If you're looking for old-world elegance in a family-friendly resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands, this hill topper in St. Criox may be your answer .
The Caribbean's Most Historic Resort
Founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations, The Buccaneer in St. Croix of the U.S. Virgin Islands blends Old World charms with warm hospitality, in addition to providing the amenities expected by today's traveler.
First built in 1653, the pale pink plantation house that is the centerpiece of this U.S.V.I. resort sits at the crest of a gentle hill, watching over an 18-hole golf course on one side and the turquoise Caribbean on the other. Charles Martel, a knight of Malta, erected the first building on the island, well hidden from coastal marauders.
Later, this plantation served as a sugar house and then as a cattle farm, until it was converted into a full-service inn in 1922. Original walls of crushed seashell six to eight-feet-thick can still be seen in some places. Some of the resort's guest rooms are attached to this main building; the rest spill down the hill in small clusters to the shore. Each of the resort's guest rooms is named for a 17th century coin, including the Lucky Farthings and Pieces of Eight.
Buccaneer's Activities for All Ages
The 340-acre resort boasts two pools, a spa and a fitness center. Three separate beaches offer unlimited sunning and swimming, but most of the action is on the palm-shaded beach by the watersports shack where kids can test complimentary snorkel gear, paddleboats, floats, and sand castle building toys.
Sea cycles, kayaks, sailboats, and windsurfers are available for a small fee and you can arrange to scuba dive, sail to Buck Island Reef National Monument, or parasail from the resort's private dock. Eight tennis courts host championships throughout the year.
The Buccaneer also has an extremely friendly staff ready and able to do what they can for you and your kids. Their full-time activities director oversees operations of the Kid’s Camp which operates daily. Camp activities include snorkeling, arts and crafts, volleyball, basketball, ping pong, swimming, and sand castle building; parents are asked to sign up their kids at least 24 hours in advance.
Because The Buccaneer has been owned and operated by the Armstrong family for nearly 60 years, it has a family-friendly atmosphere with its own distinct personality and charm, thoughtfully preserved for those who appreciate its stature as a Historic Landmark hotel.
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