New Tennis Director Named at Caneel Bay

July 22, 2010

St. John, U.S.V.I. — Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort on St. John U.S.V.I. announces the promotion of Donald Becker to Tennis Director of the property’s 11-court, Peter Burwash International (PBI) Tennis Center. Becker previously held the number two position of the well-known tennis program at Caneel Bay, which has been under the direction of PBI for over thirty years. Caneel Bay’s Tennis Center is consistently ranked as one of best in the world and most recently, was rated the #1 resort for tennis in the Caribbean in 2010 by Tennis Resorts Online.

Becker oversees a variety of exciting instructional programs and tennis activities at Caneel Bay, including private lessons, daily clinics, round robins and other social and competitive events. The resort also offers a full-service pro shop and guaranteed player matching for all levels.

“Donald is a talent on the courts and off, and we’re delighted to have him leading the tennis operation to build on our legacy of great tennis,” said Nikolay Hotze, Managing Director of Caneel Bay. “During three decades with Peter Burwash, our guests have appreciated a continuity of instruction, professionalism and personal service. We look forward to Donald’s leadership to continue providing the finest tennis program in the Caribbean.”

Since joining Peter Burwash International, Becker has previously traveled to Reynolds Plantation for training, as well as to Naples Grande Beach Resort, Four Seasons Great Exuma, Bahamas, Four Seasons Resort Nevis, and most recently Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii.

Becker has achieved the highest level of certification from both the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and the Professional Tennis Registry, and is a graduate of USA Tennis High Performance Coaching Program and a former U.S. Tennis Association Competition Training Center coach. His tennis background includes playing for Allegheny College and coaching the Division 1 Men’s and Women’s teams at Niagara University. He also spent eight years as a tennis pro at the Village Glen Tennis & Fitness Club in Williamsville, New York.

Rates start at $399. For more information or to make reservations at Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, please contact (340) 776-6111 or

About Caneel Bay

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort is set on 170 acres in Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John. Pristine natural surroundings and low-key luxury are the signatures of this exclusive retreat, which offers an inviting array of Caribbean diversions including seven white-sand beaches, a new fitness center and pool, complimentary watersports and amenities, and lushness all around. Founded by Laurance Rockefeller over 50 years ago, Caneel Bay has 166 charming guest rooms, each built to blend into the landscape, with intimate locations, natural woods, native stones and hand-crafted furnishings. There are myriad restaurant options on-site: The Turtle Bay Estate House offers a modern steakhouse inspired menu, with elegant service; The Wine Room, set in an 18th-century plantation house, offers incomparable private dining for parties up to 10 people with more than 1,000 bottles to choose from; The Equator is a celebration of eclectic Caribbean cuisine perched high above the stone and coral ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill; the Caneel Beach Terrace is popular for its sumptuous breakfast and lunch buffets including the renowned Monday night grand buffet; and the Caneel Bay Bar offers light fair and island cocktails. Kids enjoy great experiences and making new friends under the watchful eyes of well-trained staff at Turtle Town, which specializes in programs that stress environmental appreciation while allowing children to discover and explore. The Self Centre at Caneel is dedicated to nurturing mental, physical and spiritual well-being through mind/body approaches to stress relief, relaxation and rejuvenation

About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, The Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta, Rosewood Sand Hill, CordeValle and San Ysidro Ranch in California, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, Las Ventanas al Paraíso and Rosewood Mayakobá in Mexico, and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties – Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John and Jumby Bay on Antigua. Rosewood also offers Sense, A Rosewood Spa® – featuring treatments reflective of the brand’s signature philosophy A Sense of Place® – available exclusively at select properties and now open at Jumby Bay. For more information on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts or Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, please call 888.ROSEWOOD or visit

About Peter Burwash International

Founded in 1975, Peter Burwash International is the world’s leading tennis management company, specializing in tennis instruction, program development, marketing, operations and daily tennis activities for five-star resorts, hotels and tennis clubs worldwide. PBI President, Peter Burwash, a former Canadian champion, is a world-renowned coach, motivational speaker, tennis TV commentator and author of eight books. Recognized for its innovative Tennis For Life£ instruction and exceptional customer service, PBI directs tennis programs for 55 exclusive properties in North America, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, Indian Ocean and Europe. For more information about PBI, please visit