We stayed here for 6 nights in February 2013. We had a top floor apartment (there are 16 apartments + 2 beachside cottages) overlooking the pool and beautiful gardens. The apartment consists of a kitchen / living room with balcony and air conditioning, a bedroom also with a/c and a nice bathroom with step in shower. TV is available but we didn't use it. There is free wifi which I used for e mail and internet. This occasionally wasn't available, but only for short periods of time. The apartment was very comfortable with plenty of equipment for food preparation, although we mainly eat out - mostly at the beach restaurant which is adjecent. The apartments are quiet with very little extraneous noise and we both slept very soundly every night. Most of the noise is from the local birdlife !
The clean beach is 50 metres away - beautiful soft golden sand and a clear, turquoise sea. There are free beach loungers and several beach bars and restaurants nearby. The Sandals resort is next door but this had little impact on us at all. The Buccaneer Beach Club is approximately 3 miles outside St. John's, the main town on the island. There is limited public transport so you will need to use taxis or hire a car. We did the latter - it costs ~ US$80 per day for a Suzuki Vitara jeep. The hotel will organise this for you. The roads are relatively poor with lots of ruts and potholes, but driving is very easy and we toured the whole island. People drive slowly and other drivers are generally very considerate. Driving is on the left, as in the UK and all cars are right hand drive. Just watch out for Americans on the wrong side of the road.
The hotel has mountain bikes which we used to visit St. James fort which is well worth a visit. I would say it is generally too hot for long cycle rides - even in the winter when it is still 30 degrees.
Lastly, the staff at this hotel are extremely friendly and helpful, from the gardener upwards, but this is also reflected across the island. Everyone is extremely welcoming ! They want you to have a good time on their beautiful island. So if you want to visit Antigua (and why wouldn't you ?) - and want a small hotel experience - I would thoroughly reccommend this hotel, both for a beach style holiday and as a centre for touring around. Just go there and see - you won't regret it.
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- Also Known As:
- Buccaneer Beach Club Hotel St. John`s
- Buccaneer Beach Club Antigua/Saint John Parish