Bluebeard's Beach Club and Villas
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bluebeard's Beach Club and Villas St. Thomas
Looking for value with a kitchen, clean and a beach view =)
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!
Much better than thought
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.
Bluebeards is Devoid of Customer Service
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 found the front desk reps to be apathetic. We checked in to a very cool reception, not the warm and friendly greeting you would expect in a resort setting. After settling in our room, we found the ice machine for our building was not working and apparently had not worked in months. My husband called the front desk to find out where we could get ice. The rep promised to call back in minutes. Almost three hours later, my husband called back to ask about ice again and received an off-handed "silly me, I forgot" remark and another promise to call back. We finally got a call back advising us to go to the pool bar for ice. Surprise - their ice machine has also been broken for weeks with no repairs scheduled and they have to buy ice, so all they could spare was two small cups of ice. The next morning I visited the front desk to ask about the water pressure in our shower. The water pressure was so low that I could not get shampoo rinsed out of my hair. The rep promised to have a maintenance person check it. It didn't happen that day, or the next, even after another phone call and another personal visit to the front desk. In fact, we never got a follow-up call or maintenance visit during the remainder of our stay. We had several opportunities to interface with other resort representatives and found that apparently the apathetic attitude extends to most of the resort staff. Although the beach setting was nice, it did not make up for the staff's lack of customer service. We would not recommend this facility, especially when there are so many other resorts on the island who are happy to attentively address their guests' needs.
Yes it has flaws, but they are easily overlooked.
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.
You have a microwave, but no oven. (No problem with us), an apartment size fridge, (no icemakers, just 2 small trays) and some stove eyes.
There is no dishwasher.The dining area has a small round table with plates and silverware for four. There is a half bath that adjoins this area. A short wall seperates the kitchen and dining area from the sunken living room with a loveseat, (no couch) and a television. Four people can not sit in there to watch tv unless you bring in dining room chairs. A glass door seperates the living room from a balcony.From the dining area you can go into a large bathroom - closet area. You have room to put in double bed comfortably inside this huge multi purpose room. They provided a hair dryer, ironing board and iron. It has a large closet a huge open space, and the bathroom. For some reason the ceiling of our shower was only about 6 and a half foot. From this room you can go into the bedroom with wide double windows, a tv, dresser and nitestands. It is a nice big room.There are plenty of towels and space.
The loveseat was a pullout sleeper too.Now for the downside, there is nothing "complimentary". No shampoos, no dish soap, first mornings coffee, ect. Also, our tv in the living room, (a big console type) had stopped working and they just sat a 13 inch portable on top of it.
(Same as the bedroom model) After all the flights and all we passed out. We awoke in the middle of the bed and left early for an appt. for a boat trip and got back too late to complain about the bed which sank in the middle so bad it was like sleeping in a V. After a second night of this, with sore backs, we complained that afternoon after coming back from a trip to St. John's. The desk girl was very appologetic and gave us the key to a studio to sleep in that night with the promise that when the crew got there the next day, they would take care of it.
The studio queen was as bad if not worse, so I stayed there and my wife went back to the other. However, the next day they delivered a new King Size mattress to the room and everything was perfect. I compliment their service to us.The resturaunts there look shabby, but the one meal we ate there was very good with more than generous portions and reasonably priced. The pool was never very clean, but it wasn't all that dirty and the tennis courts had only one light on one end and had weeds in cracks of the court.The local cabbie, Mr. Nice Guy, an Egyptian was late picking us up the first morning and that made us have to kill an hour at Red Hook to catch the next ferry. His excuse was lame so we ended up renting a car for the price of a trip to Redhook and back. Discount Car Rental picked us up and got us a car for 36.98 a day. This was cheaper than taxis and you could even take it with you on the car ferry to explore St. John. With an excellent location, a nice little private beach, clean rooms and a great staff, you can overlook the minor little flaws here and have a great time. We sure did.
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.
Bluebeards Castle Needs Work
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.
Would not stay here again
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
no answer at the main telephone number. We were also told that the telephone company was on strike and were told by other people on the island that the strike had been over for quite sometime. All I have to say is good luck to all of the poor people who purchased timeshare here and if you ever get the opportunity to, do trade into a Marriott timeshare - the difference is absolutely incredible!
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