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The second dive was at the Navy Barges. Unfortunately, Jennifer swallowed a lot of sea water when she was coming into the boat from the first dive and got a little seasick. She passed on the second dive and stayed on the boat. I felt bad because it was a fun dive – so may different types of fish, and so many colors!! We went down to 35 ft and spent about 45 minutes underwater. Back on board, we ...
... which was
really tasty. Rather bizarrely, there
was a lady who ran a parrot show on the top of the mountain too…..bizarre but
surprisingly good! We watched her
parrots, cockatiels and lovebirds performing all kinds of tricks and playing
games from skating to basketball with tiny little props. The birds themselves looked well cared for
and seemed to revel in the audience participation. When the show was over, we left a ...
... around the world. Everyone does their own thing during the day, sometimes we do things together but even if we don't, we all meet up at tea each night and talk about what we've done during the day. The kids have made friends from the USA, ...
... or what, Arrr?"
Don't forget long sentences have to end with Arrr too. Do let me know how you get on.
The meal was the meal. Same menu (albeit a special piratey version), same table companions, same conversations (except for the added Arrrs of course). We could have then joined the Pirate night festivities, Mickey's pirate dance party, Mickey's walking the plank ceremony and the fireworks. But we did not join in any of this because we could not ...
... roads, blind corners, drivers going way too fast...all the things necessary to turn a simple drive into the kind of thrill seeking activity my insurance asked me about when I filled out forms.
Overall, while it was great to see a new place, St. Thomas is not somewhere we're interested in returning to. It just doesn't have the beauty or charm of somewhere you would expect to see on a Caribbean cruise.
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Bluebeard's Beach Club and Villas St. Thomas
We really liked Bluebeard's Beach Club and we are going back again. This is a great value. Yes, the resort is somewhat "dated"..tennis courts need some TLC but you can not find a kitchenette studio anywhere in the carribean that is clean for these rates. Check the condo/timeshare assoication site for updates on their update plans. It felt like the pool was well maintained. The rooms have been remodeled and I love a place that provides a coffee maker where I can drink my morning coffee over looking the beach on the balcony terrace. Also the rooms have tile flooring so you don't have to worry about sand in the carpet. The front desk help can be less than what main islanders call professional but you aren't in the mainland US folks. Also phones are not very reliable on the island. I don't bother bringing the laptop. The Marriott's and Ritz are ok for "business" traveling but if you want a kitchen or have a family this is a much better resort. If budget isn't a problem, I recommend the Westin on St. John. (Best beach out of the two islands with a hotel on it and the Westin Heavenly bed...need I say more? But you will pay $250+ a night) Ok, back to Bluebeard's...The bar staff and restaurant folks are super friendly! The beach has rocks but if you are a pool person then "no worries". Actually the beach has a few fish, etc. so bring snokel gear for the kids and have day long free fun. I would recommend those little water shoes if they are particular about rocks, etc. Just be aware that other hotels that offer a kitchette, with much higher rates (like Sapphire Beach) have rocks too on their beach. Don't let them fool you with the pretty pictures. Most folks take the ferry to St. John to Cinnamon Bay (beach is a free) beach if you are looking for pristine beach with no hotels, etc. Be aware that Megan's beach charges as do some others. We recommend Cinammon because the campground located there has a small restaurant (bugers, chicken) and the campground store sells drinks. Back to Bluebeards....Also there is no gym but you can use the sister resort Elysian's gym and there is a Gold's Gym on the island. If you are elderly or have problems with steps please be aware there are steps in some of the rooms and on the grounds. They did put in wheelchair ramps. (The Marriott is much worse in regards to steps and walking but it is a bigger resort.) Let me make a recommendation that could save you hundreds of dollars, rent your car from Budget Rent a car and go to the budget web site for the best rates. They give you a great coupon book where you can get free items at the stores, discounts on all the island activities and my personal favorite coupon go on day long sailing trips 2 for 1. (save $100) These sailing trips include all food and drink and snokel gear. It's wonderful. We love the captain and crew (& his dogs) at Nightwind. See Nightwind website for details. Also Budget can arrange for the car to be on the ferry to St. John...a good idea if you want to see the island and avoid the taxis. Possibly cheaper if you are taking a family over, it runs about $25 for the roundtrip vs. individual fares for the car to be transported. For dinner, we recommend Bluebeards Castle (a sister resort). It is at the top of a large hill and had a nice night time view. (more steps, with a old castle remains) Also a neat feature of Bluebeard's beach resort is you can watch the boats leave the harbor at night and they are all lit up...beautiful. I have seen some messages out here on mildew, etc. ----all resorts have these problems because of the nature of the weather. We plan to go back to Bluebeard every Dec. we can to excapse the terrible weather of the midwest. Enjoy!
arrived march 03, as we drove into the site I had mixed thoughts about this place, appeared somewhat dated. Check in was confusing, had a new girl.The room was beautiful and new, very clean. The food somewhat dissapointing and very expensive for what you got, sixty dollar breakfast for myself and sixteen old twins. Pool was clean and nice, and you had the beach to yourself. No white sand and rocks to cross 25 feet out, but nice . Snorkling was great with alot of fish and one sea turtle. Overall after we settled in the help was very friendly and addressed any problems. We rented a car which is cheaper than the taxis and made it nice to travel to St Johns and other Island sites. Coki Neach was better than the pictures as was Trunk Bay. Our room had a full kitchen, very nice, which plan on cooking meals, most places were over priced for what you got Go to Red Hook Fish Market for some fantastic buys. We would stay here again.
We used an Interval International exchange for Bluebeards in September 2003. We expected the facility to be comparable with other resorts we've visited and were sadly disappointed. This resort could have many positives, especially given the location, but the customer service and lack of hospitality makes it hard to get beyond the initial impression.
We had a one bedroom unit 284, on the ground floor. There are studios on floors two and three. Check in was smooth and courteous and our room was ready and waiting. The office looks tired, old and depressing, so we were glad that the room was so new looking and clean. The one bedrooms have a king size bed and the studios a queen just in case you need this information. The kitchens have all you need but just barely.
Rooms are very nice, the beach & resort is very quaint and comfortable
Blue Beard's Beach Club and Villas are very quaint and comfortable - the rooms are clean and very nicely decorated. The beach is small and perfect for those who like waves. Windsurfing or body surfing is ideal here. Every room has a view of the ocean, we opened our windows at night to hear the rush of waves hit the beach - this is very calming and relaxing. This is not a big resort, and it is easy, if you stay a whole week, to get to know all of the guest and staff. This place is secluded, therefore, rent a car (if your brave enough to drive on the left side of the road - remember, shoulder to shoulder). All units have a kitchen, therefore, stock up on groceries - Red Hook has a very nice clean grocery store. Eating out each meal is costly.
The staff generally tries to satisfy the guests...sometimes however, they are curt or short in their words with guests...they sometimes appear aloof or almost apathetic in their demeanor...I realize you have to factor the culture difference in here....nevertheless, I have traveled to other resorts in the Carribean and I would say the staff at Bluebeards needs a morale boost or something...they sometimes almost seemed depressed.. Also, they had me down as Sat to Sat checkin and I was clearly a Sun to Sun checkin...and they said they would have to move me on Sat ....we ended up working it out but it made for an uncomfortable visitor experience......okay enough on the staff..... On our room....I would say it was sufficiently adequate and we had few issues with the exception of poor water flow in the faucets and toilets along with the fact that the front desk directed me to an ice machine 3 floors below my room that was clearly not in use and hadn't been for some time....its top was not on, the was no ice in it , just some debris and bugs....after a trip back to the front desk a kind gardener showed me one that was sufficient but way across the resort away from our room. The room had a nice view of the cruise ships and a nice private balcony. I would stay in this room again. On the resort itself: It has the appearance of a resort that has a great location/views and 2 neat restaurants...and a little character because of the castle component...beyond that, it has the look and feel of a dilapidated resort that has "sat on its laurels" because of its location...nobody seems to be re-investing in what clearly could be 5 star gold crown type of resort....it is a shame because it has huge potential...they need to shut it down for a year and do a total remodel and renovation...the pool is fairly pitiful and the jaccuzzi, which was broken and not open was also pitiful for this size of a resort. I have a bigger one at my home. There was broken down golf cart with a flat tire right in the front of the a creepy feeling like nobody cares.... I have to say I was surprised that RCI would send people to this resort without warning them....and in fact it definitely is the poorest RCI timeshare I had ever stayed at.... Having said all that, I would stay there again with the hope that they fix some of the things that need to be dealt with...oh yes, in the lobby the video/dvd rental machine was out of order the whole time we were there....we ended up going to Blockbuster in town..... Like I said it is a shame that this resort has not kept itself up with all the other newer resorts....again I think they get away with it due to 3 factors....location/view...the restaurants.....and the limited choices in St. Thomas/ St. John for other timeshare....there definitely is a business opportunity for another timeshare to open up and compete.....I hear a brand new Ramada/Marina has just been approved that is in a stones throw from Bluebeard's...as the saying goes...next time, make it a RamadaIn closing we made the best of what use to be a wonderful resort ...I still think it can be great again with some work....
I was a little leary of this resort because of the reviews I had read. What a great surprise!!! Everything was better than I had hoped. The beach club was clean and the rooms had good views. The people at the motel didn,t pressure us to buy a time share, they let us enjoy the islands and make up our own minds. The best part of the trip was snorkling in Trunk Bay on St. John. Also the cab we always took was Mr. Nice Guy taxi out of Bluebeards Clubs. If I am lucky enough to go back some day I will have him drive me. The entertainment he provides is GREAT. Also he gave us many ideas of things to do and when was a good time to do them. The beaches sometimes are full so he would tell us when the ships would leave and take the people with them. The vacation was the best I have had, I can't give a high enough review.
We stayed at Bluebeard's on 11/20/02. We had originally booked a room for four, but ended up having two extra people join us on our trip. We arrived late and were met by the security guard who took us to our room. The room ended up having only two beds when the description stated 3, and to top it off, they charged us $35 per person extra, doubling our cost of the room (online stated $15 per person extra). We knew we were going to be charged extra for the extra bodies, but expected that we would have enough beds for everyone! We could have had a whole other room for what we ended up paying. In addition, the next morning as we were trying to arrange pickup for our rental car, we ended up having problems(rental car company doesn't pick up there, and it was very difficult to make a call out of our room). We ended up getting out of our room late as a result, and was VERY rudely asked to hurry up and get out of our room. All this place cares about is shanking you out of your money. Period.
I had a wonderful time! Me and my fiance went in September of 2002. It has an absolutely beautiful view and the grounds are absolutely beautiful as well. Palm trees and lush greenery splash the already beautiful surroundings. With cobblestone walkways, gazebo and quaint bridges that light up at night along with the resort's outdoor restaurant bathed with little white bee lights adds the perfect romatic touch. The food is excellent as well as the drinks. I was absolutely and completely satisfied with everything. I am not used to fancy surroundings, time shares or luxorious resorts. In fact it was my first time out of new england and on a plane. My tastes are simple and I had a wonderful time. It was absolute paradise. I highly recommend it. The service was great and the people were friendly. We used Mr. Nice Guy's taxi service. He was funny! There is a beautiful walk out balcony and at night you sit out on the balcony drinking Cruzan rum (yum) hearing the ocean waves crashing and gazing up at the stars with the one you love. (Not to mention the walks along the beach at night). I tell ya, it does not get any better than this. No complaints at all. In fact, we checked all the other hotels and resorts on St. Thomas and Bluebeards had the best view. Not to mention the entertainment and live music they had in the outdoor restaurant. I wish everyone else who chooses Blue Beards Beach Resort as their vacation as beautiful and magical time as I had. Thank you Blue Beards Beach Resort.
We exchanged our Marriott timeshare through Interval International for 1 week at the Bluebeard's Beach Villas. At check-in we inquired about paying extra to upgrade from an efficiency to a 1 bedroom and we were told that they all were booked for the week. When we opened the door of our unit, the smell was like being in a wet basement - very musty (we bought a scented candle which helped somewhat). The first morning when I tried to shower, the water pressure was so bad that I had to wash the soap out of my hair using a coffee cup. The toilet and bathroom smelled horrid. We called the front desk and were told that an engineer would be down to check out the water pressure. He came down and said he would try to fix it the next morning. It was the same the next day - no better. It went down hill from there....as I took a drink of my milk 1 night, there was a small beige colored worm waving at me so I proceeded to throw out both the milk as well as the salad I was eating. Later that evening we saw the same small worms crawling up the wall in the bathroom, on the door leading to the outside and several in the hallway on the wall near the ceiling. We tried calling the front desk a few times but there was no answer. This concerned me greatly as I had left the main number with family in case of an emergency at home. The next day we tried calling again and finally got someone who said we could change rooms (this was after we were told no rooms were available). We also spoke to another couple who had quite an experience with cockroaches and they also were moved to another unit. Between the lack of water pressure, the smell, the worms and the poor service overall, we decided to beg for a room at the Marriott hotel for a few nights which we were able to get after speaking with a manager. I checked into the Marriott first and was going to pick my husband up later on back at Bluebeards as we were unsure if we were able to get all of the nights we needed at the Marriott. I tried calling my husband