In a Nutshell:
From the West End performers belting Broadway’s best at dinner to the cricket and soccer…pardon, football
…games on every bar TV, Buccament Bay Resort is a splash of merrie olde England in your tropical rum punch. This British-owned all-inclusive is the largest resort on
. Its laid-back demeanor is well suited to the sleepy island, which is sister to the more glamorous Grenadines to the north. Plans to expand when a new airport is built may mar the mellow, but until then, count on fine food, casual comfort, and classy décor.
Private villas with white furnishings and exquisite rock-floor showers line Buccament Bay’s twisting walkways. Nearly all boast an outdoor deck and plunge pool, though the skinny on your dip is that you’re not well concealed; think twice before playing married merfolk with your beau! Coveted beach-front villas suffer similarly; while prime for the views, the sights, sounds, and beach grill smells may slip into your cottage like an encroaching tide. Plus, the resort is building a hotel on a distant hill – a hint of crowds to come when the airport is done.
Tasty fare at Buccament Bay hits the spot – and a whole lot of them - with a sushi bar, ice cream parlor, beach grill, theme-night buffet, poolside restaurant, and Indian cuisine. Dinner at the al fresco Bay Beach Club comes with West End stars who croon everything from “Godspell” to “Grease” - romantic if you’re a supper club kind of couple, kitschy if not (late weekend nights might bring a local soca band for island jams). If food is your fave part of
, you’ll be content. For the ravenous, more is on the way, with plans for a steakhouse, Italian eatery, and a Trader Vic chain restaurant to come.
Movie buffs may be particularly pleased to tie the knot in the very waters the Pirates of the Caribbean
franchise was filmed. Buccament Bay (and its UK-based wedding coordinator) present a range of destination wedding
packages, including one on the resort’s special swashbuckling galleon ship, The Pearl. Cakes, canapés, steel drum bands, photographers, and spa treatments are among the possible add-ons for your Big Day.
Buccament Bay Resort offers a simple honeymoon package that comes free with a seven-night stay. Sip in-room champagne, have breakfast in bed, dinner on the beach, and spa discounts. To upgrade the celebration, sign up for a premium package that includes the above plus private airport transfers, spa treatments, and special in-room amenities. Want to say “I Do” all over again? Renew your vows in a sweet ceremony on the beach. Customization is welcome.
Indulge in an array of tropical paradise adventures! Lounge by the pool, try watersports, snag a couples massage at the spa, or set sail on a sunset cruise leaving right from the resort’s beach (live saxophonist and hors d'oeuvres included). Are you a budding American Idol? Stop in at Buccament Bay’s Harlequin Performing Arts Academy, where stage stars will teach you to sing and dance. Want a better backhand? Train during a sweaty set at Aussie pro Pat Cash’s on-site Tennis academy. If you prefer cricket or football, full-sized pitches are planned.
Nearby in the Caribbean:
Consisting of 32 islands and cays (coral-reef islands), St. Vincent and the Grenadines are a divine destination for adventuresome duos. Certified divers can go deep on excursions to shipwrecks, caves, aquatic creatures, and coral. Pairs who prefer to stay above water can nab a catamaran or speed boat excursion to swim with green turtles in the Tobago
cays or sunbathe on the quiet island of Mayreau
. The dynamic island also boasts whale-watching, volcano-hiking, and nature tours through bamboo groves and waterfalls.
What You Should Know Before You Go:
Buccament Bay is a very pretty resort but two things might give passionate and demonstrative lovers pause: The first is the privacy issue described above. Even the couples’ massage is performed outdoors on a deck visible to other villas. Yes, there are curtains, but who knows which way the wind may blow! Secondly, ambitious expansion plans – the hotel, more villas - suggest this sweet, secluded spot could get a bit crowded when capacity hits max.
Casual and carefree, Buccament Bay is for low-maintenance lovers who wave their umbrella-ed cocktails to pretension and enjoy vegging out. The all-age resort tends to skew mature, though families – and yes, there are kids here - can tuck the tots away at the on-site day camp. While very well styled and fashionably furnished, the resort doesn’t quite hit a luxury note. Instead, like a catchy show-tune harmony, it strikes a chord with the many faces and palates of the well-heeled everyman.
Buccament Bay Resort Info and Reservations:
Buccament Bay Resort
P.O. Box LY39
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Official Resort Website
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Barbados or St. Lucia. From either, couples need to take a connecting flight to St. Vincent.
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