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Andante by the Sea, 3 Bdrm, 3 Bath, Oceanfront on Hart Bay with Stupendous Views

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


Last updated: 01/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

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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Member since: 2000

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/21/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper


  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Having had young children ourselves when we rented villas, it was very important to us to make Andante as kid-friendly as possible. We've done this as much as possible, but every situation is different, so we urge you to contact us and let us know of your needs....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 3: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    King converts to twins.+ Room for small child with parents...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    King converts to twins.+ Room for small child with parents...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master bdrm with a King;can also accommodate a small child...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • Books:

    We have a huge collection of popular books for beach and 'hammock' reading!...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player:


  • DVD Player:


  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    We have an extensive collection of CD's in the Great Room. The Great Room Stereo is hooked to a surround sound speaker system that extends throughout the Great room, kitchen, diningroom, upper deck and pool deck. A hookup for your MP3 player is in place. ...moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (4) Besides the main TV in the great room, which has VCR, DVD, and Satellite hookup; each of the bedrooms has a flat screen TV with satellite and DVD hookup....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Greatroom: main stereo with speakers to the pool and dining deck , has a CD, Blu Ray DVD w/an MP3 and TV hookup for Satellite radio. Bedroom stereos: radio, CD & mp3 hookup. Satellite radio on all TV'...moreless

  • Television:

    32"Flat Screen TV's, with satellite and DVD players are in each bedroom and in the Great Room...moreless

  • Video Library:

    There are a few Videos and DVD's at the villa and media of your choice can be rented from a store nearby....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Rain Forests
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

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

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

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront:

    180 ft above the beach. A private rough hewn path takes 4-5 minutes to get to a beautiful snorkeling beach below....moreless

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


  • Dining:

    A separate indoor dining room surrounded on 2 sides by windows for a perfect view of the Sea. An outdoor, breezy, pergola shaded dining area serenaded by the constant sounds of the sea....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Quiet, Fast cooling, split system Air Conditioners in all three bedrooms....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Large Capacity Front Loading Whirlpool Dryer is located in storage room on the lower level for the exclusive use of the villa's guests....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All necessary linens, including beach towels, are provided...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking for 2 vehicles off street. Additional parking for one more vehicle is available on the shoulder of the road on a first come first serve basis....moreless

  • Safe
  • Telephone:

    Unlimited local calls to all three US Virgin Islands on landline phones in the Kitchen, Great room and each bedroom. ...moreless

  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Large Capacity Front Loading Whirlpool Washer is located in storage room on the lower level for the exclusive use of the villa's guests....moreless

  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet:

    Hi speed WiFi. Signal boosters throughout to give you optimum speed. Rarely, Internet service may be subject to brief interruptions beyond our control. Free WiFi available in town, in case of outage....moreless


  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    There are a number of gourmet chef services available to prepare and serve your meal at home or deliver it to you. In addition gourmet grocery stores have extensive prepared food sections. Eating at home, under the stars has never been easier and is an experience not to be missed at Andante....moreless

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Caoressi Stainless Steel Insulated carafe automatic coffeemaker...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Cooking in the villa is one of our most enjoyable past-times and we have outfitted the Kitchen with this in mind. There is a full complement of hi-quality cookware, bake ware & utensils. We are constantly adding a replacing to keep the kitchen as well equipped as possible. Our guests and our favorite chef rave about cooking in our kitchen....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    At least 12 matched place settings. We have an assortment of matching linens to fit the mood you want to create....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Brand New Super Quiet Stainless Steel Dishwasher...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Our Kitchen is extensively stocked to satisfy the gourmet cook in you! We have everything from updated Stainless steel appliances, including a French door refrig/freezer w/icemaker; dishwasher; microwave; Capresso insulated carafe coffeemaker; Kitchenaid Professional Blender; Crema Cappuccino Maker; Ice Cream Maker; a full complement of professional Knives; Instant Hot Water Dispenser; Extensive spice collection. If cooking is your passion, we have everything possible to make your experience delightful!...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Built In large capacity Microwave...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    We have an entire cabinet of herbs, spices and spice blends. No more running to the grocery for tiny ,overpriced packages of spice!...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    New Stainless Steel French door fridge with ample room for your family's meals; and an ice maker for your 'blender sports.' ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Ceramic Top, Stainless steel Stove with regular and convection oven settings, makes cooking and cleanup a breeze...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Convection/Toaster Oven...moreless


  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    Available for rental in Cruz Bay...moreless

  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

    Boats and Kayaks are available for rental in Cruz Bay...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Andante has several areas of decks for maximum enjoyment of the sun, breezes, shade and view. On the upper level, there is a sun exposed main deck, with a separate dining deck and shaded pergola. The large sunny pool & spa deck has a pergola for shade as well. The master bedroom has its own deck facing east, and the west guest bedroom has a small private deck facing west. At the lower level, there is an expansive, totally shaded patio, with a hammock and seating. This area is the best for capturing the constant tradewinds, and is a guest favorite for a lazy afternoon nap. There is a separate small private patio partitioned off from the lower level in front of the lower bedroom. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    A Lush Garden filled with Frangiapani, Bouganvilla, Oleandar, Wild Orchids, Hibiscus and other exotic plants, welcomes you as you descend the stone steps to the Front Entrance....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Stainless Steel Gas Grill for effortless outdoor meals....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis:

    Tennis courts available in Cruz Bay...moreless

  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkeling and Scuba equipment is available for rental at several Dive shops in Cruz bay. We have a small assortment of snorkeling equipment but we advise our guests to either bring their gear or rent...moreless

  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    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 pergola at the northern end of the pool deck provides shade from the bright sun....moreless

  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool:

    12 ft x 20 ft. Graduated depth from 4 ft to 5 and 1/2 feet....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
WINTER HI SEAS 2017 dbl occ
Jan 7 - Feb 17, 2017
4 night min stay


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

Feb 18 - Feb 24, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

SPRING HI SEASON 2017:dbl occ
Feb 25 - Apr 28, 2017
4 night min stay


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

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


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

Nov 18 - Nov 24, 2017
7 night min stay

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


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

Dec 23 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min 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

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 01/21/2017
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5 Miles
Nearest Airport
St. Thomas
0.75 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Cruz Bay
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
St John - St. Thomas Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
St. Thomas, Mahogany Bay
0.75 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Westin Hotel - 0.3 miles; Cruz Bay
60 Metres
Nearest Beach
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.


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 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.

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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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/21/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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

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

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

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

  • Great Room's Reading area

    Great Room's Reading area

  • Andante's Dining Room with Incredible Eastern and Southern views.

    Andante's Dining Room with Incredible Eastern and Southern views.

  • Andante's Outdoor Eating Deck shaded by a Pergola

    Andante's Outdoor Eating Deck shaded by a Pergola

  • Andante's Pool and Hot tub

    Andante's Pool and Hot tub

  • Champagne, the Hot Tub, the Sunset - Heaven!

    Champagne, the Hot Tub, the Sunset - Heaven!

  • Andante's Master Bedroom with East and Southern Views

    Andante's Master Bedroom with East and Southern Views

  • Andante's West Guest Bedroom

    Andante's West Guest Bedroom

  • Incredible Sunrises

    Incredible Sunrises

  • Incredible Breezes on the shaded lower patio, A hammock for lazy afternoon naps

    Incredible Breezes on the shaded lower patio, A hammock for lazy afternoon naps

  • Andante by the Sea

    Andante by the Sea

  • Descend the Stone Steps through Andante's Gardens to the Entrance

    Descend the Stone Steps through Andante's Gardens to the Entrance

  • Andante's Great Room

    Andante's Great Room

  • Andante's Kitchen

    Andante's Kitchen

  • Andante's Dining Area with Views of Great Room

    Andante's Dining Area with Views of Great Room

  • Champagne Dinner Under the Full Moon

    Champagne Dinner Under the Full Moon

  • Andante's Master Bedroom

    Andante's Master Bedroom

  • Master Bedroom Deck with Gorgeous Easterly Views!  Awaken to amazing sunrises!

    Master Bedroom Deck with Gorgeous Easterly Views! Awaken to amazing sunrises!

  • Andante's Lower Bedroom

    Andante's Lower Bedroom

  • ...And Incredible Sunsets

    ...And Incredible Sunsets

  • A Rough hewn path to the beach starts just below the pool

    A Rough hewn path to the beach starts just below the pool

  • The upper level parking area  fits 2-3 cars. Fantastic views begin right here!

    The upper level parking area fits 2-3 cars. Fantastic views begin right here!

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This listing was first published here in 2000.

Date last modified - Saturday, January 21, 2017

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