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The Buccaneer St Croix
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Christiansted
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Top notch resort”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

My wife and I had an extremely enjoyable vacation at the Bucaneer. This is the best resort on St. Croix. We had a room right next to the reception and it was a little noisy, so after our first night we asked the front desk if we could be moved. They said the would check and contact us later that morning. Not only did they move us we were moved to what has to be room with the best view on second floor of main building. We had a beautiful of the of the Carribean Sea and Christiansted. They then sent us a bottle of wine that night with a card apologizing to us for any inconvenience we had. We felt that kind of treatment the whole trip.

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

From location, views, amenities, and friendly and accommodating staff, you simply cannot beat this resort anywhere on the island. We loved that it is family owned and that the owner takes a personal interest...including hosting a reception on Wednesdays that features a superb steel drum player and maki jumbo dancers. We also recommend her personal guided history and botanical tour around the grounds. We absolutely loved the 300 series rooms that are right on the water and the lapping of the waves lull you to sleep either on your patio watching the sunset or at bedtime. The grotto is more of an adult theme area and the mermaid area has everything a family could want. The Terrace restaurant is fabulous, but men should bring a collared shirt for evening dining and you will need a reservation if you want to dine around 7pm. Hint--ask for rail side seating for a stunning view! While the price might be a little higher than some resort packages, their rates include breakfast every day of your stay and the full scale of amenities--including free guest wifi everywhere on the property more than make it worth it! The concierges will go out of their way to ensure everything and anything you want is perfect. Let them set up a tour of the island that includes a visit to the botanical garden, a historic plantation, and of course, the island's signature Cruzan or Captain Morgan rum distilleries. Their vision is to make all first time visitors part of the Buccaneer family and ambassadors for the Island. We believe they truly achieve this and we are already planning our next visit!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at The Buccaneer Feb 19-23, 2014. Just to put this review in context, we have stayed at all types of resorts and hotels on our vacations- from cheap all-inclusive hotels to average Hilton/ Marriot chains to high end One and Only/ Ritz Carlton resorts. With that said, we gave this report an average rating. I will go into detail below in order of importance to us.

Price: Purchasing on Jetsetter.com, we opted for the "Luxury Oceanview" Room ($411 per night) which we thought was on the mid to high end price range, compared to what we usually pay for hotels. Overall, we felt that this hotel stay was worth approximately half of that price.

Accommodations: The room was big- we actually got upgraded for free, since it was our anniversary. The interior of the room was less than desirable. The linens, bed spread, towels and curtains have not been updated in a LONG time- I would guess not in the last 2 decades. Our shower head was gross looking and made an annoying, loud screeching noise. There was mold in several areas of the bathroom and windows. Every time my husband rolled over in the middle of the night, I was awaken by the noisy, screechy wooden bed. There were a lot of small bugs. We tried spending the least amount of time possible in the room. All that said- The view was gorgeous and the room was very spacious. It was also conveniently located by the hotel lobby and main dining, so the only long walks were to get to the beach and tennis courts.

Similar to everything else at the hotel, the main areas (lobby, couches, tables) need updating. I'm sure this was a great resort in the 90s but it's 2014 and when you charge 5 star pricing, we expect 5 star accommodations.

Food: Good but overpriced. The daily breakfast was average and some days below average on taste. The nicest restaurant "The Terrace" was extremely overpriced and the food was inconsistent- a few items inedible (like the beat salad and the broccoli soup), some items were delicious (like the potato soup and the pork belly). Average entree was about $30 - for food that should be half the price.

Tennis: The courts are beautiful and the tennis shop has some nice things in it. Unfortunately, we assumed the usage would be free. It's $18 per day!

Beach: The beaches are beautiful and surprisingly quiet- especially for the amount of children that happened to be there. The only downside is they are a trek from the main lobby and the beach chairs need to be updated. We spent most of our time on Mermaid beach.

People: The other guests staying at the resort mostly consisted of families (with kids under 10) and older couples. My husband and I are in our 30s and we saw about 3 other couples our age. Not ideal for us since we have no children and were constantly surrounded by them.

The staff were very nice and helpful throughout the trip. My favorites were Danny at the front desk, the beach waitresses and the bar tenders at Mermaid Beach.

Grounds: The Buccaneer grounds are large and beautiful. I would highly suggest watching a sunset from the giant hill on the golf course next to the private beach. You see some amazing views from there!

The worst part of this hotel was the lack of beautiful, relaxing, big pools. The 2 pools are quite outdated and look more like big hot tubs. They were overrun with kids, but I probably would not have gone in them regardless just because of the appearance. They are also not in ideal locations. With the large amount of land and the high prices this place charges, I was completely mind blown that they have not put in an updated pool by the main beach. Instead you will find plenty of outdated games and exercise plaques like tether ball, old baseball hoop, stretching stations, and soccer goals.

Traveling around the island: We had many adventures on this trip but I would highly suggest the following as our top 3:
1- Sandy Point Beach. By far the best beach on the island. Even better than the beach at Buck Island- but without the reef.
2- Buck Island. The reef is amazing! Snorkeling through the trails are really fun and full of beautiful underwater sights.
3- Domino Club. This is a small bar and restaurant in the middle of the rainforest. They have a delicious homemade liquor called mamma wanna which is a must try. The biscuits and gravy are the best I've ever had. BUT the best part of the stop was the beer drinking pigs. That's right - you can feed a pig a beer and it's awesome. (O'Douls only).

Overall, this resort is totally average. We still had a great time - but we can see the beauty and fun in every situation (and the alcohol helped). If you are expecting a 5 star resort then this isn't the place for you. I think the Trip Advisor rating is too high and is clearly skewed by middle America and their low expectations.






Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We are well traveled and demanding clients. We chose to stay in only top notch hotels. And we have stayed in many 5 star hotels throughout not only the Caribbean but the world. And The Buccaneer is our favorite hotel! It's a charming hotel with a top notch staff on the best piece of real estate in the Caribbean. The most spectacular views of the bluest ocean we have ever seen!! This is not a high rise mega hotel. And that's its charm! Two beaches with two beach restaurants and the Terrace over looking the bay is incredibly romantic. We recommend staying in the ocean front rooms where the views from your private balcony are second to none. Great roomy bathrooms too! The Tennis Program is wonderful and the golf sufficient. Easy drive from the airport and it is a US Territory! This was our fifth stay and we can not wait to return!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia
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139 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2014

Didn't stay at the Buccaneer but from what I could tell, this is a nice hotel. Great location and the view of the sunset is excellent. I did eat at the restaurant. I expected more for the price. I ordered the seafood soup that was supposed to have crab meat, shrimp and fish. It was more like a vegetable soup and I could not tell if there was shrimp or crabmeat. There was one small piece of fish. My main course was the grilled shrimp. Not so great for $32. Finally, the dessert. I asked to see a dessert tray since I wanted to at least get a view of what I am about to order since I struck out on the soup and main course. No such luck. Again, for the price, I expected better.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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7 Thank Abejo
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Sayville, New York
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Reviewed 19 February 2014 via mobile

We just got back from a week in the Buccaneer and it was really great. The resort is beautiful in a most beautiful spot. The weather was perfect. The beachfront room was very spacious and well kept. Food in the various restaurants was above average for the Caribbean. All the workers were welcoming and friendly.
To list some of the little negatives- if you aren't physically fit, you have to wait for a car to bring you up the steep hill to the main house where many things take place. Rooms aren't cleaned until pretty late. One day they didn't come to clean our room until 5 in the evening! And one night the evening entertainment was painful to listen to, they were that bad! But these were minor to us.
Overall, it was a really nice place to relax in the sun!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York
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22 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We spent one week at the Buccaneer and while the grounds and property are five star, the rooms and service don't quite measure up.

The grounds are well maintained and the beaches are clean and beautiful.

The two main restaurants (the Mermaid and Terrace) are unremarkable and the service was spotty at best. I highly recommend off property dining.

The beachfront room we were in was very dated with 3 star amenities. The daily cleaning was inconsistent and several times we received no fresh towels and had to call for them (to no avail).

Overall the staff was friendly and helpful and made the stay pleasant. However if you are looking for a true 5 star experience this is not the place, but it also doesn't have 5 star prices.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Buccaneer St Croix
Address: 5007 Shoys, Christiansted 00820-4536, St. Croix
Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Christiansted
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
#2 Romantic Hotel in Christiansted
#2 Family Hotel in Christiansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Buccaneer St Croix 4.5*
Number of rooms: 138
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