My wie and I flew out of JFK at 8:00 AM and our flight landed at 12 and grabbed our bags (we checked scuba gear) our car Ford Fiesta at Hertz we had a great lunch at Molly Malones in nearby Red Hook to kick off our stay.First time in a condo on vacation and I'm not sure how anybody could complain about this place. Our room was fantastic with a nice patio right on the beach. Great new bed large sitting area and a full kitchen. I'm not a bathoom inspector but it sure looked clean to me. We never asked guest service for a thing which is nomal for us and hardly said a word to anyone on the satff after check in which was on time at 3:00. We were swimming at 3:15. Absolutely beautiful. Our fresh towels were delevered on Wednesday as promised and my wife grabbed a few extras for the pool. The pool was fantastic double tierd with an amazing view. The beach is even better than the pictures with tons of great snorkling steps off the beach. We also had a little kitten that visited everyday for milk. It must be a tradition there as lots of people commented on the cats and our patio had a bowl set out when we got there. I'm not a cat guy but the cat was pretty cool and clean. Got used to it pretty quick sitting on the pattio with us every night. Saint Thomas was not what I expected. It was very American which was great for me. Didn't have Bob Marley piped in 24/7 or smelly water. and the food was fantatic (but very expensive). You could basicly get everything you can get in New York in Saint Thomas including the daily paper and ESPN radio. Locals are pretty rude though if you asked me. Not helpful at all. We stopped even trying to talk to them by day three. Just beat them to the ignore and don't bother. All the shops and restaurants are run by transplanted statesiders anyway and they were great. Don't bother with Dive In at Sapphire beach. It's not a Dive Shop. The instructor had no interst in diving. They blew me off pretty quick all they wanted was the cruise money for snorkels and beach chairs. Go into Red Hook to Red Hook Dive. They have a great boat Fools Gold that goes out twice a day and the diving and crew were fantastic and really helpful. Coki Beach dive was also great for a fantastic shore dive for only $50 bucks. The beach was crowded but fun if you are only stopping. People having brews and partying at 10 AM. We went to Coral Wold while we were there too, the only touristy thing we dd. It was fun. Really enjoyed feeding the birds and petting the shark. We rented a car which was really worth it as all the restaurants are just out of walking distance and cabs can be expensive ($12 a head to Red Hook each way). Driving was a little hairy but nothing to bad after the initial drive from airport while getting used to the traffic flow. Remember keep your shoulder on the shoulder (drive on left). This made it easy to shop and get to the dive boat during the day and dinner. IOne tip I'd get a real small car as the roads are tight and parking is a pain in the a--. Don't expect any help on that from locals or police either. We asked about parking and we were looked at like we had two heads. Just pay for parking at the Ferry lot and make life easier than driving around in circles wating fo a spot like I did the first day. It;s a pain making a u-urn believe me! As another tip I'd go with Hertz as its in airport and pick up return is a breaze. We cooked a few of our meals in the condo and ate on the pattio. bThe kitchen was stacked witheverything we needed and stove worked fine. It was great. Never did that before on a vacation but it was nice and different but we had to do dishes. Not a big deal looking right out at he Carribean. The nights are amazingly quiet at Sapphire Beach which was pretty cool for the two nights we stayed in cooking watching the planets and stars and satelites and southern cosellations while swimming in the dark. Walk by the docks at the Marina too, the boats are amazing and from all over the world Yawls. yachts, powerboats, sail boats dive boats and fishing boats. Real peaceful in the dark Caribbean night. Molly Malones. Pesce and Red Hook Saloon were all great. We ate the breakfast at the Marina grill and It was pretty good and lunch was really good the day never left the each. The staff was just weird though They act as if they're doing you a huge favor by charging you $15 bucks for a hamburger and take for ever to help you. I asked for pepper and it was laughable the response. I'm from NYC so Island Time is really not for me. I think it is just lazy stoned people sick of tourists but just ignore it and have fun. The snorkeling the beach the stars the fishing the swimming and relaxing on an amazing beach crystal clear skys and crisp clean air were just perfect for uswihout all the bogus organized activities. Great escape from the cold north eat winter. Warm sunny days and great scuba diving were the highlights for us and certainly take the ferry to Saint John''s which is a little more sophistiacted and a good spot for dinner. We went to High Tide right on the dock and JJ's. Very cool little town with more of a Carribean feel. The ferry is fun and right in Red Hook. If you to do some drinking on Saint Thomas head to the bars in Red Hook along the docks American Yacht Harbor (I think thats it but you can't miss it it is a small town) they party pretty good. But team up for a cab it can get a little sketchy late... All in all I give it a nine out of ten with the dirrect flights easy customs and just absolute perfect beaches. Only draw back is it's expensive, anda little unfreindly. I'm used to getting deals in the Islands but it is even more expensive than NYC! But man oh man what a beach.
We have toured the whole U.S. Virgin Island. We have determined that Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina probably has one of the best beaches and views of the island, however, the management of the resort can be call nothing short of "Horrible". I have never stayed at a place where when you walked in, half of the light bulbs did not work. The remote control of the TV did not work. The room smelled old and musty. The room is not very clean. I often felt that there were bugs on the couch. The view from the room is breath taking and it is a beach resort but it took us 4-5 trips to the office to get some beach towels. There is no lobby for the Resort, just a small room used as its office. The people at the desk simply did not care. We found out on our last day that the owner and the management company had some conflicts and it was agreed to let the hotel rot. And rot it did. The resort looks semi-decent from the front but looking at it from the back, you will be shocked. It looks grey and run down from the back. It is a shame.
The unit we stayed in was dated, but was fairly clean. If you are looking for world class service and lots of amenities (although, there is a place to get burgers for lunch right by the beach) this may not be the place for you. However, I have to say the staff I encountered were certainly friendly, and nobody made us feel unwelcome. The main reason to stay at Sapphire is the nice beach and the fact you are literally seconds from your door to the water. Also, being on the east end puts you closer to St. John (go there for a full day trip-it's much less commercial and very beautiful in spots) I have heard there are VAST differences in the quality of some of the units, so I will be checking into this next time we go to St. Thomas.
I made my travel plans at the last minute and did not have huge expectations for this resort. Unfortunately, my expectations were met. The resort is very rundown and reminded me of Gilligan's island. There were none of the usual comforts that you grow accustomed to when traveling to the carribean. No coffee in the rooms, no onsite place to dine. No ice machines. I had to take a taxi to eat. The staff was somewhat bothered with any requests that I had. The lady that handled the breakfast "shack" refused to acknowledge you unless you said good morning to her first. The beach was pretty. The pool was "ok". I will never go back sorry to say. I will say that the condo I stayed in F105 was well maintained. Otherwise, the trip was a bust.
Just came back from a stay at the Sapphire Beach. To begin with, it should be clarified in the entry that this a block of condos, not a resort or hotel. Most of the other "guests" were owners of other condos, and you are basically timesharing a condo during your stay. That said, the room was nice and spacious, and the beautiful beach was literally right outside our back door.
When we arrived there was no one to greet us. No sign to direct us to the office . Finally, someone came up and showed us where the office was. No one was at the desk at first. They told us we were given an up grade because they didn't have what we requested. Sounded good, but the unit was filthy! There was feces on the master bath toilet. I cleaned it because I really had to go! The fridge leaked, the patio furniture was filthy and everything was dusty ! There were limited pots, no vending machines and the restaurant closes after lunch which no one told us. We had to leave this so called resort for everything which was an added expense ! My granddaughter was given a towel that was stained with blood! There was construction going on! The beach is small and rocky. Most of it has signs saying to stay off the coral so it's unusable . I couldn't call the office from the unit so we had to go to the office for everything. The living area TV was disconnected so my grand daughter couldn't use it! They never bothered to fix it!!! The best thing was the view!
We were upgraded to a beachfront room and it was beautiful! Everything went smoothly and I will definitely use CheapCarribean in the future for great deals on vacations! I would recommend the beachfront rooms on the bottom floor- it would be well worth it to pay extra. To avoid the cruise ship crowds you can day trip the the other islands. Amazing!
Stop on your way to the resort and get some groceries This is not an all inclusive place Absolutely beautiful thow Nearest grocery in Red Hook About 2 mile walk to if fit steep hills Bring money sticker shock in grocery store Very Queit beach great for kids no partying Views are awesome
Sapphire Beach room views are worth the stay. The condo was recently renovated. Waking each day to the white sand and blue water was so relaxing. Sapphire is the place to be for rest and relaxation.
The location is the best BUT resort is run down, room service is poor and cleanliness is not the best , room service is not daily. Cabs are expensive and no restaurants around so given food is not included and if ur room has kitchen we went to FOOD CENTER to get food although locals will tell u to go to mos shopping center which is located in red hook and very small if ur used to supermarkets in the US food center is closest and lots of selection. red hook is walkable distance but if u ask locals they will tell u to take cab because they need the $. But location of the resort is nice and lots of iguanas on property. Pool is dirty and run down and ducks live tthete