Gay Nagle Myers
Gay Nagle Myers

InsightMarking the culmination of its 65th anniversary year, the 144-room Buccaneer Resort on St. Croix will officially debut its six-bedroom Beach House on Whistle Point on Jan. 4.

The addition is one of several capital improvement projects undertaken this year at the property, spearheaded by owner Elizabeth Armstrong.

“The Buccaneer is completing this year on a high note. We have invested heavily over the past year in renovations, enhancements, expansions and new amenities,” Armstrong said.

Occupancy jumped 10% this year over last, despite a 12% rate increase.

Other factors affecting the upswing in business in 2012 include a general increase in consumer confidence, more group business on the books, a surge in destination weddings and repeat business as well as a growth in island sporting events and festivals, according to Armstrong.

The new Beach House, a short stroll from the main resort, includes a two-bedroom main house with a full kitchen and living room, a master suite villa, a two-bedroom cottage and a one-bedroom cottage with a kitchen.

The complex can accommodate small family reunions, wedding parties and corporate retreats, Armstrong said.

Buccaneer Ficus BalconyWeekly rates at the Beach House through April 15 range from $6,000 for two rooms up to $10,000 for six rooms, plus 21% tax and service charges.

The resort’s two-bedroom, three-bath beachfront Ficus Suite, which opened last June, includes a full kitchen, patios, seating areas, vaulted wood ceilings, whirlpool tubs and separate showers.

Per-night, double occupancy rates from Jan. 1 through April 15 start at $1,100.

Winter season prices in the Buccaneer’s signature pink Great House start at $399 per room, per night, double.

Facilities at the resort, which began life in 1947 as an 11-room inn, include three beaches, a golf course, a tennis center, two pools, three restaurants, and a spa and fitness center.

The outdoor Martel Lounge near the Terrace restaurant was upgraded and enlarged this year with new furniture and menus. The Grotto pool now includes chaises-for-two.

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