Villa has 5 bdrms, 4 kings, 1 queen, 1 bunkbd and 1 queen futon (sleeps 13)
About Ginny knopf
We live on the South River in Riva Maryland which is a small town in the Annapolis Maryland area. We have 3 grown children in their 30's who all live in the area. Bob works in Washington D.C. and Ginny is a school teacher in Silver Spring MD.
Ginny knopf purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Ginny knopf chose Upper Prince's Quarter
St. Maarten has it all, beaches, restaurants, clubs, exciting day trips and the weather is gorgeous all year long.There is something for everyone young and old or you can simply do nothing and nap, read a book and look at the sea!!!!!! So many choices!!!!!!!!!!!! A perfect vacation for everyone!!!!!
What makes this Villa unique
One word...'Ursula' our housekeeper...she is the best and gives the villa the caribbean touch!!! She can cook caribbean meals for you, babysit, and has taken care of the villa and guests for 18 years. She is a live on concierge in her own apartment. She can escort you to restaurants, grocery shopping, island shopping, and can answer your daily questions about sxm and our beautiful villa.She is referred by all as the "gem" of the Jewel! Our villa has one of the best views on the island..simply paradise!!!
Must be okayed by the owner prior
Smoking is okay outside on the deck or patios
The pool is on the 2nd floor.
Minimum age of primary renter:26
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
What you see is NOT exactly what you get!
#1 the pictures of this house almost make it look like it has lots of privacy. Not true, houses all around. #2, air conditioning is advertised but only air in bedrooms & if you aren’t using those you are told NOT to turn the air on in them. (They don’t tell you this until you arrive.) The rest of the big house has NO air, just what they call a “nice breeze from the ocean”, which was nice when you’re outside by the pool, but inside it is miserably hot, especially when no breeze is moving. #3 WIFI was advertised but only place that worked was in the Living Room. Not the biggest deal because this was meant to be family time, but it was irritating that anytime we had to use phones we had to be in the incredibly hot LR, which was also the only place the TV worked.
Overall, we were extremely disappointed that we paid so much $ for half truths, but we did enjoy the pool & made the most out of it. However, we get home & few days later I get my return deposit email, showing the owner took some $ out of my return claiming we “did damage to a wooden valance, pulling it from a cemented wall, in the bedroom we stayed in from overusing the hurricane shutter”. Which was 100% untrue! Thankfully I had a picture on the day we left of that window showing the date & time from a video I took, & the window was in PERFECT condition. When I asked what we were being accused of the owner said that Ursula told her we shut down all of the hurricane shutters every single night which again was untrue. We did shut down 2 shutters in the room we stayed in, 3 in the downstairs bedroom, & 2 shutters in Living Room. And we ONLY opened & closed the LR ones every morning and night. The others were left closed til end of stay. We only did this because the place we stayed in Indigo Bay right before this house encouraged guests to shut them for darkness in morning as well as helping us feel safer. We had no idea we couldn’t here & was NEVER told otherwise, &We never even 1 time shut the shutter on the window she sent a pic of with broken valance. When she asked why we shut them, she came across accusing, as if we were breaking her rules & that was why we were shutting them. She stated they were ONLY to be closed for hurricanes, but in the 5th pic on HA the weather is beautiful & a shutter is half closed. 🤔�Last Monday she emailed saying she refunded the $, but I still haven’t seen it. I emailed her asking if it was going to take a while to show up..NO REPLY! Was this yet another lie?
She broke the window valance then held it back in place and took a video. It was a side window with the drapes closed. Who does this? 129 positive reviews and 1 negative..hhhmmmmm!! and by the way I returned her security deposit even though she was not entitled to it. Enough said.
We have just returned from our magical trip to St Martin & the "Jewel" and a wonderful time was had even though the weather was not always picture perfect! (it is hurricane season in the Caribbean, after all) The home itself is just lovely, lots of space for everyone and a kitchen with everything you need to make a meal. The tv & stereo system were great for the couple of rainy days we had. The beds were SUPER COMFY, a real rarity when staying in a rental home.
Ginny was wonderful from booking thru our departure! She answered any question & email very quickly and had great suggestions for food & outings. We enjoyed the beaches at Mullet Bay & Little Bay. We also did a horseback riding excursion with Lucky Stables, ending with a dip in the ocean on horseback, lots of fun! We ate very well on St Martin, dinner at La Villa, Avantika, Bistrot Caraibes & JAX steakhouse. ALL yummy!! and finally, last, but never least is Ursula... She was simply wonderful! She met us at Unity car rental, brought us to the grocery store, went with us to Grand Case the first night to make sure we didn't get lost, and cooked us a meal to die for!! Probably the best ribs I have ever eaten, along with roast chicken, potato salad, mac n cheese, tossed salad & homemade bread!! When we return to St Martin, we will be returning to the Jewel!!
My fourth stay at the Jewel!
This was my fourth stay at the Jewel and it is just as fabulous as it always is. The real jewel is Ursula who always takes great care of the guests and the house. This year I took my mother who has mobility issues and Ursula helped her at every moment and while we were in town shopping.
The views and the pool are why I keep coming back. I love the sunrise so much I get up to see it from the beautiful patio with its breathtaking view. The house is always clean and lacks nothing in the way of amenities.
Ginny is always so helpful and cares about the stay of her guests. She was instrumental in the menu Ursula prepared for us the night of our arrival so we could just relax.
I will be going back next year for my fifth stay and for many more years to come. The Jewel is a very special place to unwind and truly enjoy paradise.
I want to go back!!!
I just came back from a wonderful 5 day stay to celebrate my birthday with family and friends. I’m sad I’m back home and I wish I could go back tonight!
Ginny was great! I told her it was my first time renting a vacation property and she guided me through all the steps. All her recommendations were top notch! She is extremely friendly and although I didn’t get the chance to meet her in person I felt we knew each other. She always answered my countless emails and texts which assured me I made the right decision! I look forward to booking another trip with Ginny, I’m trying to figure out the dates as I type this review. Lol!
The house is GORGEOUS!! The pictures do not do it justice. From the time you step into the house and look out onto the pool area the view takes your breath away. You will not be disappointed! The house is situated within a premier location in Sint Maarten. There is 24 hour security, it’s a gated community, high atop a mountain overlooking the sea! We all felt very safe. It was 10 of us, each room had its own bathroom and that right there deserves 5 stars! :)
Last but not least...URSULA!!! I will try to find the right words to describe her but I don’t know if it will be enough. She is AMAZING! She was there to greet us with her famous specialty welcome drink. We all hit it off with her immediately! She is funny, kind, generous with her time and just an overall beautiful human being! I wish the world had more Ursula’s, we would all be in a better place! Her cooking is mouthwatering! She prepared a BBQ for us to celebrate my birthday and I tear up just thinking about it. No question about it, the house is why you go to SXM but Ursula is the reason you stay and want to keep coming back. I understand now why she is considered the “GEM” of the Jewel!
Do not hesitate on renting this property. Go enjoy and give Ursula a hug for me!
Vacation in Saint Maarten
This was one of the best vacations we have been on in a long time. Stayed in a gorgeous home in a highly desired gated community with outstanding ocean views that include clear views of the island of St. Barts. Five comfortable, spacious bedrooms with the emphasis (“ “) on the word “spacious” found in a well maintained home that speaks of the highest quality. Other points of interest include a nice modern kitchen, dining room and den areas. There are a couple of smaller quiet areas for those who just enjoy quiet time for reading or relaxing away from others. Includes a very nice outside pool in a large lounging/sunning area again overlooking ocean views and St. Bart’s. The house was very impressive. Island beaches were nice and relaxing.
The food at the island restaurants were delicious. The restaurant, Le Piment and the Villa stood out as places that we will definitely return to on our next trip. Even a smaller venue like Fat Tony’s (a local college spot) had a tasty barbecue and brisket for lunch.
In closing, enjoyed our visit, the house was impressive and of high quality. We would definitely stay at this location the next time we return to Saint Marteens.
Beautiful Home with amazing views
We had an amazing, seven day, family vacation at The Jewel. The home was spacious enough for our family of 11, with room to spare. The views are unbeleievable! Ginny was very accommodating and easy to work with. Having Ursula onsite was a bonus, as well. She was able to give us some great local recommendations and we also asked her to prepare dinner on our final night. It was delicious! No need to worry though, Ursula provides all the privacy you prefer. We definitely recommend the Jewel, Ginny and Ursula to anyone looking to visit the island. You won’t be disappointed!
2 Zip Lines are in both nearby St. Martin and now new in St. Maarten. There is horseback riding on the beach close to villa. Casinos available in Philipsburg, and Maho Every beach activity is available. There are night clubs and dancing, great restaurants within 5-10 minutes of the villa.Fun shell collecting with Ursula within walking distance. Many day trips available.