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Hammock in Heaven (Most Positive Guest Comments)

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Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Condo, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The overwhelming physical beauty of Sapphire Beach: 20 feet from the water's edge; the music of the surf to relax you; the constant tradewinds to cool you; white sands at your doorstep; a palm tree to call your own. An island vista uninterrupted from Atlantic to Caribbean--the ultimate in relaxation.

Situated at the windward (Eastern) end of St. Thomas, Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina is just five minutes away from the nautical village of Red Hook, with the St. John and BVI ferry docks, the fabulous Moe's Market with its gourmet wines, meats and deli, the succulent lobster to be found at many village restaurants, all kinds of interesting little shops and the constant party at Duffy's Love Shack.


The peacefulness of your vacation will be in the personal hands of Kathleen Browne., the Hammock in Heaven's onsite manager. Kathleen will give you great comfort and security during your stay.


Featuring a huge wrap-around terrace and an uninterrupted view from Atlantic to Caribbean over St. John and the British Virgin Islands, your condominium is a premier unit at Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina, a gated community with 24-7 security. (Many guests who have visited and seen what Sapphire Beach has to offer have said this unit occupies Sapphire's best location.)

The condominium and balcony is an extra-large (1200 sq. ft.) fully air-conditioned studio that can be divided to create two sleeping areas by a sliding, louvered wood partition. The 'master' sleeping area presents a king-sized bed with a brand new Pillow-Top mattress providing exquisite sleeping comfort and, at the foot of the bed, a flat-screen HD, LCD cable TV.

The kitchen is sleek and modern, with a full-sized fridge, stove and microwave. The outside deck is a premier feature because it is so huge. It contains a dining area, a lounge area and, of course, the Heavenly Hammock pictured above.

THE SAPPHIRE BEACH MARINA (75 feet down the beach):

A wonderland of island water activities. Daysail to St. John, Caneel Bay and Trunk Bay. Cruise a catamaran to Jost Van Dyke in the BVI, home of Foxy's and the Soggy Dollar Bar. Speedboat to Virgin Gorda and The Baths. Dive PADI. Jetski. Fish the North and South Drops with the very best. Or just hang out and watch the resident school of 50-pound tarpon play in the Marina.


A one-mile, 'drop-dead' beach with every water toy imaginable. A two-tier freshwater pool. Banana Cabana, a bar and grille serving both the pool and at the main beach. Complimentary lounge chairs and snorkeling equipment. Snorkel with turtles, rays and a kaleidoscope of fishes right off the beach.


The owner of your vacation condo, Robert Burcenski is dedicated to making your vacation perfect. He visits St Thomas often to maintain this condo in perfect condition. Your satisfaction with his 'Hammock in Heaven' is his greatest pleasure. He knows St. Thomas well and can answer all of your questions. This commitment to your satisfaction comes through clearly in the comments of his prior guests. From your very first phone call or email, which will be promptly returned, you will know that you are in the hands of a competent and knowledgeable owner whose primary concern is you.


For anyone thinking of a Sapphire Beach vacation, the owner, a well-known author, has written and maintains a booklet called 'Guide to Relaxation.' This is a continuously evolving set of notes on everything you need to know to have a great time at Sapphire. It is based upon the Owner's experiences and those of his guests. If you are considering the rental of his Hammock in Heaven, it is offered to you enthusiastically with his compliments. It will be forwarded as part of his reply email to your inquiry on this listing.


For you convenience, all credit cards are accepted.


At your option, Kathleen will make available services to provide you with airport transfers and personalized introduction to your island home. You will be pick up at the airport in a private car, given an opportunity for a grocery stop and then taken to the condo at Sapphire Beach..

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016

About Robert

Robert Burcenski, the owner of your vacation condo, is dedicated to making your vacation perfect. He visits St Thomas often to maintain this condo in tip-top condition. Your satisfaction with his 'Hammock in Heaven' is his greatest pleasure. He knows St. Thomas well and can answer all of your questions. This commitment to your satisfaction comes through clearly in the comments of his prior guests. From your very first phone call or email, which will be promptly returned, you will know that you are in the hands of a competent and knowledgeable owner whose primary concern is you and the quality of your experiences on St. Thomas.

Robert purchased this condo in 2015

Why Robert chose St. Thomas

Sapphire Beach is arguably the most beautiful beach venue in the Caribbean. On the breezy East End of St. Thomas, Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina lies at the center of the on-the-water and in-the-water activities for which St. Thomas, St. John and the British Virgin Islands are world-renowned. The very best of these activities start right in the Sapphire Beach Marina, 100' from my doorstep. Red Hook, a lazy nautical town, with shops, good restaurants, lively night life, not to mention being the ferry hub for service to St. John and the BVI, is but 3-4 minutes away.

What makes this condo unique

Guests who stay at my 'Hammock in Heaven' enjoy many unique amenities, including 1) the management services of of Kathleen Browne. free lounge chairs and snorkel equipment, free ensuite wifi, free hurricane insurance, and an informative and personal booklet prepared by me especially for you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The following comments were sent to me as a letter from guests who loved their visit. So many people email me with questions about things to do and adventures to undertake, that I think it is a very good idea to share interesting letters, even when they do not say much about the Hammocks in Heaven, one way or the other. Donna F.'s is such a letter. Hope you find it useful. Peter Rosenbaum

"Dear Peter,

We had a wonderful stay at Sapphire. Sam was a pleasure to meet and gave us quite a round about tour of St. Thomas on our way from the airport since we were right in rush hour. I am sure you are happy to have him in at your service. We also met his wife and two of the children when they were cleaning up one of your units and we went over and looked at both of the Hammocks in Heaven units for reference for future stays.

We couldn't have been more pleased with the location and amenities at Sapphire. We did take the New Horizon trip and it was wonderful. We only had eight people! It was quite personal. We had great calm sunny weather all week. We ate once at the grill and it was adequate and we enjoyed the pool and the Sunday Reggae party at the pavilion.

I loved having the Grocery Goddesses shop for us and have the frig full when we arrived. We brought some nonperishable food with us and we didn't need to go to the market all week. We did stop in the Marine Market in Red Hook and look at all the gourmet foods available and bought some rum to bring home. We managed fine with taxis and never even ventured into the shopping and cruise ship area, which seems like another world compared to the east side of the island.

We spent one day on St. John and went to the Annanburg (sp) ruins and Waterlemon Cay. But we did receive this one tip from a local helping with a wedding at the ruins. If you are going to post this letter on your website, I can't tell you where this magic spot is, because if everyone knew, the coral would undoubtedly suffer damage from too much observation. The anwer is: Go to Watermelon Cay, find a local, ask.

With so many beaches left unexplored I am sure that we will want to return and would definitely hope to find a time to use one of your condominiums. My friend, Jo Anne, was quite impressed with everything and might be contacting you in the future about a stay with her husband next spring.

Thank you again for offering us such great service that made our trip perfect in every way. We hope your up
Nov 2007
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Hammock in Heaven (Most Positive Guest Comments)
average rating of 4.8623853 based on 115 reviews
Waldorf, Maryland

Absolutely Awesome Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Before I review "Hammock inn Heaven", I just want to say how wonderful it was to work with the owner, Peter, during the planning of the trip and during our stay. I cannot think of a more attentive and responsive host to colloborate with for a vacation. Peter gave us many suggestions in his Island Guide and also many other suggestions to my questions. So to Peter, we want to give a big thanks! The condo was a wonderful place to call home for 10 days. Peter provides everything that anyone could need to make for a great vacation. We took advantage of Peter's deals with the dive shop and snorkeled on a number of occasions and it was alot of fun. The beach at Sapphire is a wonderful place to either just relax or take in the many water activities that are offered. We found ourselves doing both nearly everyday, but the relaxation under the sea greape trees in the afternoon was a particular treat. The proximity of Sapphire Beach to Red Hook made day trips to St John a breeze. We went over several times and fell in love with Cinammon Bay. We went to several others such as Trunk Bay and Honeymoon Beach, but found Cinammon beautiful (but all of them really are!). Peter's suggestion of a cruise on the Daydreamer catamaran to Jost Van Dyke was also a great one. We had a blast on the all day cruise and were mesmerized by the waters of White Bay. Finally, what will be hard to describe in words, is the spectacular view from the balcony at the condo. We found ourselves every evening just relaxing overlooking Pillsbury Sound just amazed at the views and it was also alot of fun to watch all the boats sailing by. We are still telling our friends and family about what you get to just marvel at while sitting in a comfy chair or laying in the hammock while enjoying a nice drink and the cool tradewinds which are so refreshing after a day in the sun. So two big thumbs up first to Peter and if you decide to stay at the Hammock in Heaven, you will not go wrong. We have vacationed at many other places around the globe and traveled many places in our 20 years in the military and I can assure you this was one of the most relaxing places we have been. Thanks Peter!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Elkhart, IN

Honeymoon Heaven

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at this condo several times in the past and the renovations that were recently done to this unit are OUTSTANDING! This is absolutely the best condo to be at while vacationing at Sapphire. My new husband and I spent a blissful week in St. Thomas for our honeymoon. It was perfect and we didn't want to leave. I could go on and on about the views this condo has, it truly is breathtaking. And the bed was the most comfortable bed we have ever slept on. I highly recommend the sunset dinner cruise that sets sail from the Marina next door. I also liked the beach bar that recently opened up next to the dive shop, a much needed and added bonus. Thank you Robert for the use of your beautiful place.. We shall return again and again!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing location, beautiful and clean condo!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had an amazing stay at Hammock in Heaven. Everything was exactly how it was described and more. The condo was VERY clean and had everything we needed to cook, snorkel, beach chairs, etc. The owner was so great and patient in answering all my questions (yes, ladies he even has a hairdryer for his quests) and his Island guide was super helpful in helping us find restaurants, shops, plan excursions, etc. The condo location is fabulous. Its so close to Red Hook so we were able to get up early and catch the first ferry to ST John....Trunk Bay was our favorite. Plus lots of great little restaurants in Red Hook as well. Also right next to a marina where you can rent Jet Skis--so much fun! And also plan boating excursions, parasailing, etc. My husband and I went to dinner at a different location every night and so we were able to see many other resorts, hotels, etc and we both agreed that we made the best choice in choosing to stay at Hammock in Heaven. Wi-fi was great as well. I cannot say enough great things about Hammock in Heaven, we will for sure be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lowell NC

A true paradise retreat

  • 5 of 5

The entire experience, from initial contact requesting information about the rental through the arrival process was absolutely flawless, the owner represented the unit perfectly in every detail. This property is stunning with views that will make you never want to leave. The furnishings and fixtures of the unit are first class. The care and helpfulness of the owner is second to none, the owner was on island during our visit and took the time to introduce himself and make sure everything was as expected, rest assured my expectations were exceeded in every way. Thank You and we are already planning for our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place

  • 4 of 5

We were so impressed with the location and the overal apearence. The only problem was the loss of cable TV 3 of the nights there and the internet was very bad.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation! Hammock in Heaven Sapphire Beach St Thomas

  • 5 of 5

Just when I thought "Hammock in Heaven" could not get any better, wow, were we in for a surprise! The past owner finally decided to sell his little slice of heaven to a new owner. Upon his purchase, Bob decided it was time for a renovation, and what a renovation it was! Top to bottom, done in the most relaxing shade of grey with accents in deep shades of red. All new dishes, silverware, and appliances. On the patio is a high table Polywood set with four tall chairs, just the perfect height for seeing over the railings. In addition there are two pillowed chairs with a two person couch and matching coffee table. ( As a result of the rainfall at night, we chose to bring the pillows in at night so they would be dry in the mornings ). There is also a George Forman grill outdoors (as well as a second one in the kitchen) which was very useful for steaks and burgers. The all new bathroom follows the same color palette with plenty of draws for storage. The new shower now has a built in sit down bench which is very nice and with all new, well maintained towels makes for a delightful shower experience. The new bedding including a new mattress which by the way is the most comfortable my wife and I have ever slept on, makes for an outstanding nights rest. Upon entry into this wonderful unit, you can't help to notice how spotless it is. Thanks to Kathleen and her well guided team, everything is spotless. She makes sure that everything is in tip top shape and is ready for your arrival. If there is anything you need, Kathleen is there to do her best to help you or to get you I touch with someone who can. Bob includes a PDF file "Guide to Relaxation" emailed to you a guide where to go and what to do. There is some very useful info included, make sure to read it over, you will find it very helpful. All that is left to say is Enjoy Your Stay, we sure did.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Cyril J. King
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Red Hook (St. John and BVI)
Nearest Point of Interest
Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina
Car: not necessary

Snorkeling right off the beach; tarpon feeding in the marina, excursions and adventures out of the marina.


Rates & Availability

East End Condo Rental Rates

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Jul 9 2016 - Nov 11 2016
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
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Nov 12 2016 - Dec 16 2016
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Dec 17 2016 - Mar 31 2017
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Apr 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
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Jul 8 2017 - Nov 10 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.5%

Prices are based on two guests. Additional guest are charged $50 per night.

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East End Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1), If the guests are vacationing with family or friends, the Owner will furnish one roll-away, fully automatic Aero-Beds for increased comfort in addition to the standard king-size bed., Baby Cribs (1) can be provided at guest's request.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Pedal Boat
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Two Cable TVs, fresh beach and bath towels, air conditioning, two Ceiling Fans, all new contemporary furniture, free beach lounge chairs and snorkeling equipment

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