Crystal Cove Beach Resort on Sapphire Bay
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Today was stop #2 - St. Thomas. It was hot today. Not a lot of wind either to cool us down. We've been trying really hard to get the little ladies to walk on their own everywhere, but today was a little harder at times due to the heat. Kaylie is quite hot all the time (naturally), so we walked super slow, and did do the sit-on-shoulders thing from time to ...
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buy and quite expensive. We chatted to a very nice market stall woman who, instead of saying what she had she sang it all, very uplifting! We did about half of 'jewellery street' before we got sick of diamonds and brand names and headed to a bar for a drink and free wifi. We had a couple of cocktails and then a couple more so by the time we got on line we were ...
... out my forms, I went down to my room #12 to unpack. Last year I had room #11 which is directly across the hall from #12, so I had to be careful to go in the correct room for the first couple days! Room #12 is a B class cabin so it is relatively spacious with a double bed, 4 drawers for storage and the sink is also in the room. The shower and toilet are also connected to the room but are in their own enclosure. Since I knew what to expect this year, it only took about 15 min for me ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crystal Cove Beach Resort on Sapphire Bay St. Thomas
Crystal Cove was Great!
My wife and child (22 months) stayed at Crystal Cove last month after reading the great reviews at TripAdvisor. We had a wonderful time. It had everything we wanted (beach, view, nice condo, snorkeling, full kitchen, etc.). It is true that Crystal Cove is a set of condominium buildings that are owned by various people/groups, and are not all created equal. We stayed in the A building (A9 I think) booked through bestbeach.com. The view from our balcony was amazing, and it was great making rum drinks and admiring the view. The owner owns several in the A-building. It was all very easy and went smoothly. The deluxe suites were well maintained and had a great housekeeper. The air conditioning worked very well. There was a full kitchen/utensils, as well as a grill outside for cooking dinner if you desire. There are a few restaurants at the other side of the beach, we ate at one, The Azzure, and it was really good. We mostly made breakfast and lunch at our place, and then either ate or ordered out for dinner. The A building condo location on the beach is the best because they are on the end just in front of the water. There is also a grassy area between the condo building and the beach which our little boy loved running around on. The rest of the condo buildings are shaped like a V facing the water, with a pond in the middle. The beach itself was very nice, calm, with great snorkeling (sea turtles, reefs, parrotfish, tangs, etc.) St. John's is right in front of you. On the other end of the beach is Sapphire beach resort, with many more condos and more people, more activity. At times, especially on the weekends the beach was a little crowded, but not down at our end. There was also music playing at times which was nice, and not too loud. Crystal Cove was also a great launching point to go other places on the island like Magen's Bay, or to take a ferry to St. John from Red Hook, which is less than a mile away. It was also great staying on the east end of the island because you're away from a lot of the traffic of downtown Charlotte Amalie. Red Hook was a wonderful little town with nice restaurants, shops, grocers, movie rental, etc.
There were also very nice people staying at the A building when we were there. When we go back to St. Thomas, we will definitely go back to Crystal Cove, and probably spend even more time than we did right on our own beach. We would probably also take 2 trips to St. John from Red Hook (those who have been to St. John know what I'm talking about). We rented a car, which you'll definitely want to do, through rentalcargroup.com and it was a steal ($340/8days for a Taurus, bring your online reservation). Also, when you drive in, you'll be in back of the condos, it's not that impressive looking, but wait till you get around front. Finally, I don't think this is the place for honeymooners seeking seclusion, or for people who want to be catered to. Overall Crystal Cove Deluxe Suites is a great condo, with a great location on an awesome beach, with a wonderful view, a key location on the island, all for a reasonable price. Have fun, and maybe we'll see you there!
Crystal Cove is the greatest!
Crystal Cove on Sapphire Bay is the greatest! We had a marvelous suite in A building (A5) which was on the first floor and very easy for my mother who walks with a cane. We had 2 entrances, one from the beach side, and one from the parking lot side, which was handy when we had groceries or were going out at night. The suite ? it?s really an apartment - was very big and the living area had a great area to sit around in with 2 comfortable sofas and a chair. Having 2 bathrooms for 3 people was also delightful, giving us each our privacy. The kitchen was beautiful and had everything we needed to cook with. We enjoyed breakfast on the porch every morning looking out at the water, and some lunches too because it was so easy to grab a bite just a walk-in from the beach. Dinners we ate out, mostly in the Red Hook area, which is really close and easy to get to. Enjoyed a meal at Off The Hook located in the marina area, on the water with lots of boats! The beach at Crystal Cove is absolutely astounding. The water is so clear we could see little fish, and the views of the other Virgin Islands from the beach are spectacular. There are free lounge chairs for guests on the beach, and our suite had an ample supply of beach towels for us to use. Our rate included maid service, and the maid was both friendly and informative about the island. We also got a lot of information when we booked through bestbeach. They were very nice and helpful. They emailed us about getting from the airport and warned us in advance about the fact that everyone drives on the left in St. Thomas. It wasn?t an issue, but it was nice not to be surprised when we arrived on St. Thomas. We?ve been to other islands before, but never had such an enjoyable time as this one.
Loved Crystal Cove at Sapphire Bay, St. Thomas
I recently read the review written about sweet suites at Crystal Cove, Sapphire Bay. I want to say I agree with everything good they wrote. We had a great time. I would also add that buying food in the market at Redhook was not as expensive as I expected. The market also has a deli there with rotisserie chickens and other good foods. Everything at Crystal Cove was just terrific! The condo in A building, the beach, the friendly service, the views, the location, the weather, accessibility for a day in St. John or other islands, the restaurants-- - everything! When I saw a negative review written by an unhappy traveler, I said to myself, "How can this be? How can there be such a disparity of opinion about the same place?" Then it occurred to me that while I was there, I learned that Crystal Cove is a condominium complex where each owner individually furnishes and maintains his own apartment. So they are not all the same. Furthermore, some owners rent, and some do not. Apparently, some rent through a company called Antilles, which does not have an office on the premises. Others rent through a company called Paradise, which does have an office there. But the ones we found to be the best are what they call deluxe in Building A, available exclusively through bestbeach.com which was how we booked. Everyone we met who rented though this site, like us, were very happy. So that is the answer as to "How can this be?"
I'm not much of a travel writer , although I love to read other folks ' adventures. However, two weeks ago I returned from one of the most relaxing, delightful holidays that my husband and I have had in a very long time. We'd decided to go to St Thomas and in my search for a place to stay I found the web site #########.com. What a find! On Sapphire bay there is a condo colony that is right on what I think is the nicest, prettiest beach on St Thomas. It is called Crystal Cove. We had a fabulous apartment, A4, right on the beach, with views to take your breath away. All ofthe #########.com rentals are in the new building A of the complex. The apartment was clean, so well equipped and a great place to relax when we weren't sitting on the beach, or out for dinner. All our work issues and troubles melted away. We got up sometimes to see the sun rise, we'd saunter down to the beach or take a walk and I even went to the pool a few times. One day we had lifetime great , delicious hamburgers at "Duffy's Love Shack" in Red Hook. Gourmet hamburgers in spite of their hokey drink menu and funky location. Another night we bought take out Bar-B-Que at a stand near the well stocked grocery store in Red Hook.We just relaxedand let thtime flow. No rushing around to overdress, or to get to a tough reservation. The stay was wonderful. We tried other beaches like Cokie Point (full of drink sellers and cruise day folks). We spent a day on St, John hiking with a ranger and we walked the length of Megan's Bay beach, but we were always happy to come back to read and enjoy the sun and the water at our preferred beach at Crystal Cove. There was snorkeling right there and a ways down the beach away from thecondos, there is a hotel where we could get snorkeling supplies, kayaks and windsurf equipment, a newspaper or even a dinner, a breakfast or lunch. When we arrived we were met by the apartment's housekeeper and she told us about the amenities like free beach towels and beach chairs and the details about our apartment. We felt quickly at home.She cleaned every day for us except maybe sunday. All the bestbeach.com apartments I saw were close to the beach. (We peeked at A5,A6 and A8 which were next to us and they were beautiful too.)They all had lovely views of the beach and the sun dappled turquoise water. I would return to this paradise and stay in any of them on a moments notice. We saw rainbows several days so we feel they'll be a bridge to our returning.
Choose the deluxe suites
Thank you Trip Advisor! I followed the advice of the November 29th report on Crystal Cove Deluxe Suites, and booked Suite A6. I was afraid that my image of what I had hoped for couldn't be matched by the real thing. But to my delight, it was even better! I booked through the website you mentioned, bestbeach and we were directly on the beach, with aqua colored waters and with a gorgeous view of the nearby islands of St John and Tortola. It was even more beautiful than the pictures on the web. We got a great unit with 2 TVS, (one in the bedroom, one in the living room) a washer dryer, beautiful large kitchen (pretty fancy with granite counter tops), big living room, and a porch where we sat for our evening cocktails. They also provided us with a crib for our baby. You can snorkel right there at Sapphire Bay (we did several times), and the beach is beautiful. They provided lounge chairs for us free. All the Suites through bestbeach.com are the newly renovated ones, and are the best. My brother-in- law booked through a different website and his condo was not in A building, was much older, and not nearly as nice. Apparently the only way you can get the best suites (A4, A5, A6, A8 and A17) is through that bestbeach website. I seemed to have gotten more maid service than he did too. (Norma, our maid, was a great source of information for us. She also gave us coupons for free drinks and discounts at some local restaurants.) My brother-in-law says next time he'll follow the advice in Trip Advisor and use bestbeach! The porches of A6 and A8 connect which would work out perfectly. So thanks again Trip Advisor!
Awesome honeymoon at St. Thomas @ Crystal Cove!
We just returned from a fabulous honeymoon in St. Thomas at the Crystal Cove Deluxe Suites on Sapphire Bay. The scenery is awesome - the beach is fantastic and we loved having our Suite so handy right on the beach.
The Suite was so spacious - we had a bedroom and 2 baths, a beautiful kitchen and a huge living room. Everything was so comfortable and beautifully decorated. Norma was our maid and she was very helpful and cheery. We felt so spoiled. We heard that not all the units at Crystal Cove are as nice as ours, but we saw some of the other Deluxe Suites which are definitely all great! It was definitely worth paying the difference for Deluxe. PS. Be sure you are in the A building -- all the Deluxe Suites are in the A building (but not all A building is Deluxe)!
Crystal Cove at Sapphire Bay West
We have been vacationing in St Thomas for nearly 20 years and have discovered the best beach and best value!!! Go to (www.bestbeach.com) and you will see it all. Sapphire Bay has the most gorgeous beach. The condominiums at Crystal Cove at Sapphire Bay West (not the hotel, but the condominiums on the beach) have the best location. (Be sure you reserve A4, A5, A6, A8 or A17--which are the only deluxe suites in the property. They cost a little more, but it's well worth it. They were luxuriously upgraded after the last hurricane.) There are four buildings in the complex, but the building closest to the beach is the "A" Building. Those units have the best location. They not only command the most magnificent views of the ocean as well as St. John, Yost Van Dyke and Tortola, but they also have gorgeous open kitchens with granite counter tops, beautiful new furniture, and washer dryers, which are so handy on a sandy beach vacation.The suites are huge, with a bedroom, 2 baths, a kitchen and a living room with murphy beds in the wall. We recently stayed in A8 (and another time in A4). Our bedrooms had a king-size bed, and our son slept in the murphy bed, which he thought was "cool" coming out of the wall.We also love the proximity to Red Hook (about one mile) which has restaurants, a grocery market, and the ferry to St John. We strongly recommend a day trip to St. John. There you can explore additional beaches, shopping at Mongoose Junction and more excellent restaurants (like Asolare, Lime Inn or the Stone Terrace) before taking the short (15-20 minute) ferry ride back to Red Hook. If you just want to hang out at the Sapphire beach, you will find a little convenience store with everything from bathing suits and suntan lotion to milk, eggs, juice and ice cream. And you don't have to leave the beach for breakfast, lunch or dinner either, since there are restaurants right on the beach. You can snorkel in gorgeous coral reefs just steps outside your door- Our son loved the fish. You can also rent water sports equipment, go parasailing or windsurfing or even charter a boat (with or without a captain) to visit the British Virgin Islands or just cruise around the world's most beautiful waters. Maybe we shouldn't share this best kept secret with the world, but I guess that's the point of Trip Advisor. Hopefully everyone is sharing their experiences.
An absolutely beautiful place to stay and the service is great! I have been going there since I was 3 and i am now 19!
The perfect choice for a week of sun, sea and relax! The one bedroom unit we rent was incredbily spacious, with a fully equpped kitchen, two full bathrooms, AC and ceiling fans. Maid service is every other day.
Sapphire Beach, just in front of the condos, it's the best beach of St.
Thomas, with crystal waters and spectacular views of St. John and the BVI's. We couldn't ask for more!
A Special Place
The condominiums at Crystal Cove are nicely appointed and at least some of the one bedroom units can accomodate two couples. We stayed in a one deroom with another couple and it was most comfortable. Our unit was clean, nicely furnished, 2 TV's, and had a fully equiped kitchen. The units all face the water and are only a few stelps to the beach where there is an atttnedant wating to provide a beach lounge or chair. The beach is one if not the best beach on St. Thomas. It is only a half mile or less to Red Hook and the ferries to ST. John and the British Virgins. Having stayed on St. Thomas both as an owner and renter for the last 18 years this had to have been one of our most memorable stays