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Loveliest Condo at Crystal Cove - Fantastic Reviews - Irma Recovery Update

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

1 bd-2 bth, sleeps 5, 1 king, 2 twin murphy beds, daybed on request; free wifi

Enjoy Delightful Tropical Decor - Cool Breezes - Soft Sand - Crystal Clear Waters

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Come to one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches not even 200 steps from your front door. White sandy beach graced by seagrape trees. Spectacular panorama of Caribbean islands from Jost van Dyke to Tortola to St. John. Crystal clear water. Our spacious deluxe one-bedroom apartment is clean and brightly furnished in Caribbean style for island living. Small private garden. Beautiful tropical decor.


Licensed by the USVI Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs - License #1-672-2L


IRMA RECOVERY UPDATE: Crystal Cove was not visibly damaged by Irma, and our unit had no damage at all. The complex does have some damage to certain systems, now operating on backup until they are repaired. Gratefully, all employees are safe. Contractors are already on site (this written Sept. 13) determining next steps to bring all regular systems back on line. The generator for the office and common grounds is operating; security lighting is running. Some permanent residents are back in their homes. Our staff is working hard. Islandwide, power is gradually being restored. Airport expects to open to commercial flights Sept. 16. We are planning to travel to St. Thomas in October to take care of any needs and fully expect to be ready for our winter visitors. If you have other questions, please contact us. We will update soon.

PARADISE DEFINED: It's an experience of beauty and relaxation you won't forget. Great snorkeling right off our beach, the home of sea turtles, coral, a countless variety and abundance of reef fish, rays and more. Take a look at the photos here and in the photo album on our own website by clicking on the section just below the rates that says 'Links to More Information.'

SPACIOUS UPDATED FIRST FLOOR APARTMENT: Our first-floor apartment at Crystal Cove (also known as Sapphire Bay Condominiums West--not the Sapphire Resort) directly on Sapphire Beach is almost 1000 square feet. There is a very comfy king-size bed in the bedroom; two comfortable side-by-side twin Murphy beds in the living room. A daybed is complimentary upon request. Included are two full bathrooms, one with glass-block shower and one with tub, fully stocked with bathroom towels and beach towels too. Our kitchen is fully equipped with a stove, refrigerator, small appliances, microwave, dishes, tableware and cooking utensils. Spacious dining table. Central air conditioning. Ceiling fans. Washer/dryer in the apartment. All bed linens, kitchen towels, pot holders, etc., are provided.

OTHER EQUIPMENT and SERVICES: Free wifi. TVs (cable) in the living room and bedroom and a DVD player in the living. We also have a nice collection of movies complimentary upon request to our manager. For your convenience, a washer/dryer is right inside the unit. No need to use the coin-operated complex equipment.

CONVENIENT TO EVERYTHING: We are just one mile from the village of Red Hook with its shops and ferry terminal. Choose dining in or out. Many popular restaurants and a complete grocery market are nearby, within a 10-minute drive. From the Red Hook ferry terminal, you can take day excursions to St. John and the British Virgin Islands of Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Or have dinner and watch the sunset from St. John. Then take the 20-minute ferry back.

ACTIVITIES GALORE: Our beach attendant will set up your complimentary beach lounge or chair and make sure you are comfortable. There is a dive shop right next door as well as a marina for booking watersports, sport fishing, ski jets, parasailing, day trips to other islands and more.

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS: Crystal Cove is a private, gated community with on-premise security. Parking is just outside the back door. If you don't want to rent a car, taxis are also easily called, and the local $1/$2 safari-style bus that circles the island stops at the end of the driveway.

CONTINUOUS UPDATING: We personally live in and check on our condo four or five times a year and make sure everything is in excellent condition. We regularly replace any items that have seen better days.

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE: Housekeeping service every three days. Local manager on premises or nearby every day. You will have her contact info.

OPTIONAL EXTRA SERVICES: Our on-site manager, a trusted and well-respected local resident, offers these additional services:

• Transportation from and to the airport

• Food shopping before you arrive or accompanying you to food shop during your stay

• Personal food preparation and cleanup

* Baby needs for a small fee: standard size crib, high chair, Pack ‘n’ Play

• Babysitting

PERSONALIZED, CUSTOMIZED SERVICE -- JUST ASK. We prefer arranging payment directly via personal check or Zelle to keep our rates as low as possible. We also accept PayPal for a 3% transaction fee as well as wire transfer. You will truly feel as if you are in Paradise.

A FINAL WORD: When we chat with people who have traveled to many islands, including the Hawaiian and South Pacific islands, and decided to make their life in St. Thomas, we ask them "why?" They say "we think this is the best place in the world." We agree.

Our condo unit is licensed by the USVI Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs - License #1-672-2L

Keywords: Condominium, condo, apartment, Sapphire Beach

More Details

Nancy Giges
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About Nancy Giges

We first visited St. Thomas on our honeymoon. When our daughter chose a destination wedding here in 2002, we knew we had to introduce others to the beautiful island with its beautiful people and to Crystal Cove. Our guests love many of the same things we do: the sun, peaceful beach, friendly locals and relaxed lifestyle. Not to mention great shopping and lots of outdoor activities.

Nancy Giges purchased this condo in 2004

Why Nancy Giges chose East End

THE BEACH! THE BEACH! THE BEACH! When we returned to St. Thomas after many years, our trip reminded us how much we loved the island. We looked at almost every condo complex on a beach on St. Thomas and chose Crystal Cove first and foremost because of Sapphire Beach. Our guests, young and old, like the low-key atmosphere and casual living. It took a year to completely gut the interior, remodel and refurnish. And we continually refresh and update on our frequent trips, about four or five times each year. Furnishings and decor are continually updated/replaced to stay fresh and colorful. As you probably already know, St. Thomas is part of the U.S., uses U.S. currency and the U.S. postal service.

What makes this condo unique

Our guests --please take a look at our many reviews - feel right at home in our place whether staying for a week or an extended period of time. They tell us they appreciate the personal attention they receive from us and the personal service they receive from our local manager. They enjoy all that the island offers, entertainment, shopping, day trips to other islands, water sports, dining in and dining out at the many different restaurants on the island or just lazing on the beach enjoying a good book. What can be better than waking up to a beautiful beach, beautiful weather and beautiful experiences. The excellent staff of our complex takes extraordinary pride in the care they take of the property.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great week here in St. Thomas. The condo was the perfect getaway yet close to town. XO's was our favorite food by far. We sailed with Captain Max and went diving with Red Hook Dive Center. I would highly recommend both. The beach and views here were amazing. We loved the comforts of home that your condo provides. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 2015
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Estate Smith Bay Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Updated ensuite to master. Stationary + hand-held shower.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Updated. Large walk-in glass block-enclosed shower.
  • Two bright full bathrooms with lots of mirrors, fully stocked with towels, soap, toilet tissue, hair dryers. Plenty of room for your personal toiletries in cabinets.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Good quality comfy mattress. Less than 3 yrs old. TV.
    In living room - 2 murphy bed , Comfy twin murphys. Add single day bed upon request. Free.
  • Good quality comfy mattresses in both rooms. Daybed for a fifth person is complimentary upon request in advance. Baby crib, portable crib, high chair available for a small fee from local manager. Please request in advance. Maximum occupancy is five.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 5 beach chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Three ceiling fans, board games, radio, floor safe in the hall closet to store valuables, housekeeping. Complex has two lighted tennis courts, complimentary chaise lounges and chairs (on beach and at pool), beach attendant, convenient parking just outside back patio, taxis readily available by phone, local open-air (safari-style) $2 bus stops at end of driveway to complex. Private gated community with security. Optional grocery shopping service ($25 fee for having your choice of groceries in the condo when you arrive); food preparation service and private car service from and to airport or for touring also available upon request. Local manager on premises. Housekeeping every three days is included. Great ecological tours on St. John, only 20 minutes by ferry.


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Loveliest Condo at Crystal Cove - Fantastic Reviews - Irma Recovery Update
average rating of 5.0 based on 70 reviews
Fort Smith, ARK

Awesome condo, steps from the beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at crystal cove on sapphire beach. The condo was just as advertised- well equipped, very comfortable for a family of four with teenagers. It is steps away from the beautiful ocean with very good snorkeling. We snorkeled a lot and sapphire beaches snorkeling was as good as everywhere else. We enjoyed listening to live music on the beach and it was nice that it wasn't at all crowded! The owners were very accommodating and responsive. We did ask for shopping to be done before we got there which was a nice feature- overall we were very pleased with our experience!!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope you will come back again soon! Thank you for sharing your experience with others.
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Beautifully Appointed Condo at Crystal Cove and Sapphire Beach

  • 5 of 5

Just getting settled back in from a late flight last night and already miss the lovely condo we stayed at Crystal Cove and Sapphire Beach. This was a super clean and well appointed condo unit and best of all, there were two separate bathrooms. The unit is very large with a separate front entry area that greets you with two fantastic and comfortable wicker chairs and ottomans to settle in and look out over the bird pond and Sapphire Beach in the distance. The living room area was very comfortable when settling in for a quiet evening and watching TV or listening to music or checking out a good book and DVD provided with the condo. The kitchen is large and there is a full size refrigerator and stove. All the kitchen needs are fully provided and in good working condition. There was ample storage in the hallway closets and plenty of towels both bathroom towels as well as beach towels provided. The bedroom was large as was the very large bed and it had a full on-suite bathroom. The stackable washer and dryer also came in handy. Norma who is the onsite property manager greeted us upon arrival and was very friendly and helpful. The only thing we forgot to check was the safe in the bedroom closet as it was closed and we could not use it and Norma was not sure how to open it. Also would have been nice to have beach chairs provided for day trips to other beaches and perhaps they were but we could not locate them. There is also a back door entry and private gated small back yard with a BBQ if you like to cook on the grill though we did not on this particular stay. Sapphire Beach is just steps away down a walking path and beach chairs are provided at that location and made available at not cost to renters at Crystal Cove. In summary, we HIGHLY recommend this property not only for a romantic couples getaway but also for a family with children given all the storage space and the two bathrooms. We would even recommend it for elderly as the unit is located on the ground level, is spacious, and easy to move around.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you seem to enjoy our place in paradise as much as we do. And thanks for your wonderful review. Hope you come back again soon.
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Paradise at Crystal Cove

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from another fabulous stay at Crystal Cove. From the time we booked until the time we came home everything was perfect. Nancy was quick to respond to any questions we had. Upon our arrival everything was open, ready and clean just waiting for us. Norma was helpful, efficient and friendly! What ever we needed she took care of right away. We are already planning our trip for next year. Thank you for making our vacation one to remember.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and for sharing your experience so that others can be assured that they will have a great time.
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Beautiful condo on the BEST beach in St. Thomas

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a very relaxing week at Crystal Cove. D5 is very comfortable, and well equipped. The white tile floors, counters, and the updated bathrooms are a plus. The furniture is very comfortable and the view from the chairs facing the beach is so peaceful... It is just steps to the BEST beach!

The wifi is excellent! Definitely recommend this condo!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay in our place and are letting others know about it. Hope you will come back again soon.
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Beautiful and peaceful location in St Thomas

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a week relaxing and exploring both St Thomas and St John. This unit was a great place to use as a base for all that we were able to do. Quiet and peaceful for just relaxing too. Very clean and organized, exactly as advertised. Norma helped us with any and all the information we ever needed. The beautiful beach is just a couple of minutes away, never very crowded and very relaxing. Wishing we had stayed for 2 weeks!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed your stay - and that you found everything as advertised - do come again!
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New York, NY

Beautful condo & amazing experience in St. Thomas!

  • 5 of 5

I took my girlfriend to St. Thomas for our anniversary and we wanted a place near the beach. I looked at the pictures of this condo and it looked perfect. We also love to cook so we wanted a nice kitchen. This unit was perfect, clean and cozy. We had everything we needed there and it was so nice to relax, take a short walk to the beach and snorkel and cook/grill breakfast, lunch and dinner. The beach is definitely the nicest beach on the island and not overly crowded which we loved. It was so nice to be near the dollar taxi too to take us to the ferry and into Red Hook for the restaurants, bars and markets since we didn't rent a car. I would highly recommend this place to anyone! It's perfect for two couples or a family. I can't wait to get back for another anniversary!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Cyril E. King Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Red Hook (and restaurants); also next door
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Red Hook, to St. John and British Virgin Islands
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Mahogany Run
Nearest Beach
Sapphire Beach -- on the beach
Car: not necessary

So conveniently located: Coral World Ocean Park, an interactive aquarium and water-sports center, is close by. Skyride to Paradise Point nearby. Marina next door and nearby where boats for hire leave for trips to other nearby islands, St. John and the British Virgin Islands of Jost Van Dyke, Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Fantastic duty-free shopping downtown. Just a mile away is the Red Hook area for shopping and restaurants and where ferry leaves for St. John and other islands. Golf at Mahogany Run about 5 miles away. Best location for best beaches. Ferry to St. John for dinner and/or shopping (different from St. Thomas) is just a mile away and takes 20 minutes. Enjoy a fantastic dinner and return at sunset for an unbelievable experience.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Damage Insurance $59

Renter pays any payment transaction fees, such as 3% if paying by PayPal or any transfer fees from their own financial institution. Licensed by the USVI Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs - License #1-672-2L

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.