About the property
- Condo1000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 nights
Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)
The Island of St. Thomas is "again "alive" and beautiful. Nature has remarkably "healed" after Irma and Marie. Sapphire Beach's landscape is again beautiful with many remaining palm trees, bushes, trees, etc. Many resturants have re-opened. We have just spent 1 month in our Villa, and it is better than ever and in excellent condition with even new artwork.
Discounts are available for 6 or more days, families, military, seniors, and AAA. Please e-mail direct to firstname.lastname@example.org or call my cell at 443-765-8300..
(Please note, that we respond rapidly and directly to inquiries-- not just through VRBO. Thus, VRBOs report of frequency and time of response is not always accurate. This allows us to speak directly with each potential guest other using each other's e-mail.
Our Caribbean Villa is an upgraded, two-story, two-lanai villa on the top two floors of the premier building on one of the premier beaches overlooking St. Johns, British Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, and Grass Cay. Your stay in our Caribbean Villa will truly capture the island spirit, trade winds, and the beauty of the Caribbean. Our Villa has been personally decorated in a Caribbean-décor, and a list of the many features of our Villa and its location are noted below.
-Upgrade Two-Story Top-Floor Villa with two lanai.
-One of the two premier beaches on St. Thomas.
-Premier building on Sapphire Beach.
-Premier view of St. Johns, British Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Grass Cay, sailboats, charter boats, ferries, jet skis, parasailing, cruise ships, and more.
-30 feet from the Caribbean water.
-Close to gorgeous private pool on 'wedding' point with unparalleled view of St. Johns and British Virgin Islands.
-Upgraded décor in Caribbean ambience including lithographs such as from renowned local artist, Jonna White.
-Cathedral wood ceiling on second floor.
Excellent privacy yet open air to bring in the Caribbean trade winds, which you will greatly appreciate (However, AC with separate controls on both levels.)
-For January 2017, we have slept 12 nights in a row with no AC on, doors open, no bugs, wonderful Caribbean trade winds, and the sound of the waves (of course, we cannot guarantee all of this, but we are optimistic, that that if you choose, to have your doors open, you should be able to do such most nights enjoying the trade winds, no bugs, no rain, and the sound of waves).
-Close (less than 1 mile) to Red Hook for ferries, numerous restaurants, shopping, chartering, and boating.
• A Million dollar view that even the Ritz Carlton cannot compete with and both from main floor lanai and master bedroom floor lanai.
• The best trade winds, especially when it is hotter in the summer months, and typically one can sleep with sliding glass doors with fans on, windows in master bath open, and no mosquitoes and you hear the waves. (Note: if no wind, then close the doors and use the AC, because there can be bugs.)
• Best privacy because beach-walkers and sight-see-ers cannot look into you Villa.
• Rennovated Villa with multiple Caribbean decorations, pictures including art work from local well-known artist, Jonna White.
• All new sliding glass doors on both levels. (That is important, and be gentle).
• Caribbean décor
• Two stories
• Two lanais
• Two full baths
• Million dollar views from both lanais
• Cathedral ceiling on second floor with Caribbean Tiki-like beams. No cave-like experience.
• One of the most extensive bedding options of any Villa and for which suites cannot compete (see separate bedding section below.)
• Stocked dishes, plates, utensils for at least 6 people
• Small dinette table (but recommend eating on the lanais)
• Drink Mixer
• Hair dryer
• TV with DVD downstairs
• Movie DVDs and games, which is always dependent on prior guests.
• Sony CD player
• TV upstairs
• Ceiling fan downstairs and upstairs
• Premier Bassett couch with pulls out into double sleeper sofa.
• Premier Bassett love seat with pull out twin sleeper sofa (both cannot be deployed at the same time).
• Dresser on main level for those sleeping on main level
• Hillsdale day bed upstairs with pull out separate trundle bed, and both beds are very comfortable. This is in addition to kng size bed upstairs..
• Beach toys, but please note, although this is well stocked each year, this depends on the courtesy of our prior guests returning the beach toys.
• Lanai furniture--main level lanai
o Two wicker chairs on lower lanai with dining table and four chairs by Built-to-Last from North Carolina..
• Lanai furniture--masterbedroom level lanai
o One "sunning" loung echair on lanai, but please do not take to the beach.
o Two new Turtle Watch Chairs by Built-to-Last from North Carolina, which are absolutely wonderful to maximize the expansive view of St. John's and British Tortola.
• King bed upstairs
• Hillsdale day bed with extra thick mattress (very comfortable) with pull out separate trundle bed, which also has extra thick mattress and also is very comfortable. This is in addition to the King size bed.
• Two small mattress behind the trundle bed for children
• Two self inflating electric air mattress in King bed foot locker (one twin and one queen. These can be used on the pull out sleeper sofas down stairs. These are located in the locker at the foot of king size bed upstairs and TV draw downstairs.
• Premier Bassett couch with pull out double sleeper sofa on main level.
• Premier Bassett love seat with pull out twin sleeper sofa (both cannot be deployed at the same time).
Keywords: Caribbean Villa
Douglas Van Nostrand
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About Douglas Van Nostrand
I am Douglas Van Nostrand, the owner of Villa E303, and I purchased my Villa in 2005. I have been a physician for 43 years, and I am presently the Director, Nuclear Medicine Research at the MedStar Research Institute and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital Center. I have been active in patient care, education, and research of thyroid cancer publishing over several hundred abstracts, articles, and chapters and have authored, edited, and published 9 books. I presently live on the Magothy River of the Chesapeake Bay in Pasadena, Maryland and vacation in Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas.
Douglas Van Nostrand purchased this Condo in 2005
Why Douglas Van Nostrand chose Estate Smith Bay
How did we chose my vacation Villa in this location? My wife and I have traveled throughout the Caribbean to many of the islands for 20+ years, and while traveling, we have been looking for the perfect location for our vacation villa. This was the island. This was the resort. This was the beach, and this was the Villa. St. Thomas is one of the easiest islands to travel to, and it is a United States territory with U.S. laws and justice. It is indeed one of the most beautiful islands with all the beauty of the Caribbean while also having one of the best duty free shopping areas as well as all the benefits and amenities of home such as K-Mart and Home Depot. It also has medical care in Red Hook as well as the Roy Schneider Hospital in Charlotte Amalie. It is also one of the friendliest islands, and absolutely the best 'stepping-off' point for visiting many other islands including St. Johns, St. Croix, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, and many more for easy day trips. Finally, St. Thomas has wonderful weather and warm water throughout the year, which is far superior to Florida, which may sometimes have cold days in winter and very sultry hot days in summer. I know; I was raised there. Sapphire Beach is, in our opinion, the best beach on the island exceeding Magens Bay, and it is indeed THE best beach on the island where you can lodge and be only 20 feet away from the Caribbean Sea with great swimming, snorkeling, and views of St. Johns, Tortola, and Jost Van Dyke. In regard to our Villa, we selected E Building because of the most magnificent views, the wonderful trade winds, and the privacy. It cannot be beaten any where--including the Ritz. Finally, because all the Villas and Suites are individually owned, it is also a very friendly resort. We now have many friends here, and they are not just owners but also guests who come back year after year at the same time. It is wonderful. This has truly been an unexpected benefit.
What makes this Condo unique
Some of the unique benefits we enjoy at Sapphire Beach include: - Being just 30ft from the water. We don't have to walk far to the sandy beach and water - We have some of the best snorkeling in St. Thomas and St. Johns right at Sapphire (with the best snorkeling in front of our building.) -The Marina is just a few steps away from our villa if we want to go on snorkeling/diving excursions to the BVI's or St Johns - The waterfront pool is just steps away where we can swim and relax on the deck sunning and enjoying the tropical breezes. It has been the cover on many magazines. - The dive shop on the premises is now back open for all our snorkeling needs. --The Condominium Associates supplies complimentary lounge chairs to our guests without charge. One of our staff will put out and take in each day for you. --The property is secured by our contracted condominium Security staff members 24-7.
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Post Irma and Maria - Great vacation
Amazingly, Mother Nature has significantly healed St. Thomas post-Irma and Maria. The bushes, flowers and palm tress are all blooming. However, there is still a lot of evidence of Irma and Maria on the island. Sapphire Beach Resort is in overall excellent condition. Although a few light poles remain down, we speculate this is because of insurance claims still in process. But all the buildings and landscaping looks great. We expected all the palm trees to be gone, some are, but those that had palms after the storm are blooming and look good. The beach looks great. Snorkeling is excellent. There is a new Beach Bar next to the dive shop. The Villa is in excellent condition and very comfortable with spectacular views. And right on the water. Great tradewinds. Except for new artwork, the Villa looks exactly as on the website. One bureau downstairs was damaged but is functional. The owner was very cooperative and helpful. The condo has all the dishes, pots, pans, glasses, silverware, etc you would ever need. The laundry trailer is conveniently located near the building. We'll be booking this villa again next year.
In disclosure, I am the owner of E303. We were here for 1 mo, and here is a post-Irma/Maria report.
*Irma and Maria, as you probably know, were back to back Cat 5 hurricanes hitting St. Thomas. We talked with many of our friends on the island who went through the two storms; saw videosl heard stories, and saw weather pcitures showing the eye over St. John and then going over St. Thomas.
*There is no question that these two storms were major diasters. However, amazingly, Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina, despite being at sea level and 30-100 feet from the beach, had very little structural damage. With our onsite staff who went through the storm, the clean up has been remakrable. In addition and very surprising is how much of our landscape and palm trees remain. I will be loading shortly new images of Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina, and you will be impressed with the landscape. The beach is wonderful--as ever
*We have a new activei Beach Bar by the pavilion with frequent live muscial groups, and the pavillion and main entrance are open. I have been told that there are major plans for rennovation of that building by the St. Thomas Restaurant Group. The old beach bar by the pool has not been renovated, but the pool is as beautiful and functional as ever. The Dive Shop is back open, and the restaurant "Slice" in Sapphire Village up the hill, is open.
*Amazingly, our Villa had essentially no damage except for some damage of a bureau and a 5 " corner of the baseboard of our kitchen cabinets from water. We look for a replacement, but there was absolutely no 55" on the island. The remainder of our Villa is in great shape as before, and we have added some new artwork.
*Sapphire is fully operational. A few light poles remain down because of issues with the insurrance adjusters, but otherwise, the staff has down a truly remarkable clean up. This is unlikely many hotels and other condos on the islands, which are either totally closed (e.g. Caneel Bay, Westin in Cruz Bay), damaged (e.g. Sapphire Village up the hill), not taking reservation or only limited reservation because they are renting to FEMA staff (e.g. Sugar Bay, Margarretiville). It is my understanding Ritz Carlton is closed until 2019. However, again, Sapphire is open and as beautiful as ever. Although some of "man-made" items will take time for repair, Mother Nature has done a monumental job of repairing. With the island nearly leafless post-Irma, She is green and beautiful again with flowers out all over. A lot of rain after the hurricanes helped.
Excellent views,owner very helpful, great location
Our family of 6 had a wonderful week for a number of reasons. One of those was the condo- the location, the incredible view, the amenities and the owners were all a part of that. The two decks allowed the extra space we needed for sitting and relaxing each day.
Everything was exactly as described in the listing and in the reviews. Van went out of his way to make sure we had all the info we needed, and sent us his own 30-page guide covering the condo, the complex and St. Thomas.
Snorkeling is amazing right outside the hotel - My wife and I have been to most of the other popular snorkeling spots on St. Thomas and St. John and feel that this is in the top 3 sites, along with Leinstur bay/Watermelon key on St. John, and Coki beach (located just a couple of miles from Sapphire beach) - The water in front of building A, B and C contains a large sea grass area where we spotted a couple of rays and turtles. The right side of the beach in front of A,B and C has an excellent reef, that has some spectacular coral formations and fish, which are amazing if you swim all the way out the end of the reef. The beach in front of condo's D and E has reefs that jut out along either side of the beach, which also have great coral formations if you swim out to the ends of the reef, particularly on the left side. Saw squid, octopus and barracuda on the left side, along with scores of fish.
Van is great to work with - he promptly answered our emails whenever we had questions. The condo is very well stocked and maintained.
We definitely hope to rent this condo again.
We spent the month of February in this unit and could not have asked for a better vacation. The condo is spacious and the view is outstanding. There is no better view of St John and the British Virgin Islands. The water continually changes shades of blue as the sun moves overhead. Hands down the E building is the sperior location on the property. You are literally 150 feet from the blue waters of the beach. The unit is very comfortable with two full bathrooms, one on each of the floors. Beach chairs and beach towels are complimentary. The pool is two tiered and is great for children and adults. Redhook is just a five minute cab ride (or five minute drive if you rent a car)and offers many restaurants as well as a market for groceries. There are many other restaurants on the island that are great and we have tried most of them. if you like snorkeling, the reef and grassy area in front of the dive shack is a great place to try. Doug is great to deal with and I highly recommend a stay in this unit; try it you will come back
My wife and I greatly appreciated our 3 day stay at Van's beachfront villa on Sapphire Beach. It was very clean and well supplied. Van is an excellent communicator providing us with much info regarding activities and restaurants. We enjoyed sitting on the elevated chairs on the upper floor, enjoying the view and sounds. Snorkeling at Coki Beach was fun and touring historic Hassel Island was educational. I would definitely recommend this villa for anyone staying on St. Thomas.
A perfect month in St Thomas
We just got back from a month in paradise at Sapphire Beach and Doug’s condo. I will say four weeks there is just not enough!!! The extraordinary views, warm blue waters and the sun and warmth are the reason we go back to St Thomas and Doug’s condo every year (this was our tenth year). If you like to snorkel, as I do, you can go snorkeling right in front of the condo or go in front of the scuba shack, both locations are great. There are some very good restaurants in Red Hook and it is just about a half mile from the condo. You can also get the ferry to St John’s from there. We always go there a few times during our stay for some dining and beaching. If you rent a car, as I do, there are some great sights and restaurants on the island, but you do need to drive or take a taxi. I guess I can go on and on but going back to St Thomas and Doug’s condo for the last ten years speaks for it self.
Thanks Doug!!!! We can’t wait to enjoy your place again in February 2016.
Snorkeling excursions, day sail excusions, sunset sailboat cruises, dive trips, excursions to British Tortola and Virgin Gorda, jet ski rentals, sport fishing charters in marina immediately adjacent to Building E. Must see and do: (1) See and shop Charlottee Amalie (2) See and shop Red Hook, (3) See Mountain Top, (4) take ferry (foot or car ferry) to St. John Virgin Island, and (5) see owner's guest packet of many more things to see, do, and don't do. Please note: Other than Banana Cabana for breakfast or lunch between Building B and C, no restaurants are located on Sapphire Beach. However, there is a restuarant on adjacent property with extensive restaurants in Redhook, which is 0.7 miles away. Grapevine Restaurant in Sapphire Village ~2 minute walk. (At the time of this writing, Grapevine Restaurant will deliver pizza and full menu to condo unit). At check in, recommend checking for present free shuttles to various restaurants, which varies from month to month and year to year. Too numerous to count restaurants in Red Hook (approximately 0.75 miles away) from Sapphire Beach Resort.) (Taxi’s almost always available at Sapphire Beach Lobby with inexpensive
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The rates listed are my so-called "Rack-rates" for a 4 night stay. However, please contact me by e-mail or call for potentially significant discounts throughout the year. I can offer discounts for stays of 5 days or longer, specific weeks that are less likely to book (e.g. non festival weeks), for reduced number of guests (i.e. 2 or 3 guests), and last minute cancellations. Contact me.