This was my third time in Steve and Honey's condo, and as usual it was perfect! This time though, I started and ended the stay by myself. One of my friends joined me for a few days before joining her husband in St. Martin.
Because I was going by myself, I opted not to rent a car this time, I packed some food and figured that the beach food on previous visits was very good so I would eat lunch there. This was a great decision! I took a taxi from the airport to the condo for $22.00. There was a couple in the taxi with me who were also going to SBCW and when they found out that I was staying in B-11 they said that based on all the great reviews on B-11 they had wanted to stay there but could never find a time where it was available. I told them that all the positive reviews were true and to keep trying and that this was my third time here.
The following morning on the beach, I met a woman who arranged her trip through a rental agency and said that the first unit was horrible and she complained until she was moved to a different unit. The next unit wasn't much better but at least it was cleaner. She also paid three times the rental for the week than I paid. I told her how wonderful B-11 was and she was going to contact the owners for a rental next year.
Once my friend arrived we decided to take the taxi into Red Hook for dinner. We walked to the end of the driveway and within five minutes the dollar taxi came by and for $1.00 each we got the ride into town. We were also easily able to get the taxi back to our unit by another company for $4.00 each.
I don't think I will ever rent a car again there, it was just so convenient to have someone pick us up and so much cheaper, because renting a car on St. Thomas is not cheap.
I had everything in the condo that I needed. There was shampoo, conditioner, body soap, even brand new puffs to use. There are more than enough towels and linens. The beds are exceptionally comfortable and the air conditioner works wonderfully. There are dishes and cups galore and a coffee pot with filters and also coffee.
The snorkeling equipment was vast and although I did not use it this time, last year it was in great shape and all different sizes are available. Sapphire Beach is beautiful! The water is so clear and warm. The view of St. John is terrific and the privacy of the beach is incredible. The snorkeling right off the beach is tremendous.
It tended to rain a bit on two of the days and we just had to move under the beautiful trees for cover until the rain passed by a couple of minutes later.
The beach attendant was terrific and by the second day knew exactly which type of chair I wanted and where I liked it placed. She was very friendly and sweet.
Speaking of friendly, Norma is an angel! She cleans the condo up between rentals and does a great job! She happened to be cleaning when I arrived and I was delighted that she remembered me from my visit with my husband prior to his death. She hugged me and we talked and then she told me she was going to check on me until my friend arrived. She also gave me some cleaning tips to use in my own home!
I can go on and on about how perfect this unit is and how wonderful Steve and Honey are. My advice to anyone who wants to travel to St. Thomas is to rent B-11. If the week you want is not available than change your week, you won't be sorry!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crystal Cove Villas will be your home by the sea in the Caribbean. Escape to your own private retreat when you stay in one of our fully equipped condo villas with spectacular beach and ocean views. Whether you're relaxing by the pool or gazing upon a gorgeous sunset, your experience here will leave you wanting more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crystal Cove Villas Hotel St. Thomas
- Crystal Cove Villas St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands