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130 Reviews! 127 are ***** (3 are ****)

Bedrooms 1
Space 926 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4 (5 is possible).

Why does B~11 get all those great reviews?

It's not because B~11 is the closest unit to the beach—although it's just a short and pleasant stroll.

It's not because it has the best view. The view is not at all bad, but it's not anything special. You can see it in one of the photos in this listing.

It's not because it is the most fully renovated. We are working on it, but we need a few more years.

It's not because the rates are the lowest—although they are close to the very lowest.

And as hard as we try to be the best hosts, there are many others that are just as good, and probably a few that are better!

So here is our secret formula.

First we try to offer the best value in the area. We know that there are more desirable units, and there are less expensive units. We strive to approach the quality of the very best units while remaining priced only slightly higher than the least expensive. (TripAdvisor has posted 2016/12/13 that B~11 is "18% cheaper than nearby 1 bedroom properties")

Then, we strive to describe both the condominium and our unit as accurately as we can. We do not promise what we cannot provide. If there are surprises for our guests, we want them to be good ones.

We do not try to provide a “hotel experience”. When our guests arrive at B~11, we want them to feel that they have arrived at their own vacation home.

We try to make B~11 as comfortable and convenient as we can. This includes providing almost everything that we reasonably can, so our guests need to schlepp as little as possible.

We do what we reasonably can to furnish our guests the best vacation that we are able to. Problems inevitably arise, but when they do (unless they are extremely minor) we try to get them resolved as quickly as possible.

And, finally, a few days after our guests (not including friends and family) leave B~11, we email them and ask them to leave a review.

We hope that you will join the many happy guests who have shared B~11 with us and leave another glowing review.

PLEASE READ: Scammers abound. Before sending any money to reserve this unit confirm the authenticity (as recommended by HA/VRBO)by phoning me AT THE PHONE NUMBER ON THIS LISTING PAGE.

Thanks, Steve

This condominium has been owned by our family which has been enjoying the magic of Sapphire for over fifty years. It was largely renovated and offered for rental for the first time in late 2007. The condo is located just minutes from Red Hook where you can find groceries, restaurants, shopping and access to the ferries which can whisk you away to St. John or the British Virgin Islands.

The condo is only one hundred and fifty steps from the front door to the beach. While on the beach you can see St John and the British Virgin Islands. Because the unit is on the lower level, when you arrive you park at the rear of the unit and bring your luggage and groceries into the unit by walking about thirty-five feet from your car and up just four steps, rather than lugging them around to the front of the building and up a flight of stairs

The unit retains the original floor plan, except that the original front porch has been enclosed and now expands the already large living/dining room, and a large fenestration has been cut between the kitchen and living/dining area.

The unit contains its own front-loading washer and matching dryer. For drying wet towels and such, there is a solar powered 'clothesline' just outside the rear door. There are two televisions, and 'expanded digital cable' (a total of approximately seventy channels) and Showtime are included. Local phone service and Wi-Fi Internet access are included.

There is a 52 inch TV in front and and a '32 inch class' in the bedroom two DVD players (one Blu-Ray), and and two stereo systems.

The locks have been removed from all closet doors, except for one-half of one closet.. We do our best to keep 'starter supplies' of non-perishable essentials in the unit, so you won't have to begin your stay buying things like coffee filters and dish detergent.

Please note: Because we keep improving B~11 faster then we can take new photographs, most of the photographs are somewhat obsolete. The only change that may be the slightest bit controversial is that we have removed the dining table by the front window which served primarily as a workbench for Steve when we were in B~11—the round dining table accommodates five without any problems.. This enabled us to move futon-like couch from the bedroom to under the front window. There were two reasons for this. First sometimes, it will allow more rational sleeping arrangements when there are five occupants. Secondly, It freed up space in the bedroom which Steve used to construct a “storage wall unit” which also has space for a larger television. I am sure that you will agree that all other changes that we have made are a functional and/or aesthetic improvement.

To ensure continued enjoyment by all occupants, smoking and pets are not permitted.

SHORT STAYS: Condominium regulations require that rentals be for a minimum of a three nights,

LONG STAYS: Except for 'prime times' stays over ten days will be discounted on an individual basis.

ITRAVEX: We welcome iTravex guests at all times with one iTravex point = one USD.

Email about extended stays, corporate rental, and corporate housing.

IF YOU HAVE FLEXIBLE DATES: Please review our calendar for 'gaps' in bookings. If you would like to fill one, please EMail me for a special rate.

Look for more reviews at that very popular site that provides advice for trips under 'Crystal Cove Beach Resort on Sapphire Bay', and 'Crystal Cove Villas'. Also visit our FaceBook Page. On FaceBook search for 'Sapphire Bargain' and it will pop right up.

Our family has been enjoying Sapphire for half a century, and we are sure that you will as well!

More Details

Steven & Honey Fein
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

What makes this condo unique

You may contact me directly:

845 514 2797


Estate Smith Bay Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 926 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Low 'lip' for wheelchair access
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , See below
  • This is a one-bedroom unit. The bedroom has a King sized bed In addition to the sleeping accommodations in the bedroom, the 'living room' has a King Murphy bed (actually a double twin), a twin size 'futon', and a sofa which can sleep one small person. Although the unit can sleep six, condominiums regulations limit occupancy to five. This additional capacity, however, allows increased flexibility in sleeping arrangements
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
You may contact me directly: StevenIraFein@HotMail.Com 845 514 2797 Nota Bene: Some furniture was replaced in 2011 October, so when you arrive the interior of B~11 will be slightly different than it appears in the photographs. Actually, because we have been improving B~11 much faster then we have been taking pictures, at least some posted photos are always out-of-date. Animals that serve as documented, registered service animals are permitted, Such animals must be registered, with documentation, at the SBCW office prior to each visit to SBCW.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

130 Reviews! 127 are ***** (3 are ****)
average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews

Great Beach Location for St. Thomas

  • 5 of 5

It really can't get better than this unit located near Red Hook, USVI. Everyone on the condo staff makes you feel at home with excellent beach services, grounds crew, and housekeeping staff. The condo was in excellent condition within steps to the most beautiful beach in St. Thomas. The snorkeling was grand and we could spend hours watching the kite boarders performing aerial and water acts while zipping across the huge open waterway of Sapphire Beach. The owners are wonderful to deal with and have many suggestions to make your time very enjoyable while utilizing their condo for your dream vacation.

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful beach condo in the best location !!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Steve and Honey's fabulous beach condo and everything about it was amazing. From the listing we didnt realize how close the condo was to the beach. We have visited several beach hotels and resorts, but rarely are the rooms this close.

And this is a condo with many services nearby. Within less than a 5 minute walk from our condo door, we enjoyed all of the following:

- plenty of beach chairs and lounge chairs for SBWC guests only

- beach bar and grill (try the Mahi sandwich and their frozen "Lime in the Coconut" drink :)

- drink service at the beach

- kayak rentals

- free snorkeling 50 feet from shoreline with thousands of colorful fish and corals

- dive shop with rental gear

- great restaurant at Sapphire Village

- shuffleboard

- tennis courts

- swimming pool

Our hosts were so easy to book with and arrange all details. The condo itself is well decorated and includes all the things that make a vacation enjoyable: wi-fi and 52" TV and comfy seating and a kitchen stocked with all the necessities. The unit is spacious and well decorated and offers plenty of privacy for a quiet vacation.

And it is so close to the town of Red Hook - only a 5 minute taxi ride. And no need to arrange a taxi ride - just walk up the short driveway and taxis and the dollar buses are always driving by with no wait.

Red Hook has great restaurants and also Moes grocery is convenient and has everything.

Be sure to try Fishtails restaurant in Red Hook - its on the water!

Everywhere we went the locals all agree that Sapphire Beach is the best for snorkeling, and this condo is only a 2 minute walk from the best beach on the island!

Sapphire Bay Condos West is a rare luxury to find on one of the premier beaches in the Caribbean!!

We cant wait to return!!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the condo June 1-12 and absolutely had a great time.

The condo owners made the renting process very smooth/easy and always replied to my e-mails in a very timely manner. Prior to arriving, the owners provided a lot of information about the condo and the island in their condo bible which was very helpful.

The condo was actually bigger than I expected and had everything we needed for a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. It was nicely decorated in a beach theme. The kitchen had every cooking utensil and pan needed. There was also a Ninja blender that we used to make some pina coladas.

The Ethernet cable came in handy for some work that needed to be done on a laptop. My tablet did have an issue connecting using wi-fi, so I sent an email to the owners and they quickly replied with some steps on how to re-set the modem and this corrected the issue.

My wife packed a couple of bags of “All Mighty Pacs” laundry detergent and was able to wash our bathing suits and beach and bathroom towels as needed.

There was one minor issue when the electricity was not working in the bedroom. Once I found the circuit breaker box, everything was already clearly labeled and I was able to quickly reset the switch.

The beach is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. The best snorkeling spot is over by the point. Just be careful not to go too far beyond the point because the current does get a little stronger. There were always plenty of beach chairs and trees for shade.

We booked a day trip on a power boat which was very easy to board because the marina was within walking distance.

Also, the Safari Bus is very convenient. We used it to go to/from a market in Red Hook which had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

We are so lucky we found this condo! It was perfect for us, 3 adults. All of the beds were very comfy and only being a one bedroom did not feel cramped. The condo is very clean and comfortable. Reminds me of the beach cottage I would love to own!

The beach and ocean here are very clean and beautiful. Amber was our beach attendant and she was awesome.

Steve and Honey run a first class trustworthy procedure in renting the condo, I could not give them a higher recommendation.

We rented a car through Paradise Rental car which was very good also. You could use taxis, we like freedom of being able to go when and where we want.

Check out Caribbean Fish Spa, and Duffys they were both fun. Tap and Still awesome burgers.

If you aren't looking for a resort that waits on you hand and feet, like peace and quiet on a gorgeous beach, this is it! We will return.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Always a good Time

  • 5 of 5

This is our Third Time staying at here ! Our only complaint is that we could not stay longer! A perfect location to just relax and forget it all. The grounds are wonderful for the AM jog and then a nice relaxing day on the beach enjoying snorkeling, floating and just taking in the spectacular views. The grounds are well maintained and the grounds staff are friendly in the safe location! The room is well kept and very well equipped, Honey and Steve you make packing so easy as you have thought of it all! Thanks so much for making your condo feel like our home away in paradise !

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Dream Come True at the "Bargain On The Beach"

  • 5 of 5

Surfing on line for a place to stay in St. Thomas comes with the many stressors. I was nervous about sending money to guy I did not know. I was nervous about once we got there would the place be suitable. I am writing this review to tell you you can relax! The owners are wonderful people, and great to work with. They e-mailed me all the time answering the multitude of questions I had. They electronically sent me the "B-11 Bible" with hints, suggestions, recipes, and directions. I referred to it many times before leaving for St. Thomas, and many times while I was there. So don't sweat, the owners are honest, caring people.

Once we got to the condo our eyes popped wide open and our jaws dropped. The condo area is very well kept with beautiful trees and plants with flowers. It sits on a beautiful small lagoon, and right on a beautiful beach. This bottom floor condo was very clean with very nice furnishings. It has beautiful art work hung everywhere. The kitchen and pantry are very well stocked. It was very nice having a washer and dryer. The cloths line and hose out back are very handy. There is a huge flat screen in both the living room and bedroom with tons of movies and books. We did not spend time watching tv however. The weather was so beautiful we could not stay inside. Even at night we walked along the beach and felt very secure. It is a short walk down a cement pathway to the most beautiful beach. There you meet Diane who will set you up with lounges and chairs. She has some lovely friends that sit under the shady trees with her. They are iguanas! The almost deserted beach has beautiful white sand. The water is warm and crystal clear. The snorkeling was phenomenal with a nice living reef. We saw all kinds of corals, fish, and turtles. One day we even saw a ray. There was a local barracuda that seemed to be guarding the reef. He or she never bothered us. Really there is not need to go anyplace else. We did rent a car and drove to other places, but really nothing compared to Sapphire Beach. A short drive (a mile or less) to Red Hook and there is shopping and restaurants. My favorite was Fish Tails. We ate breakfast, lunch, and a few dinners in the condo. There is a grocery store in Red Hook to get supplies. So please, this is a great honest deal for the money. You will be satisfied you made the right choice. You can't go wrong with the Bargain on the Beach! I dream of going back someday.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. John
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cyril E. King (STT)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Many in Red Hook
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Red Hook
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mahogany Run
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many in Red Hook
Nearest Ski
1863 Miles
Stowe VT
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Great place to fly a kite (bring your own kite)

PLEASE DO NOT TRY THE Get an Instant Quote button. The quote will generally be incorrect!

Please use email, or the messaging system, to verify anything important. HA/VRBO has a lot of computer problems and sometimes outputs incorrect information!


Rates & Availability

Estate Smith Bay Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 16 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Jan 6 2018 - Apr 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Apr 16 2018 - Dec 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%

Although we recommend travel insurance (especially during the peak of hurricane season), and possibly a medical evacuation plan, we do NOT recommend Property Damage Protection

Do NOT trust "Instant Quote".

Please ignore "Standard Rate(s). Although they don't apply, B~11 might not appear on searches if I didn't include them!

Currently, we also don't recommend "HomeAway Payments" and ""Book-it-Now" as these services suffer from a high incidence of computer glitches.

Discounts are frequently available if your dates are flexible. Don't be afraid to email me so that we can work together.

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Do not hesitate to contact me directly:

StevenIraFein@HotMail.Com (preferred)
845 514 2797

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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