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“Class and charm - the perfect getaway..” 5 of 5 stars
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The Buccaneer -- St Croix
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   5007 Estate Shoys, Gallows Bay | PO Box 25200, Christiansted 00824, St. Croix   |  
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Ranked #2 of 16 hotels in Christiansted
Los Angeles, California
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“Class and charm - the perfect getaway..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Just back from probably my 8th visit to the Buccaneer, and every time I am so glad I made the journey to this little piece of class and charm on the largely undeveloped and natural island of St Croix, USVI.. First off, there is space here - plenty of wide, grassy lawns and grounds. This isn't the kind of place where rooms and buildings take up every square inch of land. You have views for miles from the charming coral-colored main 'house,' where a bar and restaurant is located, as well as a number of rooms and suites. The main beach isn't towel-to-towel people, and a second beach a short walk away provides even more solitude. You can actually walk the grounds and imagine yourself living on a grand private estate!

Something else that rates high in my book is the fact that this resort does not nickel and dime its guests at every turn. No need to pay extra to use a beach chair or to borrow some snorkel gear or a kayak. No wifi or charge to print a boarding pass or resort fee. Some of this may sound minor, but I appreciate how this resort makes you feel at home and actually like a guest of theirs.

Finally, the entire staff is so wonderful. Everyone is always so friendly and pleased to share their seaside paradise, and they will become people you look forward to seeing each day of your stay. The hospitality all around is just effortless!

I could also go on about the great food in the restaurants and the classic and original - and strong! - drinks at the bars, but more than anything else, this is the kind of resort where people are really just happy to be there. Don't be surprised if you strike up genuine conversations and friendships with other guests at the beach or the main house - everyone there seems to be in a different mind-set than you might find at a more high-strung or pretentious resort.

Location-wise it also can't be beat - two perfect private beaches, and a short cab ride into Christiansted town where there are also some really amazing restaurants, the likes of which you might not have expected on this quiet island.

It's a very low key place where everything seems to have been thought of and prepared for your arrival. Rooms are well appointed and have great, comfortable beds, many with amazing views. You really can't go wrong here if you are looking for a homey resort that still has comfortable luxury.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I have been coming to St. Croix for 15 consecutive years, and each year without question I've stayed at the Buccaneer resort. Aside from the prime location nestled on a hill with breathtaking 300 degree views of the ocean and surrounding shoreline (including the resort's own private beach), the hotel is maintained and operated beautifully -- owned by several generations of the same family.

There is a daily news brief printed and served with the delicious buffet breakfast, so that guests are informed of the activities and menu items of the day (in addition to world news). There is a 'kids club' on the beach with attentive staff members able to entertain children while parents relax. There is a great spa and a small health/fitness center too (although the property offers outdoor sports like swimming, kayaking, jogging/walking trails, golf and tennis; so why stay inside!?).

If you do have any desire to leave the resort for activities such as diving or snorkeling at the nearby Buck Island, there is a knowledgeable concierge service in the lobby that will handle your needs.

Staff members at the front desk are always courteous, friendly and attentive (I always look forward to seeing Nadia and Pearl), and the staff at the Mermaid cafe down by the beach are also terrific (Susanna, Cheryl and Tammy are like family now!).

Considering the buffet breakfast included and the wealth of amenities available at the resort (there is no reason to leave, at all), the price is very fair and reasonable in my opinion.

My favorite takeaway from a stay at the Buccaneer is hard to articulate; there is a sense of old-school tradition and almost an East Coast Ivy League charm about the place, yet it's relaxed, friendly and contemporary enough to lack any of the pretensions a similarly established resort might bring to the table.

I highly recommend The Buccaneer!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Port Richey, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Our first visit to St Croix for our 10 year wedding anniversary. We researched the trip advisor reviews to ensure we would not be disappointed. The Buccaneer is a fantastic resort with tremendous potential. Our welcome to the hotel was fantastic as we were greeted by Ricky (best employee at the hotel) who helped us with our bags to our room and assisted us throughout our stay more than any other employee. The staff, for the most part, is very uninterested in going above and beyond to help guests. If you rent a car, do not ask them for directions as we made this mistake twice and both times they were completely wrong and when we got lost for over an hour and upon returning to the hotel, the employees were completely unapologetic just saying "they forgot" about a turn or stop light.(should have asked Ricky) DEFINITELY GET THE GPS if you rent a car...there are no signs on this island and everything is a one way so it is very easy to get lost, especially since you are driving on the left side of the road. Now back to the hotel..the views are stunning and cannot be beat anywhere on the island!! There is very little shopping in the area as almost every shop is closed in Christiansted and when they are open there is not much to chose from as there is not many places that put effort into offering local goods like other island destinations have. Take the drive to Frederiksted as the shopping is much better on the other side of the island and the store owners actually make an effort to make you feel welcome. The Mermaid bar on the beach is fantastic and Tammy(employee from Alabama..I think this is her name) is fantastic and the ONLY employee with a personality at the bar. The rest of the employees act as if you are bothering them if you ask them something. If you order food, be prepared to wait a while..they are definitely on island time. The food is quite over priced for what you get, but it is better than an of the restaurants in Christiansted which are also extremely over priced. The room we stayed in was a hillside ocean view and was beautiful...but had tons of ants (sugar ants I think)..the bathroom...the balcony...everywhere. When I notified the front desk, they came by with a can of bug spray and sprayed the room ...never offered a different room or upgrade....just a free buffet at the restaurant. I did ask to speak to the resort manager and the owner, and they were on property, but that never happened. The fitness center was adequate and equipment was all well maintained, it would have been better if the floor had rubber mats because when you are lifting weights it is not a good idea to have a tile floor. There are fantastic jogging trails and overall the activities offered are fantastic..golfing..swimming..snorkeling..kayaking, ect.Definitely take the trip to Buck Island!!! If you are planning on a weekend getaway..despite the ant issue..this is a great place to visit as the beach and the views cannot be beat on the island and is truly a tropical paradise. I would give 3.5 stars but this place is not far from being spectacular with a little effort.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Buena Park, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This place is amazing!! My wife and I stayed for a weekend in one of the beachside rooms. Beautiful view and wonderful room and beaches. Wow, we can't wait to go back again, but next time we want to stay longer!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the rooms at the beach, but I expect that all of the rooms are good
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Our first visit to St. Croix - we were looking for a peaceful, beautiful place to celebrate our 30th anniversary and the Buccaneer exceeded our expectations. The landscaping and historical buildings on the property are well maintained - couldn't image a better location on the island. Ocean views from every direction. The beaches are spectacular and uncrowded. We had an oceanfront room with a huge picture window and private patio overlooking the sea. The room was spacious with comfortable bedding and modern bathroom. Snorkel equipment, rafts and kayaks are free for guests to enjoy. We ate several times at Mermaid, the beach front restaurant. Meals and service were fine, cocktails great at walk-up bar open all day long. The pool at Grotto Beach is very convenient to oceanfront rooms. Amazing sunset views right from our room or pool every night. Breakfast buffet included wide selection of fresh fruit and juices along with the usual eggs, meats, etc. Service each morning was top notch. I'd recommend a car for at least a few days to take in all the lovely scenery and enjoy a few special places (Savant!) to eat on the island. We found a great market nearby (Schooner Bay) for snacks and drinks - not much open after 9 pm. There is an evening reception with entertainment and the opportunity to meet the owner who clearly takes great pride in this very special family owned resort.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The Buccaneer was amazing all around from the staff to the grounds. We stayed in the oceanfront villa rooms right off one of the beaches. The room was the nicest I have ever stayed in, and I can't wait to go back. The views from the main lobby are picturesque. The staff who helped with beach rentals were helpful and made sure we snorkeled and kayaked in safe areas. Our trip was in the off season, so the resort was quiet which was nice. I definitely plan to return to the Buccaneer as soon as I can!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Schaumburg, Illinois
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We were there for 7 wonderful days. The beach is lovely. The room was very nice. Private balcony was a plus. Fantastic view of the Caribbean woth the picture window. So beautiful. The bathroom as extremely large, two sinks and great shower. Great shower products too. The staff is very friendly and helpful - Julie & Adrian were the best! Breakfast was great, and included in the rate. The best waitress (Patti) made are dinners special, especially our anniversary dinner. We knew that the coming in Sept. (off season) that the Terrace restaurant would be closed for two of the nights of our stay, but we had the pool and the beaches to ourselves. We rented a car and explore the island, and Adrian gave us great information on what beaches and restaurants to visit. We now trying to figure out when we can come back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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The Buccaneer -- St Croix St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands
Address: 5007 Estate Shoys, Gallows Bay | PO Box 25200, Christiansted 00824, St. Croix
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Christiansted
#2 Family Hotel in Christiansted
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Buccaneer -- St Croix 4*
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