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“Laid back charm with ocean view”
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Hacienda Tamarindo
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Isla de Vieques
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Reviewed 4 July 2009

Hacienda Tamarindo, located near the main tourist area in Vieques, gives you a large comfortable room from which to base your island exploring and the equipment - chairs, towels, laundry, to make it easier to enjoy one of the many gorgeous and secluded beaches. Or enjoy a comforable chair, a good book, a cold gin and tonic from the honor bar, and look out to the beautiful blue sea. It has a wonderful breakfast included, with daily specials or order from the menu. The Tamarind Tree in the lobby adds to the charm and romance of the place. The staff will assist you in renting a jeep, finding a restaurant, or directing you to your choice of a beach. Down the road a bit is Island Adventures whose talented young staff will take you out to the biobay at night, for a dip in the phosphorescent waters, and idenetify the constellations of the night sky as well. There's a good Mexican restaurant there too. Vieques has a number of fine places to eat, mostly in the more tourist-y area but we also very much enjoyed El Patio in Isabel Segunda. Hacienda Tamardindo has internet, but I wouldn't call it "high speed." It's very much of the old modem connection type. Some reviews have questioned insect presence in some hotels in Puerto Rico or the tropics. We didn't see any in April, but there was a can of Raid in the room. We look forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Hacienda Tamarindo for 3 nights (next time min. 7 nights!). It's a beautiful small hotel, with nice and comfortable "Caribbean" rooms, perfect settings, wonderful breakfasts and a very friendly and helpful staff. We enjoyed not only our short stay in this Hacienda, but also all the beautiful sceneries and beaches of the Isle of Vieques. We will certainly come back for a longer stay.
Werner and Eeva from Switzerland

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2009

The reason Hacienda Tamarindo is a great stay starts with what a visit to Vieques entails. The island doesn't have a lot of development, which makes it "unspoiled," but can also occasionally make you miss an amenity or two (we would say "deal with it," but that's another story). The nice thing about Hacienda Tamarindo is it adds a little luxury and amenity without losing the casual, easygoing way of Vieques. You won't plan a visit here because of the little touches like the free beach chairs and cooler, and the honor bar, but they will be much appreciated after you get here. The staff was attentive without being in your face, the owner was friendly and helpful (we note some past guests haven't clicked with him, but maybe he's a good judge of character). Did we mention breakfast was great? Lastly, the setting is a paradise and the hotel is eclectically decorated (in a good way). And the pool is a nice place to chill out. No, you can't walk to the beach, but you'll have more fun tooling around the island in your jeep anyway.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank ROThornhill
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Reviewed 10 February 2009

Just got back from an island wedding in Vieques where we stayed at the Hacienda Tamarindo. We were the only ones from about 65 attendees to stay at this hotel, and we are very glad we did. The room was sizeable and the A/C kept us cool at night. The views and pool are amazing, but the full breakfast each morning put the stay over the top. Beach chairs,coolers, and ice are provided for daily trips to the beaches, which are awesome. Jim, one of the managers was extremely pleasant and helfpul. After seeing some of the other places people stayed, I am glad we spent a little more to stay at the Hacienda. Only complaint is that the bed was not very comfortable....you can't have it all.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2009

We had a really great stay at the Hacienda Tamarindo. I was concerned at first because I had trouble reaching someone when I called the hotel to make my reservation. Once we arrived, we had no trouble whatsoever getting all our needs met by the staff. Our room was quiet and clean. You can see the ocean from the hotel, but it is not within easy walking distance. I think this is true of all the hotels (at least that we saw) on Vieques. We were glad we rented a Jeep because there were so many nice beaches to explore. The hotel pool was very nice. The hotel grounds were very comfortable and again, quiet and clean. The complimentary breakfast was delicious and cooked to order! We were looking for a quiet getaway and did not expect a 5 star resort with lots of pampering and amenities. The Hacienda Tamarindo met, and in fact exceeded, our expectations.

Vieques was much more rustic than I was expecting, but once I got used to it, I loved it. The two main towns are Esperanza (which is close to the Tamarindo) and Isabel Segundo. We really enjoyed going to the various beaches in the nature preserve. We often had them to ourselves! Snorkeling and swimming were highlights of the trip. Do not miss the Biobay. We stayed a week in Vieques and a day in San Juan. If I were doing it again, I'd stay 3 or 4 days in Vieques and spend more time exploring other parts of Puerto Rico. Vieques was really nice, but I felt that in a week we had seen nearly everything.

I was concerned about food and water safety, but there was no reason to be worried. Puerto Rico conforms to the same standards as the United States mainland. We ate everything that we wanted to in restaurants and even a roadside stand, and drank regular tap water, and had no problems whatsoever.

We rented a Jeep from Maritzas (coordinated through the Hacienda Tamarindo) and again, had no trouble whatsoever.

We contemplated taking the ferry but ended up taking the Vieques Air Link. It was my first time on a small aircraft and it was scary at first, but I was so glad we saved all the time and unpredictability of the ferry.

Closing thoughts - do your homework on Vieques. If you are looking for something rustic, off the beaten path, with beautiful beaches, I definitely recommend it, and the Hacienda Tamarindo is a great place to stay. If you are expecting a typical touristy resort, this hotel - and in fact Vieques - may not be for you.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank GRV
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Reviewed 5 February 2009

This review is long over due. My husband and I stayed for 1 week we stayed in 2 different rooms on 1 floor that had ocean view. Both rooms were nice.What I did notice was that all rooms were nice even lower priced were a great buy. [for bugets] The pool was just a breath of fresh air. Pictures don't do property justice.Food was terrific and staff fantastic.We did the bio. bay tour very fun.We loved all the animals. Barkley the dog , cat and shabu the bird.Also we had a car rented, which is a must. Great island to explore. The beaches are fantastic and esperanza at night was fun for music and drinks bar was called Bananas I think. We met lots of nice guest and tried a variety of good resturants from rib's, to sushi. This place is well worth a visit I can't say enough. Kisses to all the wonderful staff.

  • Stayed: January 2007
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2  Thank elzabeth
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Reviewed 22 January 2009

A charming, small hotel, beautifully designed and furnished in a nineteen-thirties atmosphere, with a beautiful Caribbean view, a perfect pool and a warm library. About a five minute walk brings you to a deserted beach on the Caribbean. This is great for sunning but not for swimming. There are underwater rocks.

Vieques is less developed at least partially because large areas are government owned and/or nature preserves. There are no high rises, golf or casinos. A rental car really helps, it is pretty much a necessity. Once you buy into the Vieques style, Hacienda Tamarindo has to be on your short list for hotels. I couldn’t help but think of Hemmingway’s Islands in the Stream the entire time I was there. You can't go wrong unless your looking for a spring break atmosphere.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hacienda Tamarindo

Address: Rte. 996, Km. 4.5, 00765-1569, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Isla de Vieques
Price Range: £219 - £355 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hacienda Tamarindo 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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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