My fiance and I took a trip down to St. Thomas last week. We were there for 4 days and 5 nights. We had an incredible time and although we got a lot done, we were also able to get a good amount of relaxing in as well. We can not wait for our wedding next year!!!! Sorry if this post is a bit long winded but I wanted to fill you all in on my experiences.
Janelle put us in contact with a woman who manages several rentals at Sapphire Village and she gave us a great price for our accomodations. The unit was nice and very clean, plus the view was great. Sapphire Beach was nice, and the pool at the resort was quiet and nice. There was a small bar/grill serving salads, sandwiches, and cocktails. Food was OK, but pricey. $15 for a cobb salad, $8 for a hot dog. This pricing seemed to be par for the course everywhere we went for food.
We rented a car through Dependable car rental who I would not recommend. The rate was only slightly less than the one I got from Amalie Rental and Budget...and boy do I wish we sprung for the extra $30 bucks. The car was falling apart and not well kept.
We really enjoyed the East End/Red Hook area. There is something for everyone in terms of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. So we thought this area will be great for our guests. The Elysian Resort in particular was our favorite. We found the grounds to be really beautiful and we will be suggesting this and the Cowpet Bay area to our guests. They have two restaurants and watersports on site. Studio units are managed by the Wyndham are are roughly $170/nt. in May. There are also 2 and 3 BR units which are privately owned. I have bookmarked several on vrbo which I will add to our wedding website and the pricing for these range between $250 and $300/night. I found this to be really reasonable since these will likely be shared between family and friends, and split as such.
We had dinner at Caribbean Saloon, Big Bambooz, Roberts, and the Old Stone Farmhouse. Caribbean Saloon was OK. My pasta was too salty and his steak was overcooked. Dinner came to $100 and we only had 1 drink and no appetizers. Big Bambooz had fun ambiance, but dinner was only OK. My fish tacos were OK, but his fish and chips were not. He was nauceous for the rest of the night. Roberts and the Old Stone Farmhouse were fantastic. Robert's had awesome food, friendly staff, and a piano player taking recommendations for songs. The feel was upscale but by no means stuffy. There were families with children and couples having a romantic dinner. I found the prices comparable to the others on the island. We actually only paid about $20 more for our meal here than for the one we had at the Caribben Saloon and we ordered more food and drink! Though we didn't have time to meet with the owner Kevin while we were in town, the location for the beach BBQ is really really nice and I believe the pricing is fair from what I've heard. I would highly recommend this as a spot for a wedding or a welcome dinner.
Dinner at the Old Stone Farmhouse is a must for a romantic night out. Although, its located on the North side of the island (not too far from Magens Bay) the grounds and building were absolutely stunning! Dinner was delicious and the chef invites guests back into the kitchen, to choose their protein from the fresh cuts that they have for the day. They have different cuts of meat such as elk, oxtail, buffalo, and ostrich, in addition to the more traditional pork, veal, and steak. We both loved our meals and can't wait to go back. I think we will get the parents a gift card for here to thank them for everything.
We met Elisha for engagement photos at Lindquist Beach. We loved her and can't wait to see the photos!!! She was so nice, so much fun, very organized and extremely creative. She really was a pleasure to work with and worth every penny of her service. Lindquist is awesome! So secluded and beautiful. Definitely our favorite beach on the island!
Some other beaches we checked out for ceremonies were Elysian, Magens Bay, Sapphire/Pretty Klip Point, and Lime Tree. In the end, although the beaches were nice, we decided on the Oberservation Deck at St. Peters Greathouse for our ceremony. We thought the proximity to the villa, as well as the experience and views fit what we are looking for.
We also had a tasting with St. Johns Catering. We took the car barge over (which was simple) and Mat, the owner, was really great and down-to-earth. The food was fantastic and we hope to work with him going forward. We ordered some cake samples from Stacy @ VI Desserts (which were great) and Mat @ St. John Cetering provided an additional option for desserts. Her name is Cynthia and her website is www.islandsweetstuff.blogspot.com. Though we did not reach out to her while we were there, her work looks really beautiful. Plus he advised us that her pricing is pretty reasonable and she is the pastry chef at the Old Stone Farmhouse. Since we were having dinner there that night we had the opportunity to taste test her dessert there and it was defintiely very good. We will likely get price quotes from both for our cake and desserts table.
Hope this could be of help.