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Andante by the Sea, 3 BR/3 BA Oceanfront Romantic Hideaway with Incredible Views

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Andante by the Sea, on Hart Bay, St. John

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Last updated: 08/18/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property 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.


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Property Type

  • Villa

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Bedroom 3

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  • 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

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite/DVD with flat screen TVs in all bedroom...moreless

  • Stereo
  • VCR

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Magnificent 270 degree views, Sunrise to Sunset...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Andante is located 180 ft above Hart Bay. A private, rough hewn path takes you down to the shell and coral beach side and some of the best snorkeling on the island....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    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

  • Broadband Access:

    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

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street:

    Off Street parking for two cars. First come, first serve on road parking for one additional car if needed...moreless

  • Telephone:

    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

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    St John has a number of world class chefs and we will be happy to put your in touch with them to make your vila dining experience memorable!...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Our gourmet kitchen has everything possible to make your experience here seamless, if cooking is your passion!...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • 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

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool:

    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

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
HUGE LAST MIN DEAL,30%OFF!
Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016
5 night min stay
$300

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

FALL LAST MIN DEALS 25% OFF!
Sep 24 - Oct 7, 2016
7 night min stay

$2,200

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

LAST WK IN 2017, 15% OFF
Oct 22 - Oct 28, 2016
7 night min stay

$2,500

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

THANKSGIVING 2016
Nov 19 - Nov 25, 2016
7 night min stay

$4,000
flat fee
2016 FALL-WINT: Dbl Occ Only
Nov 26 - Dec 18, 2016
4 night min stay

$3,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

HOLIDAY SEASON 2016
Dec 19 - Jan 6, 2017
7 night min stay

$6,450

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

2017 WINTER HI SEASON
Jan 7 - Feb 17, 2017
4 night min stay

$5,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

2017 PRESIDENTS WEEK
Feb 18 - Feb 24, 2017
7 night min stay

$6,200

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

2017 SPRING HI SEAS:dbl occup
Feb 25 - Apr 28, 2017
4 night min stay

$5,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

2017 LO SEAS: dbl occ
Apr 29 - Nov 17, 2017
4 night min stay

$3,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

THANKSGIVING 2017
Nov 18 - Nov 24, 2017
7 night min stay

$4,000

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

2017 FALL LO SEAS:dbl occ only
Nov 25 - Dec 22, 2017
4 night min stay

$3,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

2017 HOLIDAY SEASON
Dec 23 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min stay

$6,450

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning-waived if check $100

Notes:

NEW LOWER RATES!

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)

LAST MINUTE SPECIALS: (dbl occup only) add $400/bedroom used over 1 bedroom/7 days, except when indicated. Prorate for more or less than 7 days.

*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 andantebythesea.com 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

*Stays over 7 days either begin or end on Saturday unless limited by availability.

*Discounts, Specials may be available, especially "Last Minute” Please contact us or visit our website, andantebythesea.com.

***CLEANING FEE IS WAIVED WHEN PAID BY CHECK

Add $50 Damage Waiver Fee by CC

*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.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Last updated: 08/18/2016
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Location

5 Miles
Nearest Airport
St. Thomas
0.75 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Cruz Bay
0.75 Miles
Nearest Ferry
St. John - St. Thomas Ferry; Ferries to BVI
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
St Thomas
0.75 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Westin Hotel - 0.3 miles; Cruz Bay
60 Metres
Nearest Beach
Hart Bay, for snorkeling, down a private path

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 VI National Park Service. Hiking trails, exploration of ruins, lovely beaches - all cared for by the NPS, and more secluded off road ones - abound.

 

Owner info

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 Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI:
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 by the Sea, on Hart Bay, St. John

  • Stone steps descend through lush gardens to Andante's Arched Entrance Door

    Stone steps descend through lush gardens to Andante's Arched Entrance Door

  • The East Side Great room, with group seating & a flat screen TV for family fun

    The East Side Great room, with group seating & a flat screen TV for family fun

  • Open Floor plan View from the Diningroom to the outer dining deck & great room

    Open Floor plan View from the Diningroom to the outer dining deck & great room

  • Romantic Dinner for 2 by the Light of the Full Moon

    Romantic Dinner for 2 by the Light of the Full Moon

  • Outside Dining:The ocean is hypnotic here- you'll stay long after meals are done

    Outside Dining:The ocean is hypnotic here- you'll stay long after meals are done

  • Sunrise View from the Master Bedroom

    Sunrise View from the Master Bedroom

  •  West Master Sized Guest Bedroom with Private Balcony; Southern & Western Views

    West Master Sized Guest Bedroom with Private Balcony; Southern & Western Views

  • Lower Master-sized Bedroom is the most private; Bed can be king or twins

    Lower Master-sized Bedroom is the most private; Bed can be king or twins

  • Andante's Lower Level Shaded Patio with Hammock and Incredible Tropical Breezes

    Andante's Lower Level Shaded Patio with Hammock and Incredible Tropical Breezes

  • Grab a little shade after your dip under the poolside pergola

    Grab a little shade after your dip under the poolside pergola

  • A rough hewn private path starts below the pool and leads to the Beach below.

    A rough hewn private path starts below the pool and leads to the Beach below.

  • Only 6 min drive to town, but so private and quiet. Perched 180' above Hart Bay

    Only 6 min drive to town, but so private and quiet. Perched 180' above Hart Bay

  • Enter into your home in Paradise, Andante by the Sea. Relaxation starts here!

    Enter into your home in Paradise, Andante by the Sea. Relaxation starts here!

  • The West Side Great Room, for quiet reading & relaxation

    The West Side Great Room, for quiet reading & relaxation

  • Andante's Dining Room with magnificent Eastern and Southern views of the sea

    Andante's Dining Room with magnificent Eastern and Southern views of the sea

  • Andante's Kitchen with everything you'll need for gourmet cooking at home

    Andante's Kitchen with everything you'll need for gourmet cooking at home

  • East Side Master Bedroom has a King sized bed & private deck for sunrise coffee

    East Side Master Bedroom has a King sized bed & private deck for sunrise coffee

  • Andante's West Master Sized Bedroom. Bed is convertible to Twins or a King.

    Andante's West Master Sized Bedroom. Bed is convertible to Twins or a King.

  • West King Bedroom Bath with Skylight, Stone Accents and large open shower

    West King Bedroom Bath with Skylight, Stone Accents and large open shower

  • Lower Level Master Sized Bedroom has king convertible to twins; Southern seaview

    Lower Level Master Sized Bedroom has king convertible to twins; Southern seaview

  • It's so easy to while away the entire day at Andante's Pool and Hot Tub

    It's so easy to while away the entire day at Andante's Pool and Hot Tub

  • Andante's Hot Tub with Panoramic Views is even better at night under the stars

    Andante's Hot Tub with Panoramic Views is even better at night under the stars

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This listing was first published here in 2000.

Date last modified - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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