This was our 4th visit to St. Thomas and we have found our permanent place of return! We will look no more! Where to start. Max! She was so accomodating and helpful from our arrivial to departure and every day in-between, she and her husband Chris made sure we had what we needed to make this our best experience on St. Thomas yet. We originally booked a week at Bluebeard Castel Resort and wanted to add a few days on the front of our week stay on St. Thomas and Lion's Gate is what we booked. We liked it so much that when we arrived at our timeshare, and were disapointed after such beautiful views, and great location at Lion's Gate, that we contacted Max to return and stayed in her 2nd accommodation, the Cottage, making our 11 day vacation completely perfect! Both places have such comfort and charm. The decks, I could stay all day just on the patio and decks. I did find I spent more time taking pictures and watching the ocean views than reading. We like to prepare our own meals and found the kitchen adequate for our needs. Why eat in a restaurant when we had the veiws and perfect setting at Lion's Gate! We always rent a vehicle when on St. Thomas as we like to go to the different beaches. We ferry the car over to St. John's, just a 20 min. ride and we are on a new Island to explore and enjoy our favorite beach of Trunk Bay. We did take walks down the hill and over to Sapphire Beach. We also walked down to the grocery store at the bottom of the hill from Lion's Gate. Red Hook Dock is right at the bottom of the hill and you can take the boats or Ferries from there. It is a steep hill climb back to Lion's Gate, but doable, you can take it at your own speed. We booked a sailboat trip with Max during the week. Perfect! They watched the winds and the waves and took us to the best places for the conditions. We loved sailing with Max and Andrew. He showed us so many things 'under the sea' that we had missed before, brought them up to the surface for us to hold and handle. We saw a spotted Eagle Ray, puffer fish, turtles and a Moray eel as well as the regular sea fish we normally see snorkeling in the Virgin Islands. It was so nice to have our own personal guide to teach us the things we'd been missing! An added suprize and bonus was receiving the pictures he had taken with his pro camera and then emailed to us at no extra charge, a rarity in the tourist industry. It was a great day! We can totally recommend Lion's Gate to anyone!