About the property
- Villa1100 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Corner Villa, 1 Bedroom + 2 Convertible Queen beds, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)
After many long are ready!
We were very bless with no storm damage, except landscaping, to our home. The power is back! We have replaced all of the furniture and bedding!
Stunning video of Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina!
As they travel the beach, B build is the fourth building shown.
FROM A LONG TIME RENTER:
I have been going to Sapphire Beach for about 20 years. It is my guaranteed good weather, fun getaway on an annual basis. I’ve mostly stayed at one of the Parkes’ condominiums either at the beach or overlooking the harbor (a short, pleasant walk from the beach). The condos themselves are beautiful and well-furnished in tasteful island décor, made the more so by Barbara, co-hostess. The kitchen, baths and master suite are to die for and can accommodate the guests with two separate sleep sofas as well, if needed.
The beach itself is clean, white sand with an expansive view of the entire bay, the ships and St John, a short ferry ride away (for down-home shopping and snorkeling and dining treats). There is great snorkeling right at Sapphire as well. The Sapphire Beach community also has a sport hut for snorkel gear and fish food. There is ample food and drink accessibility through the Banana Cabana which makes sunning the more enjoyable on chaises by the water or under the row of shade trees. You can relax at either venue easily and comfortably. Or you can use the pool between the beach and the harbor if you prefer. It is equally lovely and the island breezes keep you refreshed, along with the occasional dip in either the pool or the sea.
I also treasure the day sail and fishing adventures from the local boats at the harbor there. They range from hosting two people to dozens of guests, depending on size of the boat, but all are enjoyable. Meals and drinks are served on board, and some take you through the British Virgin Islands to view the “Baths” on Virgin Gorda or to the famous “Soggy Dollar” seaside bar.
Then too, just down the hill, is the local town of Red Hook which boasts great dining, shopping (not crowded as it is in downtown Charlotte Amalie) and a huge fishing boat harbor. All in all, Sapphire Beach is ideal for a vacation and is ideally located. I love it and am headed back again in November. Can’t wait.
DETAILS: This totally renovated, 1100 square foot, 2 story, corner unit, condo with wrap around balcony on each floor. The unit is located in the B building. Only 50' to the best part of Sapphire Beach for swimming. Your view is spectacular from the private balconies. Your view includes St. John, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Hans Lollick, and several cays. Most special is the colors of the crystal clear sapphire blue water.
The lower floor has a full kitchen, with a convection microwave oven, sitting area, bar, flat screen TV, queen sleep sofa, full bath.
The top floor features wood cathedral ceilings. There is a new king size bed, TV, a sitting area with a queen size sleep sofa, desk and full bath.
The unit has central air conditioning, cable, ceiling fans, wi-fi, and a nearby multi level pool.
A fully equipped dive shop has snorkel gear, they can arrange scuba excursions, offer floats, windsurfing lessons, and kayak rentals. You can also enjoy a game of beach volleyball on the sandy beach.
The marina at Sapphire Beach offers day cruises including snorkeling excursions, trips to the BVI, and deep-sea fishing. You have a choice of power, or sail boats. You can also rent a jet ski or go parasailing.
Restaurants nearby offer everything from Italian, Mexican, fresh fish, pub food, and local favorites Marina Market in Red Hook is conveniently located and there is also a supermarket (The Food Center) further down the road where you can find a wider selection.
If you don't want to leave the beach, there is also a small refreshment stand between buildings B&C at Sapphire serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, soft drinks, beer and tropical drinks(hours: 11AM-4PM).
Sapphire Grill located at Sapphire Village is a short walk away.
Golfing enthusiasts can play at nearby Mahogany Run, and challenge the 'devils triangle'.
Tiffany Higginson - Owner's daughter
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- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Tiffany Higginson - Owner's daughter
I AM AN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR FOR A FIRM IN UPPER STATE NEW YORK AND SO ENJOY THE WARMTH IN ST. THOMAS DURING THE VERY COLD NEW YORK WINTERS.
Tiffany Higginson - Owner's daughter purchased this Villa in 1991
Why Tiffany Higginson - Owner's daughter chose Estate Smith Bay
OUR DAUGHTER WAS CHRONICALLY ILL WITH SEVER ASTHMA (AND A NURSE REGISTERED IN 48 STATES) FOUND THE CARIBBEAN AIR EASIER TO BREATH. WE BOUGHT THE CONDO FOR HER TO LIVE IN WHILE WORKING AT THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS HOSPITAL. HOWEVER, JUST BEFORE HER MOVE TO USVI SHE HAD AN ASTHMA ATTACK THAT TOOK HER LIFE, AT THE AGE OF 32. IN HER MEMORY OUR WHOLE FAMILY DECIDED TO KEEP THE PLACE AND ENJOY THE AREA SHE LOVED.
What makes this Villa unique
OUR CONDOS ARE BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED, 50' FROM THE BEACH (AND ANOTHER 50' FROM THE HARBOR), LARGE WRAP AROUND PORCHES, GLASS TOP PATIO TABLES, DINE AT THE BEACH, VIEWING THE BEACH OR IN THE CONDOS.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Absolutely beautiful! Views are breathtaking! Lots to do right onsite. Family loved it!
The condo is very nice and up to date with amenities. The balcony makes the place! Can't believe the view until you actually see it! Wifi is great (make sure you get the right password, the office had given us the incorrect one so we were without wifi for 2 days waiting for service). Condo has plenty of seating and a good supply in the kitchen (a can opener would be a great addition). Place was kept clean by service throughout the week (would be a plus to get daily clean towels and washcloths instead of every other day). Having chairs, snorkeling gear, and towels available was great! Nice beach bar, marina, and water sport rental right on grounds with a beautiful pool as well. We intended to do much more sightseeing than we did because we all just wanted to hang on the gorgeous beach that was right in front of our condo and there was plenty to do right there! I would definitely stay again and again and again! My entire family (ranging in ages from 16-72) loved it!
Beautiful views, tasteful accommodations
The condo was situated on the corner which was AWESOME! Decor was nice, beachy and tasteful. The entire property would be EXCEPTIONAL if the pool bar and restaurant worked WITH the condos to provide a full service facility.
This place is amazing! The condo is very beautiful and the views from both floors are unbelievable. It's like your in paradise. Just sitting on the balconies looking at the beautiful water and the other islands is so relaxing. Then to get snorkel gear from the office and swim out to grass flats where the sea turtles and spotted manta rays can be found or over to the rocks for the beautiful coral and tropical fish. Everything you need is right there. The pool is so nice and the grill restaurant food was very tasty. There are a lot of good restaurants close. We would definitely come back to this place. Tiffany, the owners daughter responded within 2 minutes when we had a situation. She was great to work with.
Our family of 4 stayed March 2017 during Spring Break. The view is absolutely wonderful, especially on the 2nd level. The until was very clean, which is a big deal for us. It is small but we managed with 2 teenage boys and I would definitely do it again. We were so rarely in the room. My only complaint was the lack of an ice chest and a laundry basket. The ice chest was the biggest deal because we had to go out and spend $50 on one! We had to leave it behind, I hope the owners will keep it around for the next guest to use.
Condo in a great location
We stayed here for 3 nights as a family: my husband & I, & our 4 children (ages 15, 12, 8, 3).
I'll start with the positives: The location of this villa is wonderful! The view is much more beautiful than the pictures capture! We were able to walk right down to the beach (barefooted if we wanted) from the condo. The convenience of that is SO amazing! The beach is beautiful & the snorkeling is great! The condo was clean and had clean towels.
Next, the negatives: Upon our arrival, it was late (11:00pm), it was dark, & we hard a hard time locating the check-in area. Our notes said that it would be clearly marked, but it's not. We couldn't get wifi & the front office said they didn't know the password. We ended up texting the owners daughter (Tiffini) & she did text us right back with the password. It would have been better if it was printed & placed somewhere that is easily noticed. This is an old condo, & it could use some TLC. The tap water ran brownish from time to time, not sure why. We opened the sliding screen door, & the whole thing fell off the track. (The next day we told the front desk about it, & they said they would take care of it --- they never did) The water in the main floor shower constantly changed from hot to cold when we used it (we didn't use the upstairs shower). Also, the pull out beds are inflatable mattresses (never seen that before). We didn't know that they were inflatable until we discovered it on the second night. Some of the dishes were not clean, so we chose to wash everything before we used it. The master bath toilet seat was not fastened on securely. Many of these things could easily be fixed with just some time & attention, & I would also suggest the owner make an instruction page & place it visibly in the house with a few of these things on it - that would easily correct some of the other problems. The walls are thin & do not muffle noise well at all, (We could hear the people next to us, early into the morning hours).
I want to say that overall, we did enjoy the 3 days that we stayed here. Again, the location was terrific & we spent most all of our time outside at the beach, or enjoying the views from the deck. The condo was just "fair" for our liking. It was older than we had expected & it definitely could use attention to the maintenance & upkeep. The owners daughter (Tiffani) is great & gave us some good suggestions & recommendations.
Thank you for staying in our unit at Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina, and enjoying the corner unit with its great views.
I am also so sorry about the issues you experienced. I am talking to the check-in desk today with these concerns and will have them looked at carefully, and monitored regularly. I thank you very much for bringing these to our attention. The reason the password is not posted in the unit is that it would be all over the beach for everyone to use.
The brown water that comes from the pipes is just the island's utility company supplying the water. That is just the Virgin Islands problem.
Magnificent view in a comfortable villa
This renovated Sapphire Beach resort villa is superlative with lovely views from both balconies in the main room as well as master bedroom. The high tables and chairs are conducive to enjoying the ocean views and outside chaises great for sunning and reading. The kitchen was well equipped and everything in great condition. A shame the common elements like pool and restaurants are closed but the villa and ocean are wonderful! The snorkeling at Sapphire is the best on the island and the proximity to the town of Red Hook very practical for enjoying an evening out or ferry to neighboring St. John.
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Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Cleaning fee quoted here is based on maximum occupancy of 6, for a 4 night stay. More cleanings are required if stay is 5 or more days. A discount may be given if only 2 guest are staying in our home.