The Buccaneer Hotel

, Christiansted, Virgin Islands U.S.
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The Buccaneer Hotel

, Christiansted
Estate Shoys - Christiansted - 00824 - Virgin Islands U.S. Hotel Website | 340-712-2100
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Wonderful low-key resort

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just returned from six days at the Buccaneer and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This was our second trip to the Caribbean and first to a resort setting (previous trip was a small hotel on St. John). After doing lots of online research we decided to seek out a good deal rather than the most luxurious setting possible. For every good review I read about the ultra luxe places like Biras Creek and Little Dix it seemed like there was always someone feeling very angry at not getting his money’s worth. Rather than risk this we sought the most bang for our buck. Our other criteria for the trip was that the resort had to be fairly convenient to town so that we could eat off premises if we weren’t happy with the food or thought it was too expensive or otherwise got stir-crazy. We ended up booking a package through American Airlines vacations that cost about $140 a night including daily breakfast, transfers, golf/spa passes, rental car for a day and some other extras. We came home relaxed, tan and happy with our decision. PROPERTY: The Buccaneer has a great location about 15 minutes outside Christiansted. The common areas are gorgeous with beautiful views of the sea and a wonderful atmosphere. There was live music most evenings in the Terrace restaurant. During the day rum punch was offered daily for free. Our trip took place during low season and the resort felt uncrowded and calm. SERVICE: Throughout the resort service was friendly and timely. There were no island time issues here. This may have been because tips were never automatically included. The concierge was happy to help arrange excursions and it was very easy to get around without a car thanks to the taxi fleet associated with the hotel. Drivers were always on time and courteous. RECREATION: The beaches were lovely and the water clear. At Whistle beach we were by ourselves and found lots of shells. Mermaid and Grotto are more popular and have snorkeling gear, rafts, and kayaks available free for guests. My boyfriend found the golf course pretty beat up but since he was playing for free he didn’t mind. He found Carambola, the other course on the island, worth the drive and the money. We did the all day snorkeling excurision to Buck Island but I recommend going only for a half day. The additional two hours are spent on a beach bbq with crap food—not in the water. We saw sea turtles, a sting ray and lots of beautiful fish. We never used the pools because the beaches were so nice. I worked out a couple of times in the small fitness room. The equipment they do have is nice and new. Treadmills were gym quality and my favorite stood in front of a door you could open that looked on to the mountains and golf course. There was also a selection of free weights but little space to use them in. Bring your walkman, there is only a tv. ACCOMMODATION: We got the cheapest room—mountain view in the guest house and were upgraded to oceanview for free. I was happy with room for what we were paying but as some other guests indicated below for $300 a night I wouldn’t have been pleased. It was comfortable enough with a large bathroom, comfortable bed and private balcony (technically a loggia) but it was old looking and the bathroom could have been cleaner. The room also could have used soundproofing. There’s marble everywhere and conversations in the hall sounded like they were in our room. I did like the convenience of the Great House though with the restaurant just downstairs and taxi pick up too. FOOD: The breakfast buffet offered a good variety—six kinds of juices, hot entrees, a fruit bar and healthy options. Not everything was great—some stuff was obviously bought ready-made and reheated but there was enough selection that probably anybody could be happy. We had lunch at the Mermaid once and dinner at the Terrace twice. Though people below found the food expensive I thought it was fairly priced if you are used to big city restaurant prices and offered good quality. Sandwiches and salads at the Mermaid were large and tasty, dinner was okay. Twice we ordered entrees only to find that the sides served with them had been pre-plated and were cold. The entrees themselves were good. At home I would have sent the plate back but on vacation I didn’t feel like making an issue of it. It was also possible to order sandwiches at dinner time at the Terrace so dinner didn’t necessarily have to be expensive. ST. CROIX: We did not care as much for St. Croix as we did St. John. The island is much more spread out, with poverty more obvious. Islanders were very friendly everywhere we went and seemed happy to have tourists contributing to the economy. My boyfriend found driving in St. Croix more stressful than in St. John. We never went beach hopping as we did in St. John though that could have been because we found the resort lifestyle so appealing. Though I have traveled all over the world and consider myself a person who prefers to discover things on her own rather than through packaged excursions the resort vacation was pretty attractive. Everything was just so convenient. It was really stress free and we came home relaxed. I would recommend the Buccaneer to anybody looking for a low-key, non-corporate resort experience. You won’t find all the perks of the 4 Seasons or Ritz here but if you time your trip right you won’t have to pay their prices either.

A beautiful and relaxing resort!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I honeymoon at the Bucaneer May 31 - June 5, and we had a wonderful, relaxing time. The property layout and views are amazing. It never felt crowded. The free breakfast was more than adequate, and they had everything anyone could want for breakfast. Lunch at the Grotto or Mermaid was good too. We only ate in the Terrace Club for dinner once...it's expensive, but the food was good. We ate in town...prices aren't bad and the food is good. We took a half-day trip to Buck Island, and it was very interesting...saw all sorts of fish, sea turltes, and stingrays. The island an amazing beach. Bottom line on the resort: It is by far the nicest on the island...it is quiet, no partying all night or anything like that, and the service was great. We'd definately go back.

Fantastic Property

from only1jec
My husband and I stayed there June 10 through June 15, 2004 and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The golfing was great and the course more challenging than first appeared. However, it is the views from the various holes on the golf course that gets etched in your memory; so breathtakingly beautiful. Our room was right on the water with our beds facing the ocean. It was great to be awakened by the Caribbean sun each morning. Breakfast was included and not to be missed at the Mermaid. Patty made everyone feel breakfast was prepared just for him or her. Lunch at the Grotto and Mermaid was good. However, dinner at The Terrace was just OK, nothing spectacular for the prices. For authentic cuisine, try Kim's in Christainsted, great shrimp Creole. We visited other properties on the island and the Buccaneer was by far the best. It's also somewhat centrally located between Christiansted and The Divi Casino. The only down side was the hills. The property is situation on somewhat hilly terrain, which makes for beautiful views, but not so good for walking to the main hotel from the ocean front rooms. The hotel does provide shuttle service around the property; you just have to call every time you need a ride up or down the hills. Leon, one of the shuttle drivers was great. For days, he seemed to be the only driver working. The resort policy is that tips are not expected for the shuttle service, but it's hard not to tip them. Moreover, the maid service was just wonderful, servicing the rooms twice a day and never taking the tips we left. We had to put the tips in an envelop and leave them at the front desk because the maids would not take them from the room. Above all, my husband and I are looking forward to going back next year, if not sooner!

A great hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at the Buccaneer Resort for our 5th wedding anniversary April 24, 2004 to May 1, 2004. We both enjoyed it very much. The staff were all very friendly and very helpful. The beach was beautiful, the spa was wonderful, the tennis courts were the best. The weather was perfect. The hotel was not crowded at all. For breakfast, which is free to all, we had our choice of tables to choose from. The breakfast foods were okay.

While there, a Women's Tennis Tournment was being played. Players from both St Croix and St Thomas participated. We enjoyed that as well. Our room was very spacious and clean. Our room was an Ocean View Room and the view was beautiful. At night the lights from Christenstead was so pretty.

We rented a car, which made it much eaiser to go to town for lunch and or dinner. We drove to many other areas, saw many other hotels on the island and agreed the Buccaneer was the best hotel on the island. Yes the dinners were expensive, however you can rent a car and go to Christenstead or any of the Restaurants close to the hotel.

We would go back to the Buccaneer in a heart beat. And probably will!!!!

Thoroughly Enjoyed!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were at The Buccaneer June 5 thru June 12, 2004. We enjoyed our visit very much. I was there with my husband and 10 year old son. We spent our days on the beach, at the pool or playing golf. When we checked in we found out that we had a received a free room upgrade to a very nice ocean view room. The staff was very nice especially Ric at the Beach Shack, Denise at The Grotto and Tina and Crystal with the Kids Camp Program.
Before we went I did extensive research looking for a resort that had a beach, kids camp and golf. This fit the bill and was excellent in all aspects except the golf. The course was not in the best shape. There were 3 or 4 greens that were more sand than grass. We still enjoyed playing and the views were spectacular. The kids camp program was good. The two days my son was involved there were only 2 kids in the program so they got lots of attention. During the busy season they try to keep a ratio of 5 kids to 1 counselor.
I'm glad we went but did find it to be a little high priced. The food at The Grotto and The Mermaid was reasonably priced compared to other places we ate. By the time you add in the cost of the taxi or hotel shuttle to town the lunch/dinner prices at The Grotto and Mermaid were about the same price there just was not a lot of variety. The Terrace was very expensive. Dinner for the 3 of us was $112. That was 3 entrees and 2 desserts...no drinks.
All in all, a good vacation.

The best of St. Croix

from A TripAdvisor Member
I won six nights at The Buccaneer off of the Luxury Link website. The property is absolutely beautiful and the staff is very helpful and friendly. After driving around the island and looking at other properties, I would say that it is the best resort on St. Croix. Not only the resort itself, but also its location on the island.

We had a magnificent Doubloons room right on the beach with a terrace that faced the ocean and a view of Christensted across the bay. Maid service was twice a day to clean up after your day on the beach or swimming.

This is definately the place for golf lovers, tennis nuts and those who love the beach. As I read in a previous review, I do agree that the pool areas are not the most dazzling, but with two beaches on the property, who cares about a pool!

The Buccaneer may not be the most luxurious resort in the entire Caribbean, but it is an outstanding property and definately worth a visit.

amazing

from A TripAdvisor Member
We went to the Buccaneer for 9 days. It was excellent! We had a ocean veiw room that was not in the main hotel. The room we had was ideal for kids. We could come and go as we wanted because our parents could see us everywhere we went. The breakfast was amazing and the people were so kind. They had a cocktail party every Tuesday by the sugar mill with live music. at night they also had live music at the Terrace. Don't forget to eat at Tutto Bene for dinner. A great place to go for half a day is Buck Island. It was a short boat ride over and you stopped to go snorkeling, it was breathtaking. After that they dropped us off at the beach there and we all went swimming. The Buccaneer was a great place to stay and we had lots of fun on our trip to St. Croix and the Buccaneer made it happen!

Ready to move!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I spent our honeymoon in St. Croix at The Buccaneer in December of 2002. The resort was beautiful and very well maintained.
The staff went out of its way to make sure we had the honeymoon of our dreams. We took multiple trips downtown to shop and sight-see, but our favorite days were spent lounging on the Mermaid Beach. Be sure to go on the Buck Island snorkeling trip, the front desk can take care of it for you. Also, do not miss the daily breakfast buffet. We still talk about it!

Great place...will return!

from AnniesFamily
The Buccaneer was a great place. Though it was near height of season, it never felt crowded. With golf, tennis, pools and beaches, plenty to do. Families with three generations present (many returning guests), older couples, young families of all styles, and everyone seemed comfortable. We had a nicely-appointed, lovely room on the water with a gorgeous view. Grounds well-kept and maintenance/repairs immediate. We will return!

The Buccaneer, St Croix

from A TripAdvisor Member
Demographics: family of 4 (youngest is 18). Have stayed at a few places in the Caribbean (El Conquistador, Casa de Campo). Stayed in Deluxe OceanFront rooms, 7 nights in May.Rooms were pleasant, airy, quiet, clean, with semi-private patio a-looking over the ocean and the lights of Christensted across the harbor. These were 2nd priciest....the Doubloon rooms are in their own buildings and must be exquisite...but the price delta was $1k, and we were quite content where we were.3 beaches....Mermaid -- soft sand, palms, easy swimming, no critters, weeds, or rocks. The Grotto -- rocky, with a reef paralleling the beach for 3/4 mile -- an ideal place for 1st time snorklers (which is free!). Go with Dee for an excellent tour. The other beach was over the hill and must have been absolutely deserted.We thought staff and hotel grounds were excellent. Very friendly, laid-back, no hasstles. Pools, bathrooms, grounds were immaculate.While beach volley ball was encouraged, other things were not.....the daily newsletter always advised guests to not use cell phones in restaurants or on the beaches.... two thumbs up from me!You will go for a drink at the Terrace Bar....sweeping panorama of ocean and Christensed.Christensted - we did sight-seeing for 1 hour...that should do it, unless you visit the fort (which we did not). Went to several fine restaurants (rec'd Tutto Bene). The town, like the rest of St Croix, was surprisingly underdeveloped. We kept probing people about crime and would invariably get "like anywhere else, don't be where you shouldn't" We took this to mean that you should park as close to the restaurant as possible (which was easy), and don't do the tourist thing at night (which we didn't). I'll add that everybody was friendly, and when you ask a stranger/shopkeeper 'how are you?' -- They Tell You! Crusians are the most friendly, talkative folks we've come across! Which, of course, adds to the experience.If you're looking for the Bananaboat ride and a wild disco, this is not your place. Iinkdrink, and take a dip in the calm ocean, you'll be thrilled.

Top Local Tips for Christiansted

Snorkling Get out to Buck Island for some great snorkling. My kids loved it.

Sonya's Ltd. I recommend a trip to Sonya's Ltd. on Company Street in downtown for their wonderful handmade silver and gold jewelry. I bought a 'Cruzan hook' bracelet there and absolutely love it!

Mitchell-Larsen Studio Check out the Mitchell-Larsen Studio on Company Street in Christiansted for fabulous made-in-St. Croix gifts and keepsake glass art by Jan R. Mitchell and digital photography by Steffen Larsen.

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  • Address: Estate Shoys - Christiansted - 00824 - Virgin Islands U.S.
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