See Andante's website at www.andantebythesea for more details, photos & a video tour.
Descend the stone stairway amidst a cool and exotic rock garden of wild orchids, bromeliads and bougainvillea into the magical and romantic world of Andante by the sea. You are welcomed into your home in the Caribbean through an arched native stone entrance into the villa which is set on a ledge, carved into the living rock, straddling a ridge with exposures spanning east, south and west. You perch high enough to feel at one with the birds in flight, yet low enough to hear the hypnotic sounds of the sea.
From every room and deck, you command a 270-degree view-west to the sunset beyond glittering St. Thomas, and east beyond the sunrise overlooking Rams head. Andante occupies one of the most spectacular sites on the entire island, offering truly stupendous views of virtually the entire south shore and limited only by the horizon.
Private, but not isolated, Andante's breeze-cooled site and architect designed layout was chosen with great care. The gentle tradewinds are enhanced and modulated by the villa's many windows, rendering the villa's air conditioning rarely necessary. The multilevel decks, sun drenched and shaded, are comfortable and virtually insect free for relaxing on a leisurely afternoon or under clear star-filled skies at night
The lower level covered shady patio captures the best of the cool breezes from the southeast and is the ideal spot to laze the day away with a favorite book while swinging gently in the hammock.
Native stone walls, walks and tropical gardens blend with the Mediterranean stucco and imported tile floors to create a feeling, not quite Cretan, not quite Caribbean, but a little of the most capricious of both.
The villa is tastefully furnished throughout in contemporary Indonesian rattan, teak and mahogany. Persian rugs sparkle their vibrant colors on the Italian tile floors. Original artwork as well as carvings and artifacts from around the world grace the walls. Vaulted cypress beamed ceilings and overhead fans accent the great room, kitchen and two upper bedrooms.
The fully equipped gourmet kitchen includes an electric range/oven, microwave, dishwasher, side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with icemaker and water dispenser in the door; whole house and triple ultra violet water filtration system; a "steaming Hot" water dispenser, blender, coffeemaker, breadmaker, Cuisinart food processor and an espresso-cappuccino machine. Quality cookware abounds. A wide assortment of carefully chosen, tasteful but sturdy and dishwasher safe tableware, glassware, stemware and flatware are provided. We've tried to equip the kitchen with every "gadget" we can think of, but we're always open to our guest suggestions and add to our collection for their return visits.
Our motto in choosing the kitchen and dining room furnishings has been "Quality, Beauty, Taste, Excellent design and functionality, but if you can't put it in the dishwasher, it doesn't belong at Andante". We want you to enjoy your vacation, not walk on eggshells worrying about breaking the fine crystal or china. A variety of colorful, matching table linens to fit the mood are at your disposal.
Dining under the stars has always been a treat at Andante and with the dedicated outdoor dining area, covered by a trellis, it's even more special, allowing you to eat at the deck rail, in partial shade at any time of the day, while you are hypnotized by the continual sounds and sights of the tide's ebb and flow.
There are three large bedrooms, all with sea views, full baths, satellite TV, radio and cd players 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 lower bedroom, directly below the master bedroom, completely remodeled in 2012, it provides ultimate privacy, being accessed from the lower patio, via steps from the pool deck.
The pool and hot tub are strategically cantilevered into the cliff on the west side of the property for maximum views and breezes. Arise in the early morning, frolic in either and appreciate the dramatic colors of sunrise.
A five minute descent from the lower patio, on a rough-hewn private path winds down the hill from Andante to the quiet shell and coral beach of Hart Bay, one of the best snorkeling beaches on St. John. Chocolate Hole, a small sandy beach is a 10 minute walk away. Andante is just a few minutes' drive from the famed North Shore Beaches of St. John.
If "Chilling" is what you seek in your ultimate vacation, Andante is so self-contained, that is possible to "hole up" in the villa for several days at a time, without the need to leave home. Andante is perfect for honeymoons or unforgettable getaways for families or good friends.
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....Read more
ANDANTE BY THE SEA, Barefoot Luxury on Hart Bay Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean
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We are located on Hart Bay, 180 ft above sea level, for incredible 270 degree views, from Sunrise to Sunset. The hypnotic sounds of the tide below are a constant companion. There is access by a private, winding, rough hewn path, to the beach below. Hart Bay is a wonderful snorkeling beach with a shell and coral beachside and extensive coral formations under water. Chocolate Hole beach, a small sandy beach is a 10 minute walk away. For fun "beach days" the many beaches along the north shore are as little as a twelve minute drive away. Our location affords our guests a wonderful, quiet, private venue, with only a 6 minute drive to the many restaurants and shops in the town of Cruz Bay
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Nearest airport: ST. THOMAS, 5 miles Nearest ferry port: CRUZ BAY, 1.5 miles Car is recommended
Last updated on April 20, 2015
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Non-refundable $500 confirmation fee collected at reservation & credited to the first payment.
1rst payment:50% of the rental fee; due 7 days after receipt of documents
2nd payment: 2nd 50% of rental fee + VI Hotel Tax + $35 damage waiver fee, due 8 wks before arrival
Sat - Sat stay unless limited by availability. See our website, andantebythesea.com for detailed terms.
We apologize, but this website does not accurately estimate rates in low season for 3 or 5 guests or single occupancy bedrooms. Andante's Low Season Rates are based on per bedroom//double occupancy,. to make the Villa more affordable in low season. Contact us or visit andantebythesea.com for accurate lo-season quotes
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Midweek Housecleaning Service Included in premium weeks, Holiday season, Presidents week. Midweek Housecleaning additional $75 for 3 hours all other intervals.
Payments are non-refundable unless the agent or owner is able to re-rent the villa during the period reserved. If the villa is re-rented, the initial $500 confirmation fee, a handling charge of 20% of the total balance, plus any expenses incurred in re-renting the villa including but not limited to any discounts that must be offered, and advertising costs incurred, will be deducted prior to the refund.
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ANDANTE BY THE SEA, Barefoot Luxury on Hart Bay
3 BR / 3 BA / Sleeps 6
Hart Bay, St John, Saint John
Marilyn Griffin & Rich Johnson
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