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“Only place to stay in Vieques”
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Hix Island House
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“Only place to stay in Vieques”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

My husband and I fell in love with Hix house as soon as we saw their website. Thoughtful, modern design with an emphasis on functionality and the environment, a lush ground to explore, a swanky pool surrounded by palm trees, complete privacy, fresh bread, fruit, and coffee each morning of your stay? We were already sold before we even made it to Puerto Rico.

We loved Hix House and Vieques so much we extended our 3 night stay to 4 nights. The only complaint I have is that one of the rooms we stayed in, an older room, had some rusty kitchen equipment and seemed to be in need of a little freshening up. These are essentially outdoor spaces, so I understand the weather can take its toll on the structure and that is part of the "wabi sabi" design plan. That being the case, though, it wouldn't hurt to occasionally replace some of the kitchen items or the bedspread (which had a large hole in it) or do a little sprucing up. Also, our kitchen area had a fridge poking out right in front of the stove top so it was incredibly awkward to move around and cook. Maybe a little repositioning wouldn't hurt in this case (we were in one of the casa rectangular rooms).

My complaints aside, the house was an incredible experience and we plan on coming to stay again. In regards to the bugs/lizards I've heard mention of, we had very few problems with that at all. I think most people who comment on that must not understand how ecosystems work or have spent their entire lives in an air conditioned microcosm. :)

We had one little lizard in our room who never even came close enough to bother us and whom I found to be a charming companion. There are flies, but keep your food covered with the fruit basket net provided or in the fridge and you will have no problems. I didn't get a single mosquito bite in four days and we didn't need to use the net provided for the bed. The rooms are designed to allow for lovely breezes to flow through so I was never uncomfortably hot and I never felt stuffy.

We heard a lot of our neighbors closing their windows off at night. When I say "windows" I am referring to the large cutouts that are on both sides of the room. There is a garage door type looking metal roll down shade that closes the rooms off. These were only intended to be used as protection from hurricanes and ARE NOT MEANT TO BE CLOSED! If you close off your room you should just skip staying here altogether because you are basically undermining the sole purpose of Hix House . . . to be out with nature and in nature.

Plus, you will get out and stuffy if you close off your room. The breeze will not flow through and you will actually attract more bugs.

The sounds of wild horses, frogs, and birds woke us up every morning and one morning we woke up at 5:45 to watch the sun rise from our room while drinking our local coffee. It was one of my favorite experiences of our trip.

The ladies in the office are SUPER! Liz and Joanne helped us any time we needed a recommendation or had a concern and I often called them while in other parts of Vieques to request help. They were always willing to give advice or help us schedule anything we needed. Plus, they are fun to hang out with and talk to.

The pool is serene, there are hammocks to lay in. I fell asleep in the hammock next to a wild horse with a flowering tree above me. Um, where else are you going to have that experience? And did I mention the stars at night? I've never seen a clearer image of the cosmos. Truly sublime.

Seriously, do not miss out on Hix House!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

As others have stated, this may not be everyone's cup of tea but if you are looking to connect/reconnect with your family/wife/self I can think of no better place. Stark but at the same time with a weird kind of luxury. We have never stayed anywhere that gave us the serene satisfaction that Hix did. The staff is great, the provisions for your morning repast are awesome and in general the place is wonderfully mood altering. We liked this place so much we are going back for 6 nights less than 90 days from when we last stayed there. Trust me, we are a very middle class couple who have decided the splurge is totally worth it. The grounds are peaceful and soothing. Every day we looked forward to walking around and running into the horses that seem to love the place as much as we did. No TV, no computers (internet at the reception area) = BLISS. Not sure we could ever be islanders but for 3-7 days this is PARADISE! This is a piece of heaven.

Room Tip: Solaris 3 & 4 are wonderful!! Dual patios so you have both morning and evening sun.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

Some folks have complained about the cleanliness but when you factor in that there are no windows you can expect some reasonable level of leaves, flowers and dust etc coming in. For us it was either staying at Hix or the W (the W was the primary reason we first chose Vieques) but after reading reviews of Hix we decided to take the plunge.

We were not disappointed. This place has huge character, the outdoor showers are fantastic and very discreet and the overall serenity of the place is wonderful. Rooms are large and very airy (it was architected to catch the trade winds) and even though it was regularly 90 plus during the day we never once felt hot in the rooms.

Given the price, this place is well worth considering. It never feels crowded (there are only 19 rooms I think), the supplied breakfast components went down very well and the maid regularly washed our dishes.

The only downside was the supplied fruit. As a hotel that seeks to promote being more environmentally conscious, I was surprised to see fruit from California, Italy and Chile.... particularly when the local market had bananas from Puerto Rico, peaches from other Caribbean islands and so on. The reason I was given was that guests wouldn't eat it, given it is miscolored, misshapen etc. To my mind, this isn't a reason for not providing it, given the availability of these perfectly reasonable and more local alternatives.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 April 2013 via mobile

Much of what we have to say has been written in these positive reviews. We loved the Hix Island House. We stayed in Loft one in Casa Redondo for 4 days, 2 of which were rainy- including a non-weather related island-wide power outage - which for a beach vacation is not ideal, but this place made up for it. Open Air rooms, a friendly, helpful, but unobtrusive staff, delicious provisions to make your breakfast and French press coffee, kitchen for dining elegantly at home, rustic/modern aesthetic, and a great pool and view. Yoga too. Must rent a car to explore Vieques, which has lovely beaches, okay food, and lots of undeveloped land. Can not say enough good things about Hix, the perfect place for relaxed, open air, simple living (glamour camping in the best sense). Would that we lived the rest of life in a climate and architecture where this indoor/outdoor distinction was so completely fluid. My idea of heaven, made manifest at Hix Island House.

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

While the bar concrete construction isn't beautiful, it is comfy and inviting. The lack of A/C could be a problem for people who can't take a little heat, but the fans really help keep it fairly comfy. It cools way off at night so no problem sleeping. All the rooms are huge(we were in Sola 6) and we loved the shower that's open to outdoors, but still completely modest thanks to the partial wall on the fourth side. The pool is lovely - very tranquil with a nice view to the ocean about 2 miles away. The lack of a restaurant can be inconvenient but there are several good restaurants within 2 miles. If you are bug phobic that might be a problem. We came back in the evening to find a large roach-like bug flying around and a lizard on the toilet tank. The screens do a good job but they don't keep everything out. The free beach gear was greatly appreciated - we used the chairs, umbrella and snorkel gear at Playa Plata and had a great day.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Hix House is a gorgeous retreat up on a hill in Vieques.

If you're looking to be close to the tourist center, this is not the best hotel. But that's part of the reason we loved it and why it is the best place to stay in Vieques!

The rooms are beautiful and have amazing views. The staff is friendly and everything was incredibly clean.

We stayed at the bottom floor room in Redonda but after one night was upgraded to the top floor of the Solaris building due to some construction that needed to be done in our building.

If you are going to Vieques you probably want to escape the typical tourist and this hotel is the perfect place to do this.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

For the special person who likes the unusual, nature and a tranquil experience the Hix Island House is the place to stay. This place is an architectural gem! Staying here has been called: glamor camping; a term I refute. Staying here is not camping, it is a unique experience with nature and beauty.

Room Tip: Don't choose the cheapest room. Spend a little more and get a lot more for it.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Hix Island House
Address: Route 995, km 1.5 | HC02 Box 14902, 00765, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Isla de Vieques
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hix Island House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax, rejuvenate and refresh midst Zen-like architectural elegance at Hix Island House, located in a 13-acre natural refuge. Our spacious lofts feature matchless Caribbean views, open-air private terraces, outdoor showers, Frette linens and luxurious lounging shirts. In-room kitchens are stocked with everything one needs to make breakfast; eggs, cereal, juice, Puerto Rican coffee, fruit, tea, jam and homemade bread. We also showcase one of the Caribbean's most magnificent pools and offer onsite Yoga and massage, daily housekeeping, full concierge and front desk services. ... more   less 
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