Paradise Too!, one of the few studios located on Bolongo Bay, is our Island Home when it is "just us". Purchased in the spring of 2010, this gem has been completely refurbished, redecorated, and updated to our specifications. Because it is our personal retreat, we have added touches that we enjoy in our home on the mainland: a tiled walk-in shower, fluffy 100% cotton towels, CuisinArt stainless cookware, luxurious 100% cotton 300 ct. bedding, a Dressing Area, gorgeous artwork by St. Thomas resident Jonna White. Decorative items and restful, tropical fabrics blend to create a casually elegant and wonderfully restful Tropical Retreat for honeymooners, that "special anniversary", or two people needing to escape from it all.
Walk out the oversized sliding glass door (yes, also new!) and onto your personal patio. Sit at the glass-topped table with your morning coffee, surrounded by the striking fan palms and the sound of the gentle waves. This is Paradise Too! With a view of the Caribbean most people can only dream about, you will lack for nothing in your lovely poolside vacation home. You will have access to three pools - all very different.
Along the waterfront are three restaurants. Mim's Seafood Bistro is famous for her lobster and all you can eat shrimp nights. The Lobster Grille serves scrumptious breakfasts, lunch, and dinner. Iggie's Beach Bar and Grill is popular island-wide for its all you can eat crab nights and the Caribbean Buffet and Show. Iggies always has something entertaining going on in the evening!
An array of activities are available to our Guests. Tennis courts and basketball courts are onsite. Walk down 6 steps from the oceanfront pool and you will find yourself on a sandy path. Follow the shoreline to the large sandy beach of Bolongo Bay. A PADI dive shop provides free scuba lessons, equipment rentals, and diving and snorkeling excursions. At the dock is the pride of the Resort, Heavenly Days - a 53' catamaran.
The resort's Activities Desk is happy to book a sunset sail or snorkel trip aboard this cat. A well-stocked Beach Hut is available for rentals of a large variety of non-motorized water sports (kayaks, windsurfers, hobie cats, etc.). Your beach days are no problem as you will find everything you might need in your Paradise Too! Beach chairs, oversized towels, masks and snorkels, coolers and noodles are just waiting to hit the sand! Sea turtles and rays are frequently seen when snorkeling on the reef - don't forget the water camera!
Your location on Bolongo Bay puts you in the most central location on the island! An 8 mile drive west and you are in Charlotte Amalie. The capitol of the USVI, this is now one of the largest duty-free shopping areas in the world! Walking down the narrow alleys and the centuries-old architecture will conjure up visions of the pirates that roamed these byways. Just past the shopping area lies Frenchtown...and some of the best cafes and restaurants on the island.
Leave Bolongo and drive 8 miles north to arrive in the quaint town of Red Hook - the yachting capitol of St. Thomas. Ferries to St. John and the BVI depart from here. Most charter boats (fishing, sailing, etc.) are docked here. Red Hook also is home to a large variety of restaurants and shops. Past Red Hook lies the Fazio designed Mahogany Run Golf Course. Open to the public, Mahogany Run features the Devils Triangle - a golfer's challenge. Magen's Bay, recognized as one of the Ten Most Beautiful Beaches in the World is located 30 minutes west of Bolongo Bay.
With so much to see and do, you will need to remember to relax! Welcome to Paradise Too!
Keywords: Studio, Condo, Beachfront, Pool Level, Restaurants Nearby, Bolongo Bay
She is a beach gal from San Diego that longed for the sun, sand, and sea. He is a New England native that discovered a love of fishing. He promised that she would not grow old shoveling snow, and so the search began to find that "one particular harbor". After visiting many of the Caribbean islands, and much discussion, a decision was reached...the USVI would be perfect! He was the handyman, she was the decorator, and our Island Home is now a reality!
The Owner purchased this condo in 2010
Our initial thought was to buy on St. John. We rented a car and drove the narrow, winding road from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay. One daughter complained of car-sickness, Sue was amazed at how long it took ("It looks so short on the map!") and we changed plans then and there...St. Thomas would be our Island Home! A Search Party consisting of Sue and her pals Peggy (the real estate agent) and Wendy (the voice of reason), visited every waterfront condo on the island and decided that Bolongo Bay made the most sense as it had the most to offer. A year later, Sue and Peggy returned in search of a studio and Paradise Too! caught our eye as it was near the sand and the pool...what more could we want?
This is our Island Home when it is "just us". We love waking up and looking out over the sea, the leisurely morning coffee on the private patio as we watch the sailboats go by and the hummingbirds zoom from feeder to feeder, and being the first footprints in the sand during our morning walk along the shore. It is so relaxing! Of course we also love watching the fire eater, glass walker, and moko jumby during Iggie's Caribbean Show every week, and all you can eat shrimp night at Mim's Seaside Bistro at the water's edge! With three very different pools, the three restaurants, and the many activities available on Bolongo Bay, we really don't have to leave to have a great time!
This studio fit our needs perfectly, and was in a fabulous location right on the beach in Bolongo Bay. The patio overlooks the outdoor seating area for Mim's Restaurant (a must-do for their Thursday night shrimp feast), which is lovely at night with all the lights and the wonderful water beyond. We were lucky enough to have a full moon during part of our stay, which was spectacular. Our only "complaint," which probably has more to do with the island itself than the condo, is that the water pressure and temperature in the shower were a little unpredictable. Consequently, our showers were much quicker than at home (which is probably a good thing)! But that's a small price to pay for an otherwise excellent stay! The owner was great and she really put a lot of thought into providing amenities and little extras for her guests. Everything from beach chairs, umbrellas, noodles and boogie boards to mini toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and lotion. Thank you!
We had a great time in St Thomas! Thank you for the great accommodations. The condo was clean and full of good facts and supplies. The servers and bartenders at all the restaurants nearby were friendly and made us feel like we were at home.
The title of this review sums up our feelings. We thought we did a good job of researching this property, but apparently, we didnt!! I was actually NICER THAN WE EXPECTED!! Nicely situated away from the busyness of St. Charles in a quiet bay with little vehicle or boat traffic. Great views, close to the pool and three nice restaurants. The unit was well equipped. If we were to go back to St Thomas, we definately try to rent this unit again.....without a doubt!! Oh, did I mention that Sue was grreat to work with regarding the business part of the process. Thanks, Sue!
A great place to spend a week or few days! Everything was as we expected it to be and the position is perfect. Loved having 3 restaurants within walking distance and especially liked the Lobster Grill at the far end of the beach at Bolongo Bay Resort. Enjoyed the half day sail to Turtle Cove on the catamaran too. Definitely recommend hiring a car as there are lots of other bays and beaches to explore. We went to Avis downtown and had no problem.
My husband and I had an amazing time. Sue was fantastic. She was always available, kept us well informed and helped us with the rest of our planning. Bolongo Bay was great because everything was there. 3 fantastic restaurants, tours, watersports, gift shop. We got our Scuba Diving with the St.Thomas Dive Club at Bolongo Bay and highly recommend them. Bring water shoes because the sand at Bolongo Bay is coral and therefore a little rough on the feet and there are a lot of rocks in the water. Best part of the beach is that it was not crowded at all. Hint: On TV, there is a music station that plays just island music and sets the perfect background for enjoying a margarita on the patio.
My husband and I stayed at Paradise for our destination wedding week and it was absolutely fantastic. Paradise was clean, cute, and convenient. Our wedding party rented condos in the same complex, so we were very close to one another. It was just what we pictured before the big I DO! We spent every evening with our guests drinking and celebrating at Iggie's. Sue was wonderful prior to our arrival. She provided us with wonderful recommendations for our wedding week. Paradise was perfect and we are already planning our return trip for our anniversary.
Beach Hut Onsite Provides a Large Assortment of Non-Motorized Water Sports. PADI Dive Shop Onsite is Affiliated with the St. Thomas Dive Club and Provides Diving Lessons, Certification, Rentals, and Excursions to Many Dive Sites. Onsite 53' Catamaran - Heavenly Days - Available for Sunset Sails and Snorkeling Trips. Wedding Pavilions Onsite as Well as Wedding Planner. Owners Happy to Assist with Reservations, Special Details Prior to Arrival. Owners Provide Vast Amount of Information Prior to Arrival Date. Guidebooks, Sample Menus Provided in Paradise Too!
Horseback riding is available on St. John in Coral Bay area.