Bold colors dominate every inch of the W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island, from the purple cushions on the beach chairs, to the kaleidoscopic decor in the rooms. Spanish-born Patricia Urquiola designed the custom pieces of furniture that can be found only at this W hotel.
The resort sits eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico on Vieques Island, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and has two of its own beaches. Daily yoga classes, kayak rentals, and snorkeling gear (with prescription lenses, if needed) are available and free. At sunset, the glowing views are often spectacular, while at night the lights of Puerto Rico's main island vie with the billions of stars for attention.
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Vieques Island is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets, free of traffic lights and home to dozens of pristine beaches lined with pearly-white sand. Choices include beaches that are family-friendly (Red Beach), good for surfers (Navio), fine for swimming (Sun Bay Beach near Esperanza), and completely isolated (Punta Arenas).
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Rooms: 156 rooms and suites. From $349. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Sorceé, the resort’s signature restaurant, delivers a culinary experience that is deeply rooted in the history of Vieques. The restaurant is set in an open-air, indoor-outdoor space with ocean views, and the menu features seasonal Puerto Rican dishes with many ingredients picked from the hotel's organic farm. The W’s signature Living Room area morphs between casual café, cool bar, and throbbing lounge depending on the time of day. Spa and gym details: A yoga program designed by NYC yoga guru Tara Stiles encourages guests to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle while capturing the zen of Vieques. The Away Spa features views of the Atlantic Ocean, and a 24-hour fitness club is fully equipped with top-of-the-line machines, free weights, and more.
Who's it for: W devotees and a younger, active crowd in search of comfort and bold design. Our favorite rooms: The whimsically outfitted oceanfront Fabulous Rooms let imaginations set sail on the big blue that stretches beyond the infinity of the horizon. Hold court on an oversize plush lounger from a private patio or balcony. Good to know: Whisper Beach is an adults-only stretch of sand. The resort caters to a wide range of guests and has a partnership with an LGBT wedding planner.