£105.62 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in 12 Oct 2014 Check-out 13 Oct 2014

Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

2 stars
Smith Bay Estates, Route 6 Smith Bay, St. Thomas, 00802
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.9
out of 5
33 reviews
Absolutely Loved it

Perfection. Absolute beauty and the greatest hospitalityin the world. See full review

  • justjess1
  • 10 Apr 2014
Get what you pay for

While our room was wonderful, the resort definitely needs updates. Only one restaurant over in the... See full review

  • KFal
  • 20 Jul 2014
Spectacular views plus sailing, snorkeling from a huge secluded beach
The Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort on St. Thomas offers guests a variety of complimentary amenities, including the use of non-motorized water toys, snorkeling gear, windsurfers and even small sailboats. A half-mile long secluded beach is the perfect launching point for all sorts of water fun. Guests also use the freshwater pool that overlooks the bay, two lighted tennis courts and beach volleyball court. Fishing charters are available from the resort Marina (fees apply).
Highlights
  • Complimentary use of non-motorized water sports equipment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in lobby area
  • PADI dive center
  • 67 slip marina with charters to St. John and British Virgin Island
  • Fishing charters available
Rooms
The 155 rooms and suites at the family-friendly Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort accommodate parties of up to six guests. Tempur-Pedic mattresses ensure a good night's sleep. The larger suites and villas include one king bed, two twins, plus a pull-out sofa. All air-conditioned rooms are decorated with island-inspired rattan furniture and vibrant island colors. Rooms feature a balcony or patio, and overlook the marina, British Virgin Island or St. John. All rooms feature either a kitchenette or a full kitchen. Store valuables in in-room safes.
Features
Boating and scuba enthusiasts will love the full-service dive shop, plus a 67-slip marina. Guests are welcome to use the resort snorkeling gear, windsurfers, kayaks and small sailboats. For those who want even more adventure, the resort is close to parasailing and eco-tours (fees apply). Fishing charters depart daily from the marina and a ferry service shuttles guests to St. John (fee applies). Grocery stores close by are an added convenience for visitors.
Transportation
  • Cyril E. King International Airport (8 mi/12.8 km)
Attractions
  • Redhook Bay Ferry to St. John Island (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Coral World Marine Park and Observatory (1.4 mi/2.2 km)
  • Magen's Bay Beach (5.1 mi/8.2 km)
  • Emancipation Garden (5.2 mi/8.4 km)
  • Blackbeard's Castle (5.2 mi/8.2 km)
  • Fort Christian (5.2 mi/8.4 km)
Policies and fees
Children under age 12 are free when using existing bedding and accompanied by parent. Pets are not allowed. Minimum age to check in is 21. Complimentary parking. Car rental on property. Babysitting services available (fees apply). Concierge available. Resort fee applies.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort Rooms

Beachfront Suite
Beachfront suite with king bed. Suite includes separate living room area with queen sofa sleeper, kitchen and dining area. All suites include alarm clock, patio or balcony, hairdryer, radio, cable TV and writing desk.
Beachfront Villa
Features 1 king bed upstairs, with a two-queen pull out sofa bed in downstairs living room. Enjoy a 150 square foot ocean-view balcony off of the living & dining room with lounge chairs and outdoor dining set. Also, there is a small balcony off of the bedroom with lounge chairs too.
Harbor View Suite
Yacht harbor view suite with king bed. Suite includes separate living room area with queen sofa sleeper, kitchen and dining area. All suites include alarm clock, patio or balcony, hairdryer, radio, cable TV and writing desk.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Outdoor pool
Tennis
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Doctor on call
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

18.335 -64.85
Area served
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Nearby airports
Cyril E. King International (STT)
Area description
On the Eastern end of the island, over looking the Brisith Virgin Islands and St. John, moments from Red Hook and the ferry to St. John.

Nearby points of interest

  • Red Hook: 0.4 mi
  • St Thomas: 1.5 mi
  • Paradise Point Lookout Tram: 4.2 mi
  • Fort Christian: 5.3 mi
  • Blackbeard's Castle: 5.3 mi
  • Charlotte Amalie: 5.7 mi

Dining

Breakfast/Cocktail Parties
Free continental breakfast daily and managers cocktail party.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Extra charges may apply for children. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the quoted rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (33)

Ratings and reviews for Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

Overall score

2.9 / 5
5.01.0
33 out of 33
Amenities:
2.7
Room cleanliness:
3.3
Hotel staff:
3.3
Room comfort:
3.3
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.2

58% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
KFal
CT
20 Jul 2014

Get what you pay for

While our room was wonderful, the resort definitely needs updates. Only one restaurant over in the next property (Sapphire Village) and there's literally no other walkable options for food. Staff at the resort was not welcoming and the pool is in very poor condition.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
4
Location:
2
Value:
3
Review of Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
jonnyboy12
Illinois
28 Apr 2014

Beach Time on St Thomas

We stayed at Saphire for 2 nightst after a week in the BVI to do a little unwinding and not have to hassle with the ferry schedules before flying back. We chose Saphire as it was a little cheaper and allowed shorter term stays, as well we could get a condo that opened right onto the beach. The location is great as it's a 3 minute drive from the shops and restaurants of Red Hook. The issue with the property is that it has changed ownership/management hands many times recently and they don't seem to be able to get things up and running. Pool is descent but surrounded by construction debris and there are no real restaurants. Honestly next time I will pay a bit more and go to Bolongo but proximity to RH was a plus.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Best attribute is short distance to Red Hook and place is fairly quiet due to the repuation of being run down.

Review of Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
justjess1
washington
10 Apr 2014

Absolutely Loved it

Perfection. Absolute beauty and the greatest hospitalityin the world.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Peggybw
Ames,Iowa
2 Apr 2014

Great space but, everything needs updating

The staff were all nice . The hotel was not very clean . We only had one burner on our stove that worked and the pans in the kitchen terrible - the Teflon finish was so scrapped off - I went and bought a new pan to use while I was there . I was very disappointed with the hotel .

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Review of Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Love St Thomas
Ohio
27 Mar 2014

Great Visit

Was absolutely wonderful! Can't wait to return. Friendly helpful staff! Couldn't have been more perfect.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Rent a Jeep to visit St John's. Our car couldn't make the hills.

Review of Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
travelalot400
Oregon
8 Mar 2014

little run down

Location is great, price is better than others but you get what you pay for. Our unit was clean but a little noisy and the condos in general are just a bit dated with no signs of repair or upkeep. Probably used to be a nicer place. We had a car so it wasn't a big deal cause we just went to other places. Bed was not that comfortable. We enjoyed the kitchen but no can opener. Also there was an ironing board but no iron. Weird. And asking for things always made the staff seem put out. Beautiful island but wouldn't necessarily stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Magen's Beach was as beautiful as the reviews say. Spend the money and go. We went in the afternoon after the cruisers were gone and practically had the place to ourselves.

Review of Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Scammed Suzy
AZ
4 Jan 2014

WORST DECISION EVER

As a friendly traveler i suggest DO NOT BELIEVE THESE PICTURES! Not only was it an $80 cab ride from the airport for my family but when we got here it was completely rundown and falling apart. There isn't even an reception office. it's in one of the rooms which was sketchy but the Lady worker was completely RUDE! if you still want to go here and risk your vacation happiness like we did then dont show up before 3pm or you will be asked to sit on a bench... in the rain, until the room is ready. NO GOOD AMENITIES. NO GOOD SERVICE. THIS IS NOT A RESORT. This was a scam. you have been honestly warned.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
2
Sightseeing tip: In Hotel

Tennis courts were not able to be used properly because they had chunks missing. PICTURES ARE LIES

Review of Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Colorado Jim
Montrose, CO
24 Dec 2012

Return to family visit

Was pleasantly surprised at quality and cleanliness when we opened the door to unit C204 after reading prior reviews. This is not a luxury resort, so one should moderate their expectations in terms of price vs facilities to be fair. Was there for last 3 days of a St. John journey before heading home. Room smelled freshly cleaned (light ammonia smell) and was very clean upon arrival. Linens and room cleaned again on third day – which was fine with us given fresh water limitations and very high utility costs there. Checked for the bedbug scare and that was a non-event. Was surprised there were no other bugs since it is a tropical climate. The decks for the units were in the shade all day at this time of year, which I prefer. Some exterior wood over the deck was dried out, but wood trim in that climate is not a wise choice. Beach and water are fabulous – the pictures on website were not lies. In terms of staff, they were a step above the normal for the islands. At least they didn’t act like they resented you like most other staff at the stores and shops. But times are tough on the islands right now, so make allowances. I would definitely use this facility again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Nearby shopping is limited. We had a car and made a couple trips to Charlotte for shopping. Parking there is a nightmare, so a serious shopper might want to cab it if wanting an all-day spree down there. Saves on the nerves of driving.

Review of Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
ChaChaChassy
Albany, NY
13 Aug 2012

BEAUTIFUL beach. Bad Management at Condo Resort

Sapphire Beach is really gorgeous. The snorkeling right off the beach was really good. We saw several turtles, stingrays, a spotted eagle ray, we fed fish with dog bones from the grocery store. It was really nice. The "restaurant" at the hotel is a small tent with a very limited menu and not so friendly service. Food on the island is very expensive in general. But there is a grocery store in Red Hook, just a couple minutes up the street, and the condo's do have kitchens. We found a few gems of people with wonderful people, but from what we understand, many natives on the island, don't like Americans, and it shows. We are very friendly, and have kids, and always tried to strike up conversations, and find something nice to talk about, but many islanders were just not interested. The condo was sufficient, and nice enough. It wasn't luxurious, but we were outside most of the time anyway. We were told the management has really gone downhill because they want to sell it, but they have acquired so much debt on the property (and in St. Thomas the debt is sold with the property), that no one is interested in purchasing it. The cleaning crew only comes in every other day, and only leaves enough towels for showing, or the beach/pool. So we were constantly in need of clean towels. I don't really like drying off with a saltwater towel. We were married right on The Point, and took incredible pictures on the beach. Overall it was a great vacation, but the actual condo resort itself is in need of some attention, both in the building itself, but mostly in the friendliness of the staff (at the hotel and around the island), making people feel welcome. Make sure you check out Taco stand in Red Hook for a great and cheap lunch. Taco's with all the extras $3 each. The Aquarium was also really cool. We did the Sea Lion experience and the kids loved it. A trip on the ferry over to St. John leaving out of Red Hook was very nice. St. John is much more laid back, and friendly. There are plenty of restaurants in Red Hook as well. If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend renting a car for your stay though. The east end of the island is 25-30 minutes from Charlotte Amalie, and the walk to Red Hook would be a bit of a hike from the hotel as well, even though it's only a few minutes in the car. Taxi's are expensive, so a car is totally worth it. There is not a decent restaurant at the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Go to Red Hook. Lots of restaurants, a couple grocery stores, and a few gift shops. Make sure to go to the Taco stand (you'll see it heading east on your right side of the road right in the middle of Red Hook town). Tacos for $2-3 each, and they are good. You can get chicken, beef, or bean tacos.

Review of Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Honney mooners
Dallas, Texas
12 Aug 2012

If your looking to save money

The second we walked into the room it smelled sour. The blanket on the bed felt damp. Figured out the sour smell was coming from the "book case" furniture that was behind the bed. I guess the smell is coming from the ocean outside and the dampness in the air if people are leaving the sliding glass door open. The shower curtain also smelled. It did have a full kitchen. The beach was nice, right there you didnt have to travel to get to the beach. Marina right there also, so if you are doing any day trips on sail boats you are most likely departing from the Sapphire Marina. That was nice because we didnt have to get a taxi to get there, it was right outside out back door. It was especially nice when we came back from the day sail, we were tired, hot and BURNED from being on the boat for 6 hours and in just 1 minute we were in our room. The free breakfast you get is nothing special. We were thinking we would be getting eggs, bacon, hash browns, pancakes. Nope, you get a choice of: small bowl of cereal, a bagel, croissant, granola bar, muffin or fruit. And one of the ladys at the stand is not very nice. A can of soda is $2. The other hotel staff were very nice and helpful. The pool was pretty, not many people there obviously they are at the beach. Red Hook is only 2 minutes down the road, a $4 taxi ride per person. A bunch of restaurants there and some shopping. You can also get a ferry to go to other islands. If you are wanting delivery food call Senor Pizza, the wings are really good. We found that place is the only delivery food in that area. Im not completely downing this hotel but if you can spend a little extra money you probably should book elsewhere. But if you dont mind the sour smell you will be fine. I will be choosing a different hotel next time I visit. There are a few other hotels that looked nice in the area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Sightseeing tip: In Hotel

St. Thomas Tropics Tours. Michael is a great tour guide. The St. Thomas/shopping tour is really great. Michael tells you a lot of info about the islands and takes you to a few different locations the drops you off to shop around for 3 hours then takes you back to the hotel. We really enjoyed it and glad we did it. $45 per person, well worth it.

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