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Andante by the Sea is the perfect place to stay for your St. John vacation. From the time we booked with the owners until check-out, the service and hospitality were wonderful. The home is beautiful, well-kept and in a great location. Cruz Bay is just a short drive away, but it's just far enough out of town to feel "away." The views were perfect; you could see both the sun rise and sun set. The ocean is close enough that you can hear the waves. The pool got plenty of sun so the temperature was nice. We loved having the hot tub, it was a great way to end a busy day. We've stayed in other villas in Coral Bay, but I preferred this house due to the location and amenities. The rental fee is a great value for this home. Highly recommend and give 5/5 stars.
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.
Anne Marie H.
Well, again our time at Andante was PERFECT! Our happy place indeed. The minute we all in the front door we feel the peacefulness slip into our bodies. Our kids also feel the same way. So we THANK YOU again for sharing your beautiful home.
That being said, we would like to reserve it for next year! ... Our Granddaughter is in kindergarten next year so our freedom of choice in dates is limited now. Please let us know if these dates work. Looking forward to talking soon.
Bob and Judy S.C.
This ceramic plaque that was made by a recent guest of ours, Elizabeth Carlton, for Andante. We just love it!
Thank you, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Carlton Pottery Studio
We had a fabulous stay at your beautiful home on our favorite island-we all loved Andante for so many reasons.
It truly felt like home which we really haven’t experienced over the years renting villas on St John. The villas are always very nice, but don’t have the special personal touches that Andante has. I fell more and more in love with it everyday. I love the architecture of the house and all of it’s character. The arched doorways and windows in the bathroom, the skylights the beautiful rugs and décor. The views are breathtaking and we enjoyed the pool after a day at the beach (Rocky really liked the having the stereo piped in outside). Thank you for having everything we needed in the kitchen! That was a first – there is always something missing in all of the rentals we have stayed in.
Thank you for sharing your amazing home in paradise!
Allisen, Rocky, Chase & Jill
St. Louis, MO
Thank you so much for the gorgeous views of the sunsets and perfect days that your amazing home provided for our honeymoon! It was an unforgettable memory and I can't wait for our anniversaries to come. We appreciated all of the recommendations for area sites and places to visit. There are so many things to do within a short drive. Since it was the low season, we even had a dive boat all to ourselves. I hope there were no difficulties with Hurricane Omar that passed through the islands a week or so after our vacation. It made me think about how glad I was that I purchased the trip insurance that you recommended. Thanks for everything!
Brian & Noelle P.
We just returned from a beautiful week in St. John. Joe and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, Mary and Tom their 20th, and Cathy and David were celebrating their 25th. Your home was arranged perfectly - great places to hang out together and yet still privacy for each couple. None of us had ever been to St. John before and we all just loved it! We were very comfortable in your home. The views were just amazing! Thank you for paying attention to all the details. It really added to our vacation. We will treasure the time we spent there. We can't wait to share all of our photos with family and friends. We will definitely recommend Andante by the Sea to others.
Joe & Anne W., Tom & Mary G., David & Cathy B.
We had an excellent time! We couldn't have asked for a better trip! We (both couples) have been friends for several years and have gone on many vacations together, (a cruise, Vegas, etc.) but this was by far the BEST vacation ever. The villa was excellent as well.
We can't possibly explain how wonderful it was to anyone that wasn't there! When I came back to work, I said "It was really rough, getting up each morning deciding which beach to go to today!" We went to Maho, Cinnamon, Gibney, Jumbie and Waterlemon Cay. On Monday, we had booked a powerboat trip with Lion in Da Sun, and had a great time. We went to Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Spit, The Baths, Cooper Island, snorkled the Indians, and had a very good time! It was a private boat so it was only us four and the captain! We will definitely do that again.
We would come back every evening and "chill" in the hot tub and reflect on how wonderful the day had been. Often contemplating what possible job we could do to move to St. John! We snorkeled at several beaches and saw many great things! Sea turtles, stingray, and all different kinds of fish! It was awesome! By the way, the beach chairs were awesome as well! Thank You!
Melanie C. & Dan & Angie T.
I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your home on St. John. Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by John at the ferry dock and he did an excellent job of making our stay enjoyable. We spent quite a bit of time on the North Shore beaches and enjoying the pool at the house. The hot tub was very inviting every evening and we were fortunate enough to catch a few breathtaking sunsets from there. Andante was very well equipped with everything needed to make out stay memorable. Our pictures will always remind us of our time in paradise. We hope to return very soon!
David, Christine, Chase, Amanda, Justin & Sarah
Our Andante beach chairs are the perfect companion beachside. Let the water wash over your toes...
Take the whole family out to paradise. 7,000 acres right in Andante's back yard.
Colors like no other both morning sunrise and evening sunset. Awe inspiring!
Intimate wedding ceremony your thing? Look no further! Andante has been the backdrop for many weddings (and honeymoons)!
Jump in the hot tub and pop a bottle of champagne to relax in paradise.
Looking for an excuse to getaway? Everyone has a birthday! No matter what time of year, waking up at Andante is the best gift of all.