Padma's Plantation and The Buccaneer Resort in St. Croix: A Mélange of History, Tradition, and Modern Luxury
For the remainder of the year Padma’s Plantation will be blogging about some of our Hospitality Clients that we have worked with over the years. Our motto has always been to Live the Life you imagine. For us, traveling the world is part of #livingthelifeyouimagine
Today, we feature The Buccaneer Resort in St. Croix
Nestled on the picturesque island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Buccaneer Resort stands as an epitome of the island's rich history, seamlessly interwoven with the comforts of contemporary luxury. Every corner of this historic resort whispers tales from an era gone by, when knights, sugar barons, and the first inhabitants shaped the destiny of the region.
A Legacy Built Over Centuries
The history of The Buccaneer is as varied and captivating as the vibrant tapestry of St. Croix's past. The seeds of its story were sown back in 1653 when Charles Martel, a distinguished Knight of Malta, laid the foundation for the first building on Estate Shoys. The intent was to hide the French Greathouse from potential maritime adversaries, ensuring that it remained a haven of safety and secrecy.
As the wheel of time turned, the Danes took ownership of the island in 1733. The Estate Shoys underwent a metamorphosis under Governor von Prock's vision. The erstwhile French Greathouse transformed into a bustling sugar factory, accompanied by the iconic sugar mill – a standing testament to the times when sugar was the beating heart of the Caribbean economy.
The estate saw more transitions, from the hands of Michael Shoy, who gave the estate its name, to the Heyliger Company's cattle-raising ventures.
From Cattle Estate to Tourist Haven
In 1947, a significant chapter in the history of The Buccaneer began. The Armstrong family, owners of the cattle estate since 1922, envisaged an ambitious transformation. The result was St. Croix's first island-family built and operated hotel – The Buccaneer, with a modest yet charming eleven guest rooms.
The early days of The Buccaneer were truly reminiscent of a close-knit community spirit. "Continentals" or guests, braving a two-day voyage from the mainland, often found themselves immersed in the very fabric of the hotel's daily life – be it mixing their own drinks, raking the pristine beaches, painting furniture, or even chalking out the menu.
While today's guests of The Buccaneer revel in modern luxuries, live music, and gourmet experiences, the resort pays homage to its roots. Signature cocktails, reminiscent of the early days, like the Cruzan Confusion and the Jump-Up-and-Kiss-Me, add a touch of nostalgia to the overall experience.
Art and Ambiance
One cannot mention The Buccaneer without a nod to the exquisite "Fighting Ships" mural, a masterpiece by the renowned artist Stanley Stubenberg. Gracing The Buccaneer's Lounge, it serves as a splendid reflection of the resort's maritime legacy and the island's vibrant history.
In conclusion, The Buccaneer Resort isn't just a luxurious getaway in the heart of the Caribbean; it's a journey through time, celebrating the rich tapestry of St. Croix's past while offering a sumptuous taste of its present. For travelers seeking more than just a vacation, it promises an experience, a story, and memories that last a lifetime.