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The Buccaneer Sugarmill, St. Croix, USVI

Imagine waking up on your Caribbean vacation in a comfortable, air-conditioned room and stepping out onto your private balcony to look out over a lush, tropical property scattered with historical ruins. That’s the stuff dreams are made of, right? Well, here on St. Croix you can find historic accommodations that will allow you to read a book in a secluded garden surrounded by sugar plantation ruins, or dine inside an 18th century sugarmill overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Come and enjoy the remains of the past and the comforts of the modern world all in one place!

At some of St. Croix’s historic properties, modern hotel conveniences await you in buildings dating back hundreds of years. In fact, many of the island’s historic properties can be found on plantation grounds that date back to the 1700s. You can choose historic accommodations ranging from a private villa to a small inn, or even a full service resort. In addition to  providing many of the comforts of home, these properties offer everything from historic sugarmill ruins, to lush tropical gardens and breathtaking ocean views. Don’t you just love it when history, culture and modern comfort come together?

Historic Properties: Rattan Inn & Tea Garden, St. Croix, USVI

A historic sugarmill stands sentinel on the Rattan Inn & Tea Garden estate.

If you like the intimate feel of a country manor experience, The Rattan Inn & Tea Garden offers five secluded and separate guest residences, affording their guests a sense of privacy and tranquility. Littered with historic ruins, this lush and enchanting 5 acre historic property offers endless nooks to relax in, and acres of mature gardens and flowering trees for you to wander. You can even explore and touch historic ruins and artifacts dating back to the 1700’s. While this charming inn is steeped in history, they also provide guests with modern amenities like full kitchens, air conditioning, wi-fi, private balconies, freshwater pools and more. If you want to be close to everything but away from everyone, The Rattan Inn & Tea Garden is the perfect choice.

Historic Properties: Rattan Inn & Tea Garden, St. Croix, USVI

Beautiful gardens and historic ruins surround you at The Rattan Inn & Tea Garden

If you like the idea of staying on a historic property, but also want to enjoy all the amenities and activities you could possibly want, The Buccaneer is the place for you. The Buccaneer is a completely modern resort with a fascinating historical background dating back to the mid-1600s. In addition to being the longest running family-owned resort in the Caribbean, and home to a Danish governor, the property history includes being used as: a sugar mill and factory, a cotton farm, and a cattle estate. The Buccaneer resort is spread over rolling green hills and boasts stunning white sand beaches, scenic ocean vistas and an iconic sugar mill. Guests can enjoy on-site amenities including snorkeling, kayaking, golf, a fitness trail, a full service spa, several restaurants and bars, shopping, and much more.

You can also stay at the oldest hotel on St. Croix, right in the heart of Christiansted, at Club Comanche. Established in 1756 as a townhouse for a Danish Doctor, it is one of the oldest buildings in town and has been home to the Comanche Hotel since 1948. The hotel suites have been fully restored and furnished with West Indian antiques and replicas. This boutique hotel offers modern amenities and the property features a pool overlooking the boardwalk.

Club Comanche - St. Croix, USVI

Enjoy a view of Christiansted Harbor and the boardwalk from the Club Comanche pool

Looking for something a little more private and exclusive? Estate Belvedere is a four acre estate with a private villa which accommodates up to 14 guests. A historic sugarmill dating back to 1763 provides a dramatic entryway to the main building as well as unique views from the rooftop. Other ruins of the old plantation still grace this lovely island property. Extensive historical research was done by the current owners in both St. Croix and Danish archives, and after several years of careful and loving restoration the property is now available for guests. The property offers  several suites each with it’s own kitchen and bath, and stunning views of St. Croix’s North Shore. 

Estate Belvedere, St. Croix, USVI

The Estate Belvedere sugarmill offers stunning views from the rooftop

If you love history, take advantage of the opportunity to stay at one of St. Croix’s beautiful historic properties. Step back in time as you explore centuries old ruins, surrounded by the tropical flora and picturesque ocean views the Caribbean offers. For more information on St. Croix’s historic accommodations, please visit our Historic Properties page. Whichever property you choose, enjoy touching part of St. Croix’s past while enjoying the present and making new memories.

– Jennie Ogden, Editor

 

 

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