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"I've been to these Condos 3 different times and this was by far the nicest."

People5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms2
Space 926 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4 (5 is possible).

Since we made B~11 available for rental in 2008, it has received over 140 reviews. Three of them are ****, and the remainder are *****.

Why does B~11 (The Bargain on the Beach) get all those great reviews?

It's not because B~11 is the closest unit to the beach—although it's just a short and pleasant stroll.

It's not because it has the best view. The view is not at all bad, but it's not anything special. You can see it in one of the photos in this listing.

It's not because it is the most fully renovated. We are working on it, but we need a few more years.

It's not because the rates are the lowest—although they are close to the very lowest.

And as hard as we try to be the best hosts, there are many others that are just as good, and probably a few that are better!

So here is our secret formula.

First we try to offer the best value in the area. We know that there are more desirable units, and there are less expensive units. We strive to approach the quality of the very best units while remaining priced only slightly higher than the least expensive. (TripAdvisor has posted 2016/12/13 that B~11 is "18% cheaper than nearby 1 bedroom properties")

Then, we strive to describe both the condominium and our unit as accurately as we can. We do not promise what we cannot provide. If there are surprises for our guests, we want them to be good ones.

We do not try to provide a “hotel experience”. When our guests arrive at B~11, we want them to feel that they have arrived at their own vacation home.

We try to make B~11 as comfortable and convenient as we can. This includes providing almost everything that we reasonably can, so our guests need to schlepp as little as possible.

We do what we reasonably can to furnish our guests the best vacation that we are able to. Problems inevitably arise, but when they do (unless they are extremely minor) we try to get them resolved as quickly as possible.

And, finally, a few days after our guests (not including friends and family) leave B~11, we email them and ask them to leave a review.

We hope that you will join the many happy guests who have shared B~11 with us and leave another glowing review.

PLEASE READ: Scammers abound. Before sending any money to reserve this unit confirm the authenticity (as recommended by HA/VRBO)by phoning me AT THE PHONE NUMBER ON THIS LISTING PAGE.

Thanks, Steve

This condominium has been owned by our family which has been enjoying the magic of Sapphire for over fifty years. It was largely renovated and offered for rental for the first time in late 2007. The condo is located just minutes from Red Hook where you can find groceries, restaurants, shopping and access to the ferries which can whisk you away to St. John or the British Virgin Islands.

The condo is only one hundred and fifty steps from the front door to the beach. While on the beach you can see St John and the British Virgin Islands. Because the unit is on the lower level, when you arrive you park at the rear of the unit and bring your luggage and groceries into the unit by walking about thirty-five feet from your car and up just four steps, rather than lugging them around to the front of the building and up a flight of stairs

The unit retains the original floor plan, except that the original front porch has been enclosed and now expands the already large living/dining room, and a large fenestration has been cut between the kitchen and living/dining area.

The unit contains its own front-loading washer and matching dryer. For drying wet towels and such, there is a solar powered 'clothesline' just outside the rear door. There are two televisions, and 'expanded digital cable' (a total of approximately seventy channels) and Showtime are included. Local phone service and Wi-Fi Internet access are included.

There is a 52 inch TV in front and and a '32 inch class' in the bedroom two DVD players (one Blu-Ray), and and two stereo systems.

The locks have been removed from all closet doors, except for one-half of one closet.. We do our best to keep 'starter supplies' of non-perishable essentials in the unit, so you won't have to begin your stay buying things like coffee filters and dish detergent.

Please note: Because we keep improving B~11 faster then we can take new photographs, most of the photographs are somewhat obsolete. The only change that may be the slightest bit controversial is that we have removed the dining table by the front window which served primarily as a workbench for Steve when we were in B~11—the round dining table accommodates five without any problems.. This enabled us to move futon-like couch from the bedroom to under the front window. There were two reasons for this. First sometimes, it will allow more rational sleeping arrangements when there are five occupants. Secondly, It freed up space in the bedroom which Steve used to construct a “storage wall unit” which also has space for a larger television. I am sure that you will agree that all other changes that we have made are a functional and/or aesthetic improvement.

To ensure continued enjoyment by all occupants, smoking and pets are not permitted.

SHORT STAYS: Condominium regulations require that rentals be for a minimum of a three nights,

LONG STAYS: Except for 'prime times' stays over ten days will be discounted on an individual basis.

ITRAVEX: We welcome iTravex guests at all times with one iTravex point = one USD.

Email about extended stays, corporate rental, and corporate housing.

IF YOU HAVE FLEXIBLE DATES: Please review our calendar for 'gaps' in bookings. If you would like to fill one, please EMail me for a special rate.

Look for more reviews at that very popular site that provides advice for trips under 'Crystal Cove Beach Resort on Sapphire Bay', and 'Crystal Cove Villas'. Also visit our FaceBook Page. On FaceBook search for 'Sapphire Bargain' and it will pop right up.

Our family has been enjoying Sapphire for half a century, and we are sure that you will as well!

More Details

Owner
Steven & Honey Fein
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2018

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Estate Smith Bay in East End

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 926 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • Beachfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Low 'lip' for wheelchair access
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , See below
  • This is a one-bedroom unit. The bedroom has a King sized bed In addition to the sleeping accommodations in the bedroom, the 'living room' has a King Murphy bed (actually a double twin), a twin size 'futon', and a sofa which can sleep one small person. Although the unit can sleep six, condominiums regulations limit occupancy to five. This additional capacity, however, allows increased flexibility in sleeping arrangements
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
You may contact me via the HomeAway/VRBO secure messaging system. Nota Bene: We have been improving B~11 faster than we can take photos. If you have any questions, please contact us via HomeAway/VRBO's secure messaging system Animals that serve as documented, registered service animals are permitted, Such animals must be registered, with documentation, at the SBCW office prior to each visit to SBCW.

Reviews

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"I've been to these Condos 3 different times and this was by far the nicest."
average rating of 5.0 based on 57 reviews
5

Crystal Cove Condo B~11... PARADISE!!!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about my recent vacation at Crystal Cove Condo B-11. I've been staying at various Crystal Cove Condos for 7 years, and this was by far the best accommodations I've experienced. B-11 is comfortably furnished with several updates, as well as stocked with helpful amenities. Steve provided a wealth of information prior to our stay, which was extremely helpful to my friends who had never been to St Thomas before. I wasn't sure what to expect following the hurricanes just 6 months prior, but I was pleasantly surprised at how the area has recovered. B-11 is located right off of Sapphire Beach, which is my personal favorite beach in St Thomas for snorkeling or just enjoying the sun & sand! We typically get groceries [& rum] on the way from the airport, and make breakfast and coffee in the condo each day. B-11 has a newly installed dishwasher [who wants to do dishes on vacation?] and a washer & dryer, in addition to stove, microwave and refrigerator/freezer. B-11 also has cable TV and fast internet service. The murphy beds are as comfortable as the king bed in the master bedroom! Over-all, B-11 is as clean, comfortable & convenient as I've seen in St. Thomas. I also love how close Crystal Cove Condos are to Red Hook, as I prefer the east end of the island, and being close to the ferry to St. John. I would definitely recommend staying at Crystal cove, B-11 and am looking forward to returning myself as well!

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful,well stocked.

  • 5 of 5

I've been to these Condos 3 different times and this was by far the nicest.

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great experience!

  • 5 of 5

The condos are right on Sapphire Bay with a gorgeous beach. We were close to the dollar bus stop and about a mile from Red Hook. Loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

This was a beautiful experience

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with our experience with B-11 and the owners were helpful and very responsive to our questions. We appreciated Steve's clear instructions and how accomodating he and his wife were. I would definitely recommend renting from this couple. This unit seems to have fine touches that helped with our stay, for example having a variety of equipment and beach toys that made our time more enjoyable and less worrisome knowing we did not need to bring these things with us on the trip. The unit is adorable and the view outside the units door is stunning; the beach is a short walk from the unit. The place was very quiet, I did not hear a lot extra noises going on. Our overall experience here was excellent rated at a 10.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a few days in B11 & had a great time! The condo is tastefully decorated & clean; beds are very comfy & located steps away from the beach. Steve & Honey do a wonderful job providing you with plenty of information on the area, shopping, restaurants, getting around, etc. This was our first time on the island but we will return to B11. Thanks again!

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

Steve and Honey definitely put in attention, care and detail into their property. FAR better than staying at a hotel! My friend and I went to St.Thomas for a wedding. I could not stop raving about the detailed information that was provided. From exactly how to work the toaster to pictures of fish or other things we might come in contact with! The vast amount of information was a welcome for me and it was cool to be able to answer questions the group from the wedding asked. They all wanted to know where I was staying and I was more than happy to share! Felt like home…SUPER comfortable bed, washer/dryer, tons of towels and other items that you would need! The hair dryer also came in handy. When coming back to St. Thomas, no doubt we would stay at B~11!

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

St. John
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cyril E. King (STT)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Many in Red Hook
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Red Hook
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mahogany Run
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many in Red Hook
Nearest Ski
1863 Miles
Stowe VT
Nearest Beach
0.06 Miles
Sapphire Beach (332 feet)
Car: recommended

Other Activities: Great place to fly a kite (bring your own kite)

PLEASE DO NOT TRY THE Get an Instant Quote button. The quote will generally be incorrect!

Please use email, or the messaging system, to verify anything important. HA/VRBO has a lot of computer problems and sometimes outputs incorrect information!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday condo in Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Bargain
9 May 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£446
for 3 nights
From
£134
£887
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
 
Pricey
22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
£738
for 3 nights
From
£232
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
6 Jan 2019 - 15 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
£547
for 3 nights
From
£168
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
 
Bargain
16 Apr 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
£446
for 3 nights
From
£134
£887
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£446
for 3 nights
From
£134
£1,226
£7,020
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £225.57
Cleaning £37.6 + Tax

Minimum Stay = 3 nights

Although we recommend travel insurance (especially during the peak of hurricane season), and possibly a medical evacuation plan, we do NOT recommend Property Damage Protection

Do NOT trust "Instant Quote".

Please ignore "Standard Rate(s). Although they don't apply, B~11 might not appear on searches if I didn't include them!

Currently, we also don't recommend "HomeAway Payments" and ""Book-it-Now" as these services suffer from a high incidence of computer glitches.

Discounts are frequently available if your dates are flexible. Don't be afraid to email me so that we can work together.

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Returning guests may contact me directly if they wish to save HomeAway/VRBO's "service fee". Of course they will then not have the protections andbenefits that HomeAway/VRBO provides for rentals made on their "platform".

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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