Andante by the Sea, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, Oceanfront on Hart Bay with Stupendous Views
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, almost 20 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 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.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Every situation is different. Contact us.
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
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VILLA SLEEPS SIX ADULTS. UP TO 3 SMALL CHILDREN CAN BE ACCOMMODATED IN ADULT BEDROOMS WITH COTS OR CRIBS. EXTRA PERSON , COT RENTAL FEES APPLY
An executed Andante Rental agreement, completed demographics form and photo proof of ID is required prior to finalization of the reservation.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Loving Chocolate Hole experience
Wonderful accommodations, great location, spectacular view. Owners and Property managers were very helpful and informative. Will return on future
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
When Can We Go Back?
Part of me doesn't want to share any details about this amazing property. From my initial contact with Marilyn and Rich, I knew this was the place for my family. They were so helpful in answering all our questions. From the time we arrived, we felt like we were at a resort. We loved the welcome basket, the robes in each room, all the different types of coolers, and the pool floats. We were also super appreciative of the beach umbrella and wonderful backpack chairs. I am not one to like to cook on vacation. However, with a kitchen and a view like this one, we stayed in and cooked two dinners. The kitchen was so well stocked and the grill is in a perfect location on the deck.
We loved coming home from the beach and swimming at the pool and sitting in the hot tub. We loved all the different places to sit outside and especially appreciate how there were some shady spots to sit as well. The set up of the house is simply perfect and we had a constant breeze that was delightful. We walked down the path to Hart Bay a few times. It was one of our favorite things about the house. We found so much sea glass and many other treasures. We even saw an octopus at low tide. It is definitely a good idea to wear sneakers as you hike the path. If someone is not used to hiking and exercising, it could be a challenge. Favorite Restaurants for dinner Morgan's Mango and Ocean 362. Favorite Restaurants for lunch: Aqua Bistro and Skinny Legs. Things we would remember for next time (hopefully next summer), portable speaker to bring to the beaches, a few more thin beach towels. There are wonderful thick beach towels provided at the house. They were perfect for beaches in close proximity to the car (e.g., Maho) They were a little heavy for hiking to more remote beaches (e.g., Lemon Cay) Snorkeling at Maho and Little Lamshur was amazing! We saw so many turtles, a moray eel, a black tip shark, and many fish! Since we have returned home, there have been many times when we say aloud to each other, "When can we go back?" Thank you so much Marilyn and Rich! We are so grateful St. John continues to rebuild and we can't wait to return.
We are so happy that you had a great stay at Andante. Thank you for all of your kind comments as well as all the details you gave of various beaches and restaurants. I will try to incorporate these into our villa information booklet! The portable speaker is a great idea and I will try to get one for the villa so you won't need to carry one back and forth. I never thought of having lighter beach towels available, and in fact, I always ship the ones we do have from the states because they are so large, thick and absorbent. But I will definitely look into having an alternate lighter set. WE WANT YOU BACK TOO! If you should decide to return, make sure to let me know you are a returning guest as our returning guests are our most prized and we offer a return guest discount of 5%. Have a joyful, healthy and abundant New Year! Marilyn & Rich
Andante is a Jewel!
My husband and I and college age daughter just returned from 10 unbelievable days on St John and Andante by The Sea. Andante is in absolute pristine condition after Irma/Maria. We were blown away by the views of Hart Bay /Rendevous Bay when we first entered Andante and walked out onto the deck. The house is perfectly sited to receive the glorious tradewinds from the east. My husband and I stayed in the "Master" bedroom but the villa actually has 3 true masters with king beds and ensuite baths. We only used the top floor bedrooms but I asked to preview the bottom floor bedroom for future visits and it is spacious and lovely. The bottom story of the house also gets the easterly tradewinds. My daughter and I had fabulous massages on the lower deck with the tradewinds blowing but shaded. There is also a wonderful hammock on the lower deck which is a great place to lounge and read and nap. The bedrooms all have AC but I never used the AC in the east bedroom. The breezes at night(and all day!) were wonderful and we were lulled to sleep by the sounds of the wind and the ocean waves from Hart Bay. The bedrooms are all very private, with super comfy beds,the two top ones being separated by the great room. The house is beautifully decorated and was immaculately clean upon our arrival. It is fully equipped with everything you will need!Great kitchen! We opened the windows and doors every morning in the great room and kitchen and let the tradewinds blow through.(great screens in all windows and doors though we never saw one mosquito) The high speed ceiling fans are also great and we were never hot in the main part of the house. The satellite tv worked great and we were able to watch World Cup Soccer games while getting ready to go to the beach. The upstairs deck is large and has views east to Ditleff point and west over Chocolate Hole. You really DO get sunrise and sunset views from this villa! We watched the sunset every night from the brand new beautiful large hot tub and expanded new pool deck and sunrise from master deck. The pool is a great size and has beautiful new blue tile edging. Perfect for afternoon swims after returning from the beach. Easy 5 minute drive from Cruz Bay. Loved every minute at Andante. Marilyn and Rich(owners) were wonderful to work with and have obviously put a lot of love into this very beautiful villa. Megan and Dan, property managers were fabulous and responsive to any question. Can't wait to return to Andante!
We are delighted that you enjoyed yourself at Andante by the Sea, and we are so grateful for your lovely comments. This last year has been an incredible challenge for everyone in the Virgin Islands and your wonderful review is reassuring to travelers who are thinking about returning to St. John and to Andante. For us, it is a gratifying reinforcement of our decision to restore Andante to the space we have all come to enjoy. We are grateful you and your family as wonderful guests you are and we look forward to your return in the future. Warmly, Marilyn & Rich
PS: What a wonderful idea to have massages on the lower patio! We are definitely going to do that when we return later this summer!
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.