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The Buccaneer

    The Buccaneer
 in Christiansted
    The Buccaneer
 in Christiansted


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  • Fantastic family resort!

    by Kyle5599 on 2019-07-21 05:03 pm

    My wife and I had wanted to take a trip to the Buccaneer for years and we thrilled that the resort met or exceeded our expectations in every way. We stayed at the Buccaneer from June 22nd through the 29th with our two daughters (age 5 and 7) and everyone really enjoyed the stay. We had booked a standard Great House room and added the 70th Anniversary package, and upon arrival we were thrilled when the front desk told us we had been given a free upgrade to one of the two-bedroom family suites. Typically we like being close to the lobby just for the convenience of being close to the front desk, shops, etc., but the suite we were given was the closest to the Great House so it was only a minute or so walk from the room to the lobby so it was perfect for us. Check-in only took a few minutes, and the staff at the front desk was friendly and professional. The two bedroom suite was perfect for us and the kids. The main bedroom had a king size bed, fridge, tv, etc but it also had a daybed in there with curtains so that instantly became the kids play area which was great since it kept all their toys and stuff off the floor. The other bedroom had two twin size beds, tv and dvd player, and an additional pull out bed so the suite really could sleep six if needed. With the 70th anniversary package a nice gift basket was waiting for us in the room, and each of the beds had a cute teddy bear tucked in on it for the girls which they flipped out about. It was also my wife's 40th birthday so there was a nice note and bottle of prosecco for her in the fridge which was a really nice touch. We really enjoyed the room and the space of the two bedroom suite, and we were really appreciative that the resort upgraded us for free.
    The property itself is massive, but there is only around 125 rooms so the pools and beaches were never crowded. Both beaches are public, so there were some non-guests at Mermaid Beach, but it wasn't an issue finding beach chairs at all. The pools are for hotel guests only and we didn't use the lap pool by the Great House at all, but the pool at Grotto Beach is new. The one thing that surprised us was how deep the pool was at Grotto Beach. At both ends there are stairs and it's shallow, but it quickly gets deep and goes down to almost 9' in the middle. We were a little worried when we got there that it would be an issue since our youngest isn't a great swimmer yet, but we just put some floaties on her and she was good to go. But if your kids can't swim that is something to consider because the shallow areas where kids can stand is relatively small. We did spend the majority of the time at Grotto Beach and the pool; there is a restaurant and bar there, and tons of people were out snorkeling every day. There is a reef that runs parallel to the beach so you can snorkel in just a few feet of water and see all kinds of cool marine life. The pool at Grotto Beach is a quiet pool and we would have enjoyed some music, but we had a lot of fun there. We did go to Mermaid Beach a fair amount as well, and we used the free stand-up paddleboards and kayaks, and had lunch at the Mermaid several times. The sand on Mermaid Beach isn't as fine as Turks and Caicos or Grand Cayman, but it is a really nice beach and the water is very clear. There is a reef a few hundred yards from shore that has excellent snorkeling if you're brave enough to swim out that far. We say stingrays, spotted eagle rays and tons of fish at the reef there, and many other guests saw sea turtles. The property is also very hilly, so keep that in mind if you have mobility issues. The resort does shuttle people around the property though, but we never used the service. But the hills do provide some amazing views of the island and we thought that St. Croix was without a doubt the most scenic island we have visited in the Caribbean. There were some rooms being renovated while we were there, and a few things here and there that needed repaired, but overall the property is really nice. The view from our room was amazing, every time we stepped out the door of the room we commented on it.
    As far as the food at the resort, for the most part it was very good. The free breakfast that is included in the room rate is fantastic. There are tons of options and they offer different items daily, have an omelet station, and will make eggs benedict, chocolate chip pancakes and other specialty items if you request it. The lunches we had at The Mermaid were also very good. The food is a little pricey but not outrageous, but it is a 4.5 star resort so that is too be expected. But the portion size was excellent and we really enjoyed all of the sandwiches and entrees we ordered, especially the pulled pork sandwich. The one item that our kids loved the most was the strawberry smoothies. They put ice cream milk in the smoothies so they taste like a strawberry milkshake. We got them every day and the bartender would basically make two for our girls and charge us for one which was great. We also rented a car for the week and ate most of our dinners in Christiansted which I highly recommend. There is some really fun things to see and do on the island, and tons of restaurant options down on the boardwalk.
    As I stated earlier, we purchased the 70th anniversary package when we booked the room, and I highly recommend it if you are planning on going out to Buck Island while you were. For $375 we got a $200 dining credit, 2 trips out to Buck Island ($75 value each person) and two spa services. With the package my wife essentially got the two spa services for free so we felt it was a really great value. We also got a really nice book that shows a history of the resort and the gift basket that I mentioned earlier. We also booked the room through the hotel website and after looking at many of the travel websites felt the hotel offered the best price.
    As far as the staff goes, we thought they were all great. Dion that worked down at the watersports shack on Mermaid Beach was a lot of fun and took us out on a kayak tour, and the woman that worked at The Terrace in the morning were always friendly and provided excellent service. Our favorite employee though was Alberga, the food and drink manager at the resort. Early in our trip he noticed I was wearing and Ohio State shirt and had gone to school in Ohio, so he came over and talked to us. After that he stopped and spoke to us every day and was one of the nicest and most professional resort employees we have ever interacted with. Our only negative issue with the staff was on our second day; our waitress at lunch brought out the wrong drinks, then two incorrect meals, and then took 4 attempts to bring us the correct check. But otherwise the staff at the resort was excellent.
    Overall we really enjoyed our stay at the Buccaneer and the island of St. Croix. If you have already made reservations and are looking for things to do you need to drive out to Point Udall and absolutely visit Buck Island. The beach there is amazing and is as good as the photos depict. We also recommend doing the hermit crab races with Tito and Sue (they have them at various restaraunts on different nights) and driving to the domino club and feeding the pigs's awesome. If you have any questions about the Buccaneer or St. Croix please feel free to message me, I'd be happy to answer them, thanks!


    by teentraveleradvisor on 2019-07-13 06:43 pm

    Upon entrance you saw the beauty of the resort, beach, and restaurant. The beach was stunning as the water was clear, and the waves were very calm. I was able to swim out quite far without any worries. It is a bit rocky, and there is coral but it is sectioned off, so that you know where it's safe. There are plenty of games set out for visitors; life sized chess, connect four, and corn hole were all there. The restaurant was also very nice! The service was fast and the servers were amazing as they were so kind. The food was also delicious! In conclusion a great experience, and very relaxing.

  • Lovely Resort

    by SerabiV on 2019-07-13 05:03 am

    This resort has everything you need for a relaxing getaway. Beachs, pools, spa, golf, tennis and more. Restaurants that do nice breakfast and lunches. There are water sports available and relaxing beach bars

    The staff couldn't have been nicer or friendlier. Very enjoyable stay

  • Excellence in every way in a great setting

    by NavyBratToo on 2019-06-26 09:14 am

    We were back at the Buccaneer in June 2019 for our third visit. We had stayed at other places on St. Croix before trying the Buccaneer, but the Buccaneer easily has been the best way to visit St. Croix. We had a beachside room, but "room" doesn't really describe the accomodations. There is an area with the closet and a dry bar with a refrigerator. The room itself has a love seat, a desk and a king-size bed and still feels spacious. Plus the rooms overlook the ocean or the beach.
    The main beach -- Mermaid Beach -- is a short walk from any of the accommodations, has very small waves and is a great place to hang out in the water for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. There also is a reef to the left which provides a near-by opportunity to snorkel.
    The main restaurant -- the Terrace -- is a fine dining restaurant with a limited but tasty menu. The Mermaid Restaurant is an excellent beach restaurant. The new restaurant on Grotto Beach, Beauregard's on the Beach, is a treat not to be missed. As the name says, it is on the beach, in fact outdoors with a casual ambience. Beauregard's has excellent sushi, "small plates" and entrees. It was great fun to eat there.
    All of the staff are friendly and helpful.
    One thing to consider when staying at the Buccaneer is whether you want to mostly stay at the resort or you would like to see some of St. Croix. If the latter, you want to rent a car. You can look things up on the Internet, but Udall Point -- the easternmost point in the U.S. -- is down the road from the Buccaneer. Christiansted is worth a visit or two. We are not so fond of Frederiksted but Frederiksted does have an iconic Caribbean beach. There is a rain forest on the island, which is an interesting shift from white-sand beaches.
    There are few if any resorts like the Buccaneer. And St. Croix is our favorite place to visit. We will be back.

  • The Buccaneer Hotel

    by Jack-Lori-Ohio on 2019-06-24 05:03 pm

    The staff at The Buccaneer was very attentive and always had a smile. We started each morning with a delicious breakfast buffet accompanied by warm greetings and blessings. Meals in The Terrace and The Mermaid were well-presented and delicious. Our room was clean and comfortable. We attended the weekly fire show, the meet-and-greet with Elizabeth Armstrong-owner and general manager, which featured two Moko Jumbie dancers, and attended a history of the resort presentation with her as well. The Mermaid Beach was beautiful and had dozens of beach toys and activities. We will return to St. Croix someday, and will definitely stay at The Buccaneer.

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