Saturday, June 22, 2013

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TAXI - VAN – These are air-conditioned, closed 12 to 15 passenger vehicles. Take one to get from the airport to Sapphire Village Condos, and to return to the airport.

As you exit the baggage claim area (pick up free maps, “This Week” magazine, etc) you will be hailed by a “starter-guy." Tell him, “Sapphire Village Condos." He will direct you to one of several Vans. There will be as many people in the Van as the driver can manage, storing your luggage in the back. You may have to wait through an interesting “tour” of the island as the driver drops off other passengers before you.

Cost: two people with luggage will be about $35, and drivers appreciate a tip. This is what we paid in January 2014. Like any good traveler, ask before you get in.

If you prefer a private taxi to take you from the airport, call a day in advance to make arrangements. We like Mr. Clement Charles. We'll be happy to give you his number. If he can’t make it, ask him to direct you to someone who can.

DIRECTIONS: Tell the driver that you want Sapphire Village Condos, specifying that you want the Condos, not Sapphire Resort. It can easily take a half hour to travel from the airport to the Condo. After turning off the main road at the big Sapphire sign, the driver needs to turn immediately to the right, toward the Condos. If he goes straight down the hill, he went the wrong way. The Resort has red roofs; Sapphire Village Condos' roofs are blue, as you can see in the photo at the top of this page. Then tell the driver to take you to Dominica building, which is right across from the Office and Laundromat. Take the stairs: one flight up, turn left… there you are, #182.

On the islands, before you start a conversation, even on the phone, it’s common courtesy and traditional to say, “Good Morning," “Good Afternoon” or “Good Night." Try it, it’s fun!

May we be the first to say - WELCOME TO ST THOMAS!!

Information for #182 Dominica Renters

By signing the Rental Agreement, you agree to abide by these conditions.

Once you pay a deposit for the reservation, it is not refundable if you change your mind for any reason.

There are two exceptions.
(1) If you are unable to come because of a medical emergency, your doctor’s note is accepted. 
(2) If the island is “shut down” by adverse weather conditions, or it would be otherwise be unsafe for you to come.
If this policy is a concern for you, please consider buying “Travelers Insurance.”

Your credit card will be charged by merchant M B Marketing & Mfg, my company in Asheville NC, where we run dozens of cc charges daily over a secure server.

Note: Our unit is not equipped for handicap use, and you must be prepared to climb a short flight of stairs to get to the unit. There’s no elevator.

All Sapphire Village Condominiums are privately owned. Homeowners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. Homeowners are not responsible for any loss of Guest’s belongings or valuables.

By accepting this reservation, Guests agree that all Guests expressly assume the risk of any harm arising from the use of the premises, or any others they invite to use the premises. 

You cannot smoke anywhere in the Condo: not even on the balcony.

People other than those in the Guest Party you named in our Rental Agreement may not stay overnight in our condo.

Do not flush anything besides toilet paper.

Pets are NOT allowed. Do not feed any animals on the property.

Keep the property and all furnishings clean and in good order.  If we must replace broken or missing items, or pay our housekeeper for extra time to tend to stained cushions, towels or bedding after your stay, we will pass that expense on to you by deducting the total from your deposit.

On arriving, if you find anything in the Studio that requires attention, or at any time you need, call John’s cell. 

Sapphire Village Condominium Association has its own Rules, a copy of which can be seen in our helpful notebook that you'll see in the Condo.