Andante by the Sea, 3 BR/3 BA Oceanfront Romantic Hideaway
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Hart Bay villa description
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 up to date appliances, an electric ceramic top range/convection & conventional oven, microwave, dishwasher, side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with ice maker/dispenser, whole house triple filtered and UV water systems, 'steaming hot' water dispenser, blender, coffee maker, bread 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,wi fi, hi speed internet, Satellite TV with premium channels and satellite radio in the great room and in each bedroom, DVD players, surround sound multi-zoned stereo (even piped to the pool and hot tub), CD-radio, 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 pebble 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.
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Not Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- King size beds (1) A dedicated King Bed is in the Masterbedroom. The two guest bedrooms have two twin beds that can be made into comfortable king beds with "bridge" systems., Twin or Single Beds (1) The two guest bedrooms have 2 twin beds each that can be made into single comfortable Kings with a "bridge" system...moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Ice Maker
Air Conditioning in all three Bedrooms. There is no A/C in the greatroom, but because of abundant breezes cross-ventilating the great room and our magnificent high speed fans, non is ever needed....moreless
- Parking Off Street:
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
DSL internet is available, along with WiFi. However, we remind our guests that this is an island and service is subject to the vagaries of a "small country." Service may be interrupted without notice and can take several days to be repaird. We therefore urge our guests to always come with a "back-up" plan if they have critical internet work they plan to do. There are several "internet Cafe's" available in town....moreless
Andante has 2 telephone lines. One is used for the main line and one is for back-up, emergencies and for the fax-line. Neither can be used for long distance, so that we recommend that you either use your cell phone or have a long distance card available for your use....moreless
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
The private pool and hot-tub are situated on a deck cantilevered into the hill for maximal views of sunset, sunrise and starry nights. A new small pergola at the norther end of the pool deck gives a little shade from the bright sun....moreless
- Hot Tub
Deck / Patio:
In addition to our separate dining room, we have an outdoor dining area under a pergola, facing the ocean, with it's own speakers so you have the option of listening to the ocean or wonderful stereo music as you dine under the stars, or catch the sunset. Additional decks abound throughout the house, from sunny to breezy and shady for that lazy afternoon nap, or curling up with that great book!...moreless
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
Andante is 180 ft above the beach and a private rustic path winds down to the coral and shell beach below. The bay below is great for snoreling, with extensive coral formations under the water. The views are some of the best on the island and the sound of the surf is amazing. For long 'lazy' beach days and freestyle swimming, we recommend visiting some of the North Shore beaches, as little as 12 min away by car....moreless
- Basketball Court
- Mountain Biking
- Miniature Golf
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
ReviewsWrite a review
We stayed at adante by the sea, this past summer. The entrance brings you right into the spirit of the island. The beautiful home, was a favorite.with the music heard all around the inside and out, it was wonderful. What a view, especially watching the sunset in the hot tub. This home was beautiful and fun. I have visited the island, since the 1970's and have visited many homes. I loved this home, thanks, linda
- Guest linda reisinger (st petersburg, florida)
- Date of stay 01/01/07
- Review Submitted 01/10/07
Exceeded my expectations!
Exceeded my expectations!
Andante is the perfect vacation villa! There were 6 people in our group, and we all had a wonderful time. The accommodations were great and the villa had all the amenities you could ask for. We really enjoyed the sound system that played throughout the house! The views of Hart Bay and Chocolate Hole were wonderful sites to see every morning and evening. We will definitely return.
- Guest Rick (Columbus, GA)
- Date of stay 06/29/13
- Review Submitted 07/09/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Nothing pleases us more than to hear that our guests had a wonderful time! We promise to continue to improve and refine Andante to fit our guests' needs and always to make it feel like your home in St. John. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We do hope you will return very soon. Marilyn and Rich
The photos on the site were accurate, but didn't quite do the property justice. The house is absolutely charming and the views are breathtaking. The pool and hot tub were enjoyed by all. The house is in a great location - close to town and all the north beaches. Our family had a wonderful time beach hopping, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, and grilling dinners on the fabulous deck. The rocky beach below the house is a little slippery and steep, but worth the short treck. The snorkeling off that beach is great, and there are unusual shells to be found. The owners are very helpful, and the property managers on the island are great. All in all a perfect vacation!
- Guest Lana (Oak Hill, Virginia)
- Date of stay 03/22/13
- Review Submitted 04/03/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. We are always gratified when we hear that our guests have had an outstanding vacation at Andante, because that is exactly what we strive for. We really want you to feel so at home and surrounded by beauty, that if there are days that you want to do nothing but chill out and relax, even in the middle of this Caribbean paradise, you feel like you haven't missed a thing! We hope you will be back! Marilyn & Rich
Amazing St John vacation
Amazing St John vacation
Andante by the sea is an amazing place. You have everything you need as if you were in your own home so you can be very comfortable staying there. The Kitchen is fully appointed so you can make your own meals if you like but even if you don't want to cook, you will want to at least get take out so you can dine at the house and enjoy the amazing views. They have a wonderful view of the nearby bays and great sunrise and sunset views. At night the stars are amazing. While we were there, there was a constant breeze and the downstairs hammock was just an amazing spot to simply lay back and enjoy the peacefulness of the breeze and sounds of the wind, ocean and birds. While in St John, we went Snorkeling several days. We took a Kayak/Snorkel tour in Coral bay where we saw Squid and a Nurse shark. We also went to Maho bay and saw a turtle and several rays. Last we went to Trunk bay which has snorkeling but was most amazing for the beautiful beach and calm waters.
- Guest S350 (Roseville, CA)
- Date of stay 06/20/12
- Review Submitted 07/02/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thank you so much for your kind words! Nothing gives us greater pleasure than hearing that our guests really had a wonderful and relaxing vacation at Andante! We are so gratified when we hear that it felt like home because that is the way we want it to feel. We hope that we have created a place that our guests will want to keep on returning to year after year.
Wonderful home in wonderful location! Ideal setting, secluded and tranquil but close drive to town. Beautiful views. The only negative...downstairs bedroom is functional but not of same quality as upstairs rooms...but made for a private and fun bachelor bad for our preteen sons! Mom and daughter loved the second bedroom and the fantastic shower. Overall, a great villa that makes a great base for enjoyment of a wonderful island!
- Guest GG (Chicago, IL, USA)
- Date of stay 03/24/12
- Review Submitted 04/08/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Owner response: We are delighted that you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the tranquility, setting and incredible views that Andante has to offer. While the lower bedroom is a wonderful private spot with great views, air conditioning and its own bath, being located directly below the Master bedroom, it does not have the vaulted ceilings as do the upper two bedrooms, and must be accessed by an outside set of stairs. It is not appropriate for everyone, such as for young children unaccompanied by an adult. Any former guest who has ever rented directly from Rich and I, the owners, can attest that we will only arrange for a rental after having spoken personally with the future guest, to make sure that they are fully aware of the layout of the villa, and that the house will completely meet their needs. Some guests may find this process tedious, but we feel it is absolutely essential you know everything there is to know about the place you will be calling your home in the Virgin Islands. Our guests spend a lot of hard earned money on their vacations and there should be no surprises! We want you to have the vacation of a lifetime at Andante and to keep returning year after year!
mardy from pa
mardy from pa
excellent and very close to Cruz Bay property. Perfect for three couples.
- Guest mardy (philadelphia)
- Date of stay 02/11/12
- Review Submitted 02/20/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway.
Owner response: We are so glad you had a good time and hope you will think of Andante for your next trip to St. John! Thank you so much for your kind words. Marilyn & Rich.
Wonderful house, wonderful owners!!
Wonderful house, wonderful owners!!
We stayed at Andante by the Sea in November of 2006. We had my in-law's and 17 month old son with us, and had a FABULOUS time there. The home is gorgeous, with the most AMAZING views, and we've stayed in several places on St. John, so we're pretty picky. The house is well laid-out, and gives couples privacy. The downstairs bedroom is perfect for teens/young adults/couples, but probably not for younger kids (they let us know this right up front). We're contemplating a return trip with our now 3 year old twins and Andante is at the top of our list!! The kitchen was fully equipped, and we enjoyed dinners on the deck, and swimming endlessly in the pool. There is a trail down to the beach for snorkeling, and it's close enough to Cruz Bay for dinner out without having to drive St.John's hill terrain too much after a few painkillers. Thanks again for the memories - we can't wait to return!
- Guest I LOVE ST. JOHN (Redmond, WA)
- Date of stay 11/04/06
- Review Submitted 03/24/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Owner response: It gives us so much pleasure to hear that our guests have a great time with wonderful memories! It makes the love and hard work we put into Andante all worth while! Thank you so much for your kind review. We hope you will keep Andante in mind for your next trip to St. John. Warm Regards, Marilyn & Rich
Andante Is Truly A Jewel!!! Outstanding Views!!!
Andante Is Truly A Jewel!!! Outstanding Views!!!
Marilyn and Rich, Thank you for sharing your paradise with us. We have been coming to St John for a while now. I have to say that your home was by far the nicest experience by far. The villa is immaculate, well equipped, great amenities, and what an unbelievable view. Just bring your clothes… everything else is provided for you. Favorite things about villa… having coffee on the private master bedroom terrace, while watching the sun rise over the water and hearing the crashing waves below us; an afternoon swim in the pool after exploring the island, then relaxing in the hammock, gazing out at the blue waters of the Caribbean; sitting in the hot tub with a glass of wine, star gazing and looking over at the twinkling lights of St Thomas; having dinner and watching the sunset over the water. Having three master bedrooms with their own private baths and all with ocean views is such a plus. How nice to have everything we needed to explore the island: coolers, beach chairs, snorkeling equipment, water toys, etc. Our only disappointment is that we could not stay longer. Looking forward to staying with you in the near future.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 10/18/09
- Review Submitted 11/17/09
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Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: 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 to both the British and US Virgin Islands, first just on vacations and then with an eye towards looking at houses. The process was daunting and we were lucky to have a person showing us around, who was very frank about all of the potential downsides, as well as the benefits of ownership . 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!
Why the Owner Chose Hart Bay:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
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.
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Andante by the Sea, on Hart Bay, St. John
Andante's Great Room
Andante's Dining Room with magnificent Eastern and Southern views
Andante's fully equipped kitchen
Andante's West Guest Bedroom
Andante's Hot Tub
Andante's Pool, Hot Tub and Pergola
Enter into your home in Paradise, Andante by the Sea. Relaxation starts here!
Andante's Dining Room & Great Room
Andante's Outside Dining Area
Andante's Master Bedroom with Private deck, sunrise views
Andante's Lower Level Bedroom with Private Patio
Andante's Lower Level Shaded Patio with Hammock and Incredible Tropical Breezes
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