Hotel Blues

In Atlanta, I always stay in the Galleria area as it is most convenient to where I have to work. I’ve ended up at the same hotel three years running, the first time recounted here. I decided to try this hotel again last year because I knew the renovations would be complete, and that the jackhammers from hell were probably being used to keep some other unfortunate soul from napping. Renovations aside, I don’t spend a lot of time in hotel rooms anyway and now that everything had been upgraded, it was a pleasant place to sleep.

Fast forward to today and imagine my surprise when I pull up to park and am met with orange cones in front of every space. I always try to stay in places with minimal to no parking charges, but sometime between last year and today, the lot had been converted to valet-only parking. Valet-Only. For the entire parking lot. No spot is farther than 500 steps from the front door.

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My room looks out over the hotel entrance and one of those cars is my rental.

I must have looked dumbfounded when the person working the valet told me there was no self-parking option. As he was explaining how to request my car, I asked if I could just get the keys from him and walk to my car when I needed to leave. Honestly, that would be faster.

 

The explanation I received for the ridculous parking situation was that with the new Atlanta Braves stadium down the street, they had to keep fans from parking at the hotel. I could think of a few other ways to do that, but I guess I can’t really complain with a price of $12 per night; hotel valet parking typically costs at least $30, or even more if you’re in Chicago. But, it is entirely possible that I will request my keys to walk to my car anyway, just to see if they let me.

 

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Hotel Review: The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer Hotel on Saint Croix is the Caribbean’s oldest running resort. Founded in the 17th century with some of the original buildings still in tact, The Buccaneer has plenty of modern amenities across its 340 manicured acres. A popular destination for weddings, golfers, and families, I had the most incredible girls trip at The Buccaneer with my friend Sarah (yes, Turks and Caicos Sarah) in August!

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Please note: This trip took place before the devastating hurricanes hit the Caribbean. The Buccaneer sustained minimal damage and has been acting as a relief hub for the Virgin Islands. The Buccaneer will resume regular bookings in November. The Caribbean needs us to visit more than ever, as tourism is a major part of the economy. 

About the Resort

The Buccaneer boasts three beaches, an eighteen-hole golf course with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea, eight tennis courts, two pools, a 24-hour gym, a spa, three restaurants, twice daily maid service, complimentary breakfast, and a plethora of daily activities to keep you entertained. We spent six days at The Buccaneer and still didn’t come close to using all of the amenities! What really sets The Buccaneer apart though is the particularly personable staff. When you’re finally ready to venture off of the resort, Christiansted is a short five-minute drive from the resort.

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View from The Lounge at The Buccaneer

View from The Lounge at The Buccaneer

 

The Room

The Buccaneer offers a variety of different rooms. You can even rent a whole villa! We stayed in a luxury oceanfront dabloons, room 359 if you want to request it. You’ll gasp when you pull back the curtains. The dabloons have epic views of the Caribbean Sea and large balconies with comfortable furniture to kick back and enjoy the waves. Our room had two very tall, very comfortable queen poster beds, a table, three chairs, a large flat-screen TV, coffee maker, and huge window seat. The rooms are kept very chilly, which I loved. The Buccaneer does NOT skimp on the air conditioning. The sound of waves will lull you to sleep.

The bathroom had plenty of space. There’s a separate vanity that makes getting ready a breeze. The closet is oversized and includes a dresser. The shower and bathtub are both oversized.

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Sarah modeling the enormous bathtub

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The dabloons are a close jaunt to Mermaid Beach and many of the beachside amenities but quite a hike from breakfast and dinner. The Buccaneer offers a complimentary shuttle to take you up to The Terrace and The Lounge. Take it from two moderately fit young women: you’ll want the shuttle, at least in the summertime, or you’ll be sweaty by the time you get to your meal. Just call the concierge and ask them to pick you up.

Tour our room:

The Beach

The Buccaneer actually has three beaches: Grotto Beach, which has a pool and its own bar and grill, Mermaid beach, the main beach, and Whistle Beach, a secluded beach that’s a short hike away from the main part of the resort. All three beaches have sandy bottoms. It should be noted that there’s no shade on Whistle Beach but Grotto and Mermaid have plenty of shade. We spent most of our time on Mermaid beach. This is one of the shadiest beaches I’ve seen, which thrilled this vampire-pale adventurer. If you want sun, you can easily arrange your lounge chair but the palm trees offer plenty of shade if you want relief. Mermaid Beach is also home to a beautiful cabana that you can rent for the day. The Mermaid offers beachside service so you can keep the conch and cocktails coming!

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Sarah modeling the luxury cabana

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One of those dabloons is our room!

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The Buccaneer offers complimentary paddleboard, kayak, and snorkel gear rentals on Mermaid Beach. I’ve heard paddle boarding is quite difficult and was thrilled to pieces that I could stand up and paddle around the Caribbean on my first try. Shout out to my horses for giving me a strong core! There’s a large roped-off area around Mermaid Beach. There’s also beach volleyball, beach chess, and corn hole for your enjoyment.  

Whistle Beach:

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Dining

The Buccaneer offers several dining options: casual beachside options Grotto Grill and The Mermaid, the fine dining restaurant The Terrace and the more causal bar The Lounge. The Lounge often has live music for your enjoyment so you can curl up with a cocktail and sway to some jazz while you watch the sun set. The Terrace also offers a stunning view of the sunset. Read about The Terrace and The Lounge here. The Mermaid has amazing conch fritters and conch salad and is home to the weekly Grillin’ and Chillin’ event, which is not to be missed. Read all about The Mermaid here.

Lobster Toast 

Mahi mahi ceviche on the left, lobster toast on the right

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Lamb lollipops at The Lounge

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Breakfast is complimentary with your room rate and includes a large buffet of staples, daily specials, coffee, and a juice bar with seven freshly squeezed island juices. I particularly enjoyed that they set an entire carafe of coffee on the table for you. Some of my favorite breakfast dishes at The Buccaneer: nutella banana stuffed toast, cranberry orange muffin, breakfast potatoes with bell peppers, fried plantains, chocolate chip waffles, cream cheese and blueberry stuffed french toast, banana pancakes, smoked salmon quiche, churro waffles, and the poached eggs. Thank goodness I spent every day swimming because I went all out sampling every breakfast dish for you!

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You can also rent the gorgeous sugar mill for a private dinner! Talk about vacation goals.

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Amenities

In addition to the copious complimentary beach activities, The Buccaneer offers a slew of daily activities to keep you entertained. There’s the Monday Night Grillin’ and Chillin’ event featuring the CoralFire pyro show, a flora and fauna walk with the owner, a cocktail reception with complimentary appetizers and drinks, paddle board lessons, kayak lessons, scuba lessons, a weekly crab race, and more. Every morning at breakfast you’re presented with a list of the day’s activities. The concierge will be happy to make arrangements for you. Just ask!

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CoralFire at Grilin’ and Chillin’

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Weekly cocktail reception

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One huge perk is that Caribbean Sea Adventures will pick you up right from Mermaid Beach and whisk you away to nearby Buck Island, which is just a five or ten minute boat ride from The Buccaneer. (I was too busy sipping my coffee and taking in the sights to time it!) Buck Island is the only underwater national monument in the United States. The Buccaneer can pack up a picnic lunch for you to enjoy on the beach after you work up an appetite snorkeling with Caribbean Sea Adventures. Just ask the concierge the day before and pick up your picnic at breakfast.

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Picnic lunch packed by The Buccaneer

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The Rose Table getting picked up by Caribbean Sea Adventures, as seen from her balcony

 

Golf

Golf is a big part of The Buccaneer! The eighteen-hole course has a jogging trail around it so even if you aren’t a golfer, you can enjoy the views. Here are some photos of The Buccaneer’s golf course:

 

The Atmosphere

The Buccaneer is family friendly. There’s really something to do for everyone! This is one of the most resort-y resorts I’ve been to. It looks like something out of a movie. From golf to a spa to daily complimentary activities, you don’t need to leave the resort to have a great time. Saint Croix reminded me a lot of Maui. The Buccaneer is lush with flora and fauna.

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Book your trip to The Buccaneer here. Don’t forget to mention that you read about The Buccaneer on The Rose Table! Want more Saint Croix? Read about 40 Strand Eatery and Cafe Christine next. Both are just five minutes from The Buccaneer!

Stay tuned for the season two premiere of The Rose Table video series for more about The Buccaneer and Saint Croix!

Happy traveling,

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Disclaimer:  This article is intended to be a general resource. Any recommendations are based on personal opinion. A portion of this trip may have been compensated but opinions are my own, always. I’m not a fan of negativity so if I don’t like something, I don’t write about it. I’m here to tell you about the best of the best!

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Would You Stay Here?

I’m sure this is a fine establishment. A lovely bed and breakfast in the historic downtown are

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