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CruzanIron
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December 30, 2015 7:31 pm  

not the shortage of, but the cost of

How many other places on STX supply beach chairs at no charge?


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December 30, 2015 9:03 pm  

Electricity is cheap now.


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December 31, 2015 1:27 am  

How many other places on STX supply beach chairs at no charge?

Shhhhh, don't give them any ideas.

Electricity is cheap now.

LOL compared to running your generator maybe:D


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December 31, 2015 10:36 am  

i did not complain.
others did. someone mentioned the shortage of chairs while the complaint was the cost of chairs, i just clarified their comment

geeze


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January 1, 2016 1:39 am  

Just bring your own chair.
Personally, I'm not a fan of resort beaches.
Not a fan of paying a lot of money to go to a resort beach.

Sugar Bay Dreams Resort makes you pay an exorbitant amount to get in, even if you're having lunch, if not a guest of hotel.
They won't be seeing me. Plus their food isn't even that good and unless they've changed drastically, neither was the service.

I don't mind paying a small fee for Magens Bay or Lindquist beach access but there are so many other beautiful beaches to choose from that if you don't like a resort beach's policy, you can choose to go to a different beach.

These places tend to forget that when our very short tourist season
is over, they depend on local business to see them thru the other 6-8 months of the year.


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January 1, 2016 8:51 am  

Sugar Bay Dreams Resort makes you pay an exorbitant amount to get in, even if you're having lunch, if not a guest of hotel.

The beach there is very small and insignificant anyway and I don't know anyone living here who wants to go there! FYI, Dreams is on its way out, the second management company in a little over two years to leave. Who knows who will be next ...


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January 1, 2016 12:30 pm  

I agree about the beach there. There are so many nicer beaches.
Don't know why they continue to have problems with management but they need to get their act together or they won't have any business, tourist or local.


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January 1, 2016 12:46 pm  

I agree about the beach there. There are so many nicer beaches.
Don't know why they continue to have problems with management but they need to get their act together or they won't have any business, tourist or local.

The resort is owned by the private Moinian family mega real estate group in NY. From all accounts they seem to be the source of the problems where the management companies are concerned. If they concentrated more on offering AI as an alternative rather than a sole operation they would likely have more success ...


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January 1, 2016 1:47 pm  

If they concentrated more on offering AI as an alternative rather than a sole operation they would likely have more success ...

They would as far as I'm concerned. Last time we stayed there it was still Wyndham. We had done the AI thing previously so last time we did not do AI and were much happier. Too many things to do in STT to worry about being back at the ranch to partake in the included meals everyday to get what you paid for. And then they charge extra for premium dinner and drinks anyway. Totally not worth the price unless you stay there for only a few days and do not leave the property. What they offered at the time for lunch (non-AI) was basically all you wanted to eat and drink (including the standard alcohol) for the day. So that was a good deal compromise to use as needed without having to feel cheated due to not being there everyday.

And I agree no reason to pay extra to go to Sugar Bay beach, perhaps if you want to take the kids to the pool.


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January 1, 2016 2:58 pm  

We don't live on STX but we have stayed at the Buccaneer on 6 different occasions over the past 8 years, each time staying for 10-14 days. We have visited at all different times of the year, and have experienced both busy and slow times on the island. We practically live on Mermaid Beach when we are there, and can offer the following observations from an "outsider" (but one who enjoys STX very much).

We don't know when the Buccaneer instituted the complained about policy, but this past September when we were there, it was obvious that the number of locals visiting the Mermaid Beach had increased substantially from previous visits. This is not a commentary on whether that is a bad or good thing, just our observation. The Buccaneer is not an inexpensive place to vacation, and the services it provides at the Mermaid Beach are part of the reason we enjoy the place so much. We actually thought it was a good sign that more locals were using the facilities, including the Mermaid restaurant.

However, I can't imagine that anyone would think they would be entitled to free use of beach chairs and towels provided by the Buccaneer to their paying guests. Sounds like a reasonable policy to me, provided it is uniformly enforced and advertised.

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CruzanIron
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January 5, 2016 1:07 am  

Am I missing something? What does this have to do with beach chairs at the Buccaneer?


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Scubadoo
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January 5, 2016 1:44 am  

Just comparing overzealous pricing for beach chairs et. al. from the resorts for non-guests.


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