Blue Sky Villa, Ocean View House! [#150550] | View Property
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)
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We stayed at this property Thanksgiving week and because I heavily rely on reviews when choosing properties, I am providing some pros and cons. Pros: Location is really good and near the Red Hook ferry to St. John. There is easy access to supermarket, stores, restaurants but you will need a car to get to these places but not far away. There is a very close beach - Secret Harbour with some very good restaurants. The beach is OK. We ended up going over to the Ritz Carlton for lunch and stayed at their beach which was much nicer. We enjoyed the internet and coffee cafe directly across from the house. It had just opened 6 weeks ago and the owner was very nice. Communication with Joanie, house manager, was good from the booking to the arrival and the house had a lot of the items you would need especially if you wanted to cook or needed to clean. The description is accurate, just be clear though that the house is not air conditioned! After the first day, we adjusted, but the first night was hot along with the Mosquitos, it was an adjustment for sure. Cons: For the price, I would consider other properties and their amenities and try to get on a beach property. There were two bathrooms and in one of the bathrooms the hot water faucet did not work and was not offered to be fixed after letting Joanie know. We had to get hot water from the tub in that bathroom. The welcome binder from Joanie stated that daily complimentary housekeeping was provided. However, this is not correct. The property was clean when we arrived and they clean only after you leave. Also, if you need to use a dryer, which you will if you stay, 4+ days! there are messages all over asking you not to do so due to the cost of electricity. Again, with what you are paying each night, I am not sure if this is necessary. Also, below the house, they rent out apartments or rooms so be sure to ask beforehand who will be on the property. We never heard the lady below us, who Joanie told us about the day we arrived, but if you have small kids like we did that liked to play around the property, it is nice to know beforehand. Overall, it was nice and clean but felt a bit dated and worn. If we return, we would more than likely look for another property.
- Guest Rachel M.
- Date of stay 11/24/13
- Review Submitted 11/29/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+.
Manager response: Rachel, Thank you for taking the time to post your review of Blue Sky. We feel that we offer a clean, comfortable good value vacation rental property for the Virgin Islands with a fantastic view. I feel compelled to respond to a few of your comments just to clarify to other travelers. A/C. The house sits on the top of a breezy hill and the nighttime temp is in the low 70's. A/C is not typical in Caribbean houses on a hill and is not included in any of our descriptions of the property. During the winter many people ask for more blankets. Yes, the hot water tap in the 2nd bathroom was not working. I spoke with the plumber and we both felt that for the remaining 3 nights of your 4 night stay fixing it at this time could possible be a major inconvenience to you. I am sorry that we were not able to fix the hot faucet during your stay. Mosquitos; In the Caribbean there is really no place that is mosquito free. The house is completely screened and we provide all of lotions and spray complimentary. Housekeeping: The info binder in a the house states that for week long stays housekeeping is provided every 7 days. This is very typical of vacation rental house. Clothes dryer. The V.I pays the highest utility rates in the world. Yes, we try very hard to keep the electric down so we can continue to offer the value rental rates that we do. An indoor convenient clothes line is provided as an alternative for those that prefer not to use the dryer. Castaway 1 bdrm apt. www.VRBO.com/286541 There is a 1 bdrm apt on the ground floor. It has it's own separate driveway, entrance and deck. The house is concrete so the sound does not carry between the 2. Ritz Carlton: All of the beaches and resorts in the Virgin Islands are open to the public and I am glad that you were able to enjoy lunch and the beach at the Ritz. The Ritz is truly a beautiful property. I am sorry that you will not be staying with us again and I hope that you find a beachfront property that has all the amenities that you want.
We selected Blue Sky based on the location, but had an excellent stay for many other reasons... we had three couples and the accomodations were perfect. The house had everything we needed and we have only compliments and accolades for the stay and the value we received. I visit St. Thomas frequently (4-6) times per year and will stay here if I can from now on. Highly recommended!
- Guest Huskers (Nebraska)
- Date of stay 02/10/13
- Review Submitted 02/19/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, people with disabilities, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Wonderful Caribbean Vacation at Blue Sky Villa !!!
Wonderful Caribbean Vacation at Blue Sky Villa !!!
My wife Judith and I recently returned from a most relaxing two week vacation on the island of St. Thomas with the spacious Blue Sky Villa as our "Caribbean Home!" The Villa was just as depicted with regard to appearance, amenities, and location! Blue Sky Villa was extremely well maintained, and very clean when we arrived! The expansive balcony overlooking Red Hook Marina, (less than five minute drive away) provided magnificent views, comfortable breezes, and a wonderful way to enjoy morning coffee, or evening glasses of wine! The Villa is very tastefully decorated with "Caribbean themes" and colors and the furnishings and bed that we used in the Master Bedroom was most comfortable! The kitchen was well-stocked and boasted every amenity! Diane, the owner, and her sister, Joanie, were extremely gracious, kind, and helpful in providing recommendations, not only about the locale, but the entire island of St. Thomas and the neighboring island of St John, that enhanced our entire vacation experience! Secret Harbor Beach (wonderful for snorkeling with it's calm, clear water) is a short ten minute walk away! The villa is located less than a 30 minute drive to the magnificent Mahogany Run Golf Course (featuring the famous Caribbean "Devil's Triangle" Holes 13/14/15,) and the marvelous Magen's Bay Beach (Judith's Favorite) for sunbathing and swimming! The fun-loving town of Red Hook with it's Happy Hour Bars and Ferry Port to St John's is less than a five minutes drive! Pesci's offers exceptional fine Italian dining and Fishtails delectable fresh seafood! Once again, our stay at the Blue Sky Villa was wonderful! The villa has a very nice flat screen television, and although it did nothing to detract from our stay, please note that at the time we stayed, there was no hookup for "television programming" of any kind-- No news or local channels or cable TV. We were however able to watch DVD movies that we brought with us, and there were 20-25 other movie offerings available as a "DVD movie library" at the Villa! We were able to enjoy the Super Bowl live at Molly Malones Pub in Red Hook with many other diehard football fans! The WIFI/Internet connnection was superb and deeply appreciated! We were very easily able to SKYPE to our family members back in Wisconsin! In closing, ...Thank You so very much, Diane, Joanie, and Robert for your gracious hospitality , and for making the Blue Sky Villa available as our "Caribbean Home" on beautiful St Thomas!
- Guest Gerry V. (Mequon, Wisconsin USA)
- Date of stay 01/25/13
- Review Submitted 02/20/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Manager response: Gerry and Judy, So glad that you enjoyed your stay at Blue Sky! I loved hearing about all your travels and we look forward to your return. We are in the process of hooking up the cable TV to complement the media library. Thank you for your suggestion.
Another Excellent Experience
Another Excellent Experience
Two years ago we stayed in the Red Hook District of St. Thomas at Larimar at Stonehouse for three weeks and had a super time. This year we wanted a little more space for our 10 night stay so decided to book Blue Sky across the street overlooking American Yaught Harbor! These two properties are owned and managed by the same family and once again Joanie and Robert made our stay as perfect as we could have expected! Blue Sky had all the amenities as listed in the VRBO site and more. The house was clean, well maintained and safe! We had another terrific time and would highly recommend this property and the professionalism of Joanie and Robert! Book and you won't be disappointed !! It's close to all St. Thomas has to offer!
- Guest Tim & Ramona (Toronto)
- Date of stay 12/22/12
- Review Submitted 01/09/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Manager response: So glad you enjoyed your stay again! Always great to have Canadians in the house and thanks for celebrating the New Years Eve sunset with us!
Can't wait to return!!
Can't wait to return!!
The Blue Sky is a beautiful place with an amazing view and more amenities than even mentioned. Will certainly stay there again because of the closeness to Sunset Harbor and the town of Red Hook. Only thing I would suggest is more larger utensils, can't drink the water, and maybe better (sturdier) deck chairs.
- Guest Kay (Cutchogue NY)
- Date of stay 02/25/12
- Review Submitted 03/15/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Manager response: Hi Lauren, So glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again! Thank you for the suggestions. The water is a combination of collected rain water and certified delivery water run through a whole house filter.
An Excellent Choice
An Excellent Choice
For many reasons, and above all the property itself has everything for a very enjoyable stay. The location is perfect as you are close to everything. We were a family of 5, ages 70, 65, 45, 44 & 42 and were very comfortable. I definitely recommend this property.
- Guest Earl & Lucrecia (Madrid, Sapin)
- Date of stay 03/26/11
- Review Submitted 04/08/11
Recommended for: People with disabilities, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing.
Manager response: Thanks Earl! I am so glad the family enjoyed Villa Blue Sky! It was my pleasure to meet you all while you were here in the Virgin Islands and I look forward to your return.
Rave reviews for Blue Sky Villa! My family – including 2 young boys (ages 3 and 2) - had a wonderful, memorable vacation to St. Thomas in February and were VERY pleased with the villa. From the moment we arrived, we felt at ease in the clean, spacious and comfortable environment. The view is absolutely beautiful, the deck overlooking the water was well used and a perfect way to begin the day watching the sun rise with coffee, soak up some sun during the day and enjoy a cocktail in the evening! Getting to the beach and Red Hook (for shopping and great restaurants!) was a breeze. The open environment this Villa offers provided a safe place for the my boys and the gear and toys on hand were so helpful! I would highly recommend this Villa.
- Guest E. Barry (Jersey City, NJ)
- Date of stay 02/24/10
- Review Submitted 02/24/10
This past November was my third time staying here. I think I enjoy it a little more each time I visit. You can not beat the location, it is so close to everything and the views are AMAZING!! It has everything you need which makes packing a breeze. It would be hard to imagine ever staying in a small hotel room ever again. I paid half the price and I got a whole house , a beautiful beach that is walking distance away, and views to die for. Can not wait to visit again soon!!
- Guest Joyce Platania (Albany, NY)
- Date of stay 12/11/09
- Review Submitted 12/11/09
What a fantastic villa! Just spent a long weekend here with a few girlfriends. We were so relaxed at the house, enjoyed every minute on the amazing deck and enjoyed the water views and starry nights. It was so close to the boat to take a jaunt to St. John, some great restaurants and a short walk to Secret Harbour! We are already planning a return with our husbands!
- Guest E Nelson (-)
- Date of stay 12/02/09
- Review Submitted 12/02/09
What an AMAZING place!!!! all I can say is a little piece of Heaven is here on earth and I was lucky enough to find it!!! The House is not only beautiful but warm,friendly and cozy! So much to do or do as little as possible and it is all great!! Great location, Friendly people , quiet,relaxing and fun!!! Can't wait to go back!!!! Highly recommended for anyone!!!! Kathy Gorman Quincy,Mass.
- Guest Kathy Gorman (Quincy,Massachusetts)
- Date of stay 03/29/08
- Review Submitted 03/29/08
Blue Sky Villa is beautiful! The location, the amenities, the VIEW!! We can't wait to make a return visit, and couldn't imagine staying anywhere else. Perfect for a family or a few couples (or even a ladies weekend!) We had a great time!!
- Guest Annabel Champlin (Hopkinton, MA)
- Date of stay 02/28/08
- Review Submitted 02/28/08
6 of us stayed at your villa while in St. Thomas for a friend's wedding. While the wedding was certainly our highlight, the stay at your villa made our trip that much more enjoyable. The view of the harbor was breathtaking; the villa was spacious and comfortable for us and other wedding attendees during a cookout we held; the space was clean and the use of all the amenities added up to a memorable stay. I would definitely rent this beautiful villa again!
- Guest Sophia Wong (Hudson, New Hampshire)
- Date of stay 02/12/08
- Review Submitted 02/12/08
Having spent 10 fantastic days in Blue Sky Villa at the beginning of January, we have only wonderful things to say about the property, its owner, its location and St. Thomas in general. Blue Sky Villa has an ocean view that will take your breath away! In addition, all the amenities, shops and restaurants you'll need are nearby in the village of Red Hook. From this locale, the island of St. John is just a quick ferry ride away and is also a perfect starting place for a day's jaunt to the BVI. Even better, a beautiful beach is within easy walking distance. Blue Sky Villa itself is comfortable, tastefully decorated and very well-equipped. We can hardly wait for our next visit!
- Guest Debra Locking (Schomberg, Ontario, Canada)
- Date of stay 01/20/08
- Review Submitted 01/20/08