We spent 8 days at the Hacienda Tamarindo. This was our third visit and we have reservations for next year. This is an ideal spot for a variety of reasons. The setting, furnishings and atmosphere are all delightful, but the best part is the friendliness of the owners and the staff. Burr and Linda Vail are very hospitable and add a lot of personality to the hotel. Jim and Joey are very knowledgeable about the restaurants, beaches and acitivities on the island and go out of their way to be helpful. We arranged our rental car through them and it was waiting for us when we arrived from the airport. Even Zach, the resident dog, is charming. The breakfasts are wonderful and served in a lovely atmosphere by a warm staff.
Our favorite restaurant is El Quenepo.In fact, we ate there 3 times. The menu is so varied and there are so many daily specials that we kept going back to try something different. The food is excellent and well presented. Kate is the owner along with her husband who is the chef. She supervises everything in the restaurant and has a very smart and attentive waitstaff.
Next on our list is Coconuts, where we ate twice. The atmosphere is fairly basic, but the food is great, the people are friendly, and it is a fun place to eat.
We tried Next Course and had a good meal, but they are still getting themselves organized. We ate lunch and dinner at Bravo Beach Hotel where the restaurant has just recently re-opened. The setting is beautiful and food was very good. Lunch at Duffy's was good and it is a fun spot to watch the world go by.
I strongly recommend checking the Newsletter "Vieques Events" for activiites. It is available on line at http://www.viequesevents.net or at the Vieques Conservation and Historic Trust in Esperanza, at hotels and various other spots on the island. We found a house tour sponsored by the Trust. It was fascniating to see some of the homes on the island and a lot of people on the tour were residents. The last stop was the W Hotel. It will be very interesting to see how well the hotel does. The setting is beautiful and the design is very sleek. However, there is nothing about it that looks very particular to Vieques or even the Caribbean. The Trust has a regular schedule of interesting events and a small but very nice gift shop on an island without very many shopping opportunities.
Our favorite beach is Sun Bay since it is shady and expansive for long walks. We also went to Secret Beach and Navio, which are both good for swimming. Another nice benefit to staying at Hacienda Tamarindo is that they provide beach chairs and packed lunches are available. We would go to the beach every day from about 10 -2 and then head back and relax at the pool for the rest of the afternoon. There is an honor bar so you can enjoy cocktails on the veranda overlooking the water before heading out to dinner.
We have been to St. John many times and this island must be like what St. John was 50 years ago. There is not a lot of action which is specifically why we like it: no cruise ships and no casinos. It is nice to vacation in a place where the people are so welcoming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vieques’ Hacienda Tamarindo offers 17 very special rooms, each lovingly and creatively designed and decorated by owner, Linda Vail -- her swan song after over 20 years as a commercial interior designer. Each guest room and public space is unique; imaginatively spiced with a lifetime’s accumulation of art, antiques, and collectibles. An ancient Tamarind tree in the lobby atrium majestically rises three stories through the center of the building. Terraces, courtyards, and sitting rooms offer ample space for relaxation and conversation. The Hacienda is perched on a hilltop with spectacular 180 degree views of the Caribbean -- from sunrise to sunset; looking down on the bedazzling, ever-changing myriad of blue, emerald and turquoise waters. Caribbean trade winds and lazy paddle fans keep you cool and comfortable. Here, you can fall asleep to a tree frog serenade and awake to the smell of jasmine on the gentle sea breeze. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Tamarindo Hotel Isla De Vieques