"I just returned from a 30-day rental here during the month of June. I can’t say enough good things about the location, the condo, and the helpfulness of the owner (Tom). But I will try!
I did a lot of research to find the perfect place for a month-long working vacation on the east end of St. Thomas. I considered Point Pleasant, then Sapphire Beach, and finally, luckily, landed on Sapphire Village.
Sapphire Village was great. We walked 3 minutes to a really beautiful beach with great sand and very clear, blue water. 30 seconds away is the Sapphire Grill which has pretty good food and drinks and is a great way to chat with other residents. Each day we would walk 15 minutes down the hill to Red Hook to catch one of many ferries, go food shopping at a high-quality grocery store, or get a happy hour cocktail or dinner. We would usually take the $1 ‘Safari’ shared taxi trucks back up the hill, or after dark when the walk is too dangerous without lights/shoulders.
Other things we did easily from the condo were: the airport, ‘town’ (Charlotte Amalie), Smith Bay Beach (aka Lindquist) and Coki Beach for snorkeling, and the Rotz-Carlton for a great dinner/view.
The condo itself is very comfortable for short & long stays. I worked there for a month and really appreciated the space, the large balcony, and the view. Tom has performed a great remodel of the kitchen and bathroom versus the other units I looked at. Both are nicely updated.
The condo was well-stocked and prepared for our visit, with plenty of silverware, cookware, cleaning supplies, and even left over booze from past guests. Whoever gets the place after me will benefit from a bottle of good tequila :) Plus, the condo has two powerful AC units which can be nice when the nights get a little stuffy.
The balcony view is the highlight. You can see more than 10 different islands in both the USVI and BVI, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and lots of activity at the marina.
Tom was fantastic from start to finish. He even went out of his way to upgrade his Internet speed when I told him how important it was to my remote work. On that note, I got great speeds versus the other units I contacted (18 meg download speed). Tom also gave me advice on places to eat and even the dive center to use (Red Hook Dive Center – great!). During my vacation, Tom would often answer my questions within an hour—amazing! He went out of his way to make sure I enjoyed the condo and St. Thomas."
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: July 6, 2015