All posts tagged: USVI

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 …

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 …

The Blue Sandcastle – getting ready for the season!

The past month The Blue Sandcastle has been getting a facelift! We have upgraded the entire villa with new furniture, new art, new dinnerware, new everything! We have even added a new smart tv and a Playstation to the living room! The pool deck now features a brand new BBQ (huge 5 burner), new lounges, dining for up to 20! New wall art has been added and a Kitchen Aid mixer is in place in the kitchen. The kitchen is such a social place and a great place to entertain! All the bedrooms have gotten new super nice memory foam cooling toppers! These are super comfy and a blessing for your back! All the beds off course have our luxurious Egyptian Cotton sheets. New special wall art for the bedrooms is also coming thanks to the Bambini/ Swane Gallery here in St. Thomas! Can’t wait to show you their amazing work! The covered deck also got a small makeover with adding new patio sets. These wicker sets give a splash of colour to the deck and …

Cooking classes @ The Blue Sandcastle

September cooking classes The Blue Sandcastle is doing some re-furbishing in September. And while we are not doing villa rentals because all the suites are being upgraded we still use the villa. Several cooking classes have been scheduled and some are full already! We are using our experience from our 5 years from running Widvey’s Cupcakes where we had our own bakery and catering company. 5 years lead to nearly 100,000 cupcakes baked and tons of cooking classes. Our most popular classes where the CUPCAKE DECOR and the TAPAS classes. All the classes are also offered to our guests who stay at the villa. Check out the classes here: SEP 05 TAPAS 1 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 06 TAPAS 1 Cooking class 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 07 LABOR DAY CUPCAKE DECOR CLASS Widvey’s Cupcakes SEP 09 TAPAS 2 cooking class 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 10 QUICK & EASY DINNERS 1 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 12 TAPAS 2 cooking class 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 13 PASTRY/BAKED GOODS 1 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, …

What to do on your last day in the Virgin Islands?

What to do on your last day in the Virgin Islands? Take a day charter! Explore the surrounding islands and enjoy a fun-filled day with lots of adventures. Either join a group of people on a day charter or get your very own private yacht. Either way, it will be an unforgettable day! One of the favourites is the BVI day charters. This is a great trip for both families and couples. You get to explore four to five islands, and some of the places you visit is only reachable by boat. And you’ll have tons of fun! Here’s some tips to where you should go on a day charter to the BVIs. First stop Start with a trip to Virgin Gorda. Clear your passport in Spanish Town, and then go and explore the Baths. The Baths is one of the the BVI’s most popular tourist attraction. The sight is amazing. The rocks forms a series of grottoes that has tidal pools and kaleidoscopic sunlight. Take the trails through them or snorkel around them. Second …

Dolphin Discovery Tortola

I går hadde vi en fantastisk dag her nede! Vi dro over til Tortola, en av de Britiske Jomfruøyene, på dagstur. Selve båtturen fra St. Thomas til Tortola tar rett under en time. Her hadde vi en liten time med byvandring i Road Town før vi satte kursen mot Dolphin Discovery senteret på Tortola. På Dolphin Discovery har de 10 delfiner i parken sin. Delfinene er 2. generasjons delfiner for parken, og er født og oppvokst i parken. De fleste delfinene i parken lever til de er over 40 år, mot delfiner som lever fritt som blir i snitt 25-30 år.Parken fungerer også som en del av skoleprogrammet her, og tar imot skoleklasser for å lære dem om miljøet i havet, samt mer om marinebiologi. Barna lærer om anatomien til delfinene, samt hvordan de lever sammen. Noen av barna får også tid sammen med delfinene i vannet. Du kan også besøke parken som turist. Mange som drar på ferie eller cruise til de Amerikanske Jomfruøyene besøker parken. Vi fikk være med på et utvidet treningsprogram sammen …

Bryllup eller bryllupsreise på Jomfruøyene i Karibien

Drømmer du om å gifte deg i solnedgangen på en øde strand, eller kanskje på dekk på en seilbåt omgitt av turkis hav? Her på Jomfruøyene har du mulighetene! Du kan gifte deg både på de amerikanske og på de britiske Jomfruøyene. Bryllup og bryllupsreise til Jomfruøyene i Karibien er svært populært!   Selv giftet jeg meg i Spania for flere år siden. Valget var enkelt da begge to ville ha et utendørsbryllup. For å kunne gifte seg ute er fint vær veldig viktig! Aller helst ville jeg gifte meg på en strand i Karibien, men det var ikke en mulighet vi hadde da. Vi får heller satse på å fornye løftene på en karibisk strand 🙂 St. Thomas er en stor bryllupsdestinasjon her i Karibien. Mange amerikanere kommer ned hvert år for å gifte seg eller for å dra på bryllupsreise. Man gifter seg gjerne på St. Thomas og drar på bryllupsreise med båt til de Britiske Jomfruøyene. Et bryllup her nede trenger ikke å “koste skjorta”. Flybilletter fra Norge starter på ca. 4000,- …