Draped over 340 acres along the Caribbean Sea, The Buccaneer hotel looks like a pretty pink fortress as our group inches closer to the main house for the first time. The main building keeps watch on a hilltop, with 138 rooms scattered around expansive slopes. We arrive to plenty of smiles and rum punch—this was a highlight given that many in our group had traveled from as far as Canada to explore the historic property.
After a breezy check-in, we’re taken down the hill to our rooms and I’m greeted by contemporary and comfortable accommodations that include a regal four-poster king bed and private patio overlooking the pool, beach and sea.
An evening cocktail reception filled with wine and Mocko Jumbie stilt dancers is held at the 18th century Sugar Mill, officially welcoming us to the property before we’re whisked away to dinner at the Luxury Beach House. We’re told the stilts are in our future tomorrow morning, which inspires laughter and shouts for more wine from our group.
With wine glasses in hand, Michigan-based Corporate Meeting Planner Trish Schroeder, of Northstar Meetings & Events, and I agree that the elegance and simplicity of the Sugar Mill create a unique backdrop for meetings and creative brainstorming sessions.
“When I walked up the stairs into the center of the Sugar Mill, I was immediately captivated by the rustic elegance of the structure,” Schroeder says. “It would be the perfect location for an elegant dinner party or cocktail reception followed by dinner on the lawn overlooking the bay.“
Four on-site restaurants account for the majority of meeting venues, with the official Beach Meeting Room seating up to 80 guests theater-style. Fun vintage cocktails like Von Scholten’s Mistress and Cruzan Confusion, popular choices among the resort’s early guests, can be found at the seaside Mermaid Bar. The Brass Parrot restaurant offers panoramic seaviews with open-air dining available for 100 seated guests inside and 60 more on the balcony. The balcony, in close proximity to a really diverse buffet spread, was our morning hangout.
The Buccaneer debuted the Beach House on Whistle Point in 2013, offering groups a two-bedroom main house, cottages and master suite villa just a trot from the Buccaneer Resort.