Thursday, October 21, 2010

W Vieques Retreat and Spa....Delightful!

I am excited to share some of our pics from our wonderful vacay in Puerto Rico.  I highly recommend Vieques, a tiny island off of Puerto Rico's mainland, if you are seeking a means of getting off the grid a bit, but still want to be in the good ole US of A (a.k.a. working on your iphone and watching The Today Show, if you must...) 

I circled the location of Vieques on the map for you....isn't it professional and pretty?

The island's pace is slowwww, which was perfect for our needs.  There is nothing to do except lounge on the beautiful beaches, swim in the Bioluminescent Bay, admire the wild horses (which sometimes block the roads!), and, oh, lounge on the beautiful beaches. 

We stayed at the W Vieques Retreat and Spa, which opened at the beginning of 2010.  We were not disappointed!  Of course, I took some interior and exterior decor snaps for you guys.  I knew you would be interested in checking out its modern bohemian decor and sweeping views of the perfectly clear Caribbean waters.

Just a beautiful vista get this post started right!

A really nice welcome.  At the tiny Vieques airport, if you are a guest of the W, you can wait for your "complimentary" ride to the W in the W airport lounge.  It was filled with goodies, including an open bar and yummy chocolate covered coffee beans!

A happy, freshly-arrived, camper!  Enjoying a Medalla Light, Puerto Rico's signature brewski.

A pic of the tiny tarmac with eight seater Cesnas.  FYI, Vieques can be reached by a long (and apparently miserable) ferry ride or a 20 minute puddle jumper ride. 

The awesome pool loungers, where we spent about 80% of our time.
The loungers sit in about 3 inches of water, on a ledge into the infinity pool, which, natch, faces the beach. 

Beau's feet/finger toes. 
Note the beach in the background.

One of the many, many beaches on the tiny island. 
We had all of "Media Luna" to ourselves.  Heaven!

A shot of the beach at the W. 

Part of the W's "Living Room" aka lobby...note the enormous doors that open up directly to a porch, which overlooks the beach.

A view of the firepit area (with Caribbean in background) from the Living Room.

More shots of the eclectic modern Bohemian decor in the Living Room...

I love the non-beachy beachy look of this organic retreat.

Concierge desk.  Beautiful orchids (on the desk) abounded!

A nighttime shot of the Living Room's bar area.  I wanted to get a snap of the light fixture over the lounging area for your viewing pleasure.

The usual pitfall of traveling as a duo....single pics of us. 
I had to include this because it is just so cute...Beau enjoying a delightful mojito?

See?  Single pics! 
Bump + mocktail = the entirety of our trip

End of our last day in Vieques, view from the porch of the Living Room.

Email me if you are interested in more "scenic" pics or hilarious, yet embarrassing, video footage depicting some more of the many stunning beaches, our room, and a bumpy bus ride out to the Bioluminescent Bay.  I know that scenic pics can get boring so I didn't include all 127 of them, but there are some truly stunning ones that were taken by our budding photographer, Beau. 

If you are interested in my full review of W Vieques, you can click here.  I am NolaNative. 

I hope you enjoyed this mini tour of the W Retreat and Spa.  HAPPY FRIDAY, Gimlet Nation!



P.S.  I will post some snaps of Old San Juan and El Convento Hotel next week!


  1. The photos are amazing. That last one is quite professional. Love the decor of the hotel. It sounds like down time in style. You look adorable with your mocktail on your bump.

  2. the pics are great, and you look fantastic!

  3. I would love to see all of your pics. We are always looking for a great place to travel!

  4. LOVE how the lounge chairs were in water. And, infinity pools are always so pretty!

  5. Pics look great! You look great! Would love to see the whole set.

  6. This reminds me of Belize! Looks like you had a great time!