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Sapphire Breeze 06/30/2007
Reviewers Rating: Stars Excellent
Sapphire Breeze is a four bedroom villa that is beautifully decorated with lots of artistic tiles made by its artist owner, Donald Schofield. The entrance is much more beautiful than the website, with stone stairs and landscaping, plus blue ceramic globes that light up along the stair rail and driveway. The driveway itself is very steep and you will need a 4 wheel drive. It sits above the Westin with a southwestern view. The interior living space runs a little warm without A/C, but with the windows and doors open, plus fans it is fine. The kitchen had a flat top stove that worked well, excellent blender, dishwasher and microwave. The refrigerator was very dated, slightly rusty at the edges, but worked with a very productive icemaker. The washer/dryer were brand new and state of the art.

Bedrooms: The master had a fantastic corner view, all windows, doors could open up for breezes or close for A/C. Plenty of breeze at night. The view was over the pool, which had a periodic drain noise at night. The master bathroom had a huge screen window that could be opened for a garden shower effect. The second bedroom had a king or two twins, and was by the hot tub also with a good view. The upstairs double bed in the loft ran a little hot, but with windows and fans could be used. The downstairs apartment had its own microwave and a beautiful tile "temple" shower. You can not see the water from this apartment due to the vegetation. All the showers were unique and lovely.

The deck was the outstanding part- very large with a gorgeous huge tile table, hot tub, and large pool with a fountain/waterfall feature. The pool had an infinity edge and allowed you to see and float freely. The deck had plexiglass railings which allowed an unobstructed view. It did make us feel like we were overlooking our empire. We could see Great Cruz bay, Chocolate Hole and Hart Bay. We spent 75% of our waking time on the deck. It had shade and sunny areas. The lounge chairs were cushioned and very comfy. I was glad of the tile deck flooring which did not have the splinters of a wood deck. The deck tile art included a large map of st john. Downstairs there was a deck with wetbar and a viewing window to the pool. We did not use this area, but with a large party it would be handy. Overall this was an outstanding villa for a family, especially if you need a downstairs apartment for a couple or an older teen. Or if you are looking for a villa convenient to Cruz Bay with great taste,artistic touches, and a wonderful pool and view.

Cara (Starfish)

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