We stayed in March 2013. We originally planned to spend 5 nights on the main island of Puerto Rico. After reading up on Vieques, we changed our plans to 3 nights in San Juan and 3 nights in Vieques. The moment we arrived on the island, we knew this was going to be a special place and we were already regretting that we hadn't made our stay longer. Hacienda Tamarindo was amazing. It was a perfect, quaint, friendly and relaxing place for us.
We let Hacienda book our jeep rental for us. When we arrived, we were given a full tour of the grounds. I couldn't stop gaping at the beautiful views everywhere you looked. Our room was on the first floor just across the hall from the library. I was worried at first about the noise because I'm a light sleeper. But I discovered that once I turned the A/C unit on at night (because I have to have it cold to sleep) I couldn't hear a thing outside the room. The french doors opened up to beautiful ocean views. One morning we woke to 4 horses not very far from our balcony. They were grazing and the 2 ponies were playing around with each other and it was so cool to sit and watch them.
We loved the pool area and enjoyed grabbing an early evening cocktail from the honor bar and sitting by the pool before heading off to dinner. And for some reason, we really loved watching the owner's dog run around the property and trot around on the special walkway they built for him on the top floor of the hacienda.
Breakfast in the morning was very good and also in a beautiful setting. It was just so relaxing. We especially loved the option to have a packed lunch ready to take with us as we set out on our daily adventures. It was one less thing to worry about.
We easily fell into a routine of packing up our jeep with rental snorkel and beach equipment and our lunch and finding yet another amazing beach to enjoy for the day.
One night we did the bio bay tour which we booked through the hotel. It was so easy to just let them handle the arrangements. Typically, I spend hours reviewing tour operators and sending tons of emails out to get info and read reviews before I book anything. But since we added this portion of our trip last minute, I didn't have the opportunity so I relied on the hotel. And that was so much easier!!!
When it was time to leave, we were actually a little sad. We didn't want to go home. We were so relaxed and pampered. We hated to leave.
My only really minor complaint was that our room had a louvered door to the bathroom. I'm rather particular about bathroom privacy and I would have much preferred a solid door on the bathroom. But considering we booked this rather last minute and it was my only complaint, that's really good because I can be quite picky.
So it's been several months since our trip but my husband and I still keep thinking about Vieques and how we wished we had stayed longer. When it came time to start planning our 10 year anniversary, we decided that we needed to splurge on a longer stay in Vieques and return to Hacienda Tamarindo.
We have already booked our stay at Tamarindo and decided to go for the Caribbean Deluxe Suite. We are so excited to return!!!
The staff is wonderful and so accommodating. The location is absolutely lovely. We can't wait to go back!
- 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