Extra info, and the good reviews are far closer to what's really accurate than the less favorable ones. We've stayed there twice, time share exchanges, but have gone to the beach there and eaten there many times. There is a gated entrance. There is free parking next to the tennis courts. You and your car are safe. They take care of many stray cats, with food, water and shelter. This keeps mice away from the resort and affords safety to the poor animals. This also keeps the cats in their own area, away from the resort. Very smart management practices. I've seen rats on site at several restaurants, but not here. Everywhere on this island, resort tax and energy surcharges are added. Have never seen more than about 12.00/day for energy, per unit, not per person. Tax is easily 17-18%/day per unit, but it's also that rate at various resorts and hotel along the NC and SC coasts. Yes, watch your bills, and carry the reservation sheets with you, if you've cked in under II, RCI, or for ex. Under a resort booking agent like Fairfield, Allegro, GoGo, etc. if that paper shows your energy surcharge or taxes are included, they cannot double bill you. The first time we stayed, about 7 yrs ago, we did have to argue about the surcharges, and they were fixed. We believe the mgt and front desk practices have changed since then. Main thing: treat people like you want to be treated, especially here at these wonderful, small resorts. Tip, even if it's just a dollar or two. Some of the kindest people we have met at Bluebeard's are the gatekeepers, and the other service fols, as well as the bar area folks and the servers. The buffets Bluebeard's does a few times per week, are especially good food and good values. Instead of going on a 15 or 16 dollar cab ride, see if they have a shuttle to town, to the Marriott, or hitch a ride when someone's leaving at the end of their shift, and tip. If driving or taking a cab, go left out of Bluebeard's, go to the stop sign, maybe one mile or less. Turn left to go to the Marriott. Go into the first turn-in, Frenchman's Cove. Tell the guard at the gate you're getting off at the Sunset Cafe. It's not cheap, but the food and salad's are great, there's 2/1 Happy Hour every night, and the fish tacos are wonderful. Big ones, 2 or 3 for 14.95. There's the pool, the beach, bathrooms. Live music several nights a wk. nice servers, nice atmosphere. One more tip for Staying at Bluebeard's: if you often have to get up at night to go to the bathroom, tell them in advance and when you ck in, you need the set up with a bathroom on the same level as a bed or a good pullout bed, it might be a sofa bed. I loved the set up in the 3-level condo on the middle level. Beautiful, great CD player and speakers, great deck and view from every unit. Now, at age 60, with asthma problems, knee problems, and getting up many times at night, I couldn't stay on the top floor and go down 20 steps to the living room, then maybe 4 into the bathroom. I'd never make it or would fall. This is the kind of place you don't see anymore. Come in before dark, so you can get the cab to stop at the market in Havensight, which is before you get to Bluebeard's. it's an expensive, but incredible mkt. lots of fresh deli heats, great chicken salad and egg salad, homemade breads, tons of sweets, wine, beer, chocolates, and anything you need for the first few days. Get your chees in the area with the milk and butter. Great Gouda. Buy fish only here or at the Food Center, on the left, just before Red Hook. Do not buy fish from local vendors or mkts, due to a parasite found in fish in local waters. Bad tummy or weak tummy, drink bottled water. The water never bothered us here, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Like the other man said, if you want the Ritz, stay at the Ritz. This hotel is one of the best values on the island and has a great beach. Bugs come out near dusk. Bring bug spray and keep screen doors shut on decks. Bring coffee, tea bags, creamer, Psedofed,, aspirin, etc, from home. It's all very expensive on STT, especially ladies' personal products. Shuttles often pull in here to drop off people. They want your business. Give the gate guy or front desk host some money to call you when they arrive and get the driver to wait for you. Get the card with cell no from the person who brings you from the airport. Enjoy!
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