SAPPHIRE BEACH CONDO
As I slowly got used to driving on the left side of the road, I gained more confidence. I used my MapsMe app to tell me the directions to go and it took me by way of "inner" island instead of around by the water...which I thought was weird and unexpected to me. But hey, I figured it knew the island better than I did.
Once we arrived, I remembered the place well...there were only a few changes. For instance, coming in was ENTIRELY different than it was 10 years ago when we visited. I mean I don't remember pulling into a lot that appeared to be some type of apartments or something and then the turn onto a dirt road that was full of potholes and such. But hey, I could see the condo's off in the very near distance. Wait, I think we came in the wrong way. I remember the 'landlord" saying that we would have to stop and check in with the security gate and to just let them know which condo's we would be staying in. We somehow managed to bypass the entire security guard and all. Oops. But hey, we had made it!
We decided to drop Kendra and the family off first.
She was located in building D and over between the beach and marina and in front of the pool. I figured she'd want to be closer to the pool than we would because she had Kambriah and they would spend more time there than us.
So both of our condo's were pretty much identical, except for the decor. But, we were both located on the end and on the same side of the "end".
I will show you around her place first.
Up next was our condo. So we were in building A and right in front of the beach/snorkeling area and beside the food area.
Our layout was exactly the same as hers but we benefited by having palm trees on the side of our building, which would provide plenty of shade during the day which made it VERY nice to sit on the side of the balcony because you got not only the shade, but a super nice breeze as well!
There were a few differences in our places (other than decor and color). Our "bedroom" was just a bunch of sliding panels with slats that went around the bed. Kendra's was panels that completely divided off her room from the living room. I had a dishwasher (and I wasn't referring to the hubby) and she did not. My bathroom shower had a small wall you step over, which was a tub if needed (all tiled) and hers did not. Other than that, it was pretty much the same.
Now I'll show you around the resort. It is beautifully decorated everywhere with tons of palms and flowers.
There is a shop, called the Beach Buzz, which has limited supplies, souvenirs, baked goods for breakfast, coffee, and ice cream. There was also a spot outside the shop (covered) to eat as well. (This is separate from the restaurant beside it.
Here is the restaurant you could order food and drinks at and there was an outside area as well with a stage for bands to play at (although not currently playing due to the COVID). They also had outdoor sofa's under a canopy that you could rent out.
There was a trailer (down by Kendra's condo and facing the marina) that you could do your laundry. I have to admit, I didn't discover this place until the last day there but Kendra said she knew about it before that and had checked into doing laundry. I guess you buy tokens at the office (also located in the building) and the office closed at 4pm and she never managed to get there by that time. She said a wash would cost $4 and a dry would cost $5. They also had a bathroom there and a shower.
This is definitely a place we would rent again. The host was great and always responded. It's the best location ever because it is one of the very few places you can rent a place that is directly on the beach. It was an added plus that it had an awesome pool and place to hang out at when you didn't want to be in the ocean. Also, with it being at the marina it made it easy to do our parasailing there (weather permitted). Also, having an onsite restaurant was an added plus too if you didn't feel like cooking or going out.