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Andante by the Sea, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, Oceanfront on Hart Bay with Stupendous Views

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6 adults, extra small children if w/parents)

Just minutes from the small town of Cruz Bay, with its restaurants and shopping, ideally situated on St. John's scenic southeastern shore and deliberately faced into the cooling trade winds...Andante is nestled on a shelf carved into the living rock directly above beautiful Hart Bay... high enough to look down on birds in flight... low enough to hear the sea.

Architected in modified Mediterranean-style with accents of native stone, Andante is unusual in that, while ensuring privacy, its panoramic decks offer spectacular views of both sunrise and sunset... a full 270-degrees from glittering St. Thomas east to Rams head!

There are three large bedrooms, all with sea views, private decks, full baths, and air conditioning. A canopied king-size bed and rattan furnishings with a Victorian flair grace the master bedroom along with a private deck. The two guest bedrooms have twin beds easily converted to comfortable kings and private decks.

The villa is tastefully furnished throughout in contemporary tropical rattan, teak and eclectic accents from around the world. Vaulted cypress-beamed ceilings and overhead fans accent the great room, kitchen, and two upper bedrooms.

The fully-equipped gourmet kitchen includes new Stainless Steel appliances: an electric ceramic top range/convection & conventional oven, built in microwave, dishwasher, French door refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, whole house triple filtered and UV water systems, 'Instant hot' water dispenser, blender, coffee maker, and espresso/cappuccino machine. A fully-automatic stainless steel gas grill and outdoor dining area for dinner under the stars is a few steps away on a trellised patio.

The pool and hot tub are strategically cantilevered into the cliff on the west side of the property for maximum views and breeze. Arise in the early morning, frolic in either, and appreciate the dramatic colors of sunrise. In the evening, sip champagne as the sounds of mellow jazz surround you and marvel at the complexity and beauty of the sunset and the clarity of the stars, while you are simultaneously warmed in the hot tub and cooled in the breezes of the ocean.

Andante comes equipped with everything you will need for a relaxed island vacation. Linens, towels, phone, fax and printer, hi speed WiFi internet, Satellite TV with premium channels and satellite radio in the great room and in each bedroom, Internet enabled Blu Ray DVD-CD players, surround sound multi-zoned stereo (piped to the pool and hot tub), beach chairs and coolers, and an extensive selection of books and music all await you. You need bring only your bathing suit and a few clothes for forays into town.

A private rustic path winds down to the sparsely-peopled, shell and coral beach below, offering fabulous snorkeling at one the best spots on the island. A left turn at the bottom of the hill takes you for a tranquil swim in nearby Chocolate Hole. The famous north shore beaches are but a few minutes’ drive away for long relaxing days spent at the beach.

If 'chilling' is what you seek in your ultimate vacation, Andante is so self-contained that it is possible to 'hole up' in the villa for several days at a time, without the need to leave home. Andante is perfect for that first or second honeymoon. If you do venture out, the world-renowned beaches of the north shore and the boutiques and restaurants (ranging from funky to gourmet) of the tiny town of Cruz Bay are less than a ten-minute drive away. A fifteen-minute, seven-dollar ferry ride brings you to the bustling shopping and restaurants of St. Thomas.

The word 'Andante' defines a moderately slow, relaxed, and leisurely tempo in music. At Andante, our guests have every opportunity to slow down, rest, relax, rejuvenate, and renew.

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  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Marilyn Or Rich
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Marilyn Or Rich

Though neither of us is from the Boston area originally, (Rich, from Portsmouth, NH), (Marilyn, from New York City) we have both spent the majority of our adult lives there, and it was in Boston that we met as the youngest of our 4 children was just graduating high school and one of us, Marilyn, was already a grandmother. Now, almost 20 years later, we have 8 grandchildren between us and we still live just outside of Boston.

When we first met, we both had dreams of owning a vacation home one day - Rich, in Martha's Vineyard, because of it's proximity; Marilyn - somewhere in the Caribbean because of it's warmth and rich culture. It didn't take a lot of convincing for Rich to adopt the 'Caribbean dream.' We did a lot of visits throughout the Caribbean, first just on vacations and then with an eye towards looking at houses.

The process was daunting but we were fortunate to have so many wise and helpful folks on the island, always willing to lend a hand and share their experiences. One tends to fantasize that owning a vacation rental will be like renting a vacation home, without having to pay the rent. It's not, it's hard work, but gratifying when our guests have a great time. The house has been a challenge and an evolving work of love, with each and every item in it attached to a story or memory. These years have certainly been an adventure! They have solidified us as a team.

Ultimately, when we awaken in the morning at Andante and see the sun cresting over the horizon in what have to be the most beautiful sunrises ever, we feel incredibly fortunate and blessed! The most important part of this journey has been making sure that all of our guests experience Andante's special magic.

Marilyn Or Rich purchased this villa in 1999

Why Marilyn Or Rich chose St John

When we first saw the villa that is now Andante, we knew this was the one! The incredible views, the never-ending breezes, the privacy, the proximity to and the sound of the ocean were just what we were looking for, and we knew that our guests would appreciate these as well. Andante has changed so much since we purchased it, but those core things have not and were the most important. Our guests think so too.

What makes this villa unique

The most important pastime for us when we stay at Andante is to honeymoon over and over again. It's the time we set aside to spend with each other and relax. We really did choose the name because it means 'to slow down'. We do. We both catch up on reading, talking, meditating; Rich paints; I experiment in the kitchen. Sure, we have to do work - but we also take time to unwind.

Whether our guests are a couple on their honeymoon, a young or extended family or a group of friends getting together yearly, we want their time together at Andante to be loving and memorable. It's important to us that if our guests want to do nothing but hole up in the villa for days at a time, that they have everything they need to be comfortable doing just that. If they want to get out and explore the vast wonders of nature that St. John has to offer they are able to come back to a spacious and relaxing 'home base.' Our guests come from high pressure lives and we want to give them every opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in total comfort and serenity.

Guestbook comments from the owner

If you want to feel the joy of life, just take the path to Hart Bay and just sit on the beach, observe and feel!
Dec 2010
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Andante by the Sea, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, Oceanfront on Hart Bay with Stupendous Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews
Katy, TX USA

Wonderful Stay at Andante by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

Having previously stayed at a St John resort and various condos, we decided to try out a villa. This house was wonderful! The amazing view, clean house, and proximity to Cruz Bay was most enjoyable and appreciated. This house worked very well for our family of four and we would absolutely return. We have no hesitation or reservation to recommend Andante by the Sea to others. We fully agree with all of the positive comments from previous reviews. Wonderful house with a beautiful view. Thank you Marilyn and Rich for sharing your outstanding retreat!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so grateful that you enjoyed your stay at Andante and we thank you for taking the time to write this kind and thoughtful review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the views and location and that the house worked so well for your family. We would be honored to have your return to Andante for your next trip to St. John. Regards, Marilyn and Rich
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Beautiful, stunning, awesome place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

Marilyn and Rich - your home is absolutely beautiful! Our family had the most relaxing and perfect vacation! The house was wonderfully equipped and had all the amenities one may need, from cooking on the grill to preparing morning breakfast! We loved the lazy days by the pool and the constant Tradewind breezes. Nights were star filled while relaxing in the hot tub. Thank you for sharing your house - we could not of had a more perfect vacation!

Beth and Greg Altemus

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves at Andante and that you experienced the perfect vacation. It gives us so much pleasure when our guests are able to experience the features that we ourselves find so special and that we work hard to ensure. We realize that you had so many choices of homes on St. John, and we are grateful that you chose Andante. It would be our honor to have you return to Andante for your next vacation. Warmest regards, Marilyn & Rich
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Paradise on earth - fabulous views!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to St. John, and we already know we will definitely be back! Andante is a wonderful place - the views are 180+ degrees and absolutely gorgeous. The property owners, Rich and Marilyn care a great deal about the experience of those who stay, and it shows at every step in the process. The villa is decorated like a home, not a rental. There were great supplies for beach goers (chairs, coolers, blankets, beach bags) and also some snorkeling gear and pool floats.

Crystal from the property management company met us at the dock and escorted us to the villa. Driving on St. John is very intimidating at first, especially the last 100ft or so to Andante (very steep), but don't let that bother you. At first the steepness really bothered me, but by the second day, I was a pro at getting around. Be sure to rent a jeep - don't mess around with a car.

The kitchen is well appointed for cooking at the villa. I recommend ordering from Ronnie's pizza if you arrive after dark and need to locate some dinner. Proximity to grocery stores was great (Starfish market and St. John's market) and make sure you don't miss the opportunity to pick up sandwiches from Sam and Jack's - not your ordinary sandwiches. They also have great meals for takeout, as well as some awesome meatballs you can add to any home cooked pasta dishes.

We have never been so sad to have a vacation come to an end. Andante (and St. John) felt like home and we will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Nothing is more heartwarming than having first time visitors to St. John become captivated the wonders of St. John. We are thrilled that your stay at Andante played an integral part in your enjoyment. We strive to make Andante feel as if you are “home” during your stay in St. John, and we are gratified that you experienced Andante in just that way. We would be so honored if you chose to return in the future. Warm regards, Marilyn & Rich
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La Plata, Maryland

We Can't Wait To Go Back!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from an amazing week at Andante with two other couples. I chose this property because of the views, the opportunity for privacy, and the three separate en suite bathrooms. Between the photos and the reviews, I knew that Andante was the place for us. From the time we were greeted at the ferry dock by one of the property managers until our departure, our vacation couldn't have been more perfect. While we loved spending time at the pool and hot tub, we also enjoyed venturing out to Cruz Bay and the many breathtaking beaches. Andante is extremely well-maintained and well managed. I have booked through VRBO/HomeAway for many vacations over the years and Andante might be my all-time favorite. I do have a few tips for those who book Andante in the future: Pine Peace Market in Cruz Bay has the best prices by far on both beer and wine, do yourselves a favor and book at least one "dinner in" with Passion Fruits Chefs, take a good book down to the lower level to enjoy the hammock, and spend as much time as possible taking in the beauty of St. John.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you had a wonderful stay at Andante and St. John, and that you enjoyed all of the magical views and special spots around the villa that make "staying home" just as enjoyable as venturing out and exploring this incredible island. Thanks also for the great tips for future guests. Passion Fruit chefs are our favorite as well. We hope you will return soon and that you will choose Andante once more as your home on St. John. Marilyn & Rich
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  • 5 of 5

Our family of four spent a fabulous week at Andante swimming in the pool and enjoying the amazing views as we relaxed on the deck. The villa was clean and well maintained. St. John is a magical place and Andante by the Sea was just as magical. Highly recommend to stay here!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you had a great week at Andante and enjoyed most of all, relaxing and the amazing views. These are the two qualities that we hear the most frequently from our guests and we think, the ones that help to make Andante really special. We hope that you will choose Andante once more, when you return to St. John. Best, Marilyn & Rich
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Boston, MA


  • 5 of 5

We had the most relaxing and healing vacation at Andante. The house is so beautiful and peaceful! The abundance of windows allow for spectacular views from inside the house. The outdoor deck spaces offered even more magnificent ocean views. We enjoyed both phenomenal sunrises and sunsets, as well as beautiful moon viewings. The sounds of the ocean waves was so calming. At night, the outdoor tree frog sounds coupled with the ocean waves creates a peaceful atmosphere. All the rooms are very spacious, clean and decorated in a simple, holistic manner. I value that clean/renewable energy is used to power the house and that Andante is consciousness about water conservation and quality. We enjoyed doing yoga on the spacious decks, especially the downstairs shaded deck with a cool and constant breeze. The kitchen is stocked with all cooking supplies. We were able to cook great meals and ate at the outside table in the evening everynight. I have traveled to many beautiful places, but none have been as high-quality and beautiful as Andante. Andante is a sacred space! We are returning again this year. It is a vacation sanctuary.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
St John - St. Thomas Ferry
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
St. Thomas, Mahogany Bay
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Westin Hotel - 0.3 miles; Cruz Bay
Nearest Beach
60 Metres
Hart Bay Beach
Car: recommended

A luxurious Health Club nearby at the Westin Hotel. Fishing (on site) and Deep Sea fishing available. St. John is 2/3 National Park and cared for by the US National Park Service. Hiking trails, exploration of ruins, lovely beaches - both cared for by the NPS and more secluded off road ones - abound.


Rates & Availability

Cruz Bay Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
LAST WK LEFT IN 2016, 20% OFF!
Oct 22 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $21 per night, per additional guest
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2016 LOW SEASON; Dbl Occ Only
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 18 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
WINTER HI SEAS 2017 dbl occ
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Feb 18 2017 - Feb 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
SPRING HI SEASON 2017:dbl occ
Feb 25 2017 - Apr 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
LO SEAS 2017
Apr 29 2017 - Nov 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
FALL LO SEAS 2017:dbl occ
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Clean fee, waive for chk $100
Tax Rate 12.5%

Lo Season: $3000 for1- 2 ppl; $3400 for 3- 4 ppl; $3800 for 5-6 ppl (double occupancy only)
Hi Season: $5000 for 1-2 ppl: $5400 for 3-4 ppl: $5800 for 5-6 ppl (double occupancy only)

*Non Holiday Rates are based on PER/BDRM DBL OCCUP to make Andante more affordable. We apologize that RATES ARE NOT ACCURATELY CALCULATED ON THIS SITE. Please contact us at 877-512-4898 or visit for accurate rates for more than 2 people.

*INTERVALS ARE SATURDAY-SATURDAY, MINIMUM 7 DAYS; can be waived when limited by availability.
*occupancy over max 6, at owner's discretion; $50/pers/night + cot rental $100
*Stays over 7 days either begin or end on Saturday; $350 occupancy fee for stays less than 7 days unless limited by avail.
*Discounts, Specials may be available, especially "Last Minute” Please contact us or visit our website,
Add $50 Damage Waiver Fee by CC directly to owner

*This Villa is OWNER MANAGED. We believe in speaking to everyone interested in renting Andante before you book, to make sure that all of your questions are answered and that Andante will meet your vacation needs perfectly. Please feel free to call us at any time.
* HAVE PEACE OF MIND - Our on-island property managers will help you with your travel arrangement needs, before and at your arrival; will meet you on arrival and accompany you to Andante; and are available throughout your stay to help make your vacation unforgettable.

*In-Villa Chef services; Villa Provisioning; In Villa Spa Services; Snorkeling, Diving excursions, Car Rentals, and Excursion to the British Virgin Islands are all available and can be arranged through our on-island property managers

*Midweek Maid Service incl for over 14 days & Christmas & New Years weeks.
Midweek Maid service is avail all other intervals @ 3 hours/$75

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Cruz Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , en suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , en suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , en suite
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King converts to twins.+ Room for small child with parents
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King converts to twins.+ Room for small child with parents
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bdrm with a King;can also accommodate a small child
  • All bedrooms are furnished with Hi Efficiency, rapid cooling quiet, split system air-coniditionerss. The two guest bedrooms can be configured as either 2 twins or one king. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Stupendous 270-degree sunrise-sunset views, A/C in bdrms, Satellite TV/70 channels Sat radio, Multi-;zoned Stereo piped to Greatroom, decks and pool, Hi speed WiFi CD-BluRay players for streaming music and movies effortlessly ; CD collection; Fax, Printer, Extensive library; Full Gourmet Kitchen with 'Instant Hot' water dispenser, Coffee Grinder/maker, Blender, Cappuccino Maker, Food Processor, Ice cream maker, Brand new Stainless steel appliances; All Cooking Utensils, spices, Stainless Steel Gas Grill (BBQ)for those perfect, 'No muss, No fuss' dinners under the stars, Indoor dining room/Outdoor trellised dining area, Linens, Private Hot Tub and Pool, Outdoor shower, Private decks off each bedroom, Lower level covered patio with hammock and breezes to die for!! Hike down a Path that winds down to secluded shell and coral Beach with the best snorkeling on the island.

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