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You know those hotels that you visit and feel as if you're staying in someone's guest home? But this guest home is on a beautiful stretch of beach with warm waters and sugar-soft sand? That's what it's like to stay at The Buccaneer Hotel in St. Croix. Located on Estate Shoys, the hotel has been owned by the Armstrong family since 1947, and maintains its low-key, high-polish sense of style, even 70 years after it first opened.
Budget Level: Mid-priced ($150+/night)
Lodging Type: Larger Hotel (138 rooms)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Situated on a sprawling piece of land that was formally a plantation home, The Buccaneer gives off an old-school luxury vibe that makes it easy to imagine the former presidents, movie stars, and musicians who once stayed here. The expansive verandas and lush land with views of the ocean from every vantage point are ripe for exploring. And come cocktail hour, there's live music in the lounge. There are a handful of room categories, but each have dark-wood beds with luxury linens, some include a large living room space, and all boast expansive private patios.
It's the kind of resort that families have been coming to for years--and once you visit, you understand why they keep coming back. In addition to the three beaches, offerings include an 18-hole golf course and eight tennis courts, so it's not uncommon to find racket-toting, sun-kissed guests or those sipping a post-golf cocktail. Here, you'll see couples and families in equal numbers. There's plenty to do for the kids, including loads of lawn games, but couples won't want for privacy, either.
Who Will Love It
Travelers seeking relaxation, family time, and great service can't go wrong here.
Who Might Not
Travelers who are looking for shiny and new hotels may not love The Buccaneer--but, then again, they might find it to be a welcome respite from the buttoned-up chains.
The hotel's private beach. In fact, there are three on the property. Snag a lounge chair under one of the many palm trees and spend the day paddleboarding or sipping umbrella drinks.
A buffet and made-to-order breakfast is included in the room rate, along with a welcome rum punch, twice-daily turndown service, and free WiFi. In addition, paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling gear is included, along with an introduction to SCUBA lessons. There's a weekly manager's reception hosted by the owner, Elizabeth Armstrong, each week.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
While the bountiful breakfast is included, all food and beverages at the hotel's restaurants will cost extra. We do love that each room is equipped with a refrigerator to store your own drinks and snacks.
How to Get a Deal
Stay in the summer. When temperatures rise, prices drop. From April to December 19, you’ll find ocean view rooms in the historic great house on sale for $299 per night -- a great price when you consider all that's included in the rate. It's best to avoid the holiday season (Dec 20-Jan 1) as rates for that same room can climb to $650 per night.
In the Neighborhood
Located on Estate Shoys in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands, the hotel is secluded and just steps from the beach. Rental cars are available on-site, and shuttle and taxi service can be called to downtown Christiansted.
The hotel is an easy 20-minute ride from St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (remember, no passport necessary). If you don’t want to rent a car, a taxi from the hotel can be arranged for $20 for one to two people.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Abandon chain hotels and settle into classic comfort at this luxurious -- and blissfully laid-back — Virgin Island beach resort.