Stayed at "The Buc" for 9 days late Feb. to early March 2011. Huge property on the water. Great house with restaurant on top of a steep hill. We drove the car up to the restaurant so that we wouldn't need oxygen before eating. We stayed in the Doubloons which had a huge room, large balcony and walk-in closet area. Huge bathroom with whirlpool tub and cavernous shower. Plenty of hot water and good volume. Very short walk to Mermaid beach, which is beautiful. Plenty of palm and other trees for shade. Golf course on site. Pretty hilly, fairways burnt-out/not watered. Ate dinner at the Terrace restaurant the first night. It was OK, but not great. Went to Tutto Bene the next night (Italian) and it was not very good. Place was nearly empty. Met another couple who also ate there and they had the same opinion.
Went to the lounge area beside the Terrace restaurant for dinner the next night. One waitress was serving 9 tables. Too much for her/not enough staff. It took 1-1/2 hours to get dinner. Mine was cold when it arrived, telling me that it sat in the kitchen for a while. I was pretty upset at this and sent it back and had it taken off the bill. I didn't feel like paying $38.00 for a cold meal at that point. At 2 hours we still didn't have dessert, and when it did arrive there was no coffee. Some managent person came by and we explained the problem. They took the coffee off the bill! What a joke. This is clearly a managemnt issue in the kitchen and on the floor. Met another couple who said the same thing. They had been there for 9 days already and had been told 9 days earlier that the chef had a death in the family, leaving the rest of the staff clueless. Obviously this was not still the problem 9 days later.
Breakfast buffet was good, when the buffet items were there. We had to wait almost every morning for someone to replenish eggs, croissants, fruit, orange juice, etc. They were not on top of the trays becoming empty.
Mermaid restaurant is great for lunch and dinner (open Wed. through Sat. for dinner).
Beach lounges are the metal frames with the blue straps. Nothing fancy/no pads. For the 9 days we were there the bird excrement was never cleaned off of them once.
We were not even offered a bellman upon checkin. Found that strange.
There are 2 markets just a couple of minutes down the road toward Christiansted on the right. The first, Schooner Bay had a good deli and makes great sandwiches. They were big enough for 2 to share. That took care of lunches for us.
Housekeeping was about as it is everywhere. Sometimes you had a towel on the floor bedside at turndown to wipe your feet. Sometimes nothing. Sometimes you got cream and regular sugar replenished in order to make your coffee and sometimes nada, even though you leave a note with the daily tip. You could write your name on the telephones, toilet tank, etc. in the dust with you finger. They see burnt-out light bulbs but don't get them fixed until you tell them to. They don't clean the balcony. On the last night they left no new clean towels. I'm sure this seems to be just whining, but in other fine resorts we have had housekeeping supervisors ask how things are going, etc. Not so here. Power went out twice one day. When it came back on the History Channel had sound and no picture. After 2 days I went to the front desk to ask about the problem. They were clueless that it was a problem. They asked if I was the only one. I told them they would have to answer that as I had no way of knowing. Its obvious they don't pay attention to these kinds of things themselves.
It was very windy the first few days, but when it stopped the "no-see-ums" would eat you alive on the balcony...day or night (not the fault of the Buc of course).
St Croix pretty much has little to offer a tourist. Christiansted is absolutely dead. Nobody there. Lousy shopping. Seedy areas. No cruise shipe there for the 9 days we were there. That tells you something.
Drove around the island. Point Udall was a wonderful panorama, kind of like Cadillac Mountain on Bar Harbor, ME. Toured an old sugar plantation called Whim. Its $10.00 and there isn't much to see. Drove through the "rainforest" and some parts of the road were missing.
Never saw a moped, parasail, zip line, etc. There were NO people walking around Fredricksted.
The biggest atraction seems to be Buck Island for snorkeling. We didn't go.
We also ate at the Cultured Pelican which was very good and twice at Kendrick's in Christiansted. Kendrick's turned out to be right up there with the best meals we've ever eaten! Fantastic!
Overall, not thrilled with The Buc, which is supposed to be the best place on the island. That may be so, but I doub't if we'll ever go back to St. Croix.
Have previously been to the Spice Beach Resort in Grenada, La Samanna in St. Martin, Biras Creek in Virgin Gorda, Carlisle Bay in Antigua and Caneel Bay in St. John. By comparison they are all better than The Bucanneer. It wasn't "bad" but it wasn't great.
WIFI in the room was spotty. Only 2 or 3 strength bars. Frequently lost connection. No better on the balcony.
If the highlight of your restful vacation day is to go out to a great dinner, you have to go to St. Martin. Went there 2 years in a row. Stayed at the Grand Case Beach Club last year. Hell of a lot less expensive then La Samanna, but just right, and you can walk right into all the restaurants in Grand Case.
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