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.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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!
Beautiful views, fantastic king suites suited for couples, great amenities with pool, hot tub!
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!
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.
A PERFECT Island Retreat
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!
Fantastic House, Fantastic Vacation
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!
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
Wonderful Stay at Andante by the Sea
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!
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
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.