After much research on Trip Advisor, we chose the Buc for our one week a year away without our children. My husband and I are in our early forties and have travelled to several other islands, including Jamaica and Aruba multiple times. We were seeking peace and quiet, beautiful beaches and time to chill out and enjoy a slow pace. We were not disappointed! For comparison sake, I will say that Half Moon in Montego Bay was a nicer overall property, but St. Croix as an island is a million times better than Montego Bay if you want to leave the resort for meals, shopping, site seeing.
Pros: The staff at the Buc could not be nicer and accomodated our every request. We especially enjoyed Larry, the bartender at the Terrace bar. He was friendly, funny, and gave us lots of interesting insights on island life. Emmy, the concierge we talked to most, is the jewel of this property. Within minutes of meeting her, she made us feel right at home. She gave us honest insight on local restaurants, beaches, etc. and responded promptly when we asked her for reservations.
We were fortunate enough to stay in the newest part of the property, the Doubloons. We were in a second story room and it was beautiful. The room is large and has a huge bathroom with shower and jacuzzi tub. The view was amazing. The room is sparsely furnished and not a lot of character, but nice.
The property itself is gorgeous, with amazing views from all angles. They kept things very clean. We didn't see the other rooms, so I can't comment.
We rented a jeep and had a great time driving all over the island to see various parts. It is a very interesting island with many different "faces." Christiansted seems rundown from a distance, but is actually full of history and the boardwalk has some great restaurant/bars to enjoy a sunset and look at the beautiful boats in the harbor. We rented from Hertz through the hotel and it was seemless and we got a brand new Jeep Wrangler.
Cons: The food. Not great. The breakfast buffett had a good variety, but the food was consistently cold, and the quality of muffins, bread, fruit, etc. was weak. We figured out that if you ordered from the kitchen the food was much fresher and HOT, so that worked for us. We ate lunch at the Mermaid, and it was tasty. Good pina colada but not sure there was actually any rum in there. We ate at the Terrace Bar a few evenings and enjoyed the food, although it is quite pricey for what you get. We never ate at the Terrace formal restaurant since we weren't that impressed with what we had elsewhere.
The facilities: namely "fitness room", "spa", and "shopping arcade. Very poor. The fitness room is really a tiny room with a few pieces of equipment stuffed in there. If you are looking to stay in shape while there, just hit the jogging trail. The shopping arcade is minimal. The little store is woefully understocked on common necessities such as milk and sunscreen. The clothing store is basically an overpriced golf type boutique. The spa is just a room for manicures and pedicures and two massage rooms. I had two massages which were great, but the facility was not. The rooms are not soundproofed so you spend the whole time listening to the people in the main room getting their nails done. The massage table was cheap-the head piece actually broke off halfway through my first massage.
Overall, it was a wonderful week at a very nice resort. The Bucanneer is very expensive (at least if you stay in the Doubloons) so my expectations were high. We really liked St. Croix as an island. Ultimately the people made the experience terrific!
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- Also Known As:
- The Buccaneer -- St Croix Hotel Christiansted
- Buccaneer St Croix Christiansted
- The Buccaneer -- St Croix St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands