Club Med Buccaneer's Creek
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The flights from the US land on the southernmost point of the island at Hewannora International Airport. Visitors are greeted warmly by gate agents and making our way through customs took no more than 5 minutes. Everything worked like clockwork for transfers as well- we were met by our shuttle driver immediately and ...
... and the walking distance must have been at least double the straight line distance. The buildings seemed to be a bit of an enigma. The Cathedral looked very run down, almost abandoned, but the clock on the steeple kept perfect time. The fire station was also a shambles, with the sign still on the building at the point where it is on the map. I saw some of their equipment on the street and it was modern and in great condition. I expect there was a ...
... to the small town of Grenville, on the coast. This is the windward coast, with surf and no real chance of snorkelling, so we do a quick look around, then get help finding a toilet. The toilets were locked, and had an attendant lady, who seemed surprised when we tipped her.
The return trip on the #4 bus takes us south around the coast and we enter the town at the Carenage, a small, shallow bay once used by the pirates to clean the bottom of their ...
... the volcanic island country of Saint Lucia, part of the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Its popularity stems from its tropical weather (the dry season runs from December 1 to May 31), scenery, and numerous beaches. Saint Lucia's population is predominantly of African and mixed African-European descent and while the official language is English, French-Creole is spoken by 95% of the population.
Today was our second time to visit this ...
... galore. Couldn't have been happier playing around in this! Happily, Les Salines was able to equal and even top this, with more picture posctard paradise-esque scenery. It was a fitting and perfect end to our Caribbean adventure, and in truth I was still having to pinch myself that I was even here at all. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Club Med Buccaneer's Creek Ste. Anne
5-Star stay, Worth every penny!
Being a patron of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, I will say that I truly enjoyed my stay at Buccaneers Creek. The facilities were great, the rooms were spacious, clean, modern and new. We stayed in a fabulous ocean view room. The grounds, beach and facilities - bar, pool, gym - were all top notch! Staff were great, very friendly and accommodating. You can get involved in the activities, or just chill out.
You should know that this is not a singles resort (as it once was), its great for couples. If you're a single person looking to party - there are other Club Meds that are better suited.
Great food, great drinks and a really good cappucino or espresso at the bar.
This is a French island, and not much English is spoken. You can certainly get by - the staff definitely try to accommodate.
You pay a little more for this resort, but it is worth it! (The best accommodations we've had in the Carribean so far)
The Perfect Club for Certain People
Just returned from a 5-night stay in early Feb 2006 and wanted to share my impressions. I am a 28 year old physician raised in Europe (mainly French Switzerland) but living in Manhattan, and have been to Club Meds in Senegal, Spain, and the Dominican Republic.
- Beautiful rooms (suites are huge, clean, with flat-panel TVs, luxury toiletries)
- Fabulous food (e.g. foie gras, fresh fish and meat, incredible pastries, top-shelf alcohol, late-night Nutella crepes)
- Very nice beach and swimming pool
- GOs, while typically Francophile and focused on getting ---, were friendly and multilingual. Hendel, the Village Chief, is uber-hip.
- Great location near the town of St. Anne (10 min walk) and on the highway to bigger cities (we rented a car and explored)
- Clientele was mainly older French couples, probably an anomaly but double-check before you travel: had I been single or non-French-speaking or looking to rage into the night or meet young professionals, I would have been disappointed
- Lousy internet access (use the wi-fi from ---)
- No whipped cream (seriously)
Contact me if you want more info!
Paradise and More
Just returned from Buccaneer's Creek and the only negative was having to say goodbye after a week. The club is gorgeous. This was the first club med experience for my boyfriend and I and we were totally impressed. How the previous reviewer could say that the food is mediocre astonishes me. Living in Montreal, we are accustomed to excellent cuisine and I would say that the food at B.C. is better than many fine French restaurants we have here. Such a variety and so fresh. It is true that renovations are not finished but hardly visible. It felt private and romantic and one never had to wait for chairs or service. Our garden view room even had a slight ocean view. The room was classy, soundproof and had a comfy bed; two twins zipped together to make a king; no separation in the middle. We were a little surprised at the small amount of singles the week we were there. Most of the clientele were older French couples and tourists, all quite civilized. It helps if you speak french but alot of the GO's speak english. It is France after all. Entertainment and activities were top notch. The beach and the pool are lovely. Bravo to Hendel and his team and all the workers for all their talent, energy, and tender loving care. Worth the money. ENJOY
Open but not finished
This will be a beutiful club med when it is finished. However, the powers that be at club med have decided to open a 40 percent finished club, with loads of construction and untrained staff while charging full price. The island is nice, the beach is nice and the weather is great. The pool is gorgeous. That is about where it ends. The rooms are nice if yours is finished. Mine was in a half finished building on a half finished side of the club with a 90 percent finished room (tv was missing from room at first). The food was mediocre. The english spoken by the staff was pathetic, though i think it had more to do with lack of effort than knowledge. The locals were far more willing to speak english than the club med employees. I think if you wait six months when the club is actually ready to be opened this will be worth what it is billed as. Until then go elsewhere if you dont want to be ripped off.
Martinique...relax or be active
We are 40-50 something but enjoy a Club Med...do as much or as little on your vacation as you feel. We found Martinique wonderful.
As a get-a-way from hustle-bustle of southern california, our room in the tower that appears on the Club Med flyer for Marinique was perfect. Above it all, quiet, but when we wanted to mix all we had to do was walk down our steps to the 2nd bar in the bottom of the tower that opened at 3 pm.
Food was great. Served at the open air atrium like breakfast/lunch/dinner room.
The local tradition of standing in a shallow inlet of water with a high alcohol content rum w/canesugar watching the sunset was heavenly in the late afternoon.
All in all a great vacation though we would advise going another month than our August/September. Hot, hot, hot! (we went for the reduce rates...less crowds)
For those who get up from the beach chair now and then...the island is filled with
Love those accras!
This hotel has everything from waterskiing to windsurfing to snorkel boat trips, and everything is included in the very reasonable price.
Excellent French-Caribbean food is included, too. Be sure to try the accras, the best in the Caribbean. There are no televisions in the rooms, so everyone is out socializing and participating in the activities, not holed up in their rooms. It helps if you speak French, because most of the vacationers speak French.
Second rate beach
I did not actually stay there but saw it. If I were at Club Med and compared it to the nearby beaches, I would be very upset. Even the municipal beach at Ste. Anne is better.
Good spot for French-speaking sports lovers
I visited the Club Med in Martinique during the first week of June 2003, and had a pretty good time. This is not one of Club Med's flagship resorts, but there is plenty to do there. When you arrive in Fort de France, you'll have a 46-km drive ahead of you before you reach the resort, which is located near the town of St. Anne. When you arrive at the club you'll generally be greeted by some of the club's staff (called GO's or Gentil Organisateurs) who will take you to your rooms and explain how everything works there. This is one of Club Med's older resorts, and was built on the premise that the guests will only be in their rooms to sleep. That means if your are expecting the conveniences of a Hilton, you're in the wrong place. The rooms are small, with tile floors, two small single beds or one king-size, two chairs, two closets, and a bathroom. You'll find no phone, TV, hair dryer, fan, or bathtub (there is a dimly lit shower that in my room had no hot water). There is air conditioning, although it didn't work in some of the rooms. You also have to remember that everything is 220V, so if you bring anything electric, be sure to bring an adapter. The beds were comfortable, and I only spent eight hours a day sleeping in the room, so the lack of amenities was not a problem.One note of warning to American guests is that this is a major French destination, and very few people speak fluent English there. When I was there, there were eleven Americans and one Canadian, and other than four or five other GO's, we were the only one's who spoke English. Some of the guests will try to speak English to you if you make the effort to speak to them, but you may find it a little uncomfortable if you speak no French at all. They did at one time run charters in from New York, but they now only bring big charters in from Paris. I had gone mostly to do some diving, and was a little disappointed with what was available. The coral is in great shape there, but the visibility was never greater than 30 feet and several times three-foot barracuda that was swimming under the dock where the dive boat was tied. The dive boat is very small and can accommodate 16 divers and four crew in a very cramped space. The dive masters seemed knowledgeable and were all very nice, but none of them speak much English, which could lead to safety problems if you were a beginning diver who spoke no French. The only really good dive that we did during the week was to Diamond Rock, which is a one-hour boat ride from the club. Also, because the boat is so small, you can only do one dive at 10:00 and another at 2:00 if you want to dive twice a day, and that will pretty much shoot your entire day. I think I would recommend Turkoise or Columbus Isle if good diving is your main reason for being there. In addition to diving, they have a great place to windsurf with both beginning and advanced boards and sails for all conditions. There is also kayaking, water-skiing, snorkeling (done from a larger dive boat), the Umberto Pelizzari free diving school (also mostly in French), tennis, and daily excursions on their big catamaran "Emotions". This is mostly an adults club, although there were a few families with small children. There are no special facilities for kids there. Also, because it is primarily French, it's hard to go much of anywhere where someone isn't smoking. Almost everything at the club is open air, so this isn't as bad as it sounds, but it can be annoying if you're sensitive to it. The food there is definitely plentiful although the quality left a little to be desired. I was really disappointed to learn that they didn't have the white chocolate bread that I had enjoyed at all of the other Club Med resorts I had been to. They have one big dining area with several outdoor dining rooms where the food is served buffet style. Here there are tables that seat from six to ten people, where you can meet people to talk about your daily adventures. There is also a Creole restaurant on the other side of the complex that is a little more intimate, but serves ow of some kind that is different every night. The Chef de Village will make announcements before the show, which are in both French and English, but from then on, it will be mostly French only. Most nights, it's a show put on by the GO's, but they also had a show put on by a troupe from Martinique that went through the history of dance on the island, and another night we were taken by bus to St Anne for a maritime festival. After the show you can dance to the Crazy Signs, hang out by the bar at the theater, or move on over to the nightclub for the rest of the evening. For those who are looking for a place with a lot of activities and who can speak at least some French, this might be the place for you; but compared to the other clubs I have visited, I can only give it two stars.
Nice trip at Club Med Martinique
I attended Club Med's Buccaneer's Creek from April 26 through May 6,2003, and had a wonderful time ... primarily because I met interesting people and there were always many activities to participate in. (My previous Caribbean experiences have been at fancy all-inclusives in Jamaica, but this was my first Club Med experience.) With 1 exception, all of the GOs were very friendly. The Club Med village is vast, which explains why the Chef du Village gets around by bicycle. The sprawling beach is postcard beautiful. The day I arrived the Caribbean Club Med's went to an open bar (a true all-inclusive), which was very convenient and what we Americans expect. (It was sort of comical to see the Europeans who did not purchase a bar-bracelet fumbling with bar tickets.). The following are observations I make for the benefit of those contemplating a trip to Club Med Martinique: -I estimate that during my stay that 90% or more of the GOs were French-speaking. I recall meeting 4 Americans, with a larger percentage of Italians. While this is not a negative, be forewarned that if you do not possess a good command of the French language -- fortunately, I do -- then it's quite possible that you'll meet fewer people and your vacation might be considerably less interesting. -This Club Med used to have a reputation as an all-out party. If my 11 days there were any indication, it is considerably tamer ... and no one seems to know why, other than that fewer Americans vacation there. While a good time is to be had during evening dancing, the atmosphere (to me) seemed a little restrained. I kept thinking that the Club could have used about 50 Americans to turn the place out. (As for naturists who are looking for a nude beach, the one at Club Med no longer exists -- the mayor of St. Anne has outlawed them -- but one is tolerated at la Petite Anse des Salines.) Also, all ages are accepted there. I saw all ages at the Club, including infants. -The rooms are spartan, but functional. If you are expecting large beds and bathroom.) This did not bother me in the least, but I simply highlight for those who care a great deal about those things that the comfort level (although consistent with the reasonable price you pay) is probably less than we expect at a fancier all-inclusive. Another point: lock your things up. I had a bad experience because I failed to use the personal safe in the room. My last point is that it helps to be patient. It may be that you will have to wait before you check in. Do not expect to be waited on hand and foot. This is not that type of all-inclusive. If you enjoy sports, including the many water sports offered, a very nice beach, French and Creole food, and are gregarious enough to meet other people, then you might have a very nice experience there like I had.
Loved it! Great location, awesome food, lots to do
My wife and I spent our honeymoon at Les Boucaniers, and we weren't disappointed. Everything there totally excedded our expectations, except perhaps for the comfort in the rooms which was good but not great. This being said, the only use of your room is late at night to crash in bed, because the sun rises at 6am and it's time for another day already.
The lodging is otherwise very nicely laid-out, with little bungalows of 20 rooms or so throughout the village. The village features half-a-mile of sand beaches in one of the most beautiful area of the Martinique island.
This Club Med resort features a wide range of (all-inclusive) activities to keep yourself busy throughout the day. The most popular activity is the water-skiing peer. Other activities proposed are snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, tennis, fitness...
The buffets are incredibly good for a Club Med resort which is only rated 2 tridents. The food is of great quality, diversity and plentiful. I have been to other Club Med resorts of higher comfort (3 tridents), and the food in Les Boucaniers was just as good as places rated higher.
The ambience and number & quality of the evening animations was superb. Overall the village has a rather young GO team and a mix of young GM (clients) and also older couples who like to party till late. If you still feel young even if you are past 40 years old, this may be the village for you to go have fun !