We spent a week at the Buccaneer in January and had a delightful time. I could go into great detail about our stay (which was lovely), but that would just be reiterating the same information that can be found from other reviewers or from the resort website, so here are some points I have not seen in other reviews:
· While the Buccaneer exudes history and refinement, it is not snooty. Men are welcome at dinner with khaki shorts as long as they have a collared shirt. You do not have to pack evening-wear (ties, cocktail dresses, heels) as you are expected to do at some other resorts. This made me like the place even more.
· Food & alcohol is very expensive on the island. We rented a car and stopped at K-Mart (Yes. There are 2 K-Marts on the island.) to stock up on some snacks and alcohol.
· If you are keeping food in your room, be sure to seal it in some fashion. There are a lot of bugs. Ewwww…
· We stayed in the Resort Hotel, which is the main building. Our room was 227 and we had a lovely corner balcony. Many rooms have balconies, but not all are open on 2 sides. That made ours especially nice. We spent time every morning and every night on our balcony. It was heavenly.
· If you are interested in snorkeling, seek out the young man at the Mermaid Beach snorkel/kayak shack. He is FAR superior in knowledge and friendliness to those at the Grotto Beach shack. I even observed him taking other guests out on private snorkel excursions at no cost.
· The breakfast was complimentary and I thought it was very good. While others commented on the delightful nature of the breakfast servers, I did not find that to be true. There was a gentleman clearing the tables that was delightful, friendly and made me smile every morning. I wish I had been tipping him instead of the servers. The evening meals were very good as well. The evening servers were wonderful and the view from the restaurant is amazing.
· As many have commented, the hotel is dated and the décor needs some updating. However, I barely noticed any of this as we were outdoors most of the time. The beaches had lovely palm trees to snooze under, the ocean was crystal clear and the temperature was 84 every day. That is what I went to enjoy, so the 1990’s bedspread really wasn’t that important.
· There is excellent seashell hunting along Grotto beach. If you walk all the way to the end, you will find quite a collection that others (including ourselves) have left.
· NOTE: We had an early flight out and reserved a very early taxi ride. It cost us $20 in cab fare to get to the resort. It cost $50 to get back to the airport. Knowing that, we would have rented a car the day before and been able to go to town for one last meal.
· As a 45-year-old woman with a 55-year-old husband living in a cold, wintery climate, I cannot recommend The Buccaneer highly enough. It is a lovely, peaceful, soothing resort. I still visit the website just to bring back the memories. LOL