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“One of the nicer villa's on the water” 4 of 5 stars
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1 Victor Duteil Street | Isabel Segunda, Puerto Rico   |  
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Ann Arbor, MI
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“One of the nicer villa's on the water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

Villa Uno is likely one of the nicer places to stay in Vieques that is on the water. It is within walking distance to the ferry port, grocery market, a few nice restaurants, and the down town area. The villa is modern and can be completely opened up by swinging open the double doors and windows, giving a very airy feeling. The home has very good security, offers bikes and kayaks, a washing machine/dryer, and has a great salt water swimming pool with an ocean view. Our kitchen could have used a little more cleaning but it wasn’t bad overall.
My only other complaints are with the island itself, not the villa...since the villa is located down town it can be loud in the morning if you plan on sleeping past 7am. It seems like there may be a competition on the island for the person with the loudest stereo in their car, regardless of how bad it sounds., although this may not be an issue if you have a bedroom on the ocean side of the villa. I’ve read problems on the island with petty-theft, but we didn’t experience it...just be smart with your actions. Leave your car windows down or doors unlocked (to prevent damage to the car) and your valuables with you. There are areas of the island that are very beautiful but also areas that are very dirty, where people have dumped garbage or thrown things on the ground...I would think if the island wanted to attract more tourism they would keep it cleaner and make this the island paradise it could be. Unemployment is high, let’s put those people to work cleaning up.
PS - If you do go to Vieques make sure you take the bio-luminescent bay tour and plan on swimming...it’s an out of this world experience.

Room Tip: Arrange for an ocean side bedroom, its likely quieter than those on the town side
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Warrenton, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

Just imagine this place was developed by two architects - so we knew we were in for something special - but had no idea it would actually be better than the photographs you are looking at. I brought 6 couples to Vieques to celebrate my 60th birthday. We wanted a high end experience knowing that our group was used to experiencing the finer things in life and we were not disappointed! Villa Uno's unusual art deco design makes everyone feel their living quarters are unique because they are! The owners have gone to great time and expense to create a 1st class atmosphere. The unique scupltures and artwork make bring the form and function of the building to life! Everyone in our party felt they had the best accomodations. The salt water pool overlooking the harbor and incredible scenery were simply amazing and it was a gathering point for daily sunbathing, drinking a rum punch or for casual conversation. We saw the most incredible sights and sounds from the outdoor balconies such as a morning rainbow that filled the sky, multicolor panoramic sunsets, a fisherman throwing his net just below our seaside balcony from his boat to catch bait fish, and Pelicans surfing just above the waves. If you don't believe me, go to Youtube and type in (Villa Uno balcony scenes) to see what I mean. The kitchen was well equiped and we enjoyed many meals prepared on site. Villa Uno was so complete that you really had to have a compelling reason to leave the compound. We used the 2 kayaks daily which were supplied at no extra expense to explore the harbor and beaches, The central location of our villa was a real plus since we could walk less than 200 yards and have access to such places as: Al's (best bar), the bakery (fantastic pastries), Coconuts (wonderful dinners), fish market (lobsters so big they were frightening) and the coming and going of the ferry. We did everything thing the island had to offer including: a beach trail ride on Paso Fino horses, bioluminscent bay swim, sail and snorkle with Captain Bill, travel and exploration to 17 different beaches (my pick for the best was Red and Secret beaches). We got around the island with mopeds and a jeeps which were al ot of fun. Everyone on the island was friendly and helpful. Simply put, rent Villa Uno and come to Vieques and you will have the experience of a lifetime!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2011

Upon arrival via ferry to the island you can see the magnificent place you will be staying and already your excited. While this villa can be rented out separately as different units, we had 13 people and rented the whole thing. Every attention to detail from the art on the walls to the open air showers and staircase to the ocean shows you how much work went into making this the most beautiful place to stay on the island. Its an easy walk to the ferry and perfectly located to a super market (which is cheap and you can find EVERYTHING you need) and just a few short blocks to our new favorite bar 'Als'. All of the bedrooms are amazing, most have their own bathroom and the kitchen/laundry has stainless updated appliances. The pool perfectly overlooks the ocean. Although we had a small problem with its filtering, a person was sent out to fix the problem within a day. I warn you to be careful the whole house is carpeted in marble and it can cause some very slippery surfaces, be sure to pack some rubber flip flops. The owners provide Kayaks for you to take out on the ocean for little adventures, its nice to have free amenities for those days you just wanna hang at the house.
As for getting around the island, car rentals are not exactly cheap (about $95 a day with gas and taxes). We decided to rent a mix of Mopeds and cars one day to further explore the island and check out the nicer beaches (Red beach has such amazing sand and water, while Navio has waves and the piers near Sun Bay are great for jumping off) Esperanza is only about 5-10 minutes away and while you can take a publico (taxi) they are unreliable for randomly picking you up. So get a phone number and schedule your pick-up drop off times, the cost of a publico is $3 per person. Esperanza is certainly more a place for its nightlife, but when you travel with 13 people you can make a party anywhere you go. Overall it was a great experience and If we go back to PR in the future we would love to stay here again :)

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

The only place you should stay in Vieques - an amazing combination of indoor/outdoor living, perfectly located in town, with everything you could possibly need to make it an unforgettable vacation. Bedrooms each have A/C, swimming pool well designed with amazing views of the ocean, perfect for a group of friends or family.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pearl River, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2010

First, the headline: If you're in the market for a vacation experience second to none on Vieques, Villa Uno is hard to beat.

We had two families with three kids in each, ranging from 8-15 years old and went to Vieques for the first time this Easter. We relied largely on previous Tripadvisor reviews in selecting a property for our group. We were not disappointed. The property itself is amazing. From the fantastic views of the Atlantic to the design aesthetic, Villa Uno is truly a unique property. The layout affords a great deal of privacy while also having well thought-out common areas that are conducive to group gatherings. Decorations are top-notch (the beds are VERY comfortable too) and it is also equipped with everything you might need to make a vacation truly enjoyable (although it took the teen boys a day or two to get over the lack of a TV!). The pool was a welcome sight for the kids each night while the adults could relax and read or chat poolside. The pictures online do not do justice to the beauty of the place.

Villa Uno's location in the middle of Isabella Segunda is ideal for shopping and dining. Supermercado Morales is located conveniently a block away, and there are ample choices for dining, both casual and fine.

A strong recommendation if you are going to Vieques for the first time: get a rental car, and book it well in advance. Our trip was booked relatively late and we had trouble in this area, being lucky enough to secure one very late from Martineau Car Rental. They also have our hearty recommendation, by the way. Being on Vieques for a day before we got a rental car and being reliant on the local taxis (Publicos) left us glad to be get the rental. The publicos are just not reliable enough, and want to know how far you are going and how many people you have before committing to a rida (I was not able to figure out the optimal number). We rented an SUV and it was essential to get to some of the more remote beaches (Navio, Mosquito Bay for the Bio-Bay tour).

Overall, Vieques was a memorable vacation and Villa Uno was the highlight of that trip for sure. It has our highest recommendation.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Powhatan, VA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2010

What a find! We were extremely fortunate to book our long overdue vacation at the Villa Uno. Everything about the property was well thought out and artfully executed. The owners have spared no expense to make this property an exceptional place to stay on Vieques. All the spaces were inviting and allowed for privacy within each level of the house. The house is equipped with almost everything you need for a relaxing stay. We had access to beach chairs, umbrellas, towels and snorkel gear. All you need to bring is the sunscreen! If you like to cook, both levels have fully equipped kitchens, so we did not need to go out for every meal. Sunset views were amazing and different every day from the terraces. There was nothing better than ending a day of sunning at the beaches in the terrace pool watching the sunset (with a cocktail in hand).

The location was convenient to the town - the bakery, nearby restaurants and groceries. If you do not heed the advice about getting a car rental early, you can walk to everything you need. We had a rental car and explored every street on the island during our 10 day stay. At the end of the day, we were lucky to be coming home to such a wonderful relaxing, retreat.

The owners were extremely helpful with their advice about transportation, dining, car rentals and all the miscellaneous questions you might have when traveling to Villa Uno.
When we return to the island, we would definitely stay here again and again and again.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, PA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2010

We just spent one week at Villa Uno with my sisters, sister-in-law, their spouses, and three small children. Villa Uno was the perfect escape. The pictures on the Villa's website, although beautiful, cannot capture how beautiful the space is. It is a gorgeous, modern space with many levels, which helped create a nice sense of privacy for the four couples staying at the Villa. We rented the entire Villa and enjoyed the pool that overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. There were two well equipped kitchens and beautiful bathrooms and two outdoor showers. There is a beautiful separate patio that has a large outdoor table where we enjoyed a Caribbean lobster feast. The house is arranged with large social spaces, which was very accomodating to our large group. The stairs connecting the pool to the rest of the house were fairly open and the marble floors can get very slippery when wet, so you do need to be careful with small children. We would definately return to this Villa when visiting Vieques again. Next time I would take the Ferry to the island as it is only a few blocks from the Villa. There is also a great bakery only 1 block away, as well as a well-stocked supermarket. We enjoyed that we were not in a touristy location and felt secure.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Villa Uno

Address: 1 Victor Duteil Street | Isabel Segunda, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Isla de Vieques
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Villa Uno Hotel Isla De Vieques

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