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

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

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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Marilyn Or Rich
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

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 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!

Marilyn Or Rich purchased this villa in 1999

Why Marilyn Or Rich chose Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz 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.

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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Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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


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Andante by the Sea, 3 BR/3 BA Oceanfront Romantic Hideaway with Incredible Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 41 reviews

Beautiful views, fantastic king suites suited for couples, great amenities with pool, hot tub!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Andante. The views were amazing and we had everything we needed for 3 couples to stay comfortably for a week. The hot tub and pool were gorgeous and we really enjoyed having the grill for dinner 'at home' a couple of nights. Would highly recommend. For families or couples wishing to have privacy and comfort!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible views

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, expansive views of the south side of St John and over to St Thomas.

The home was lovely with every amenity. Would refer this to a friend and stay, again.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A PERFECT Island Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family (including our 3 year old granddaughter) stayed at this beautiful home for Christmas this year. At first I was a bit skeptical about leaving Home for the holidays, but, ANDANTE felt like home. Rich and Marilyn, the owners made sure we had everything we could ever need. They also checked in with us during the week.

I was able to contact them at anytime, and was always received with friendliness and a prompt answer to our questions. The decks, upper and lower, have spectacular views from all angles. The saltwater pool is wonderful, there is a gate on the top deck that prevents young children from going down to the pool area, which was a fantastic safety issue for our piece of mind. In fact, I cannot say enough about this piece of heaven.

We will most definitely be returning and we HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who wants to escape and yet can be in Cruz Bay in minutes. THANKYOU Rich and Marilyn for sharing your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic House, Fantastic Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I along with our two college age daughters stayed at Andante in December 2016 and had a wonderful vacation. The house is great - plenty of room , well stocked and a wonderful ocean breeze. The owners (and property managers) were very helpful with our plans. We were met at the ferry by Dan with the rental car and he took us to the Villa and. Rich (the owner) called us during the vacation to make sure we had everything we needed. The location is beautiful and very convenient to both ends of St John. We spent hours beach combing at the bay and hours in the hot tub. I would highly recommend this Villa. Thank you Marilyn and Rich for such a fabulous stay at Andante!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so grateful for your kind review. Rich and I are delighted that you and your family had a fantastic time at Andante. We and our staff strive to make our guests feel that they are in their own St. John home and that all of your vacation dreams are fulfilled. We would be truly honored for you to return to Andante on your next trip and we offer our return guests special discounts for both returning and recommendations to other friends and family. Thanks once more and we truly hope to see you return in the future. Marilyn & Rich
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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: July 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: March 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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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Ferry
0.75 Miles
St. John - St. Thomas Ferry; Ferries to BVI
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
St Thomas
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
Westin Hotel - 0.3 miles; Cruz Bay
Nearest Beach
60 Metres
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Conven,waived if check $150
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. at owner's discretion
*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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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