Constructed entirely of concrete and set in the middle of Vieques's tropical forest surroundings, Hix House echoes the gray granite boulders strewn around Vieques, and the four buildings do manage to blend seamlessly with the environment. Does it make for luxurious design confection or island jail? Award-winning architect John Hix's design gets mixed reviews from visitors. A spare aesthetic permeates the rooms which, according to some, have dramatic lines and sexy curves.
Others might find the property cold and uninviting, regardless of inspiration and originality. Sunny terraces, panoramic open walls, and private outdoor showers keep nature nearby, though the nighttime songs of coqui frogs might disrupt your sleep. The resort's embrace of the environment goes beyond form into function, with the use of recycled water and solar-power systems. Even the swimming pool is eco-friendly.