|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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. 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 of Sapphire Beach 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. Surround yourself in luxurious comfort in this elegant sanctuary by the sea!
E-307 is a fully renovated 2-story villa that sleeps up to 6, and is ideally suited for a couple or family. Travertine natural stone tile on both floors, custom cherry cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms, and luscious granite countertops lend an understated elegance. The first floor of this 960 square-foot air conditioned villa features a recently renovated 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) 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 travertine stone tile. The first floor bathroom has also been renovated with tiled floors and walls, granite countertops, double sinks, cherry vanity, 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 new 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 travertine tile, granite countertop, and cherry vanity. 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 consists of 2 crescent-shaped beaches that offer sugar white sand, crystal clear blue/turquoise water, and world-class snorkeling. The E building sits directly on the quieter of these two beaches and offers privacy and unobstructed views of St. John and the British Virgin Islands, 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.
Keywords: Condo, villa, beachfront, Caribbean
My wife and I live and work in the Washington, D.C. area and enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake Bay in our spare time. In fact, we named the condo after our boat - 'Far Niente.'
Mike Rhodes purchased this condo in 2011
We have been coming to St. Thomas since the mid-1990's and have always loved staying at Sapphire Beach. Having travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean and Europe, we have yet to find a beach as beautiful as Sapphire Beach with views as stunning as those from our balconies.
The location of the E Building, directly on the beach, provides unobstructed views of St. John and the British Virgin Islands. We were lucky to find a 2-level villa condo in the E Building and purchased the unit in September, 2011. After completing our renovations in December, 2011, we are proud to offer our Island Paradise for rental to our guests.
We spent a week at Mike's condo celebrating my wife's 30th birthday. The views from this unit are amazing. We traveled all over St. Thomas & St. John and were hard pressed to find better views of the Caribbean & the other islands anywhere. Sapphire Beach is gorgeous. Of the 8 or so beaches we checked out, Sapphire was one of our favorites (along with Lindquist & Hawksnest on St. John). Red Hook is conveniently located just down the hill and has bars, restaurants & a grocery store. We chartered a boat out of Sapphire Marina (check out 'Lion in da Sun' on Facebook) on Thanksgiving. It was the best day of our trip! The beach bar at Sapphire has surprisingly good food and great drinks. Sapphire like the rest of St. Thomas, gets crowded on cruise ships days but we had no problem finding a great spot on the beach and thoroughly enjoying ourselves. We went to Maui for our honeymoon and enjoyed the beaches around STT & STJ as much if not more than the beaches on Maui. Check out happy hour at Secret Harbour. **$7 ahi nachos!! I'd definitely stay at this condo again!
My family and I couldn't have been happier with this rental. The Villa is the way to go as it gave the 4 of us space to spread out. I ran into many families at Saphire in the studios and they all felt cramped. Mike was great to work with and responded immediately to any questions we had. The unit was super clean and well stocked and the A/C worked great. We have already begun planning our trip back for next year.
Gorgeous Views Everyday
Villa Far Niente was the perfect place for our vacation on St. Thomas. The condo was clean, comfortable, spacious and met all out needs. The location was ideal for boating, snorkeling and restaurants. Being right on the beach was convenient and relaxing, and Sapphire Beach offers many amenities. The closeness to Red Hook and the marina were also a plus. Mike’s personal recommendations and tips were extremely helpful. Our views from the balconies were spectacular each day. This is definitely a place we will return to and recommend to our friends.
Villa Far Niente certainly lived up to its name! The two of us found ourselves carefree as we enjoyed lunch or dinner each day on the balcony. Besides our food, we also feasted on the lovely azure water and enjoyed the comings and goings of the birds and boats. We even saw a heron catching a ride on a boat gliding into the marina. The condo was very comfortably and beautifully furnished in keeping with the island atmosphere. We found it easy to get around St. Thomas using the taxis Mike recommended and enjoyed Phantasea Gardens, walking around Charlotte Amalie, and sailing to St. John with Captain Max and snorkeling there. We also loved Mike's restaurant guide and enjoyed meals at Fish Tails and Molly Malone's on St. Thomas and at Ocean Grill on St. John's. Moe's Market in Red Hook had all the groceries we needed. The beach in front of the condo was gorgeous and we availed ourselves of the beach chairs provided for guests. The real hit was snorkeling at Sapphire Beach using the map and gear that Mike and Margie provided. There were so many tropical fish and amazing coral. It was a beautiful and relaxing swim out to the point. Mike gave us excellent service, responding to our needs when we called. We highly recommend Villa Far Niente and would go back there in a minute.
Our family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) thoroughly enjoyed our vacation in St. Thomas. Mike's villa was clean and comfortable and very thoughtfully met all of our needs. There was nothing we lacked. Having snorkel gear in the condo, along with books and his personal insights as to where to snorkel were invaluable! We saw so many fish, stingray, etc. Sapphire Beach is lovely , and the condo is also very close (like 3 minutes) to Lindquist Beach was breathtakingly gorgeous as well. The views are just as pictured. One morning my husband even saw two whales from the balcony, just amazing! The condo is minutes from the town of Red Hook, which offers the ferry to St. John along with many good restaurants. We recommend X and O Bistro for a special dinner, the Mexican place in town called Melt was also very good. Very good grocery store there as well, called Moe's Fresh Market (if I recall correctly). We rented a jeep which I recommend as the roads are often bumpy and the hills are steep. Overall, our time in St. Thomas was excellent, thank you Mike!
Day Sails, Ferry to St. John 5 minutes away in Red Hook, Excursions to the BVI
Rates based upon double occupancy, plus 12.5% USVI Room Tax. $15/person per night for additional guests (for 2016, $20 in 2017).
Price includes: exit cleaning, all linens and towels, beach chairs and snorkel gear, Free Wi-Fi Internet, premium cable TV.