The Buccaneer -- St Croix
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- Continental Breakfast
- High-speed internet in room
- Non-smoking rooms
Historical Traveler Reviews The Buccaneer -- St Croix Christiansted
A very peaceful vacation resort
We visited this resort last week in hopes of getting some rest and relaxation in a beautiful environment, and that was exactly what we received! We stayed in a spacious Deluxe Oceanfront room with a beautiful view. The room was very quiet, clean, and comfortable. It had vaulted ceilings, and a large bathroom. We did find a few crickets in our room throughout our stay, and small lizards liked our private porch. We found the service to be fantastic and prompt. We loved eating candlelight dinners on the beach at the Mermaid Restaurant and on the Terrace. The island itself did not impress us that much, but we were always comfortable at the resort. The Buck Island trip was great.
Shopping was O.K. The "rainforest" was not really worth the trip. I was a little disappointed to not find the true white beaches I always see in pictures, but the beaches at the Buccaneer were not crowded at all.
Even though we visited at a time that I thought was still prime season, it felt like the whole island wasn't busy. We never had to wait anywhere and had all the privacy we desired. If you want a quiet, relaxing trip and are willing to pay a little extra for it, I think you will like it here. If you want a wild trip with a lot of people, loud music and group activities, this is probably not what you are looking for.
Clean, neat but very over-priced, food poisoning
I stayed here for my honeymoon in Oct. 1997. We moved here from the Comorant Beach Club because it was a DUMP! The ocean front rooms at the Bucaneer were nice and spacious. The room and property were clean. The food was average. My wife got food poisoning and spent 1 day throwing up and another recovering. The hotel sort of apologized... mostly they denied it even though this was the only place we ate at the 2 days prior. The air conditioner kept breaking the entire week. The best time we had was with the water sports guy. He was very helpful and entertaining. One really good thing about this property is that the mountains protrude into the water on both ends preventing locals from taking over the beach (there are no private beaches on the island). 15-20 dollar cab ride into town.
Outstanding First Class Resort and Hospitality
We had read many detailed reviews of upper echelon resorts in the Caribbean before choosing to visit this one in early November 2003. The grounds were simply amazing with verdant rolling hills and three beaches, a well kept 9 hole course and many very hich caliber tennis courts.
When we arrived, the car service turned off the road through a gate and down a long palm lined driveway to a a security checkpoint after which we continued on to the Great House where we checked in and were warmly greeted by the staff. We were immediately given tasty rum punches and shown to our gorgeous room. They made us feel like they had been waiting for us to arrive and couldn't wait any longer to accomodate us.
This warm and attentive attitude was what we experienced the entirety of our time there. Cold pitchers of water were placed in our room every day and they took less than ten minutes to both bring us whatever we requested, be it towels, more bug spray or more cold water. They really knocked themselves out to make us feel welcome and happy.
The dining room was beautiful and we had a full buffet breakfast everyday overlooking the sea and the town and harbor below in a panoramic view of St Croix. The hotel was somewhat empty as it was off season so we never felt rushed or pressured to eat or get to the beach in a hurry so as to get a good chaise lounge. We looked for shells while walking about a mile on one beach and swam in the other.
The only downside was that there was a lack of things to do at nite at the hotel. We went into town to various highly recommended restaurants serving local West Indian fare. They were all terrific and inexpensive. No need to spend over $100 at the hotel's great restaurant when you can get a taste of the tropics for a lot less. We would have liked to have more nitelife but we had fun having great drinks and enjoyng the company of the local transplanted Americans who seemed to have sought and found a refuge away from the madness of the mainland . Kind of felt like we were with a bunch of modern day pirates.
Nothing like this family run placeveryreasonable priced
Over Priced and Poor Service
The plan was to fly to a tropical paradise and get married on the lush property. We arrived on Nov. 8, 2003. The staff at the Buccaneer was inattentive, unable to provide recommendations for sights of the island and acted indiffent to us.
The hotel boasted of four restaurants. Two were closed; one was only open for lunch; and one provided breakfast and an overpriced dinner.
The hotel had a shuttle service that cost nearly as much as the taxis.
Dinner would cost $14-$18 in taxis before you even sat down for the meal.
The rooms on the beach were very small. We had to call for towel service as well as room repairs for multiple days until the problems were addressed.
They advertised nightly entertainment. Sometimes it happened and sometimes it didn't. We sat in the lounge for over two hours without anyone coming over to even offer a drink.
The management also closed the health club area as well as the water sport shed (that contained all the equipment) for the limited time the weather had cleared up while we were there.
It was difficult to find the management to discuss our problems. When they finally sat down with us, they offered a 3 day return stay. The hotel was so bad that we asked for a 3 day refund instead. They were only willing to give us a 1 day refund.
I have been to the Carribean 10 times and have loved every trip. Our travel agent never told us that all the Cruise industries pulled out of going to St. Croix. This obviously has significantly reduced the dollars they received from tourism and has lead to the demise of the island.
The Buccaneer Hotel has belonged to the same family for over 20 years.
The best advice I can offer them is to sell the property to people who care about their guests. Without serious rennovations, I am not sure that the hotel will meet minimal standards in the near future.
Go to Caneel or Little Dix
Too bad the Bucaneer is totally overpriced for what you get. If the Bucaneer charged $140 a night I could live with the outdated dirty rooms and the slow service, but they charge $250-300 and up. Go to Caneel Bay on St John or Little Dix on Virgin Gorda for this kind of money. The Bucaneer is not even in the same league. On St Croix check out the Pink Fancy in Christianster or Sprat Hall Plantation near Fredericksted for a more authentic Cruzan experience at lass than half the price.
A slice of paradise - The Buccaneer Resort
Having never been to a Caribbean Island before, we did a LOT of research. I didn't realize there were approx. 35 Caribbean (vicinity) Islands to look into. We narrowed it down to: St. Croix, St. Thomas, Aruba, St. Lucia, Bermuda, St. John, the Grenadines, or Cayman. We eliminated St. Lucia (too long a flight, BLACK sand beaches); Bermuda (we heard it's beautiful, but it's VERY well traveled and we wanted something a little more off the beaten path); St. John (very quiet, but maybe TOO quiet); St. Thomas (very touristy and commercialized); the Grenadines (too long to travel to); Cayman (seemed to be too much a "divers-only island"); and Aruba (too flat and boring). That left St. Croix...and were we ever pleased with our decision!The flight in was very quick and easy. The cab ride was fun and informative (get used to riding/driving on the left).We stayed at the Buccaneer and cannot say enough about the top-shelf quality of this very posh resort. EVERYTHING about the Buccaneer pleased us: the staff were VERY friendly and attentive; the grounds were immaculate; all our meals were 5 Star; our room was beautiful and always kept clean; the views were amazing; the activities (golf, tennis, snorkeling, kayacking, volleyball, etc.) were plentiful. Bottomline about the Buccaneer: they "raised the bar" quite high for any future resorts we stay at.The island itself is a beautiful mix of sea, land, mountains, bays, lush forests, very nice people, some very good restaurants and bars, and a sprinkling of boutique-type shops. Restaurants/bars we recommend: The Terrace and the Mermaid Club on Buccaneer resort; the Cultured Pelican; Off The Wall outdoor bar on the western side of the island; and Cheeseburgers in Paradise (for the BEST burger you'll ever eat). (We heard Kendricks and Bacchus were also great places to eat but they were closed 2 of the nights we were there.)Touristy things we did: toured the Whitt Plantation - 1 hour (an old sugar cane plantation ripe with history); toured the Cruzan Rum distillery - 1 hour; nightime kayack tour on the Salt River (where Columbus sailed) with Carribean Adventure Tours -2 hours; and went out to Buck Island (a MUST if you want to see the BEST beach in the area and breathtaking snorkeling) for half a day (they offer 6+ hour trips, but we felt the 3+ hour trip we took there was just right; you can take a sailboat out or a power boat....we suggest the power boat: it gives you MORE time to enjoy the island and snorkeling.)In short: we could not have been happier spending our 25th anniversary on St. Croix. We highly recommend it for first-timers to the Carribean or veteran travelers.Want anymore info?...email me.
The Buccaneer is a great getaway for those looking for great service combined with a taste of authentic St. Croix. The staff is attentive and friendly and the rooms, specifically the Dubloons are spacious and elegant. If you want the Four Seasons or the Ritz-Carlton (been there and done that in MANY locations) go there, but if you are looking for something extraordinary, this is the place to go.
The beach is secluded and it feels like you are on your own private island. It is a great place for families...even though my wife and I do not have children, we noticed that they have a very well-supervised and engaging children's program during the day.
The breakfast buffet was fantastic and the beach bar, courtesy of Weston Huggins, who has been at the Buccaneer since 1960(!) was second-to-none. Ask him to whip up on of his favorite drinks (see the special menu at the Mermaid Bar) and you will NOT be disappointed.
We have been to many resorts in the Carribbean, and we are repeat guests to the Buccaneer becuase the staff treats us like family and the island is the best kept secret in the Carribbean.
The island of St. Croix has a lot to offer, the restaurants, Duggan's Reef on the East End (the Irish-Whiskey lobster....hmmmm), Breezes, Tutto Bene, Rumrunners, Kendricks, are authentic and very good.
The island is well worth exploring...Spratt Hall Beach and the "Off-The-Wall" Beach Bar are not to be missed.
If you are looking for something for everyone, the Buccaneer is it!
Buccaneer & St. Croix - Slow Island, Excellent Service
8 days in St. Croix brought lots of sun and heavenly cooling breezes. We found June a great time to visit - the weather hot, but the trade winds kept us cool. Never needed a sweater.Stayed at the Buccaneer where we (family of four with 2 young adult children) received an unexpected free upgrade to two oceanfront rooms. They were beautiful, spacious, and clean. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. This family-run hotel stands out for service, you are not treated like "just another customer." But this is not a glitzy resort. The beauty of the resort and its outstanding service are the main draws. The concierge was especially helpful in giving information and making dinner reservations, etc.The three beaches are very attractive: palms and smooth light sand at Mermaid Beach make it the best for swimming. Coral at Grotto Beach makes it the best for snorkeling. The nearby pool has gorgeous views of the city of Christiansted in the distance. I loved to linger by the mini-waterfall and drink in the view of the ocean in the sunshine. Remote Willow Beach, reached by kayak or a short hike, is the place to go to be alone. Although, at this time of year, there were not many people around even at the busiest locations.We enjoyed the excellent breakfast and lunch in the Mermaid Restaurant on the beach, overlooking the azure-colored sea. The Terrace Restaurant had a beautiful setting, but the cuisine did not match the surroundings. For the expensive price we got much better value elsewhere. Heard that their winter chef, the best one, was elsewhere for the summer...Kayaks, floats, snorkel gear were all included. Snorkeling available on the resort was good at Grotto Beach, not on Mermaid Beach. Had a wonderful time paddling the kayak to neighboring beaches an hour away.Also enjoyed the free cocktail party, nature walk, and jogging trail. The golf course had ocean views and very few golfers this time of year.The best part of our trip was the catamaran ride to Buck Island by Big Beard Tours. The underwater grotto of coral was outstanding.Enjoyed the tour of the fort and the shopping in Christiansted.Good restaurants on the island were Tutto Bene, Kendricks, Duggan's Reef, Stixx, and Rum Runners.Found we preferred having a car - it was too confining to be on the resort every day and at the mercy of taxis and the resort shuttle - also cost less to rent a car. Driving on the left was no problem. We drove to Fredericksted one day to see the rum factory, Whim Plantation, and the town of Fredericksted. The plantation was closed - it is only open on certain days of the week. However it had very interesting displays of various types of sugar mills, which provided a good feel for the lives of slaves before emancipation. Very interesting to follow this up with the tour of the rum factory - an excellent tour - especially the tastings! The factory is run by the same family who owned sugar mill & plantations 300 years ago - so that was an interesting perspective. Fredericksted was really dead - only one restaurant and the food there - overpriced - was really poor.The thing we liked the least was the brown grass (island is undergoing a 2-year drought) and the slow pace of the island. There really was nothing to do at night unless you go to bars every night which is not our thing, or watch TV. Bring your own evening entertainment.Despite the slow pace, we had a wonderful time in beautiful St. Croix and highly recommend the Buccaneer.
Why we return each year
We first visited with friends seven years ago. Busy Physician and Attorney wife needed down-time for recharging batteries. We have returned each year since and find this an ideal spot to do just that. Not golfers, but from the complementary breakfast on the patio in the morning until the last night-cap before returning to our suite, the day is full with shopping, sunning and relaxing. Restaurants in town are on a par with the best anywhere and the wine lists remarkably good. Elizabeth and her staff have never disappointed me, although the mirror lights in the bathroom have never worked for long and one leaky toilet has never been corrected (all in the same room each time.) Security is very good, and this is a plus. A casino is a twenty minute drive away. One of our friends has been there for over thirty visits, and I can understand why. Maybe it's the Calypso Daquiris at the Mermaid. A highly recommended destination.
I acquired this trip from luxurylink expecting 4 star accomodations to match the 4 star price. They were totally mismatched. Our oceanview room and the lobby did not look like they have been renovated in 20+ years.
The owner's family and staff are very friendly, but not helpful. The onsite concierge hired by a third party was much more helpful and eager to please than the staff concierge. They were like night and day.
There are 2 pools on the property, but 1 is too small to use. The fitness room had a strong moldy smell to it, but the spa was clean and professional.
TripAdvisor Reviews The Buccaneer -- St Croix Christiansted
Travel Blogs from Christiansted
... beach! We went to the pool in the afternoon. Jamie and Carlton enjoyed the pool while I read. We had our first formal night. Our waiters are awesome and the food is delicious and the company is spectacular. Carlton went to the show "A Celebration of Hollywood." Jamie and I read. Everyone had a relaxing ...
... calm waters. We immediately fell in love with Frederiksted and stayed for a week. Wouldn't you also know that we bumped into two other boats we knew (there were only 6 in the anchorage besides Rafiki and us) that had been there for 4 weeks! During the week, I celebrated my eleventh anniversary of my twenty ninth birthday with our friends. You get the math right? What a wonderful ...
... did I know, about a week into the trip, Evan took me on the most amazing hike through the mountains, along the side of the island. We ended up edging our way over huge rocks overlooking the choppy, east-side of the islands, where it's impossible to swim, in order to get to the gem at the end--a gorgeous sea-green tide pool . We had such a great time! We swam in the tide pool for a while, and finally a few other people who had beat us there left. We ...
... to be very lucky because I met a young french Canadian couple who was doing the same thing, and a big group of couples from Florida. I started talking to one of the Floridans, and it turned out one of the couples drank too much the night before (thanks to the all you can drink package on board) and they were looking for 2 people to take their reservation on Big Beards Tour.
So, the Canadian couple and I decided to do this full day ...
... missed at that time.
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