Over The Marina And A Short Stroll To The Beach.
About Gayle King
Grew up in Florida around what I thought was one of the most beautiful beaches around, until I came to St. Thomas. Now I'm retired and living in an area where there is snow almost every winter and look forward to coming to St. Thomas as my special getaway. It is so calming hearing the water from my window.
Gayle King purchased this Condo in 2015
Why Gayle King chose Estate Smith Bay
In 2004 we visited Sapphire Village and came back every year thereafter. We love looking out of the window into the beautiful blue water or sitting on the balcony watching the boats go by and enjoying the cool breeze. The chance to purchase Dru's place was presented to us and we jumped at the opportunity. So, any past renters that loved her place as much as we do are welcomed back.
What makes this Condo unique
The balcony is right over the marina with an excellent view of the clear blue water. The pool is just a minute away from the unit. Red Hook is a 5 minute drive away, with great restaurants and a market for your grocery needs.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Good price for the area
This unit is located in the Sapphire Condominiums/Sapphire Beach.
While it is a little outdated, it has all the amenities you could want. Slice (restaurant) is just outside of the building, right next to one of the area's pools.The biggest downfall is the shower which is touchy and the hot water would only come out every so often and it was hard to control.The unit is located on the bottom floor of the building. The view off the "balcony" does overlook the marina, but it also overlooks large shipping containers that are 50 ft in front of the unit which isn't the nicest. Not sure if they're there due to hurricane restorations.
Sapphire Beach is a just a quick 5 minute walk away; located on the resort side of Sapphire. Unfortunately when we visited in February 2019, there was a lot of seaweed on the beach so we didn't find it to be the nicest.
Although the host was very kind, the unit was clean and the description of the unit was accurate, it was really the shower that lowered our review of the rental.
Red Hook is only a <5 min ride away (don't walk it). Magens Bay is a ~20 min ride away.
Thank you for your comments. As noted, my unit appears as shown in the pictures with the exception of a new sofa. A water tank is forthcoming, since the waterless tank is a bit tricky. Due to the Irma/Maria devastation, renovations are ongoing and crates should be removed upon completion.
A very well equipped and beautiful condo
My wife and I spent a very enjoyable four day stay at this condo. The location on the east end of the island was great and the specific location within the complex was also great. Everything was as advertised. The owners and the staff at the complex were very helpful and answered all our questions promptly. We enjoyed the beautiful view from the balcony of the marina. A special treat was the restaurant on the premises with great food and friendly staff. It was great to meet some of our neighbors there. We would return for a second visit or recommend it to others.
We have been coming to the USVI for many years now and have always enjoyed our stays.
Unfortunately these beautiful islands and their people suffered through both Irma and Maria and have been truly challenged these last months as they work to reconstruct their livelihoods and land/surroundings.
Because of the devastation from the storms we were unable to visit last fall as planned but decided not to wait and moved our reservations to this spring.
Gayle was very accommodating, thoughtful and helpful in making this change possible. She also was able to provide good information about what was happening during the ensuing months. When we arrived at the unit, it was just as beautiful and comfortable as could be hoped for. In fact, it is so nice that we hope to return and stay with Gayle again in the future. I would recommend this beautiful unit and its kind owner without reservations.
Thanks so much for your thoughtful review. I'm happy that you had the opportunity to visit the island and chose my place. You are always welcome to return. I hope to see you again!
Good room, great location, safe area
Gail was great. The room was nice, clean and much larger than I expected. The add on charges were more than I expected. However, I WOULD ABSOLUTELY STAY HERE AGAIN.
Thank you for your review. The service fee ordered by VRBO is for running the site, advertising the units, and providing 24/7 customer service but I understand your concern with the pricing. I try to provide reasonable rates. I look forward to your next visit.
Would definitely rent this place again. I'll suggest a car, if you want to do more than lay on the beach.
Welcome to Paradise
The property and the unit are impeccably clean. All amenities are as described. No complaints here, and I hope to return again soon.
Thank you Janice for this positive review. I passed it on to housecleaning. Please come again, I look forward to your return.