"For those folks who enjoy camping, Hix is the Four Seasons. And for those who stay only at the Four Seasons, at Hix they will think they are camping." So goes the modest statement of the owners of the Hix Island House, on remote and beautiful Vieques Island.
The hotel has been designated Puerto Rico’s first sustainable lodging facility and caters to guests who know that going green and enjoying luxury are not mutually exclusive. Rooms are stocked with Frette robes and towels along with See Design bedding. Solar panels provide power, and wastewater from each room supplies the lush gardens. Canadian architect John Hix is responsible for the hotel’s striking concrete exterior—which starkly contrasts the verdant rolling hills, yet provides guests with both privacy and sweeping views out to the sea.
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Located in the hills of Vieques Island, the hotel sits within a 10-minute drive of the gorgeous milelong sweep of sand at Sun Bay Beach. It's not much farther to the myriad unspoiled beaches that dot the coast of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.
Need to Know
Rooms: 19 rooms. From $135. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Each unit has a kitchen stocked with everything one needs to make breakfast: eggs, cereal, juice, coffee, tea, milk, jam, fruit, and homemade bread. Spa and gym details: There is a yoga pavilion where daily classes are held.
Who's it for: Eco-minded adults looking for comfort and privacy. Our favorite rooms: The loft studio in Casa Triangular is where John Hix and his wife Neeva Gayle lived for the first 10 years that the hotel was open. A concrete desk with a great view is where John sat while he designed and built many of the hotel's buildings. Best way to let off steam: The hotel has two Juego tables (like oversized concrete ping-pong tables). The game is similar to ping-pong, except it’s played with an old tennis ball and kadima paddles (beach paddles). Note that very few guests can beat John and Neeva at doubles, and even fewer in singles against John.