This hotel has no beach but it's in a quiet part of Vieques, about 3/4 mi. from Esperanza, and it has many offsetting advantages. It has beautiful views of the blue horizon, and from our room, #104, "Aurora," we could hear the surf pound the rocks 40 or 50 yards in front of us. The room was tastefully furnished, good size, nice ceiling fans in both the bedroom and the bathroom, with a wall unit air conditioner that we hardly used. The bathroom was large, with an especially large tiled shower (no tub). Also a small, shaded verandah with two comfortable wood chairs. The pool is new, infinity style, spotlessly clean, very pleasant although with little shade, so bring plenty of sunscreen.
We had breakfast, lunch and dinner outside on the verandah of the main building, again with lovely views out over the Caribbean. Service was good, food much better than average. We especially liked the sailor omelet, the penne with scallops, the whole fried red snapper, and we even tried the mofongo, which was large enough to feed half the Russian army, but quite tasty. We never had a bad meal and we felt the prices were fair. The bar is open air and very inviting. Excellent rum punches! I suppose it was the time of the year, but we were amazed that we never had mosquitos or other critters, besides the occasional harmless gekko.
We never had to wait for a table or settle for an inside table and never made a reservation; just showed up, sat down, gazed out over the sea, and ate well.
We waited too long to rent a car but that was a blessing in disguise, as it really isn't necessary unless you're committed to visiting all the beaches all the time. The office would call us a taxi whenever we needed one, they came quickly, and were surprisingly inexpensive.
We had one lunch in Esperanza, at Duffy's, which was good, but I doubt you'd eat better away from the Inn. We stayed 5 nights which was long enough to sample most items on the menu without repetition.
During the day, if we didn't go out somewhere, we'd read or check e-mail in the open-air living room, take naps, swim, drink rum punches. Most relaxing in every way.
We took Abe's kayak tour of the bioluminescent bay. Our kayak swamped and we went in the drink but one of the two very friendly guides pulled us back to the launch spot. It's well worth doing.
The Inn is no Ritz Carlton, it has its quirks, some of the furniture has seen better days, one of our towels had a hole in it, some of the cushions on the lounges at the pool had some mildew, but these are minor things in an otherwise very pleasant small hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the island's southern coastal road, less than a mile west of Esperanza on Vieques Island. The Blue Horizon Boutique Resort is perfectly situated on a bluff overlooking the waters of the Caribbean Sea; 800m of ocean front coastline. Its centerpiece is an airy seafront house, built in a Mediterranean style in 1975, whose soaring living area opens onto a view of the blue horizon. It's 10 air-conditioned rooms. Our Restaurant, Carambola and Blue Moon Bar open 7-days a week year-round! Massages are available in-room, cliff or pool side by our selective therapists. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Horizon Boutique Hotel Isla De Vieques