First of all, I have to say: why anyone would choose to stay at the W as opposed to Hacienda Tamarindo is beyond me!! Though words cannot possibly do this wonderful place justice, Hacienda Tamarindo is best described as a tranquil bed and breakfast resort that will have you planning your next stay even before you leave. My husband and I spent three nights here while on our honeymoon and can honestly say that it was the best part of our trip to Puerto Rico! Being honeymooners, we wanted a beautiful, effortless place and this was it...and more.
The owners, Linda and Burr, have thought of everything to make our stay as enjoyable as possible (though, I do have one recommendation below). Upon checking in, the manager Ivan was eager to not only show us to our room, but give us a tour of the property, as well as explain in detail the little, but helpful benefits they have to offer: the free breakfast that consists of either the special (I had the stuffed french toast with mango jam and cream cheese and I was in heaven with each bite!!) or anything else on the menu (eggs, cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, fruit juice -- the passion fruit juice is amazing); the "honor bar" which offers liquor, wine, beer, and water, as well as snacks on the honor system; beach items such as chairs, umbrellas, sunscreen, etc., that you can purchase/rent, if needed (on honor-system, as well). Last but not least is the incredibly helpful packed lunches they offer for $10/each. We found this to be perfect for exploring the island, without having to stop for lunch (meals can get expensive on the island!).
We asked for the room with the best view and were apparently given an upgrade on the Three's A Charm package, and given room One (I believe it goes for $200/night). I was apprehensive of that room after reading a review on here discussing the mosquitoes in that room. However, the mosquitoes weren't as bad as I expected. TIP: keep the terrace door closed between 4-7 and you should be fine. Yes, some may still pop in, but the view is absolutely worth it, I assure you (and I'm an extremely pale Caucasian female). My only critique would be our quality of sleep due to a poor, very firm mattress and large pillows that kept us from being entirely comfortable throughout the night. However, I just used that as an excuse to sleep on the amazing beaches ;). Still, I would highly recommend to the owners to replace the mattress -- it would round-out an otherwise amazing experience!!
Needless to say -- and regardless of my one issue -- we very much look forward to our next visit!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vieques’ Hacienda Tamarindo offers 17 very special rooms, each lovingly and creatively designed and decorated by owner, Linda Vail -- her swan song after over 20 years as a commercial interior designer. Each guest room and public space is unique; imaginatively spiced with a lifetime’s accumulation of art, antiques, and collectibles. An ancient Tamarind tree in the lobby atrium majestically rises three stories through the center of the building. Terraces, courtyards, and sitting rooms offer ample space for relaxation and conversation. The Hacienda is perched on a hilltop with spectacular 180 degree views of the Caribbean -- from sunrise to sunset; looking down on the bedazzling, ever-changing myriad of blue, emerald and turquoise waters. Caribbean trade winds and lazy paddle fans keep you cool and comfortable. Here, you can fall asleep to a tree frog serenade and awake to the smell of jasmine on the gentle sea breeze. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Tamarindo Hotel Isla De Vieques