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The Buccaneer, St. Croix

No other hotel in St. Croix, and few in the Caribbean, boasts the impressive history of The Buccaneer, located east of Christiansted. Once owned by Charles Martel, one of the Knights of Malta, the estate had walls three feet thick and was tucked just behind a hill to hide it from view of pirates. Later, the stately manor was the residence of the young Alexander Hamilton.

Today, the original estate is supplemented with modern rooms to complete the expansive resort but the rich historic atmosphere remains. Every week, guests and staff come together at the manager’s cocktail party, hosted in a stone sugar mill that stands as a reminder of the island’s early plantation past.
History at the Buccaneer doesn’t just end with the facilities — it extends to the resort owners as well. Today the ninth generation of the Armstrong family to reside on St. Croix operates the expansive resort.

The Buccaneer is also well-known for its sports facilities, especially tennis and golf. Eight tennis courts are located halfway down the hill from the main house. Golfers can take their best swing at an 18-hole course with views of the sea. Packages with unlimited golf are available.

One of the top Christmas activities planned by a resort is also found at The Buccaneer. The “Twelve Days of Christmas” kids camp keeps children in the holiday spirit of fun with supervised activities from 10am to 6pm. Children enjoy beach fun, tropical arts and crafts, and outdoor games.

And, of course, the spirit of Christmas rings true here as well. Santa arrives by, what else, a dingy pulled by eight tiny seahorses! For New Year's, the celebrations include a tropical luau and fireworks.

Tel. 340/712-2100, Fax 340/712-2104. Toll-free US phone number 800/255-3881

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