We stayed at BB last week with our 2 daughters (20&16). The resort is one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed. The grounds are well kept while the villa was comfortable, spacious, and luxurious. The two pools were beautiful and the sun loungers were very comfortable. We expected this from the reviews and were not disappointed. However, we also expected that we would have more choices of meals because of the restaurants advertised on the web site, but we were disappointed to find that certain restaurants were only open on certain days. Jack's is a wonderful steakhouse with superb food and excellent atmosphere (plus its the only one air-conditioned). We were able to eat there twice. Saffron is an Indian Restaurant with mainly outdoor seating (a few inside tables)and is currently housed in one of the villas. They served excellent Indian cuisine, but because it is outside (even the inside tables were open to the outside) we were eaten alive by mosquitoes! The Bay Beach Club is where all breakfasts were served buffet style, including an omelette station and a smoothie station (you have to ask to have fruit cut for you and served as a fruit plate-but this takes a while). It is an open restaurant where it was often hot and humid (again, outside). Lunches available only at the Bay Beach Club consisted of a mediocre salad bar and short menu or sushi from Ginger and Co. Sushi which is also located at the bar in the Bay Beach Club, but again, Ginger & Co. only on certain days (lunches only). A couple of days, Murphy grilled up some tasty prawns, chicken, burgers, ribs, or fish by the pool area. HQ is a coffee/ice cream/smoothie shop (some sandwiches) which is air-conditioned. Room service is available 24 hours but a $10 charge. Bamboo looks like a really neat outdoor restaurant, but it wasn't open for any of our visit! I understand we visited during a slow time, but we expected to have more than one choice for each meal. It was also very frustrating waiting sometimes 30-45 minutes for the servers to bring out your bill for EVERY meal (even though it's all inclusive, you still receive a bill to sign). By the end of the week, we simply asked for it as soon as we finished eating.
The beach is very, very small (what you see in the picture is it!). It was fun to watch the locals come and swim and the fisherman work in the bay. We took advantage of the resort's kayaks and snorkel equipment. They also offered sail boats, paddle boards, volleyball....typical beach toys. There was also a dive shop; my husband and daughter went on the kayak/snorkel trip which is offered everyday for $15 per person. They loved it and thought it was definitely worth doing.
We truly wanted to do a boat excursion, but the minimum number of people was not met (~10) and was cancelled due to possible rough seas the one day we were scheduled for a trip to Mustique. This was a disappointment as we really wanted to see some of the area. A free sunset cruise is included, but is only offered one night and unfortunately we left that day and did not have the opportunity to enjoy it (heard it's very nice). So, as for activities, it was somewhat boring for our family. We did not use the tennis or cricket facilities. The exercise facilities had 3 out-of-service ellipticals and only one working treadmill (located in a villa). For the quality and expense of this resort, that was unfortunate.
As from other reviews, the LIAT exchange is not pleasant. We stayed in Barbados the night before and had no problems flying to St. Vincent on the first flight of the morning. On our return, we waited in a long line at the airport, where confusion abounded. Flight times are really only suggestions, so get there early. Half of our luggage was left in St. Vincent (as was about 20 other passengers) due to weight issues (LIAT also is a cargo provider), therefore, luggage, not cargo is removed. Our luggage did make it back to Indiana, but do not expect any communication from LIAT regarding your lost luggage. If possible, pay extra and fly Air Mustique or SVG airlines; there were no lines and they appeared far more professional and organized. The flights were on time, and all passenger's luggage went with them to their destination. I heard about Harlequin airline coming soon, but looking at the progress thus far, it doesn't look appear so.
However, the staff is excellent. They really do try to make your visit relaxing and fun. Lionel, Carlisle, and Deven at the pool, Vibert the bartender, and Kim at HQ truly provided excellent service for us. Ivy kept our room spotless, and Francisca tried to accommodate our every desire (DVD player to excursions which never happened despite her efforts). We think this resort will be great (5 stars) when it is in full operation, but not exactly what we hoped for, especially for the time and hassle it takes to arrive/depart from the island. But, if you come with proper expectations, as the resort is not yet complete, all restaurants aren't open, not many activities offered, and no nightly entertainment, it is a beautiful, relaxing vacation. Don't forget your bug spray!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning* Buccament Bay Resort is a luxury, all-inclusive hotel on the beautiful island of St Vincent: the pearl crowning 32 islands and cays called the “Jewels of the Caribbean".Cradled by lush mountains and vibrant rainforest - an inviting sample of the many riches on offer from this unspoilt treasure - the resort boasts stunning features, like a white sandy beach meeting the clear, warm turquoise sea, and stylish accommodations that typify the Harlequin Hotels & Resorts standards.Perfect for families, couples, singles or dream weddings and honeymoons, it boasts a unique range of top class activities and facilities - many associated with famous brands - that leave guests spoilt for choice, whilst warm, considerate staff deliver a truly Caribbean 5 star experience in a charming, village-style setting.There are several restaurants and bars offering a range of dining options, whilst the unique variety of top class activities cater for all the family. These include: Liverpool FC Academy Soccer School; Pat Cash Tennis Club; Indigo Dive & Watersports (awarded 5 star status by PADI); Harlequin Performing Arts Academy; The Spa with Treatments by ESPA; Harlequin Fitness Centre; Little Harlequin Kids Club; and Club 61 for teenagers; not to mention a number of excursions, including the complimentary sunset cruise.Whether you seek relaxation or stimulation, discover Buccament Bay Resort.* In Autumn 2012 the resort was extremely proud to be awarded "Caribbean's Leading New Hotel" and "St Vincent & The Grenadines' Leading Spa Resort" by the Oscars of the travel industry, the World Travel Awards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Buccament Bay Hotel St. Vincent
- Buccament Bay Resort St. Vincent, St. Vincent And The Grenadines