St. Croix, U.S.V.I., Feb. 20, 2006 – St. Croix’s Buccaneer resort celebrates its Diamond Jubilee with a salute to all people, places and things born in the years 1946, 1947 and 1948, the three year period of conception of and birth to The Buccaneer. The late 1940s was a bonanza of invention and ingenuity, giving birth to the first baby boomers, the first electronic computers, and the bikini!
In 1946, the Armstrong family, Cruzans since the
1600s, decided to turn their pastoral cattle ranch, located on one of the
Caribbean’s most spectacular beachfront locations, into an 11-room inn
that pioneered tourism in the Caribbean. The Buccaneer opened in
December, 1947, and hosted its first guests in January, 1948.
Today, The Buccaneer is the longest-running resort in the Caribbean, now owned and managed by the grandchildren of founders Douglas and Rachel Armstrong.
Under the leadership of their granddaughter, General Manager Elizabeth Armstrong, who joined the family business following her graduation from New York University, the resort has paid homage to its history while keeping pace with the tastes and demands of its elite and exceptionally loyal clientele (repeat guests account for 60% of the resort’s business).
Luxury and pampering are key, with plush accommodations featuring evocative Caribbean décor, whirlpool tubs, and spacious and private patios; a complete wellness and spa program from morning yoga and meditation on the beach to aromatherapy treatments using native plant and flower essences; a sporty golf course for serious as well as casual golfers; and an eight-court tennis center named one of the Caribbean’s best by Tennis magazine.
An example of how The Buccaneer has grown up with boomers is its tradition of hosting many family reunions throughout the year, and its complimentary, comprehensive kid’s activity program. Both vacation trends are among the strongest for today’s largest population of travelers.
As one of the earliest hotels in the Caribbean,
the wealthy and well-known first experienced the West Indies’ unique tempo
and magnificent climate at The Buccaneer. Early guests included Hollywood
celebrities such as Helen Hayes, Charles MacArthur and Maureen O’Hara,
physicist Robert Oppenheimer, opera singer Marian Anderson, designer Anne
Klein and poet Nikki Giovanni.
Now guests, including Sen. Edward Kennedy, Kathleen Turner, President Jimmy Carter, Hugh Downs, and Morgan Freeman, enjoy luxuries such as designer West Indian-style furnishings, marble and stone floors, French doors opening to spacious balconies, and modern baths with granite counters, whirlpool tubs and dressing rooms. Thoughtful comforts include refrigerators, coffee makers and coffee, fresh ice and water twice a day, iron and ironing board, and satellite television.
The Buccaneer is a resort firmly rooted in Caribbean
soil, with the timeless grace and charm of its privileged legacy.
The Buccaneer named a member of the Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The honor comes on the eve of The Buccaneer’s Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary Celebration, which will be commemorated throughout 2007.
The Buccaneer is the only hotel in the Virgin Islands and the second in the Caribbean to be selected for membership in the exclusive roster of Historic Hotels of America. The resort is the Caribbean’s longest running resort, with the distinction of being owned and managed by the Armstrong family since 1947. It was founded in the 17th Century as a Knights of Malta manor, and in subsequent decades the property served as a French Great House, sugar plantation, cotton farm, and cattle operation.
“We are pleased and honored that the National Trust has selected The Buccaneer for this high honor,” said General Manager Elizabeth Armstrong, whose grandparents opened The Buccaneer as an 11-room inn in 1947. “We’d also like to express our gratitude to our many guests who over the years have supported us and voiced their appreciation. We pledge to continue to meet and exceed the highest standards of hospitality, and to ensure that every visitor becomes an ambassador for St. Croix.”
Since taking the management reins in the early 1990s, Ms. Armstrong has supervised $25 million in capital improvements to thoroughly upgrade and renovate every aspect of the resort without sacrificing its authenticity and cultural heritage. The Buccaneer has been named one of the world’s top 50 tropical resorts by Conde Nast Traveler, one of the top 500 hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, and one of the best family resorts by Forbes.
Located on the eastern end of St. Croix, less than a five-minute drive from the historic town of Christiansted, The Buccaneer’s 340 tropical acres feature an 18-hole golf course, eight tennis courts, three beaches, a water sports center, a two-mile nature and fitness trail, fitness center, spa, three restaurants, a shopping arcade, and other amenities. The 138 elegant and spacious guest rooms are located throughout the property, from the hilltop main building (where Alexander Hamilton lived as a child) to the ocean’s edge, all offering wide terraces or balconies with sea and island views.
The Historic Hotels of America (HHA) is a program of the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation based in Washington, D.C. The HHA’s membership includes 209 hotels representing 40 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and now the U.S. Virgin Islands. The prestigious program includes only those hotels and resorts that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance.
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