My husband and I enjoyed a nice four day trip to Vieques
by notso62 on September 15, 2010
I had never even heard of Vieques, the small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico, until I was sent a promotional offer by the newly opened W Retreat & Spa (est. March, 2010). At the time, I was in desperate need of a vacation; the price was right and the pictures were tempting enough to make me sign up for the offer. Happy to say that though I did not spend a lot of time in the "planning phase" for my vacation, I was not to be disappointed.The "W Experience" begins the moment you set foot on Vieques. There is an airport on the island that regularly runs small planes between Vieques and San Juan. As soon as we got off the plane in Vieques, we noticed to the left of the main airport terminal there was a place for W guests to enter. Once inside, we were greeted by a concierge who took our names and bags for check-in; as if this lobby was the hotel itself. We were invited to prepare ourselves some cocktails and peruse the Assouline books that were scattered around when the concierge organized the details of our room and arranged for our complimentary transportation to the hotel from the airport. The driver betwen the airport and the hotel was very friendly and personable, telling my husband and I about all the fun we were going to have on the island including some tips about jeep rentals and dining locations. When we arrived at the actual resort's check-in desk, the concierge there already had all of our information printed and room key ready. We were given a nice guided tour of the property which ended at our room, where we were shown how to use the energy efficient occupancy-sensing system and other amenities.The decor at the W Vieques is beautiful, with many of the adornments in the guest rooms and public areas having been crafted locally. The furniture, which is modern yet appropriate for the exotic locale, was certainly enviable. Though I looked to buy some of it after I returned home, I found that most items were commissioned for the W exclusively from Patricia Urquiola. Such is life I suppose. The pools, beaches, and grounds were all perfectly manicured and cared for.We stayed in a "Mega" room on the first floor which was adjacent to the pool area. This is considered the "wet" or party side of the resort where you can hear music playing most hours and look out your window to see the commotion in the pool. The other side of the resort is the quiet side. Though we stayed on the more active side, we were never disturbed by other guests noises and didn't hear the music from the pool area in our room once the door was shut. Our guest room was filled with many amenities. A custom-made soaking tub, a super comfortable bed, Bliss spa bath products, and an all-encompassing mini bar were just some of the features that impressed me. I also loved the "mosquito" net-like curtains that surrounded the bed, giving it a tropical feel. The one thing that I found a bit off-putting (but expected at this type of hotel) was the exhorbitant mini-bar pricing which had offerings such as bottled water for above $15.The Resort property includes several restaurants and activities so that guests do not have to wander far to find something to do. If however you want to explore the rest of the island, the gentleman at the activities concierge desk will be more than happy to help you with whatever it is that you want to do. He proved to be invaluable in securing us a jeep rental and a Bio-Bay tour reservation during our stay.The W Resort on Vieques is a bit more expensive than other hotels on the island, but in my opinion worth the expense. We were well-taken care of from the minute we stepped off the plane. I just hope they extend the introductory deals that my husband and I received so we can afford to go there again in the future.
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