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Gorgeous View, Splendid Renovated Studio, Close to Beach

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Completely Renovated Studio With Views You'll Never Forget!

With its almost 180 degree view of the Caribbean Sea, We Completely Renovated the Studio, stem to stern. We replaced it all - ceilings, ceiling fans, furniture, cabinets, bathroom, kitchen, linens, you name it! It's fresh, squeaky clean and modern. Free WiFi. We are SHIP SHAPE and ready for you!

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John McLeod
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About John McLeod

Cathryn and I married ten years ago, residing in Asheville NC, where I have my business. We love our second home in Sapphire Village, where we stay as often as possible. When 'on island' we attend St Thomas Community Baptist Church (directly across the street from Sugar Bay Resort), rise early to enjoy the beach and pool, dine very well, and continuously marvel at the outrageous view.

John McLeod purchased this studio in 2007

Why John McLeod chose Caribbean

We bought this Studio to share with family and friends. When 'on island,' we love meeting locals and soaking up the lovely Caribbean accent! Everyone is so friendly and ready to help you find your way around. I like to do my walking, jogging and swimming soon after dawn, and Cathryn loves to meet friends and shop in Red Hook. We both enjoy photography excursions to St John, Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Bring your passport for travels to the British Virgin Islands. Meet your neighbors around the pool and at Sapphire Grill. We know you'll love Sapphire as much as we do.

What makes this studio unique

Outrageously beautiful view, quick access to Sapphire Beach, secure gated community with two pools maintained daily. We have on site condo property management, and a dedicated crew that maintains the Caribbean landscaping. Easy access to beaches, shopping and restaurants around the island. Hop on a Safari (an open-air taxi) at the entrance to the Village for a dollar ride to Red Hook, or Tutu Park Mall for all your provisions at KMart and Plaza Extra, new Walgreen's pharmacy grocery. Another grocery store is Food Mart less than a ten minute drive. Two dollars will buy your hilly ride to Charlotte Amalie - the heart of town on colorful St Thomas - gateway to all the tourist attractions dangles before you. Sapphire Marina offers day sailing (we can personally recommend the 'Northwind'), jet-skiing, deep-sea fishing and sunset tours. The dive shop on Sapphire Beach rents lounge chairs, or take the ones we provide, snorkel equipment and kayaks. Hamburgers, fries and drinks from Sapphire Bar & Grill at the beach or from VI Slice next to the pool! Your Studio balcony faces northeast, so it's always draped with pleasing indirect sunlight... perfect for morning coffees, watching seagulls and sailboats glide gracefully over clear blue waters, and stunning Caribbean sunsets. Quite often you can hear the wind whistling low through sailboat masts in the marina. This is the most attractive Studio in all of Sapphire Village: uncluttered, clean, fresh... 'easy on the eyes.' You might not want to leave!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This unit has everything you need for a great vacation and the owners are very attentive. Unit is perfect for one or two people - I stayed two weeks. Safe place, many owners live in the complex. This updated unit is located on the top floor (one flight of stairs) of the Dominica building which is on the Sapphire Marina. You can take day trips to other islands via several of these boats.The pool and grill/bar is adjacent to the building. The balcony overlooks the Marina and has very nice patio furniture - not plastic. Nicely furnished, queen bed, 2 person dinette table, a large flat screen television, DVD player, fully stocked kitchenette, beach chairs, beach towels, cooler, snorkeling gear and free Wi-Fi. Also, it was nice to have items stocked upon arrival to get you started such as coffee filters, soap, sunscreen, toilet paper, etc. The office with laundry is steps away. Parking is conveniently in front of building. You're a short walk from Sapphire Beach. You're just minutes from Red Hook via taxi (10-15 min walk) where there's everything from shopping, restaurants, bars, and you can get the ferry to St. John which is a must!
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St. Thomas Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Like the rest of the Studio... completely renovated! Very nice.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This is a Studio, so there is not a separate bedroom.
  • This is a Studio; so, there is not a separate bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Gorgeous View, Splendid Renovated Studio, Close to Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Would come back

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place. Loved the view over the marina. Watched the boats go out every morning and watched them come back in the evening . Place was very clean. Great to have the snorkeling gear, used it every day.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place overall

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed staying at this property. It is exactly as it is shown. There is security and being in a gated community made me feel very safe. It was easy to find parking in front of the unit and the walk wasn't very far from the parking lot. As for the actual condo, it is clean and well kept. The kitchen is very well supplied with plenty of pots and pans. The stove works really well and there is a full size sink with plenty of lighting. The owner had plenty of spices for cooking which was nice and plenty of dishtowels and paper towels. The bed was comfortable and there were plenty of pillows. The TV does have cable but only about 15-20 channels (no ESPN strangely) and it was fuzzy for some reason. The Wi-Fi however is great, to the point where it worked in the parking lot area. The bathroom is nice and the sink is very large and there is a large amount of storage there. The owner has provided about 8 towels and 4 beach towels which is very generous. Most condos that I have rented were stingy on towels. The furniture was comfortable and the view from the balcony is awesome. The curtains in the main room are very sheer and don't provide much help shielding the morning sun. I wish they were a bit thicker so we could have slept in a bit more. The sun rises at like 5:45AM and the room is awfully bright by 6AM. The AC works very well and if you are out all day and you come back it only takes about 1-2 hours to cool down the entire unit. I left it on overnight and woke up feeling cold, so it works very well. The owner also provides two coolers and three beach chairs which is great for taking to the beach (and pool noodles and snorkeling equipment too). We would get chicken salad and other snacks from Moe's when we went to the beach so we didn't have to buy lunch. Eating out is very expensive so it was nice to have the large coolers the owner provided. I appreciated being provided 2 coolers and three chairs as that is a rarity in condo rentals. There is laundry right across the parking lot from the unit, but it costs $3.50 for a wash and $1.50 for a dry. Red Hook is only 3 minutes by car and there are many good restaurants nearby such as Fish Tales and Pesce and from 4-7pm most places in Red Hook have some type of happy hour. You are also very close to the car and passenger ferry to St. John as well. The car ferry runs until 6:15pm on St. John so you can stay there most of the day easily and check out all of the beaches on St. John.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on the island and thoroughly enjoyed this studio condo. It was perfect for our needs. The view is beautiful and Sapphire Beach was spectacular. Red Hook is close enough to catch the ferry, get groceries, or enjoy meals out. It is also close to other great beaches. We were also able to take advantage of the on-site pool restaurant, Slice, which is reasonably priced and serves great food. We also enjoyed using the outdoor BBQ available to Sapphire Village residents. John and Cathryn prepared a great reference book for help and advice for transportation, activities, local vendors and restaurants, etc. The condo was stocked with all the beach essentials - towels, chairs, ice chest, snorkel & fins, etc. We will return!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing experience and I can't recommend this property, and the owners, enough. The property is in an incredibly convenient location near Red Hook. Adjacent to the condo is a marina with fun, affordable charters within a 2 minute walk from the front door, and just walk up the hill to a 5 minute safari truck ride into Red Hook where you can take the ferry to Saint John. Red Hook also has some very good restaurants, we particularly recommend Fish Tails and The Tap and Still. Past the marina is Sapphire Beach (a 4 minute walk from the condo), with great swimming and snorkeling.

The condo is very comfortable, well equipped, and spacious for an efficiency. John has done a wonderful job of outfitting the condo with the items travelers would need on a beach vacation, particularly with coolers, beach chairs, and towels. There are plenty of kitchen utensils and appliances for cooking if you don't want to have to pay to eat out for every meal.

Once again, we highly recommend the property and its owners.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Clean, everything we needed!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Ten days in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, I can’t say enough good things about the hospitality of John McLeod. As I flew to St. Thomas on August 8, the day Delta Airlines had their worldwide outage, my two flights were both delayed by several hours. I didn’t arrive at Sapphire Village until 9:00 pm. After a day of rough travel, I was pleasantly surprised to find that John had stocked the kitchen with breakfast goodies as he knew I would arrive too late in the day to grocery shop.

Unit 182 in the Domenica Building has everything anyone could want or need for their vacation; a spectacular view from the balcony, a beautiful pool nearby, and a gorgeous beach for those who want to snorkel the reef or just enjoy the water. As chaise lounges are no longer for rent on the beach, the unit has two beach chairs for your use. The unit is on the third floor but with only one flight of stairs.

The kitchen is stocked with all the necessary appliances; the bed is comfortable; and, it is only a 5-10 minute walk to the beach. Beach towels are even provided.

A car is not necessary unless you plan to drive the island. You can take the safari bus for $1 to downtown, or a taxi ride to Red Hook is only $5.00.

As a fish lover, I got my fill at these Red Hook restaurants: Pesce’s, Fish Tails, and Molly Molone’s. Had some delicious grilled grouper and mahi mahi. For food shopping, there is Moe’s Market (formerly Marina Market) which has a large selection, a wine department, and an excellent salad bar. Prices are high compared to the States, but you have to remember everything is shipped in.

A return trip to St. Thomas is a must and I highly recommend staying at John McLeod’s Unit 182 in the Domenica Building.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeanne, thank you so much for your review. Just a note: you can rent chaise lounges from the "Dive Shop/Water Sports Center" right at the beach; they charge (as of August 2016) $9.00 per day, per lounge... and that's why we also provide you with beach chairs.
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
VI Slice by the pool.
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Red Hook
Nearest Restaurant
VI Slice by the pool.
Car: recommended

Location, location, location! 1 minute walk to laundry, 1.5 minutes to pool, 2 minute drive to Red Hook (restaurants/bars, Ferry Terminal, 3 minutes to marina, 4 minutes to Sapphire beach, 6 minutes to Coki beach and Coral World, 8 minutes to Tutu Park Mall (KMart and Grocery), 25 minutes to Charlotte Amalie (Shopping, Havensight Mall, restaurants, Yacht Haven Grande for upscale shopping and more restaurants, another 5 minutes to Frenchtown.

Pick up a copy of 'This Week' magazine in the baggage area of the airport, includes maps and everything else you want to know in the month you are here!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Damage Deposit $250

Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed.
We'll send the key, after your second payment has been confirmed by VRBO.
Cancellation Policy - First payment is non-refundable. Balance is refundable up to 60 days before your Check-In.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.