BEACH FRONT VILLA WITH DOWN ISLAND VIEW - PRICELESS!

John Vicher

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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BEACH FRONT VILLA WITH DOWN ISLAND VIEW - PRICELESS!

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1 BR, 2 BA, sleeps 6

Enjoy morning coffee or have breakfast on one of the two balconies as you watch the sun rise over the BVI.

Afterwards, don your bathing suits and grab your beach towels to enjoy the two-level pool directly below your condo or spend the day under the sea grape trees that line the beach. Snorkel on the reef directly off the beach (you’ll see coral, topical fish and possibly a sea turtle or ray), or wind surf, kayak or paddleboat.

Beach toys are available at the fully equipped dive shop on the beach. You can also enjoy a game of beach volleyball or tennis on the 4 tennis courts on the property. And the beautiful Mahogany Run golf course is 20 minutes away. Wrap up your day back on the balcony sipping a beverage as you look out on the moon over the ocean.

The Unit: Your 900 sq. ft. two-story villa sleeps up to 6 comfortably, whether they be family or friends. It features a Caribbean décor in an open floor plan, with cathedral ceilings upstairs. The lower floor consists of a fully equipped kitchenette, dining area, and sitting area with a TV and queen size sofa/bed.

Upstairs there is a king size bed, TV, and another sitting area with a queen size sofa/bed. Both floors have a private balcony with a fabulous down-island view. There is a full bathroom on both floors.

A short walk to the marina at Sapphire Beach offers day cruises including snorkeling excursions, trips to the BVI, deep-sea fishing and scuba diving. Some boats are power, some are sail. You can also rent a jet ski or go parasailing. Check at the concierge desk in the front lobby for details.

Red Hook (small town 1/2 mile away): Breakfast, lunch or dinner can be enjoyed after a 5-minute taxi ride into Red Hook at one of the many restaurants. Menus range from burgers and fries to exotic Caribbean seafood dishesMalone’s on the waterfront (it’s one of our favorites). There is also a modern supermarket (The Food Center) where you can provision up if you prefer to eat at home. 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-5PM).

Plan on taking the 20-minute ferry ride out of Red Hook to Cruz Bay, St. John’s main town, for shopping, a tour of the island or snorkeling in Trunk Bay with it’s underwater reef markers which describe the coral. The last time we took the ferry it was $6/person each way. You can also catch a ferry to Tortola or Virgin Gorda in the BVI from Red Hook (bring your passport, you will have to clear customs).

Charlotte Amalie (USVI Capital): The 20-minute taxi ride is well worth the trip to Charlotte Amalie to explore the narrow streets called allies or gades for even more eating and duty free shopping. For additional shopping, try the newly built upscale Yacht Harbor Grande or Havensight where the cruise ships dock. There is also a “vendo's market” offering inexpensive t-shirts, handbags, island jewelry and artifacts and more. If shopping’s not your thing, explore the many historical landmark buildings through out Charlotte Amalie.

Other things to do include a trip to Mountain Top, the highest point on the island for one of their “world famous” banana daiquiris and spectacular views of Magen’s Bay and beyond, the Coral World aquarium (about 10 minute from Sapphire), the Sky Ride gondola ride to Paradise Point above the cruise ship dock. Paradise Point offers panoramic views of Charlotte Amalie.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • smoking allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

John Vicher

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My wife Jane and I grew up in the Midwest and first visited the Caribbean on our honeymoon over 30 years ago when we visited 5 islands in the course of a month. We traveled by ferryboat and small inter island airplanes from Granada in the south to St. Croix in the north. Since then we have traveled extensively through out the islands. In 1987 we decided to look for a “foot hold” in the Caribbean. After searching through out the Virgin Islands, both British and US, we decided on St. Thomas because of its combination of hustle and bustle cosmopolitanism and laid back solitude. We also considered the safety of US government ownership.

John Vicher purchased this condo in 1994

After looking at dozens of properties during several visits to St. Thomas we finally decided on Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina. We chose Sapphire because of it’s beautiful white sand beach with it’s gorgeous “down island” view of St. John and the BVI. We also liked the amenities on the property such as the two level swimming pool, tennis courts, beautifully landscaped grounds, convenient parking and marina offering day cruises. We also took into account the convenience of the two restaurants and the dive shop on the property offering every kind of beach toy imaginable.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 26 traveler reviews

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Beach Front Villa with Down Island View - Priceless!
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East End St. Thomas
5

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND STAY HERE!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in this condo at Sapphire Beach for a girls week in March. The review is a little late! We could not have asked for a better trip! The condo is spacious (more than enough space for 5 girls!) and in the PERFECT location! The grounds at Sapphire Beach Resort are beautiful, and we loved having a view of the pool and the ocean. Snorkeling on Sapphire Beach is also top notch - we saw sea turtles two days in a row! In the condo, the breakfast bar on the balcony was a perfect place for us to relax and hang out. We absolutely loved everything about this place! We took a boat trip one day, so we also loved that the condo was so close to the marina.

John could not have been more helpful to us in planning our trip. He was quick to answer all of our questions, and we loved getting recommendations from him about what else we should do on the island. We are already planning our next trip!

We would recommend this condo to anyone who is looking for a great vacation!
  • Submitted: May 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Sarah,
Thank you for the wonderful review. I apologize for taking so long to get back to you but I'm recovering from eye surgey and still can't see my computer screen very well.
In any case you guys are always welcome if you wish to come back. I.m glad I was able to help you with suggestions on things to do. Usually, old men giving young women suggestions on thing to do doesn't work out so well. Thanks again.
Regards,
John
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2ND TIME AROUND

  • 5 of 5
Although this review is late in coming, we are happy to say that our 2nd stay at John's condo provided us again with another "Month in Paradise". The condo's updates - flat screen TV and the bar and stools on the downstairs balcony were a lovely surprise, plus the weather seemed to be nicer than last year (if that's even possible!).
Again, everything was great- the condo was clean and the kitchen had everything we needed for "dining in". We also enjoyed dinners at different restaurants in Red Hook and the Sapphire Grill. The meals to go from Off the Grid, the BBQ truck up the hill were excellent.
If we had any questions about our stay, John always answered them right away. Last year we were at the airport when we called him to book our current stay. This time we didn't wait that long and booked 5 weeks for 2015 before we even finished this vacation. Thank you again John, it truly was wonderful.
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Steve for your sparkling review. I'm so glad that you guys enjoy our condo (and St. Thomas) as much as my wife and I.
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East End St. Thomas
5

WONDERFUL TRIP TO ST THOMAS

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I along with our young adult daughter and friend decided on short notice to take a trip to St Thomas. John, the owner of this VRBO, couldn't have been any more helpful in making our trip possible. He worked with us quickly to make all the arrangements and made sure everything with the condo went smoothly. This condo is clean, well appointed, and on a beautiful beach. The check-in, check-out, beach towels, and beach chair processes were simple and expedient. I would love to stay here again, and would recommend it to anyone!! One final point ... having 2 stories / bathrooms to spread out with 4 adults is magic!
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Doug for your rave review. I'm glad I was able to help with your last minute plans. You guys are welcome back anytime.
Sincerely,
John
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East End St. Thomas
4

DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE!

Didn't want to leave!
  • 4 of 5
Spent 7 nights in John's Condo in building D. The views from both baclonies were spectacular! Enjoyed my morning coffee watching the sunrise from the bedroom balcony. The condo was clean & provided everything we needed for our stay along with new snorkeling equipment. The beach was peaceful with amazing views and awesome snorkeling... we saw turtles, sting rays and a variety of fish. We ventured over to St. John's twice, rented a dingy and explored the island and fabulous beaches. We had good food for dinner at a variety of restaurants including Fish Tales, Latitude 18 (great live music), Lobster Grille and Mim's(Favorite). We had a great lunch from the Barbeque truck at the top of the hill & had pizza delivered to the beach one day. Beach chairs were hard to come by unless you secured one by 7:00 am. John was wonderful to deal with and offered many suggestions. Would love to go back, especially when all the upgrades/renovations are finished. Thanks John!
  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+
Owner's Response: Thank you Mary for the review. I'm glad you guys had a good time. I do everything in my power to try to insure that my guests enjoy themselves. Unfortunately the resort itself needs some work but I assure you that things are being done by the condo owners association to improve conditions at the resort. If you decide to go back in the future I would hope that the buildings will be in better shape. Thanks once again for staying with us.
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5

??? LOVED IT ???

  • 5 of 5
Spent 6 Nights at Sapphire Beach (Wish we could have stayed longer) and loved every minute of it!

The condo was clean and had everything that we needed. (Dishes, utensils, coffee pot, toaster, microwave, ice maker, snorkel gear) We traveled with our 13 year old son and it was nice to have a condo with enough space for everyone. We slept in the upstairs bedroom and my son slept on the pull out sofa bed downstairs. Both beds were really comfortable, and both sleeping/sitting areas have a TV. Having two bathrooms was also a big plus.

The view from either balcony was absolutely stunning! Watching the sunrise/sunsets and feeling the breeze was very relaxing.

The beach at Sapphire was very nice, plenty of chairs available, not many people and the snorkeling was great. Do ask for extra Beach towels upon arrival though. We had a couple of instances that the office was "out" of clean beach towels.

Laundry is available just a short walk to the marina, it was $3.50 for a washer and $3.50 for a dryer. The tokens have to be purchased at the marina, so make sure if you are going to do laundry you purchase your tokens during business hours.

A small beach bar and grill is located on the property but they are not open very late. (possibly close at 4 or 5pm) We didn't eat there but did have a couple of frozen drinks which were very good. Sapphire Bar and Grill is located just up the hill and had live music and decent food. I also think they will deliver to the condo. Other food and nightlife are located just a short drive from the condo in Red Hook. Happy Hour is a must! Most restaurants have specials between 3-6pm, it will save you $$$

Upon our next trip to St. Thomas we will be staying here again. John was great to deal with, gave us lots of suggestions/tips, and was very understanding when our travel plans changed due to winter weather.

Thanks again John! We had a great time!
  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Sabrina and the tip about happy hours at the restaurants in Red Hook. Next time my wife and I are there we will definitely of the savings. I know there is still a lot of work to be done on the resort but I hope that by the time you visit again all the buildings will have been refinished and everything will be open for business.
Regards,
John
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East End St. Thomas
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DIDN'T WANT TO COME HOME

Didn't want to come home
  • 4 of 5
We've been to the VI's a handful of times over the past few years and Sapphire is our lodging of choice when staying on St. Thomas. It's great for families as you have more room to spread out and the option to stock the kitchen, which comes in very handy for those with children. There are other condo resorts on St. Thomas, but trust me, their beaches are not as good as Sapphire's and are not steps from the water like this. John's unit is the largest one we have stayed in at this resort and we loved it. It gave us enough room for separate sleeping arrangements for our children who like to oftentimes torture each other. Our oldest slept on the pull out couch downstairs and the youngest in the adult bedroom on the pullout couch. Having a bathroom upstairs and downstairs was nice as well. The kitchen seemed to be recently updated and much nicer than the unit we previously stayed in.
The only reason we are giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is because we were not able to use either balcony for any of the time we were there. The doors were zip tied from the outside due to construction, so we couldn't even open the doors to get fresh air. The balconies were a draw for us because we like to utilize them at night, hang wet clothes/towels out there, etc., so this was very disappointing. John is great and did warn us that they were doing construction on this building. He asked if we wanted to move to a different building before we went down, but we declined, so this wasn't his fault.
More about John - very nice and reliable to work with. Very responsive and willing to answer whatever questions you may have. We even had an issue regarding our method of payment and he was very easy to work with through that. He called us to follow up after our trip (haven't had time to call back yet :)). Many people communicate only electronically. I liked that he gave it a personal touch by calling me on a few occasions. Highly recommend this unit and would use again.
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kim, for your kind words! Once again, I apologize for you guys not being allowed access to the balconies but I guarantee that, if you decide to return, the sliding glass doors will not be tie wrapped.
Regards,
John
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Car: not necessary

Other Activities: Casino (slot & video machines only-no tables) at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa-10 mins. west on 38.

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East End Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2014
Apr 13 2014 - Aug 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
$235
$1,645
 
 
Fall 2014
Aug 31 2014 - Nov 1 2014
3 night minimum stay
$150
$1,050
 
 
Winter 2014
Nov 2 2014 - Dec 13 2014
3 night minimum stay
$285
$1,995
 
 
Holiday 2014/2015
Dec 14 2014 - Jan 3 2015
3 night minimum stay
$350
$2,450
 
 
Winter/Spring 2015
Jan 4 2015 - Apr 11 2015
3 night minimum stay
$285
$1,995
 
 
Summer 2015
Apr 12 2015 - Aug 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
$235
$1,645
 
 
Fall 2015
Aug 30 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$150
$1,050
 
 
Winter 2015
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 12 2015
3 night minimum stay
$285
$1,995
 
 
Holiday 2015/2016
Dec 13 2015 - Jan 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
$350
$2,450
 
 
Winter/Spring 2016
Jan 3 2016 - Apr 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
$285
$1,995
 

Additional information about rental rates

Payment by check or PayPal (check preferred). $500 deposit to hold reservation if made more than 6 weeks ahead of travel. The balance within 6 prior to travel. Full payment within 6 weeks of travel.
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Weekly rates include; Beach towels and loungers & 2hrs. of snorkel gear and float rental/person/day.
Also included; One midweek room cleaning (maid service) and exit cleaning.
Not included; 10% Room Tax, $85 Flat Rate Booking Charge and $200 Refundable Security Deposit if required.
Credit cards accepted via PayPal
Please check calendar for availability-call for last minute booking discounts
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Amenities

East End Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Resort
  • Beachfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Sofa Bed
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size sofa beds
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Gated Community
  • Tennis Court
  • Balcony ...
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • coin laundry
  • reefs
  • synagogues
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • boating
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • deepsea fishing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • jet skiing
  • snorkeling
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • golf
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Two queen-size sofa beds (one on the lower level and one on the upper level), ceiling fans, dining room furniture with 4 chairs, 2 large closets, sliding glass doors to balconies with 2 lounge chairs and table on each level, maid service available.
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