We recently came across this in our own Boston Globe... "Favorite vacation destination? St. John in the US Virgin Islands is my favorite spot. I love to spend time in the water and the snorkeling there is by far the best: You can swim off any of the world-class beaches and quickly find amazingly colorful fish around the vibrant coral reef, and swim with families of sea turtles any time, any day. My most exhilarating water experience was while I was swimming in Maho Bay, when
Have you been thinking about visiting Honeymoon (or Soloman) Beach while you're on St. John? Things are a little complicated. VI Ecotours had been running a shuttle dingy between Cruz Bay and Honeymoon Beach. This is no more. However, you can still visit these beaches (still with an assist from VI Ecotours) by heading to the main entrance at Caneel Bay. You can't walk through the grounds – there's cleanup work happening and you're a liability. You can jump on a VI Ecotours go
We recently heard back from one of our returning guests about their stay at Andante. (You can read their glowing review over here on the Guest Comments page.) Not only do they love the villa as much as we do, but the whole family does too! It truly is a home to bring generations together. In fact, they already booked another stay next year. They graciously shared with us that it was in our pool that their granddaughter learned to swim the length of the pool! Prospective guest
Our updates are complete and have been photographed and loaded to the site! We're so excited to share all of these with you, and even more excited for you to see them in person with your own eyes, feel the new tile under your toes (in the villa and poolside), and relax and rejuvenate in the new pool and hot tub. You can view all of the photos here and an updated video here. This also marks the return of our regularly scheduled blog. Please follow along with us as we bounce ba
This past February 2017 guest from Michigan graciously shared their thoughts on Andante via TripAdvisor. We always love to hear when our guests take pleasure in all of the special little things that we feel make Andante such a magical place. It is especially wonderful when our guests find unique activities we haven’t tried as yet, such as dancing under the stars! That is one we will definitely try when we return! "We started looking for a place on St. John a year prior to our
St. John is a perfect vacation spot for families with young – or not so young – kids. It truly has something for everyone from lounging and relaxing to hiking and swimming. St. John has pristine water and the beaches have white, silky sand and gentle entrances. Younger children can stay at the water’s edge and watch little fish swimming by. St. John is the perfect spot to introduce your kids (or anyone else) to the joys of swimming or snorkeling. Stay with us at Andante and t
There's lots of fun to be had in the coming month on St. John! St. John Festival is a month long event that starts with steel pan performances and pageants and builds up to the week of July 3rd (Emancipation Day) and the 4th (Independence Day). That final week is party time with the big events: village, food fair and the parade. FOOD FAIR Food Fair is the event for those who love to eat, drink and be merry. Thousands of people gather for food fair, in Franklin A. Powell, Sr.
St. John is a paradise for those who love the water. There is no shortage of water activities for you to choose from including: fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, power boat charters, sail boat charters, scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming. Fishing Deep sea fishing is a fun way to spend the day. Many captains will even fillet the fish for you to take back to the villa to grill. Whether you are a first-time fisherman or experienced sport fishing enthusiast, you're sure to f
Are you looking to time your getaway with cheaper airfare or a longer stay when Andante isn't available? You aren't alone. Obviously we all want to get the most bang for our buck when it comes to vacations, and maximizing your time in paradise certainly makes sense! Since we require Saturday-to-Saturday weeklong stays at Andante, or Saturday arrival or departures for stays greater than 7 days, you may easily find yourself wondering what your best options are. We have found th
We were recently on the island and wanted to update our guests about the car ferry services from St. Thomas to St. John. They have done A LOT of schedule shuffling and services have changed.
Boyson's (Breeze Shipping) is no longer in business. The two remaining car ferry services, Love City Ferries and Global Marine have reciprocity, so that you no longer have to worry that your round trip ticket won’t be honored by the other company. This gives you a little more flexibil
Happy Earth Day! Conservation is an every day necessity on #StJohn. When you are there, you quickly become aware of just how precious our resources are. And considering the surroundings, it easy to be reminded of just what it is we are trying to preserve. That's why we have a solar array at Andante, and urge you to open up the windows and let the trade winds keep you cool. Rooms are purposefully cooled by their own individual units, that way that can be utilized only when nee
Obviously when you visit an island, especially one in the Caribbean, you're going to be thinking – BEACH! We've put together this interactive Google map with pins of the beaches on St. John to make it easy to explore. The beaches we've listed include: Hart Bay Gibney Beach (Oppenheimer) Europa Bay Hansen Bay (Vie’s Beach) Grootpan Bay Kiddel Bay Salt Pond Bay Little Lameshur Bay Great Lameshur Beach South Haulover Beach North Haulover Beach Brown Bay Watermelon Cay Leinster B
Does sitting around on a beach or poolside sound like the perfect vacation for you? What about your partner? Maybe you're someone who would rather snorkel, hike or go island bar hopping on a chartered boat trip. Lucky for you, St. John is the perfect destination for all of this. No one needs to sacrifice their dream vacation. You can have it all with a little give and take. Strike a balance and have the perfect stay at Andante by the Sea. When You Want To Explore: Get out the
Looking to get away just the two of you? Reserve the villa all to yourselves. Have a group looking for the ultimate in relaxation and privacy, with great communal shared spaces? Andante is the perfect fit for you! Fill the villa and share the costs. Each of the villa's three bedrooms have their own full bathroom, personal air conditioning unit for zoned comfort, and sea views. The master bedroom has a canopied king bed, while both of the guest bedrooms have two twin beds that
NOTE: WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND RESERVATIONS, ESPECIALLY DURING PEAK SEASON. If you are not inclined to cook, there are some great restaurants here in St. John ranging from funky to fabulous. These are the restaurants with which are personally familiar and certainly not a comprehensive list: Asolare: 340-770-4747.
Located at the beginning of Route 20, the North Shore Road, at the top of the hill, leaving Cruz Bay. Cuisine is French/Asian. Food and ambiance are well worth at least
This is what we like to hear! When we chose this location for Andante by the Sea, we fell in love with a view that is second to none. It takes your breath away. We're happy to hear that you agree. Here are some comments from our past guests about what they liked best about the villa and their time at Andante by the Sea. HERE'S WHAT SOME OF OUR GUESTS LIKE BEST: "Killer views! Pool and hot tub, indoor and outdoor tables, beach chairs and towels."
Our family had the most relaxing and perfect vacation! The house was wonderfully equipped and had all the amenities one may need, from cooking on the grill to preparing morning breakfast! We loved the lazy days by the pool and the constant Tradewind breezes. Nights were star-filled while relaxing in the hot tub. Thank you for sharing your house – we could not have had a more perfect vacation! #villa #vacation #pool #deck #breezes #tradewind #saintjohn #stjohn #usvi #usvirgini
Since we want our home-away-from-home to be yours too, we take all of your feedback, comments and reviews very seriously. We read each and every one and strive to respond to each personally wherever and whenever we can. Like anything that gets use, we knew it was time to replace and upgrade items around the villa. You spoke – WE LISTENED! RECENT IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE: NEW Great Room Furniture NEW Bedroom Mattresses NEW 100% Cotton Sheet Sets NEW Stainless Steel Appliances Fren
Trunk Bay is often considered the most beautiful beach on St. John, and the most pristine beach in all of the Caribbean. That's no small feat! It consistently ranks in the top 10 beaches in the world by many publications. The National Geographic Society even called it the most beautiful beach in the world. It's got a lot going for it that make it a must-do on your next St. John vacation. One of the reasons Trunk Bay is so pristine is because it is a part of Virgin Islands Na