Family-owned Buccaneer puts its summer focus on families

CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix -- Family activities and accommodations are the summer focus of the 138-room Buccaneer resort here, itself family-owned and -operated for 52 years.

The Buccaneer's Doubloon units are situated between the 18-hole golf course and the tennis center. Guests age 17 and younger get a host of freebies: daily breakfast; golf and tennis clinics; kayak, snorkel and Sunfish outings; a basketball court; beach volleyball; beachside Ping-Pong, and video games.

Kids stay free, as well, provided they share a room with their parents, who can select the Buccaneer's renovated family-style units.

Available through Dec. 19 are two oceanfront rooms, each with a private bath and a patio, which connect to form a two-bedroom suite for a family of six.

The second oceanfront room is offered at a 50% discount for a total cost of $438 per night for the two-bedroom suite. Normally, the per night rate for an oceanfront room is $285 in the summer and $450 in the winter.

Families also can select the remodeled family cottages that sleep five people.

Each cottage has a patio that fronts a lawn with views of the Caribbean; a master bedroom with a king-size bed and a window-seat bed, and a second room with two twin beds.

Remodeling of the cottages, which were built in the 1950s, included new floors, walls and bathrooms. The cottage rate is $285 per night.

Other rates this summer range from $195 per night, double, for a standard room in the hilltop Great House (where Alexander Hamilton lived as a child) to $370 per night for the oceanside Doubloon units, which accommodate families.

The Buccaneer's Kids Camp has supervised activities from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily and is free of charge for kiddies from age 4 to 12.

The Buccaneer also offers honeymoon and wedding packages.

New this year is the Pacific Grill dinner restaurant that features Asian, Thai and Pacific Rim dishes, and the new Beach Shack, with an entertainment lineup that includes weekly performances by Mocko Jumbie dancers on six-foot-high stilts.

Elizabeth Armstrong, general manager, said the resort will complete the renovation of its 50 beachfront rooms this summer.

Many of the deluxe oceanview rooms near the eight-court tennis center were renovated last winter with a new color scheme and modernized bathrooms.

The health spa near the Buccaneer's lobby will be relocated to a larger site, according to Armstrong.

The Buccaneer
Phone: (800) 255-3881
Web: www.thebuccaneer.com

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