This was our second trip to Vieques and to the W (2010 and 2013). We returned to Vieques because it is so amazingly relaxing. Well worth the short flight from San Juan. When you arrive in Vieques, the W lounge is onsite offering a drink and cold towels - a great way to get the vacation started. The hotel is about 3 miles from the airport. Upon check-in, we were given a tour and told about the improvements that have been made since the last visit (including the restaurant). The views and property are gorgeous. We were upgraded to a villa on both trips and recommend the 2nd floor rooms in the villas as they have better views. We were initially shown to a first floor room in a villa that wasn't cleaned to the W standards. When we called to request that the room be cleaned, they moved us to another room - this time on the 2nd floor with a fun view of the secret pool. The villas are amazing with a small bar area, a living area, 1.5 baths and a bedroom. Lovely!
The resort is a fantastic place to relax. Wild horses wander the grounds and the resort is quiet. There are 3 pools - two in the main area and one up near the villas. The pool nestled into the villas is a black pool with twinkle lights, very private and romantic. The other pools have a pool bar and are more popular. There are 2 beach areas, including an adults only "european" beach. Both beaches are relatively small, but sandy and private. Most people are at the pool, so it is a quiet place to relax. Kayaks and snorkeling gear are available and can been done off the beach. Island car rental (onsite) rents jeeps - which is a fantastic way to see the island and get to all the great beaches. Blackbeard sports has free snorkel gear for W guests as well as chairs and umbrellas for rent. W cafe has picnic items or light breakfast items. Source (restaurant) has been upgraded to include more local ingredients. The food was fair to good, but a bit rich and almost like it was trying too hard. The menu was difficult to interpret and would benefit from clearer descriptions and translations - either printed on the menu or in the introduction by the server. The Living Room (bar/ small plates) has a free drink between 6-6:30 and has a number of small plates which can make a good dinner. We loved the fish tacos and the mezze plate. Skip the pizza - overcooked and sour tasting. The room is comfortable with typical W furnishings. The beds could be upgraded to be more comfortable - they are a bit lumpy and thin.
We loved our second visit as much as the first and will be back. It is our favorite place to relax!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on two private, secluded beaches, the W Retreat & Spa Ã Vieques Island in Puerto Rico provides the perfect getaway for a relaxing and luxurious villa-style vacation with infinite indulgences. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w Retreat And Spa Vieques
- w Retreat & Spa Vieques Hotel Isla De Vieques