternative restaurant, Pimms, is decorated with
white Moorish arches as well as serves French-Asian
cuisine inside of upon foot distance of a
If you’ve been seeking for a good beach vacation,
the Cap Juluca in Anguilla will yield just
what you need. There’s something here for the
entire family, no matter what your family likes
to do. Waking up upon an island with a
ocean during your back doorway is indeed an amazing
feeling – that is what Cap Juluca is indeed all
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Illness club---I would assume they meant Wellness ----
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