Me My wife and I were at the great escape for 3 nights (end of February 2007). We really weren't sure what to expect from Vieques or the Great Escape... We had a great time!!
We were thrown off a little when we first arrived and there was no one around except for another couple chilling by the pool. We asked where the office was so we could check in. They told us to just relax, grab a beer from the fridge, and Dana (the hostess) would be back. Dana arrived shortly and showed us to our room. She is very friendly and treated us like her own family the entire time. Dana is very helpful and welcoming. It was kind of sad leaving.
The room was exceptionally clean and very comfortable. The grounds of the Great Escape are very well planted with a wide varity of fruits, flowers, and palms.
Some on here say this place is way out of the way... We thought it was in the perfect location (assuming you have a car). a few minutes drive from Esparanza and a bit further to Isabella (Esparanza is a much better place to be) It is far enough from town to just listen to the quietness of the night, but a very easy drive to civilazation. . As you may have read in other reviews the driveway leading up to the great escape is pretty rough. Some make it sound like miles of rut filled 2 tracks. The road is actually only about 100 yards long and it really isn't that bad... especially compared to some of the roads to the beaches.
although we didn't go in the pool, it looked very clean and refreshing after a long day in the hot Vieques sun. There was another family there with kids and the kids seemed to love the pool.
The honor bar system is teriffic. Grab what you want, when you want and write it on the sheet. Dana will add it up at the end of your stay and add it to your bill... Beer, wine, liqour, well stocked. The daily breakfast was delicious. Eggs, fruit, bread, cereal, juice, coffee and other things. A perfect start to the day. I guess the fruits are picked right out of the back yard every morning.
The nights are very quiet. We actually got in little trouble the first night. Up late, tearing into the honor bar talking with the maintenance man and another couple (hi guys if you're reading this, we're glad we stayed :). We were apparently a bit loud. I really didn't think so. Sound must just travel in the quiet of Vieques.
In a nut-shell. If you are looking for a little bit of peace and quiet, a place to "reset your soul". Vieques is where you want to be. I would not hesitate to send my own mother to The Great Escape.
While on Vieques be sure to check out the Bio-Bay. Even on a full moon which they say is the worst. it's still amazing and un-like anything I have ever seen.
Media Luna beach was our favorite of the bunch :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Great Escape Bed & Breakfast Inn is located on a hilltop on 3.8 acres of land in La Llave, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Almost constant trade winds make for a temperature several degrees cooler than in the towns. There are 10 modern guestrooms and 1 apartment with one bedroom, which, via connecting doors can be rented as a 2 or 3 bedroom. Continental Breakfast is served poolside daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great Escape Hotel Isla De Vieques