Far Niente, from an Italian phrase that romantically translated means “without a care.” Here at Villa Far Niente, you’ll enjoy the perfect tropical beach vacation in a recently renovated 2-story villa condo. Brand new to the Sapphire Beach rental market, Villa Far Niente is located in the coveted E Building, located directly on the beach. The views from this villa are nothing less than breathtaking, looking out directly onto the crystal clear blue water with St. John and the British Virgin Islands in the distance. No other building at Sapphire Beach is as close to the water as E building, giving you the feeling of being on a cruise ship as you look out the windows from the balcony on both levels.
E-307 is a fully renovated 2-story villa that sleeps up to 6, and is ideally suited for a couple or family. The first floor of this 960 square-foot air conditioned villa features a newly renovated (October 2012) full kitchen with slab-granite countertops, high-end cherry cabinets, designer pendant lighting, new stainless steel refrigerator, stainless steel convection microwave oven, glass 4-burner cooktop, coffee maker, and blender. Our new kitchen features a breakfast bar with 3 stools along with a dining table that seats 4. Enjoy the widescreen HD TV (with complementary cable and DVD/VCR) from either the dining area or living room area which also includes a queen-sized sofa bed. The entire first floor has been updated with stone tile. The first floor bathroom has also been renovated with tiled floors and walls, double sinks, and a newly tiled shower. Free wi-fi with unlimited data access is provided for your convenience.
The second floor master suite features an 18-foot high cathedral wood ceiling, a king-sized bed with luxurious linens, and a separate living area including a queen-size sofa bed. The second floor full bathroom has also been renovated to include new floor and wall tiles. Both bathrooms include hair dryers and plush towels.
A brand new HD TV complements the second floor bedroom along with an iPod dock to enjoy your favorite music. The private balcony with new lounge chairs invites you to enjoy the views of nearby St. John and the BVI by day, or enjoy a glass of wine while you count the shooting stars at night. The view from E307 of the moon rising over St. John is magnificent!
Next to the comfort you’ll enjoy in Villa Far Niente, the highlight of your stay will be Sapphire Beach itself, one of the most spectacular beaches in all of the Caribbean. Sapphire Beach includes 2 beaches that offer sugar white sand, crystal clear blue/turquoise water, and world-class snorkeling. The E building sits directly on its own beach and offers privacy and quiet, yet is only steps from the pool and the watersports pavilion. Included in the price of your stay are beach towels, beach chairs and snorkeling equipment. Sapphire Beach is unique in that it provides spectacular snorkeling over coral reefs that are accessible within 25 yards of the beach. While snorkeling on either of the two coral reefs, you are guaranteed to see some of the best coral and fish to be found anywhere in the Virgin Islands. The resident sea turtles and rays will amaze you (don’t forget to bring an underwater camera!).
Whether you just want to float in the water, soak up the sun, snorkel, wind surf, or rent a jet ski, it’s all available at Sapphire Beach. The full service Watersports Pavilion and Dive shop directly on Sapphire Beach, along with Sapphire Beach Marina directly adjacent to the E building, can provide you with everything to get out onto the water – scuba, parasailing, power-boat rentals, wave runners, and Day Sails to St. John and the BVI. Lunch and drinks are available on the beach daily by the friendly staff at the Banana Cabana, located between the B and C buildings.
Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina is conveniently located on the East End of St. Thomas and less than 5 minutes from the town of Red Hook, providing access to grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, marinas, and nightlife. You can also catch the ferry from Red Hook for the quick trip to St. John. The marina facility at Red Hook also offers Day Sails, boat rentals, and excursions to the BVI. Also within easy access is the magnificent golf course at Mahogany Run. Free parking is provided directly in front of E Building and rental cars and taxis are readily available at the Sapphire Beach main desk.
If you like going to sleep with an ocean breeze while listening to the surf then Far Niente might be for you. It is clean, nicely renovated and well equipped both inside and with beach necessities. The ocean views are spectacular and early risers will enjoy the sun coming up over St. John. The beach directly behind the condo was very private all week. We have snorkled most the rated beaches on St. Thomas and feel that Sapphire Beach is the best, especially for the variety of tropical fish. The condo is also located in close proximity for the Red Hook ferry to St. John and we would recommend trips to Trunk Bay and Waterlemon Cay. Mike provides a nice information packet with his personal restaurant reviews. He is also readily available to answer any questions. Thanks Mike. We are already trying to select dates to go back next year.
We had a fabulous month atFN"Everything about the place exceeded our expectations -- the comfort, the convenience, the location, the views, the food, the weather all top-notch. The condo itself was really comfortable and beautifully equipped, with everything very well thought-out, including the professional maid service! We'll be back for sure! Pete Hendricks, Charlestown, MA
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Far Niente in January 2015. We were a family of four including two adult children. The description and photos matched the reality we found. While parts of the Sapphire Beach resort are in various stages of remodeling, this villa looked fresh and new and was very nicely decorated. The view from the decks is breathtaking at times, with sunrises and moonrises over St. John and the BVI a special highlight, not to mention the many shades of blue in the water directly in front of the villa with coral reefs all around. We enjoyed other beaches on St. Thomas but we thought the sandy part of Sapphire was the best beach for swimming and snorkeling. An added bonus of staying at Villa Far Niente was that Mike provided complete sets of snorkeling gear and recommendations on good viewing spots (we did see turtles and rays right where he said to look). The Banana Cabana offered wonderful drinks right off the beach and it is well worth the walk up the hill to the Off the Grid barbecue truck for excellent food and beautiful views from their picnic tables.
Mike’s package of information which we received ahead of our stay was extremely helpful in our planning for our week at Sapphire Beach. His restaurant recommendations are excellent though truth be told we ended up going to Latitude 18 for three meals during our week due to the laid back environment and great music. Not an easy drive but not as daunting as some folks make it out to be. The passenger and auto ferries to St. John are very close by in Red Hook (though sadly not walkable due to lack of sidewalks and dangerous traffic!) and a trip over there is worth taking. The auto ferry in particular offers an adventure right from the start with the free for all loading process where you back on to the ferry! Once on St. John the adventure continues as the narrow and hilly roads lead you to a number of beautiful beaches—but be careful of wandering cows and sheep in the road! We recommend Salt Pond Bay for swimming and snorkeling and the walk out to Drunken Bay for the view (no swimming there—very rough).
As mentioned, Red Hook is close by and if you don’t have a car or don’t want to drive there are cabs available right at the resort. Lots of good restaurants and bars there, with Duffy’s Love Shack worth a visit for fun drinks and a laid back atmosphere.
Overall a wonderful experience and we can’t wait to go back!
This unit was absolutely perfect for us & our 3 adult kids who joined us part way through our week.
Beautifully renovated. Well equipped. Very clean.
Bedding was comfortable. We had a sufficient supply of towels, a beach towel for each person, & products to help maintain the unit throughout our stay. Most importantly, there was a good blender!!
Appreciated having the 3rd & 4th floor balconies with amazing views of St. John & neighbouring British VI. From there we could watch every vessel leaving & returning from the adjacent marina. One mid day we approached a returning fishing charter to inquire about his fresh catch of the day. If their clients don't keep all of their catch, they'll clean & package whatever you're willing to purchase.
The grounds are kept nice. Walkways, stairways & balconies to all units are well kept as well as daily garbage collection. Washed up seaweed is collected from the beach daily.
Enjoyed sitting at the bi level pool. Plenty of loungers poolside & beachside. While outside, 24 hour security personnel, dressed in polo shirt uniforms, did come around asking guests their unit numbers to ensure that we were a registered guest. Eventually they did come to recognize us.
The owner was prompt in responding to our initial inquiry of his rental unit & easy to correspond with throughout our planning. He provided an extended welcome package with information of the unit, offering suggestions on places to eat, places to see, grocery shopping & good snorkelling, which we printed off & referred to often.
We did not rent a vehicle while on St. Thomas. Open safari buses for $1 locally & $2 to downtown were plentiful & so were cabs if we needed one. We met a cab driver on the Sapphire Beach grounds at the beginning of our stay & made reservations in advance with him for specific pick up & return times for our day excursion to Magen's Bay & also our departure time to the airport. He was punctual every time.
A truly exceptional experience for our entire family. Anticipating a return to 'Villa Far Niente'
Great condo and a wonderful host! Mike was a great communicator from start to finish. Everything was exactly as stated.
My family of five fit perfectly in Mike's condo. He had everything ready for us! Towels, more than enough cooking supplies, internet, things for the beach, and even bug spray! The view was perfect and it was a perfect spot for snorkeling. I'm so glad we chose this place and this area.
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