Author: IngridMarie

Salty Sway make over!

Out with the old, in with the new! Salty Sway Villas just got a make over. The past couple of weeks have been spent making Salty Sway “brand new”. We got all the old furniture out and got all the new stuff in. The master bedroom got new beds, new memory foam toppers, new nightstands, lamps – the works! All the sheets we use are now luxury Egyptian Cotton sheets. The upstairs bedroom also got a new bed along with new quilts and shams. We are still missing some small decor articles, but with the new dining table and sofa the place looks so much better! And look at that view! You can see the Caribbean Sea from anywhere in the kitchen, dining area or living room. Stay tuned for more updates on Salty Sway!    

Refurnishing Salty Sway!

Salty Sway is our newest villa in and we are currently working on refurnishing the entire villa. We are giving it a real do over with all new furniture and decor. For the outside we have brand new dining tables coming. We also have new grills and sun lounges. The dining area is also getting a make over with light and bright new dining furniture and a new rug. As well as new flat screen TVs, sofa tables and lamps the most important new piece in the living room will be the new sofa. It is a convertible sofa that turns into a full bed. All the bedrooms are also undergoing a real makeover. With new tufted and upholstered headboards, desks and accent chairs they will look very nice. We recently just had some new aerials taken of the villa as well! You can’t really get much closer to the Caribbean sea than this! You can also see how close Salty Sway and The Blue Sandcastle are to each other. Check out our latest aerial …

Dining in St. Thomas

Don’t wanna cook while on vacation?  Well, The Blue Sandcastle and our other villas offer an extensive catering option. Our chefs can do anything from a casual Caribbean night to a gourmet dinner. Ask us about menus! We can even put together a full board package for you. However, if you are going out to dine, we do have some spot we really like! In the area of Havensight and Yacht Haven Grande we definitely like Fresh Bistro and Tap & Still. Fresh always has an intriguing menu with new flavors and great cocktails. While Tap & Still has the best burgers on the island! Both are only about 5 minutes from the villas. Another place we really like is Bella Blu. Bella Blu has a European inspired menu and can be found in Frenchtown. We love their pasta dishes. Bella Blu is also a great place for Sunday brunch. And if you are in town Pita Express (Palm Passage) and Gladys (Royal Dane Mall) are always good choices for lunch! The Mafolie Hotel and Restaurant …

New in! Salty Sway Villa

Discover our latest villa! This unique beachfront home features a spacious duplex with an add on one bedroom apartment. Both houses have two floors with one bedroom and one bathroom on each floor. The upper floor is built as a spacious loft with cathedral ceilings and gorgeous views. This is a unique opportunity to stay at one of the only villas on St. Thomas that features a private beach. There are steps down to the beach and lounges await you on the beach. The private beach has great snorkel. The views of the Caribbean Sea are endless and you can watch the cruise ships sail in and again sail out during the sunset from the multiple private decks and balconies. Salty Sway is perfect for two families to share or for a small family who needs some space. It is also the perfect friends getaway! Each duplex can sleep 7 guests and the add on apartment can sleep 4 in total (2 adults and 2 children). You can find Salty Sway both on VRBO and …

New Blue Sandcastle Upgrades

You might have noticed the upgrades we did to the pool deck before the start of high season. We added more shade and also added dining tables for up to 20 guests. Along with that we also got new sun lounges for you to enjoy the ever shining Caribbean sun while you have the cool breeze blowing over you. Let me tell you a secret: The new lounges are also perfect for star gazing! You might even see a meteor! With the new lights around the cabanas the pool deck also makes the perfect spot for a late night pool party. However, our main new item this high season is the enormous dining table we got! Look at that table! And we can even expand it more! The dining table comfortably seats 20 guests. It really makes it easy for a huge group to enjoy a social time together. It is also perfect for when we cater and make dinner or breakfast to our guests. For weddings and celebrations we can also rearrange the table …

Our guests love ABI beach and so do we!

A secluded cove with a long stretch of sand, palm trees blowing in the breeze, clear blue water…. Abi has it all! Abi is surrounded by hundreds of acres of untouched land. In fact, the valley used to be an old plantation! Continue reading to discover some of the reasons why all of our guests love Abi Beach here on St. Thomas. At Abi you can truly find your inner peace! The beach is loved buy all our guests and it is our clear favorite of all the 44 beaches here on St. Thomas. Sophia loves to play on the beach and collect sea shells. I love to take my paddle board down here and enjoy paddle along the reef. And Øystein loves that he can bring the dogs for a hike along the shoreline. There is even several hiking paths and undiscovered trails you can take around the valley! Our guest also love the free beach lounges, the great beach bar and the good food! Abi also has kayaks, paddle boats, snorkel gear and …

NEW IN! Villa Odeon

We are delighted to introduce our newest villa this season – the amazing and beautiful: Villa Odeon! Situated on top of Hawks Hill here in Frenchman’s Bay, St. Thomas – Villa Odeon offers lush and tropical surroundings and a completely redone villa, perfect for families or smaller groups travelling together. If you are staying at Villa Odeon you will have a 3 bedroom villa with an add on studio and also the option of using the TV room as a 5th bedroom if you require more space. Villa Odeon has many great features such as a shaded deck w/ a huge BBQ and bar – and also an outdoor shower by the pool. The master bedroom also features a small balcony where you can enjoy the nice breeze and spectacular views of St. Croix and Puerto Rico. The entire property is gated. For more info on Villa Odeon please visit the VRBO listing or contact us by email.  

Visit from Norway

In October we had our second visit from Norway this year. My mother and sister came all the way down to celebrate Halloween with us and explore the islands. Above is the classic “Drake’s Seat” tourist photo. Enjoy some more photos from our short visit! All the photos are taken by my sister, Anne Marthe. Check out her blog for more photos! Next on our list was a stop at Mountain Top to enjoy some more spectacular views of the islands. Sophia was thrilled to see her aunt again! The second day of the visit started with pumpkin carving and Trunk or Treat at Sophia’s school. The entire family got dressed up as vampires! The weekend ended with a celebration of Øystein’s birthday with friends and family. (We really love how the new pool deck turned out!) Nova is relaxing after an exciting day filled with fun in the sun. During the visit we also had to show them the beautiful old passages of Charlotte Amalie. The picture above is from Palm Passage. A stop …

Vacation at The Blue Sandcastle, St. Thomas – Virgin Islands

The weather is starting to get colder and your back in boots and a rainproof jacket (especially if you live in on the coast of Norway!). It’s even starting to get so cold that you need to put an oven on inside your house… And all you can think about is the warmth of the sun. It was so nice those few days this summer when you could use your sundress and sandals without freezing. Well, you can have that feeling again! Jump on a plane and escape to paradise! The Virgin Islands are filled with fun in the sun. From secluded and private beaches to fun beach bars at deserted islands; we got it all! Oh, ups! Don’t forget the cold and chilling drinks served on the beach… Soggy Dollar’s famous “Painkiller”, the “Bushwacker”, the “Island Breeze” or just a refreshing “Pina Colada”. Now how do I get there? Is it super expensive? How about the kids? (or what kids??) Honeymoon materiale? Getting married in paradise? Celebrating my birthday in paradise? Where should I …