Of all the islands that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), St. Croix has always been a favorite of mine. It’s not as touristy as cruise ship friendly St. Thomas and feels more family friendly than the uber luxe St. John. St. Croix’s melting pot of cultures, mesmerizing beaches and culinary delights keep me coming back year after year. Naturally being a repeat offender means I’ve had plenty of time to find my favorite place to stay on my favorite island, which is why it’s easy for me to recommend The Buccaneer Resort without hesitation.
The first hotel in St. Croix to be built and operated by an island family, and located a short 20 minute drive from Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX), The Buccaneer is perfect for guests looking for the traditional charm of the USVI mixed with the amenities that every modern luxury traveler craves.
Situated on 340 tropical acres, the Buccaneer boasts an 18-hole golf course, eight tennis courts, three beaches, two pools, water sports center, full service spa and salon, 24-hour fitness center, three restaurants, banquet and meeting spaces, a kids’ camp and a shopping arcade with fine boutiques.
After being treated to what I like to call ‘Sneak Attack Rum Punch’ upon arrival on my most recent visit, I was escorted to my favorite room to date, the Luxury Beachside Doubloon, named for the gold Spanish coins that often washed up on the island’s beaches.
Much like the other 137 rooms at the resort, my room featured breathtaking views of the pristine waters, which was only steps from my marble balcony door.
If you’re looking for something even more luxurious, book The Buccaneer Beach House at Whistle Point, a six-bedroom enclave surrounded by sea and gardens, including a main house, two cottages and a villa-style master suite.
The Beach House is located on a point just a short walk from the resort, overlooking secluded Whistle Beach, Buck Island, and is perfect for families and large groups.
Now while there are three restaurants on the property, all your foodie time should be spent at The Terrace.
The Wine Spectator Award-winning restaurant features classical cuisine with Caribbean accents, but the highlight is the majestic view. Seriously, I could sit there all day just to bask in the view (Tip: If mosquitos love you as much as they love me, ask the staff at the restaurant for bug spray…trust me).
Once you tire of aromatherapy massages at The Hideaway Spa, snorkeling, paddle boarding, tanning on the beach, art classes, treasure hunts and nature walks on the resort, hop in the Buccaneer shuttle to Christiansted for $8 per person round trip, with children under 12 at 50% off.
Once in town indulge in a melting pot of cuisines and history with VI Food Tours. The owner and tour guide, Anquanette, is Crucian born, extremely knowledgable about the island’s history and just an overall sweetheart.
You should also grab some rotisserie chicken and johnny cakes, and people watch at La Reine Chicken Shack, explore culinary fusion at Zion Modern Kitchen, sip on the best craft drinks in the Caribbean at Bes Craft Cocktail Lounge, and simply watch the waves before you head back to The Buccaneer for sunset views.
Even more important than the fancy rooms and amenities, the staff at The Buccaneer truly embody Caribbean hospitality. You’re not just a guest when you stay at The Buccaneer, you’re family, and they make sure to go above and beyond to make sure you feel that from beginning to end, and even after your stay.
One stay at The Buccaneer will make the resort and St. Croix your new favorite home away from home. Trust me, on your next vacation, a little Crucian love is all you need.