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Amazing view of the coral reef from the porch
Porch view of Magen's Bay
Living Room 1
Living Room 2
Kitchen 1
Kitchen 2
Outdoor Dining Room
Outdoor Dining Room 2
Magen's Bay View From The Driveway
Bedroom 2
Common Bathroom
Master Bedroom
Master Bathroom
Porch Seating Area
Relaxing Outdoor Shower
Side Yard
Pathway To The Deck
Entrance to Sugar Bird Cove
Relaxing Deck Under The Trees
House View From Deck
Stairs Leading To Sugar Bird Cove
View Of The Coral Reef From The Side Yard
hammock for that afternoon nap
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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GinaJ_lov...
Miami, Florida
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Photos can't do this home justice- absolutely stunning... what a view!”
Reviewed 17 October 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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My daughters surprised me with the perfect birthday present- a week in St. Thomas! We rented a jeep and went to Moes Grocery to buy our food for the week. Noelle, the owner met us afterwards and escorted us to Sugar Bird Cove.
It takes a bit to get the hang island driving and getting to the home but that is half the fun of it! I would highly recommend renting a jeep, it is the islands after all. (by the way, don't rent a GPS with your car, they are useless!)

When we drove down to the house it was incredible! The view from every room is breathtaking and they have everything you could possibly need. Noelle was a very gracious hostess who showed up around the home, highlighted great beaches along with things to do around the island.

We spent the days exploring the island, diving in St. John and playing golf. We always arrived home for a lovely dinner on the balcony enjoying the evening breeze. It was truly a vacation of relaxation, not worrying about running to see all of main attractions but spending time together relaxing while enjoying the million dollar view.

If we go back to St. Thomas I would not even consider staying anywhere else but Sugar Bird Cove! Thank you for a wonderful visit :)

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Liked best: View!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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ShelbyVic...
Florida
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“Private Cliff of Paradise”
Reviewed 11 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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When planning a surprise 51st birthday trip for my mom to St. Thomas there were many things to look forward to; The great Magen’s Beach, Diving off of St. John, Golfing the Devils Triangle and of course the beautiful island itself. We never would have expected that our favorite part of the entire trip, and the reason we are returning would be our home away from home; Sugar Bird Cove.

As with anything in life the devil is in the details when it comes to trip planning, and what is perfect for some may not be for others. That being said this home is ideal for those looking to break away from normal “resort life”, ready to have a once in a lifetime trip. It would be unjust to try and capture the beauty of this home or the grounds surrounding it in a mere paragraph, waking up every morning to the sounds of waves crashing on the reefs below or watching the days end light fall on the sails of departing boats are best experienced firsthand. Living in a more remote area of the island reaps the benefits of privacy, open beaches, and mountains to explore untouched by hundreds of beach chairs and souvenir shops. This being said the home is far from “roughing it”; Full Terracotta floors, Vaulted Wood- Beamed Ceilings, Home Theatre with drop down Projection Screen, DVD & cable in each room, top of the line Kitchen Appliances & Washer/Dryer, and Outdoor Bath & Hammock are just some of the houses offerings. They even have you covered down to small details like Ready-To- Pack beach gear (including towels) and electric wine openers, they offer full comforts of home.. And in our case a few better than.

When staying on islands, St. Thomas being no exception; there are times where the power will go out. Luckily the villa has a fantastic open lay out, when the doors are open (which all have mosquito screens to protect from too much of an outdoor experience) the cool ocean breeze flows through the entire house, we never found ourselves in want for ac. However in the event you find the day time weather is a bit much, both of the bedrooms have A/C units so shutting the door and briefly cooling down is always accessible. Behind the house there are two routes to the uncharted beach below, one requires a brief drive down the road and is about 5 minutes away, and the other is a 15 minute hike for the spirited down the mountain side. Personally I preferred the latter, though my family stayed up drinking wine awaiting my return and go pro footage for that particular adventure.

If you care to see the great Magen’s bay beach closer than off the terrace, then hop in the car! It is three turns and 15 minutes away, and being able to people watch from the house lets you choose the perfect quiet times to head over and tan. We preferred Hull Bay ourselves, 5 minutes away from the house, offered much clearer waters, tropical life, scuba diving and snorkeling! Known as the hideaway beach for locals it held up to its reputation, we spend a good portion of our time soaking up the sun on their pristine and uncrowded beaches! Overall St. Thomas left nothing for want and no matter which part of the island you venture too, you will be sure to find breathtaking views, fantastic outings and good company.

The owners Chris and Noelle are very forthright with their description of the property and any possible difficulties that could arise staying there, if you have any questions just ask they are a pleasure to talk to! My family and I had an incredible experience and were very disheartened to read such an inaccurate & unfair description of Sugar Bird Cove from the prior review, we hope that whoever comes across this humble corner of paradise scoops up the opportunity to see it for themselves, you won’t regret it! On the last night of our trip we realized despite having driven to St. John, the top of Magen’s bay and across the island 4 times over, we had not eaten out one evening of our trip, never finding a place as scenic and peaceful to end our days as our own ocean front view. Thank you Chris & Noel for giving us a trip to remember.

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Last but not least, let’s discuss the drive down to the house from the main road. Driving in St. Thomas anywhere is an adventure within itself, a handful of street signs, curvy mountain roads many of which are not update, paved and all extremely narrow. Getting to the house is no exception, and once you get over the idea you have to drive down part of a mountain side there, the drive itself really isn’t difficult. The views down are breathtaking, but you WILL need a 4x4 to reach the house! Chris and Noelle happily meet you and will guide from you’re embarkation point. If three ladies 25, 16 and 51 can do it, I have confidence anyone can make the commute with ease!

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Liked best: Peaceful & Views
Liked least: No Complaints
Travelling group: Other
Your age range 25-34
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Savannah7...
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“WORST EXPERIENCE EVER!!!!”
Reviewed 14 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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The house is as beautiful as advertised. It is NOT air conditioned in the main living area or kitchen. We lost power and water for almost 3 hours the first evening and were told that "It's just a way of life here". No power, no water and a 7 month old in 80+ degrees. We never stayed a single night there and the owner refuses to refund our money after we were forced to leave and stay at a resort. He said the power issue was not his fault. I agree. Not having solar panels or a back up generator while running a business IS ABSOLUTELY your fault. Making the customer take the fall when you cant provide power or water and they are forced to leave is COMPLETELY your fault. FYI...I had power and water in both Iraq and Afghanistan so no excuses! This situation was handled extremely poorly and needs to be rectified.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
18 Aug 2016
Thank you for your review. We always appreciate feedback, even if it is a mix of positive and not so positive comments. You are correct regarding the temporary loss of power, which unfortunately, is the way of life when in the tropics and we sincerely regret the inconvenience. Your suggestion of having alternative energy measures is being reviewed at this time.
Again, thank you for constructive comments and we hope you may return to the island in the future.
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esaether3...
Yorktown, Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Sugar Bird Cove”
Reviewed 7 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016
3
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My wife and I spent a week at Sugar Bird Cove and enjoyed every minute! I'll try not to duplicate the other reviews that are all spot on but I have to start with saying that the owner, Chris, is extremely personable and was helpful from the start by meeting us at the airport and showing us the way to the property. The location of the villa is wonderful, having a beautiful view of Magen's Bay from the rear deck, and offering a feeling of relative seclusion on a Caribbean island away from the bustle of the nearby city of Charlotte Amalie. St. Thomas is a compact island with many things to see and do, so everything is close by car. Because the island is hilly, the roads can be challenging - or rather 'fun' if you like to drive! I'd recommend renting a Jeep for the undercarriage clearance (4WD is not really necessary) and we found the best rates at Discount Car Rental. While the villa has a fully equipped kitchen and has a gas grill on the deck for preparing any sort of meal, we chose to go to the North Side Bistro repeatedly which was surprisingly close by, only at most a quarter mile up the main road, and has a full bar and a varied menu. Also nearby, in the other direction, is Magen's Bay Beach which is recognized as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The villa is stocked with beach gear like chairs, towels and snorkling equipment which was very convenient. Getting to all the points of interest from Sugar Bird Cove is a relatively short drive however I'd like to add that our GPS app kept choosing the minimum distance path which often took us on a series of poor quality roads. It's actually more simple and comfortable to check a map for the major routes and use those. For example, from the villa to Magen's Bay Beach, take Rt. 37 then 40 and 35. For heading down to Charlotte Amalie simply take Rt. 35 going the other way. Another convenience is that there is a small market just down the road from the villa that provides essential items. So, in other words, while the villa has a secluded feel, there are nice restaurants and markets closely located nearby.
My wife and I have enjoyed visiting various islands in the Caribbean and St. Thomas has about the most to offer in all categories that we've seen. If we do head back to St. Thomas, we will definitely stay at Sugar Bird Cove again, it was extremely comfortable and pleasant.

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Liked best: The location and range of amenities available in the villa
Liked least: Leaving at the end of our stay.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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LovingTro...
Livonia, Michigan
1 review
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“Absolutely what I wanted and MORE!!!”
Reviewed 11 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016
1
person found this review helpful

My husband and I traveled with our daughter and her BFF (teenagers) to St. Thomas and Sugar Bird Cove was EXACTLY what I was looking for! Stunning views, spacious house with everything you need to feel like home and just an overall tropical feel. We didn't want to be in the hustle and bustle of downtown... we wanted to feel like we were in a tropical paradise and that is exactly what we got!! Seriously, this place is gorgeous. The house was stocked... The kitchen had everything we needed to cook meals, there were plenty of towels, beach chairs and snorkeling gear, along with books, movies and a 12 foot projector screen! And Chris is fabulous! Our flight was supposed to get in in the afternoon and kept being delayed and he and his wife came to meet us at the airport at 11pm! Super nice guy!!

Even though the road to his house was treacherous, I will still rate this house and experience a big fat 5 stars!! I loved Sugar Bird Cove!

Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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