Fodor's Expert Review Hix Island House

Rte. 995, Km 1.5, , Vieques, 00765, Puerto Rico

Constructed entirely of concrete and set in a tropical forest, the four buildings of this luxurious hotel echo the granite boulders strewn around Vieques, blending with the surroundings. Award-winning architect John Hix's spare aesthetic permeates guest rooms, which have dramatic lines and sexy curves. Some might find the property cold and uninviting, however, regardless of inspiration and originality. Sunny terraces, panoramic open walls, and private outdoor showers keep nature nearby, although the nighttime songs of coquí frogs might disrupt your sleep. The resort's embrace of the environment crosses from form to function in the use of recycled water and solar-power systems. A recent addition to the Hix property is Casa Solaris, so named because it is an entirely solar-powered guesthouse. Even the swimming pool is eco-friendly.

PROS

  • acclaimed architecture
  • secluded setting
  • friendly staff
  • acclaimed eco-friendly architecture
  • very secluded setting

CONS

  • the lack of windows means bugs (especially pesky mosquitoes) get in
  • damp linens and clothing after tropical showers
  • no elevator
  • no TVs or phones
  • no Wi-Fi in rooms (a pro for some)
  • no TVs or phones, no Wi-Fi in rooms (a pro for some)
  • the lack of window screens means bugs get in
  • no AC, TVs, or phones
  • no Wi-Fi in rooms (although it's free in public areas)

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Green
Quiet
Countryside
Design
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 787-435–4590

HOTEL DETAILS

19 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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