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“The view will blow you away!”
Andante by the Sea, Romantic Oceanfront Getaway, Unparalleled Views, 3 AC Bdrms, 3 ensuite Baths
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Andante by the Sea, Romantic Oceanfront Getaway, Unparalleled Views, 3 AC Bdrms, 3 ensuite Baths
Day Dawns Over Andante Andante by the Sea, Private Hideaway on Hart Bay with views to Chocolate Hole and beyond
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Andante by the Sea, Romantic Oceanfront Getaway, Unparalleled Views, 3 AC Bdrms, 3 ensuite Baths
Day Dawns Over Andante
Andante by the Sea, Private Hideaway on Hart Bay with views to Chocolate Hole and beyond
Descend the Stone Steps through a Lush Garden of Tropical Flowers.....
To Andante's Arched Entryway under a Trellis of Bright Yellow Flowers. Amazing views await you!
Andante's Arched Entryway into the Great Room
Andante's Great Room . Open floorplan allows for wonderful family gatherings
A quiet space in the great room for reading your favorite book, or just staring out to the sea
Andante's Great Room with a Wall of Windows for Stupendous views.
Andante's Indoor Diningroom seats 6
Andante's Diningroom with Panoramic Ocean Views, for 6
Andante's Outdoor Dining Space with Pergola for daytime shade.Dine under starlit skies; Ocean sounds
Andante's Outdoor Dining Space
Andante's fully equipped granite and stainless steel kitchen. Release the hidden chef in you!
Lunch for 2 on Main Deck
Romantic Champagne Sip for 2 under the Full Moon
Ocean Breezes and sounds gently rock you in the Hammock on the fully shaded lower patio
Andante's Master Bedroom with Sunrise and Southerly Ocean Views
Andante's Master Bedroom with Private deck for Incredible Sunrise Views
Andante's West Guest Bedroom, convertible to King or 2 twins; will  fit a small child
Andante's West Guest Bedroom;Private Deck; Views to South and West
Andante's Private Fully Remodeled Lower Bedroom; Great for Couples, Adult singles and Teenagers
Andante's Private Fully Remodeled Lower Bedroom; Great for Couples, Adult singles and Teenagers
Andante's Pool & Hot tub with Shady Pergola
Andante's Hot tub with Panoramic Views
Sip Champagne, Relax in the Hot Tub to sounds of Jazz and Sea; Marvel at the Sunset - Priceless!
Just one of Andante's  Amazing Sunrises! Imagine sipping your morning cup of coffee to this view
....And one of hundred's of Incredible Sunsets from Andante......
Rainbows almost always form after short tropical showers, Double ones like this are really special!
The Private Path to the beach begins at the lower level Patio
The Private Path to the beach begins at the lower level Patio
Our Private rough hewn path to an Amazing snorkeling beach, 60 yards below
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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my_red_dr...
California
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“The view will blow you away!”
Reviewed 22 December 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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Marilyn and Rich so sorry this review is so late in coming...these owners really know how to make sure your every wish is granted!
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary here and it was wonderful!
This house is equipped with anything and everything you could ever ask for, better than my own home in fact! They have a pool and a hot tub which we took full advantage of believe me! What sets this place apart from most is the view. It is unbelievable and indescribable! We didn't hardly wanna leave the house cause we missed the view so much when we did.
The island is known for snorkling and that it is! We loved our 10 day trip here except they can keep the no-seeuns! They were not an issue while here at the house but were while at the beaches! We also encountered sea lice while snorkling...ouch but loved our trip and will never forget it!

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: The floors can be slippery so be careful when your feet are wet!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
27 Feb 2017
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are really honored that you decided to spend your 30th wedding anniversary at Andante, and we are delighted that you enjoyed the views, and all of the other features that we think make Andante such a special place. We hope that, like so many of our other guests, you will plan to return year after year. Warm regards, Marilyn and Rich
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Kathy D
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good views, but needs help”
Reviewed 6 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

We were so excited to book this villa based on the professionally made video we saw online. This is not a bad villa, however, based on the video, pictures as well as the descriptions provided, it does not live up to our expectations.

A gourmet kitchen it is not...there is not adequate lighting, the side by side refrigerator freezer never made anything other than ice chips, the refrigerator did not keep food cold enough and you couldn't have the door open even long enough to look for something because we were informed that more than few seconds would cause problems with compressor. There were lots of gadgets but the microwave door is broken, the dishwasher has seen better days, and we have already discussed the refrigerator. We had to purchase ice every day and sometimes twice a day.

The bedroom downstairs which is accessed only from the outside and is overstated both in size and amenities. It also has no ceiling fan, no outlet in the bathroom and the shower stall is quite cramped.

This villa does not have central air and the living room is quite warm in the afternoons. In my opinion a heavier blind at the southwest facing living room windows would keep the villa cooler by blocking many hours of sun on a tile floor. The only a/c is in bedrooms which you are encouraged to run only when you are in the room. There is no powder room for common use in this villa as the three bathrooms are en suite.

We have stayed in several privately owned villas over a ten year period and have never complained about the overall cleanliness of any them. Andante by the sea would definitely benefit from a thorough and deep cleaning. As you can see by the photos attention to detail is not here.

I called the owners to report our refrigerator issue and to discuss a few of the other issues. They were quick to respond and contacted their on island team. After speaking to the on island manager, we were informed that she did a walk through just hours before our arrival and the villa looked perfectly clean. Apparently, we (there were 3 couples)have differing opinions on clean. We were contacted twice again by the owners, however, as I informed them, I would rather spend my vacation relaxing than telling them how to deal with these problems.

Given the conservation of natural resources the island follow, I was shocked there was no clothesline or clothes pins to air dry swim suits or other laundered items.

Everything is not bad about this villa, and the views are second to none; for the amount of money we were charged, we expected it to be better cared for.

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Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
29 Nov 2015
We greatly appreciate your constructive feedback. We view your comments as an opportunity to further improve Andante and we will certainly take them into consideration. We are continuously looking for ways in which we can enhance our guests? experience at Andante and we take your critique seriously.
We have not had complaints about our appliances and they were working well when we left the villa 2 weeks prior to your arrival. An appliance repairman was immediately deployed to troubleshoot the difficulties you encountered. However, in light of your comments, we are considering purchasing new appliances, especially after our recent upgrade to granite countertops.

We also value your remarks about kitchen lighting and are looking for solutions to improve it. We describe the Kitchen as gourmet, not only because of the many upgrades we have already made, but because of its extensive collection of high quality cooking tools and spices, and because of its ease of use.

In an effort to protect the island?s valuable resources, Andante, like a majority of the vacation villas on St. John, does not provide AC in the communal living areas, since most guests like to have the windows and doors wide open. We have special sun blocking, partially transparent shades on our south facing windows and with our hi-speed fans and the constant tradewinds through the east facing windows, the great room is comfortable. All 3 bedrooms have robust split system airconditioning units that cool within moments of turning them on. We do request that guests operate them only when occupying the room, as cooling an empty room is wasteful of energy resources. The lower bedroom does not lend itself logistically to an overhead fan, but we provide a powerful, but unobtrusive tower fan to augment the AC. We will continue to look at all other options after reviewing your comments.

A retractable clothesline is available, but would not be aesthetically pleasing to the majority of our guests. Our property managers are happy to provide it if requested.

That being said, however, we are very confident that:

1. All of our guests receive very detailed and accurate information about the layout and amenities of Andante in this website, our own website, and in the extensive conversations we have with all our guests before they rent with us. We insist on a one-to-one in-depth conversation, because we want to make sure the villa and its layout works for you and your party.

2. We and our staff take enormous pride in providing a thoroughly cleaned villa to each of our guests. The villa was carefully cleaned and immaculate at the time of your arrival. Denise, our property manager always does a thorough inspection just prior to our guest arrival. Additionally several hours of extra housekeeping was provided during your stay to address any concerns you had. As we had just done a photo and video shoot for our website the day prior to your arrival, the cleanliness of the villa is well documented.

3. Everything conceivably possible was done by us, our property managers and staff to address your concerns, communicate with you and insure that your stay was comfortable and enjoyable. We regret that despite these best efforts, we were unable to make your stay a happier one.

We stand by our 17 year reputation for our attention to detail, cleanliness, close communication with guests before and after arrival; continual improvements based on guest input, and the provision of a wonderful, comfortable and affordable villa with incredible views. We feel that our prior guest comments have borne our efforts out. We will continue to make modifications based on the valuable feedback of our guests. We wish you happy travels in the future. Best, Marilyn and Rich
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Troy W
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1 review
“My New Favorite!”
Reviewed 24 October 2015 for a stay in August 2015

I have been to Hawaii, on Caribbean Cruises, trips to the mountains, etc. Through it all I had decided that I didn't like the Caribbean and Hawaii was my favorite. That has all changed since arriving at Andante. I walked in, saw the view and I was done. For the remainder of my stay, I would spend hours at meals, just looking out the window at the view while enjoying the meals that we had prepared. I felt that I could stay there forever. The views, the breezes -- Andante has now claimed the #1 position as my favorite vacation spot. And don't get me started on the rest of the island and Trunk Bay! I look forward to returning to Andante as soon as possible.

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Liked best: The Views of the Bay
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
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Management Response
29 Nov 2015
Rich & I are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Andante and all of the features that the villa and island has to offer. We would be delighted and honored for you to come back in the future. Best, Marilyn & Rich
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2tigerz
Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing Andante!”
Reviewed 21 September 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Our family of four spent a a great week at Andante by the Sea this summer. The pictures don't even come close to the views at this lovely villa. The villa is well appointed and the owners clearly take pride and good care of the villa. Would we return and also recommend? Absolutely!

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Management Response
29 Nov 2015
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. We are delighted that your time at Andante was enjoyable and memorable. We would love you to choose to return and call Andante home once again! Best, Marilyn & Rich
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Brenda S
1 review
“25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration”
Reviewed 31 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Andante was a beautiful place to celebrate our Anniversary. The view was amazing. We were very comfortable and the owners and property managers were very organized and went above and beyond to make sure our trip was exceptional. It was very clean and nicely appointed and everything in working order. The location was perfect too. We felt secluded but could get into town in minutes. We are looking forward to another stay at Andante by the Sea.

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: The air conditioning unit made some noise-but tolerable
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
2 Sep 2015
Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments. We are delighted that you had a wonderful Anniversary Celebration and we are honored that you chose Andante for your special trip to St. John. It is so gratifying when we hear that our guests have had an unforgettable stay and it motivates us to keep improving Andante for future visits. We would be pleased to have you return once again. Best wishes, Marilyn & Rich
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nike651
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1 review
“Paradise with ocean views”
Reviewed 25 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

My husband and I went to Andante for a belated honeymoon. We can't say enough about the beautiful views of the turquoise ocean and the island's mountains! We had tea every morning to the sounds of the surf below, and chose to eat both in and out. We slept like babies on the comfortable king size bed in the master bedroom, and opened the sliding glass door to catch the ocean breeze all night long. We enjoyed time by the pool and hot tub, and even watched a few movies on the Villa's cable T.V.s while vacationing. We toured the island beaches, got wonderful tans, and sipped on sweet mixed drinks while the sun was setting. We went horseback riding, and enjoyed other activities on the island, and always came home to the sweet villa for rest. We would recommend Andante to anyone seeking to stay on St. John!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
2 Sep 2015
Rich and I are delighted that your Honeymoon at Andante was extra special and we are grateful for your kind words! It is especially great when we hear that Andante could serve as the place where a couple starts their new life together! We would be honored for you both to return for future anniversaries, romantic getaways or family [ : ) ] vacations in the future! All our best, Marilyn & Rich
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Jazzbaby1...
Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Beautiful Place to Stay”
Reviewed 4 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Andante-by-the-Sea is a very special villa and I highly recommend it. The owners have thought of everything and make sure you have all the information you need to make your stay wonderful. It is an absolutely lovely place with spectacular views, and great pool, and feeling of privacy. Andante is just great!

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Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
2 Sep 2015
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Andante, and that you found the views and the privacy as special as we have. We would be honored to have you return to Andante in the future. Warm Regards, Marilyn & Rich
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