Sunday, December 20, 2009

I can't wait to stay at...

the new W Vieques in Puerto Rico, opening March 1st, 2010 (though currently only taking reservations for travel dates of May 1st and later)!

Though the resort is larger than those I usually enjoy, with 150 rooms, its location, amenities, and unusual design are compelling enough to put it at the top of my short list of long weekend ideas! One of the reasons I've not yet visited this small island off off Puerto Rico's main island is that until now, there were no true resort options on Vieques--only limited-service hotels and villas. And as much as I love small properties, I'm not a fan of having to make my own breakfast while on vacation!

Vieques has been intriguing to me for awhile due to its limited tourism, clear turquoise water and unspoiled beaches, the world's largest bioluminescent bay, wild horses, day trips to the even smaller nearby island of Culebra, and other attractions. The island has a rich history, plenty of charm, and (from what I hear) the type of "end of the road" feel I often try to seek out when traveling! It will be interesting to see if that changes some now that a major hotel chain has established a property here; my advice would be to go soon, before the crowds discover this piece of paradise!

Reaching Vieques is not too terribly difficult; there are quite a few non-stop flight options from various US cities to San Juan's International airport (SJU).
From there a 25 minute flight takes you right to Vieques for under $200 round-trip. You can also fly to Vieques from San Juan's Isla Grande airport (SIG), about a 20 minute/$25 cab ride from SJU. Flights from SIG to Vieques generally run less than $100 round-trip.
A 10-minute flight from Ceiba (RVR) will also get you to Vieques; the cost is approximately $50 round-trip.

If you're not a huge fan of flying, there is another option. From Fajardo, you can take a ferry to Vieques. This takes a few hours each way, but only costs less than $5 per person each way.

For more information about the islands of Vieques and Culebra, check out :

Pictures courtesy of W Vieques, a Starwood property.

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