Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6 adults, extra small children if w/parents)
Marilyn Or Rich
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, 23 years later, we have 9 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. Our latest and greatest challenge has been the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We were there during both, and though we both cried many tears after, we soon got it together and committed to doing the work of restoration and even improvement. The stress, expense and time have been daunting, but now that we have finished, we both agree that it was right to do. Ultimately, when we awaken in the morning at Andante and see the sun cresting over the horizon in what has to be the most beautiful sunrise 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.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Pure bliss at Andante
My family of four- 2 children and 2 adults- has a wonderful time at Andante! The pictures can’t do the views justice... you have to see for yourself... they are amazing! I miss them already! The home was perfect for our family and the kids loved the pool in the afternoons after a day at the beach. The owners, Marilyn and Rich, were great and very good at answering any questions we had during the booking process, etc. We can’t wait to return someday!
Thank you for your very kind comments. We are delighted that you had a great time at Andante. We hope you will consider Andante when you return to the VI. Marilyn & Rich
Beautiful House and Location
We had a wonderful time at Adante and St. John in general. The house has everything we needed for a perfect trip! It fit our group of 3 couples perfectly. The views are so amazing from the house that it makes it hard to leave the house! Thank you for sharing your house with us! We will be back!
Thanks so much for your kind comments and thank you for being such great guests.
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay! We would be honored if you considered Andante when you return to St. John. Our returning guests are our most prized and we offer a returning guest discount as a thank you. Hope to see you again!
Loving Chocolate Hole experience
Wonderful accommodations, great location, spectacular view. Owners and Property managers were very helpful and informative. Will return on future
Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are so pleased you had a great time. We do hope you will consider Andante when you return to the VI. We highly value our return guests and offer them a 5% discount. Happy travels!
Marilyn and Rich. Your place is just beautiful. We enjoyed your place so much. Was very relaxing. We never used the air in the East bedroom. We had a wonderful breeze all night long!! Used the pool almost every day even for a quick dip. My daughter loved to go down to the shore to find shells!! Hopefully we will be back again!!
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Andante, and we are grateful for your kind comments. We hope you will return and if you do, make sure to remind me that you are a returning guest. All of our returning guests get a 5% discount. Have a happy, healthy and abundant New Year. Marilyn & Rich
Relaxing, incredible view, DREAM VACATION HOME.
We rented Andante by the Sea to celebrate my wife’s birthday. I could not have imagined a nicer place to celebrate. The view was out of this world, the amenities were perfect, the view was out of this world, the villa was in perfect order, (no signs of a hurricane here), the pool and hot tub were so relaxing. Did I mention, the view was out of this world? Ha.
I could not provide a higher recommendation. Trust me, GO!!
Rich and I are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Andante, and so very grateful for your kind review. By the way, the view was what sold us! Andante has gone through so many changes over the 20 years we have had it, but the views and the breezes will never change. Thank you for choosing Andante and we hope that you will honor us by returning in the future. Marilyn & Rich
The Total Package
The Property owners and managers were wonderful to deal with before and during our stay. The property is very well kept and appointed with everything needed for our stay. The views from the property are spectacular. You are close to Cruz Bay, but not too close, and yet the property feels quite private. The house design sits perfectly to allow trade winds to blow through the house. Air conditioners were nice for the bedrooms while sleeping. We would definitely stay here again and recommend this property to others.
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Andante, and hope that you will return in the future. We offer all of our returning guest 5% off when they reserve with us. Have a wonderful year, and looking forward to seeing you again. Marilyn & Rich
Fishing (on Hart Bay) 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. Even after the devastation of the hurricanes in Sept 2017, thanks to the hard work and resilience of St. Johnians, Park service employees, and friends and island guests from around the world, St. John's lovely natural beauty has been restored and continues to improve day by day.