ST. CROIX, USVI—Hurricane Maria had significantly less impact on The Buccaneer, the oldest family-run resort in the Caribbean, than it did on many other properties throughout the region, and as a result, the hotel currently is serving as a command center here for FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
The hotel is closed to general tourist traffic for the month of October. Regular operations are slated to resume Nov. 1, when The Buccaneer will return to its status as a luxury destination resort.
According to the property, leisure guests have been contacted and are rescheduling their visits for later dates.
Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, which serves the entire island of St. Croix, reopened for commercial flights today, Oct. 5. Relief had been arriving on the island via helicopter and landing on The Buccaneer’s golf course. The golf course and The Buccaneer’s tennis courts have now reopened for play, and the resort’s Hideaway Spa & Salon also has reopened.
The Buccaneer, which will mark its 70th anniversary in December, operates its own power plant and did not lose power during the storm, according to the property.
Power has been restored in the resort’s hometown of Christiansted, where many of the restaurants and shops have now reopened.
Crews are renovating five older guestrooms that were damaged by the hurricane. They will be upgraded to the current Buccaneer luxury standard. A renovation of one of the hotel’s pools is continuing as well as the creation of a new beachfront restaurant.