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Phil Carson

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Speaks: english
Bedrooms Studio
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Bedrooms Studio
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


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Condo, Studio + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, Sleeps 3 Adults or 2 adults/2 children

STUNNING VIEWS OF GORGEOUS SAPPHIRE BEACH AND ST JOHN! Bright aqua blue water right outside your door...the sound of ocean waves against the shore... constant breezes blowing through the palm trees...welcome to Sea Glass at Sapphire!



What makes Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina so special? It is located directly on one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen. You are literally steps from the beach with an amazing coral reef and great snorkeling! We have tried many other places, but none had as pretty a beach, the great breezes, or such great snorkeling right outside our door. With the marina at the resort and the ferry from Red Hood close by, it is perfect for island hopping to St John or the British Virgin Islands. Enjoy tropical drinks and a burger or mahi sandwich at the Banana Cabana located on the beach, open during the day for lunch and snacks. The dive shop on site rents snorkeling equipment and kayaks. The views of St John and the British Virgin Islands are simply spectacular! If you want to have a spacious, comfortable suite with an incredible view right on a stunningly beautiful beach, this is it!

What makes Sea Glass at Sapphire (E206) so wonderful? We purchased this condo in 2012 and have renovated and updated almost everything in the condo! It sleeps up to 4. We want your family to be comfortable, so we have NEW HEAVENLY BED KING MATTRESS AND BOX SPRINGS, NEW queen sofa sleeper (which is comfortable!), NEW oversized chair, NEW patio table and chairs, NEW refrigerator, NEW smooth top range, NEW Biltmore 600 and 800 thread count linens, DKNY bath linens, Tommy Bahama beach towels, dinnerware with embossed shells, new flatware, new patio tableware, new rugs, new light fixtures including ceiling fans, new lamps and COMPLETELY RENOVATED BATHROOM. The bathroom has a new tile shower, pebble accents, new tile floors, and granite countertops. The unit has been freshly painted throughout! Sapphire Beach Resort has 5 Buildings that are on the beach--A,B,C,D and E. My husband and I have stayed in every building, and the thing we love about the E building is that it offers spectacular views of the turquoise blue water as well as direct views of St John and the British Virgin Islands. It is also more private than some of the other buildings, as several of the buildings are on the busier 'main' beach. Here, you can enjoy the activities on the main beach and then come back to the privacy of your condo when you are ready to chill. One of my favorite things about being in the E building is watching the twinkling lights on St John at night...absolutely magical!

All of the first and second floor units at Sapphire Beach Resort are suites, while the third and fourth floors are the two-story units. We feel some of the advantages that the second floor units have compared to the first floor units are better views and more privacy.

We love the snorkeling here! We regularly see turtles and rays in the grass bed in the middle of Sapphire Beach, and the reef on both sides and around the point is breathtakingl! It is quite a show of purple fans, yellow corals, and beautiful fish! I have even seen a spotted eagle ray here! We can give you some great recommendations for snorkeling spots on St John and in the BVIs as well.

The living area features a queen sleeper sofa, oversized chair, coffee table, entertainment unit, flat screen tv, and a full kitchen. The sliding glass doors off of the living area open onto the spacious patio with lounge chairs and dining table for four. The living area has a DVD player and a DVD collection, and we have an IPOD dock. BEACH TOWELS ARE PROVIDED.

There are many great restaurants throughout St Thomas and St John, and we have listed some of our favorites in our Information Book at the condo.

Keywords: Condo, St Thomas, snorkeling, reef, USVI, Virgin Islands, marina, red hook, ocean, beach, st john

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Phil Carson (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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About Phil Carson

We live in Greenville, South Carolina and have three children...two boys and a girl. I am a real estate agent, and my husband is an engineer. We love to travel, and Sapphire Beach is our favorite! Click on the satellite link on the map below to see the water colors and the reefs at Sapphire!

Phil Carson purchased this condo in 2012

Why Phil Carson chose East End

We fell in love with Sapphire Beach Resort the first time we stepped onto the white sands in 2004. We have visited many resorts throughout the US and British Virgin Islands, but Sapphire has always been our favorite. It was our dream to own a place here!

What makes this condo unique

We love being able to snorkel every day right outside of the condo, hanging out in a lounge chair on the beach, and being able to see the turquoise water from every vantage point in the room! We love going over to St John on the car ferry (only a mile down the road) and snorkeling different places there. We enjoy the local food at Gladys' Cafe, and Iggie's is one of our favorite places to eat. We love exploring the British Virgin Islands, too! The Baths are a must see! There are many great snorkeling spots in the British Virgin Islands as well.

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average rating of 4.979592 based on 49 reviews
Summerfield, NC USA

A Private Piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot describe how wonderful our vacation was at this beautiful little condo at Sapphire Beach. The owners have gone above and beyond to welcome guests to their home by adding amazing personal details that make this unit seem like a home away from home. I was hesitant about staying at the resort itself since I had read reviews of other units which seemed less than perfect but I knew the moment we walked in here, that this was going to one amazing vacation. Everything in the unit is well maintained, clean and comfortable. The owners did an awesome job with decorating the unit and creating a spa like bathroom which was very unexpected. I normally have a problem sleeping when away due to uncomfortable beds but this was not the case at Sea Glass. The kitchen, although small, has everything you need to make your meals which was very convenient since we did not rent a car. Although catching a taxi to Red Hook or anywhere else on the island is fairly easy, we preferred having dinners on the spacious deck overlooking the bay. To us, this was the best seat in the house! One day we even hiked up the hill to "Off the Grid" food truck and brought back BBQ (the best I have ever had) for our evening meal. We loved reading through the owners' extensive travel books about the islands and know that we will be back to more exploring here. Every morning, I would wake up around 6 AM with out an alarm clock eager to have my coffee on the deck to watch the amazing sun rise over the islands. By 9, we were already on the beach parked under the row of shade trees that line the shore of Sapphire Beach. I was happy that the HOA has its own chairs and attendant since it made it easy to find an agreeable spot on the beach which gets really busy when the cruise ships come into St. Thomas. The snorkeling out front of the unit and at Sapphire Beach proper was amazing!!! Having the marina adjacent to the complex was also a huge plus for evening strolls to see the day's catch and booking a sailing tour of the islands. We loved our sail boat snorkeling tour of USVI with Horizon!!! Although we didn't do too much sightseeing with our limited stay, I was most happy to just spend my days on property swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing on one of the prettiest beaches. One of my favorite past times was feeding my new found friend, Iggy, a very large Iguana who loved the grapes and bananas I gave him each morning. A fantastic time!!!! Thanks Angela and Phil!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Beauty in paradise

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to the VI's, and we couldn't have picked a more perfect location. Falling asleep and awakening to the rhythm of the Caribbean Sea outside our balcony set the mood for relaxing, but adventurous days. (And the bed was truly comfortable-very important!). Just sitting on the deck and enjoying the view of the sea and islands was perfection in itself. Location was also terrific for our stay: Red Hook ferry just a short taxi/safari ride away and even our foray to Linbergh Bay for kayaking and snorkeling was an easy 30 minute ride. We were the envy of our friends, also staying on St Thomas, when our dinner cruise originated from the Sapphire Marina, just outside our back door. The condo contained everything we needed for our stay, even a beach bag when we forgot ours. And Phil graciously allowed us a late checkout when our return flight was changed. We give the entire experience the highest recommendation.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Queen Creek, Arizona

Perfection in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 and my parents spent a fantastic week in Sea Glass (E-206) and Sail Away (E-205). It was a return trip to Sapphire Beach for my husband and me although we stayed in a different E building condo last time. As expected from our last trip, this location did not disappoint! Sapphire Beach is THE best location in St. Thomas as it is conveniently centralized to anywhere you want to go (St. John, BVIs, Magens Bay, etc) with Red Hook just a mile away. If you like to sit on a beautiful beach? It's steps away. If you love to snorkel the day away? It's right there. If you love water sports of all kinds? Yep. That too. Accessibility aside, the views...the views are the best in the whole of the US and British Virgin Islands (in my opinion). I think you can see 11 islands from the balcony. Maybe more. All of these reasons are why we came back to the same spot we fell in love with 18 months ago. We love to travel the planet and I find it difficult to justify traveling to the same place more than once with all of the incredible little places we have yet to visit, but there is something special about the USVIs and we'll undoubtedly always find ourselves back to this dreamy place. You know you're in a great place when cruise ship passengers are sad to leave and would rather be staying at Sapphire. As for the condos, they have everything you could need and they are beautifully appointed. The pictures are exactly what you can expect when you walk through the door. Deb and Phil are fantastic to work with and very welcoming. We feel like we have a home away from home now when we travel to the USVIs in the future. Happy travels and if you're lucky enough to find this property available for your trip-- book it. You won't regret it! :)

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW!!! Thank you for this awesome review!! I completely agree with you about the beach, the views and the location. I don't like to go the same place twice, but we fell in love with Sapphire 12 years ago, and we love it more every time we go! Please come back and stay with us!!!

Great choice!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, daughter and I just returned from our stay in Sea Glass and couldn't be more satisfied. Everything was just as described. Angela has great taste! The E bldg was fine for us...the chair attendants placed our chairs wherever we wanted on any given day. The whole beach is beautiful! We rented a car because we could see the taxi fares adding up since we do like to explore, but taxis were readily available. The amenities in the condo were great and much appreciated...the coolers and xtra beach chairs were great when we went to various beaches and St John. The location is perfect for taking any excursions as they all leave right from the marina, which is right at the end of our parking lot. After exploring a lot of the island, we would definitely stay here again. Phil and Angela were great hosts and we appreciated all the tips and info they have us beforehand.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Mobile, AL


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for our 30th birthday celebrations last month. The decorating is top notch and the views are unbelievable. I could just sit on that balcony all day. We also enjoyed laying by the pool and watching the boats go in and out of the marina and thru the channels. It was nice to have the blender- we mixed rum, ice, and mango/orange juice every night for a fun treat. :)

The location is a little difficult as we didn't rent a car and there were few food options nearby. This complex does not have any amenities or anything that a resort might have. It's pretty quiet and really only made for relaxing. At the entrance to the condo (at the top of a steep hill) there was a BBQ food truck- amazing food, highly recommend. At the condo itself, there were a couple girls under a tent selling some burgers, beers, etc. Senior Pizza delivered (which was actually really good!) Other than that, you needed to go into Redhook for food. We got groceries the first day (very pricey) and then got a taxi ride a few times to go out.

Highly recommend the dinner sail out of the marina. They took good care of us- food and drinks were yummy and plentiful.

The advice book in the condo indicated they were members of the surf shop that provided free snorkel equipment, but when I inquired about that, the surf shop guy said that ended over 1 year ago, and that we would have to purchase our rentals. I thought it would've been nice if the owners had a couple sets of snorkel gear for their guests to use.

There were no toiletries at all, so you have to bring all of those. (we didn't bring any soap!- oops) They completely emptied out the cupboards and fridge prior to our stay so there were no condiments or coffee or anything like that. The only reason I mention this is several of the VRBO places we have stayed tend to keep things like salt, pepper, condiments, leftover coffee, etc from the previous guests, so we don't each have to buy these brand new. No big deal though.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Torrance, CA


  • 5 of 5

Great communication, awesome location. The condo is off the main beach so you won't be bombarded with tons of crowds. There is also a marina right next to the condo for tours, so you can wake up and go. Taxis are always at the main office for you to hitch a ride into town. Wake up and go to sleep to the nice ocean sound. Enjoy the sunrise and sunset with views of St. John. What is not to love about this location!

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed our piece of paradise! It is so nice being close to the marina, and that is truly a special place! Come back and see us!


Magens Bay
"Beautiful beach! No snorkeling. :("
Gladys's Café
"Wonderful local food!!!! I go every trip!"
Coki Beach
"Good snorkeling with lots of fish. Tends to be crowded."
Drake’s Seat
"Beautiful view of Magen's Bay!"
St. John
"MUST GO!!! We spend at least one day here every trip! Great snorkeling, beautiful beaches....."
Bolongo Bay Beach
"We love visiting here! We love hanging out at Iggie's on the fun!"
"Wonderful food and atmosphere!!!"
"My profile picture is made at this restaurant! Beautiful views of Charlotte Amalie harbor....."
Yacht Haven Grande
"Great place to shop!"
Lindquist Beach
"Absolutely beautiful and good snorkeling!! Very close to our condo!"
Peter Island Resort
"Absolutely breathtaking!!! A perfect day trip or lunch stop."
The Baths
"WELL WORTH THE TRIP!!! One of the most beautiful places on earth!"
The William Thornton Floating Bar & Restaurant
"Fun place to eat after a snorkel at the Indians and the Caves on Norman Island!"
The Indians
"One of the best snorkeling spots around! Just beautiful!!!"
Cane Garden Bay Beach
"One of my favorite beaches!! Great beach bars/restaurants, and a beautiful setting! Try th..."
Tortola BVI
"My favorite island...the people are so friendly, and the beaches and flowers are stunning!"
Saba Rock Resort
"Beautiful beautiful place!!! Great spot to add on to your St Thomas trip!"
Bitter End Yacht Club
Pusser's Marina Cay Hotel and Restaurant
"Spectacular views! Great place for lunch or to spend a day!"
Sandy Spit
"Great place to anchor and enjoy the view. Just beyond words..."
Skinny Legs Bar & Restaurant
"Great place to hang out on St John! Great food, great atmosphere and great shopping!"
The Tourist Trap
"Wonderful food on picnic tables!"
"One of our favorite snorkels! The only place we see cushion starfish!"
Maho Bay
"Beautiful beach right beside the road on St John! Watch the pelicans dive! "
Salt Pond Beach
"One of our favorite snorkels!!! A bit of a hike down and back, but usually very calm. "
Vie's Snack Shack
"YUM!!! Get the tarts or the garlic chicken...all great!"
Nearest Airport
9.3 Miles
Cyril E. King Airport - St. Thomas, USVI
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Banana Cabana - right on Sapphire Beach !
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Red Hook
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mahogany Run on St. Thomas
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
PLENTY to choose from in Red Hook
Nearest Beach
3 Metres
Sapphire - just below our 2nd floor patio balcony
Car: not necessary

Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina.

Unit E-206 on 2nd floor of Building "E".

Adjacent to the Sapphire Beach Marina.

Dive Shop on-site at Sapphire.


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From $175 Per night

East End Condo Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Shoulder Season
May 1 2015 - Jul 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
VALUE Season
Aug 1 2015 - Nov 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Shoulder Season
Nov 15 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 3 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
PEAK Season
Jan 4 2016 - Apr 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

End-of-Stay Cleaning Fee $90
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Standard rental agreement contract must be executed at time of booking.
10% VI Taxes must be applied to all bookings.
$90 End-of-Stay Cleaning Fee must be applied to all bookings.
Extra Guest Fee of $10 per person per night will be applied for Guest #3 and Guest #4.
Maid Services and mid-stay cleanings (with towel & linen change service) are optional and available for an additional fee.
50% of the rental fee is due at time of booking.
A refundable Security/Damage Deposit of $250 is due at time of booking.
Payments accepted via direct deposit, personal check, cashier's check, certified check, money order, or PayPal transaction.
Bank fees apply for wire transfers. 3% PayPal transaction fee applied.
Remaining 50% of the rental fee is due 45 days prior to arrival at property.
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East End Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Fabulous !
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
FREE WIRELESS!!! IPOD dock, Beach towels provided

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