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W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island 4.5

Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

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Pros

  • Right on a private, white-sand beach
  • All rooms have balconies or patios
  • Nice spa and tennis courts
  • Beautiful pool overlooking the ocean with poolside service and underwater music
  • All bathrooms have separate showers and tubs
  • W Airport Lounge offers free welcome drinks and a shuttle to the hotel
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Daily resort fee
  • Open bathrooms aren't family-friendly

Bottom Line

Situated on the small island of Vieques, this hotel has the modern, funky feel of the W brand with a tropical twist -- it's right on it's own private beach, the lobby and rooms feature bright colors and concrete floors, and the infinity pool overlooking the ocean has a pool bar serving up poolside drinks and meals. A couples-friendly hotel, the W has a nice spa and rooms with sexy open bathrooms. "Free" perks such as an airport lounge and in-room Wi-Fi seem great -- until you get your bill laden with hefty daily resort fees.

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Location

On the island of Vieques

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Vieques is a small, 20-mile-long island about eight miles from the mainland of Puerto Rico, with beautiful white-sand beaches and a bioluminescent bay. It may be best known for the protests that took place on the island, leading to the removal of the US Navy bombing range and testing grounds in 2003, but nowadays tourists are drawn to it's relatively untouched beaches and few luxury hotels. Though the island is far less built-up than mainland Puerto Rico, locals fear that soon enough it will become a popular tourist destination, bringing in high-rise hotels and swarms of people.

Vieques is surrounded by beaches and bays, and the famous Mosquito Bay is bioluminescent. The island is also home to a historic fort and lighthouse, wild horses, and delicious fruits like papaya, bananas, and avocado.

  • 3-minute drive to the Antonio Rivera Rodriguez Airport
  • Right on the beach
  • 9-minute drive to Count Mirasol Fort, a Spanish fort from the 1800s
  • 12-minute drive to Esperanza, a town with restaurants, shops, and markets
  • 13-minute drive to Sun Bay Beach, a pristine white-sand beach that's the most popular on Vieques
  • 13-minute drive to the Calle Flamboyan market
  • 14-minute drive to Playa Grande's lagoon and 19th-century plantation ruins
  • 15-minute drive to the bioluminescent bay at Mosquito Pier
  • 17-minute drive to great snorkeling at Blue Beach

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Address

State Road 200 Km 3.2 - HC1, Box 9368, 0000765, Caribbean

Room Types

  • Fabulous Ocean Front Escape
  • Fantastic Garden Retreat
  • Marvelous Retreat
  • Pool Oasis
  • Spectacular Ocean View Oasis
  • Tropical Oasis
  • WOW Ocean Front Retreat

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