A Design-Based Eco-Friendly Retreat On The Fertile Island Of Vieques

A modern, minimalist, open plan loft designed to frame the natural beauty of the beautiful Caribbean island. 13 hectares of lush and serene tropical landscape alive with flora and fauna. The private patio makes for deep relaxation and catches the cool trade winds. And its proximity to natural wonders like Bioluminescent Bay and more than a dozen of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see.

If this sounds like your ideal vacation, it’s time to get the humble but refined Hix Island House in Vieques, Puerto Rico on your travel radar.

Location

It takes a bit of effort to get to Vieques, a remote island 8 miles off the east coast of Puerto Rico, near St. Thomas and St. John. But unless you’re afraid of standing water, the aerial views of dense forests, verdant mountains and turquoise Caribbean waters on a 22-minute flight from San Juan make the journey half the fun.

Once you’re on the 21 by 3 mile island, nothing is too far away. Hix Island House is about a 10-minute drive from the airport, nestled on a high ridge with 13 acres of lush surroundings to explore and beautiful views.

Architecture and Decoration

Modern Brutalist style architecture built with concrete and wood, designed to age and develop a patina based on wabi-sabi principles.

The furnishings and decor are contemporary in style, with pop colored furniture and textiles such as red loungers and printed bedspreads.

What to Know

Like almost all hotels and inns on the island, Hix House is not located directly on the beach. Most of the island’s beautiful and uncrowded beaches are accessible by car. The most popular and accessible beach, Sun Bay, is only a 7-minute drive from the Hotel. The wilder, more secluded beach at the Wildlife Refuge is about 20 minutes away.

Highlights

  • Striking modern, minimalist architecture
  • 13 hectares of lush and serene tropical natural landscape
  • Indoor/outdoor, open loft
  • Private terrace and outdoor shower
  • Solar powered swimming pool with panoramic view
  • Fully stocked kitchen and dining area
  • Complimentary breakfast kit daily

Accommodation

There are four separate buildings spread over different parts of the 13 acres: Casas Solaris, Redonda, Triangle and Rectangle. Each was designed by the hotel’s owner and architect, John Hix, based on principles of sustainability and wabi-sabi, ancient Buddhist philosophies that celebrate the understated beauty of minimalism, and a unique patina that can only evolve with time.

While the loft’s aesthetic is minimal and uncluttered so that guests can enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings, the loft is equipped with everything you need for a seamless stay: fully equipped kitchen, fridge stocked with breakfast essentials such as Puerto Rican coffee, eggs and bread, dining area , and a large private terrace and outdoor shower with fantastic views. Plus, the hotel is happy to lend you coolers, towels and beach chairs for your trip.

Dining

While there is no restaurant or bar on site, guests can order from the menu for in-room dining.

For Who’s Best

Couples, solo travelers and anyone looking to get away

Notable Facilities

  • Striking modern, minimalist architecture
  • 13 hectares of lush and serene tropical natural landscape
  • Indoor/outdoor room design
  • Private terrace
  • Solar heated outdoor shower
  • Frette linens
  • Yoga and Pilates classes in the outdoor pavilion
  • Full kitchen for breakfast; eggs, juice, Puerto Rican coffee, tea, milk, butter, jam and artisan bread
  • Beach chairs, beach towels and cooler bags are lent
  • Wi-Fi is available at the reception
  • Massage in the attic

Nearby Attractions

For more information, or to book accommodation, visit Hix Island House.

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