The island of Vieques is itself an unspoiled treasure; and Casa Cascadas is a gem therein. The stunning concrete home (itself a work of art) greets you almost by surprise as it somehow unobtrusively rises from a mountaintop. Once inside the gated drive, you’re beckoned at every turn by something more beautiful than the last: the awe-inspiring, sweeping vistas of three of the island’s bays, including perhaps the most well-known, Bioluminescent Bay; the dramatic poolscape (so inviting we actually spent more time lazing alongside it than we did beach-hopping); and the art objects – from paintings to statuary to trickling water features, each like little members of the Casa Cascadas family – that play seamlessly in gracing your visit.
Peter Yaremko is the warmest of hosts and his attention to detail is evident throughout this magnificent retreat. Of the two suites, we spent our nights in the appropriately-named “Sunset Suite” and slept like happy babies in the king-size, Tempurpedic bed. We awoke each morning to Peter’s gourmet breakfasts, which ranged from waffles with fresh fruit and honey one morning to granola, artisanal cheeses, and hardboiled eggs the next, and which always included a variation of his signature (and, if I’m a betting woman, soon-to-be-world-famous) breakfast smoothie made with homemade (yes, homemade!) yogurt. After working off Peter’s hearty breakfast with a day of sight-seeing or people-watching in Esperanza, the kitchenette off the second-floor loggia is outfitted with virtually anything you’d require to fix yourself a bite to eat before taking in yet another picturesque view from the outdoor shower (heaven!) and heading off to one of the island’s many wonderful restaurants (El Quenepo was one of our favorites). Or, if you wish to truly indulge, treat yourself to one of the catered dinners offered right at Casa Cascadas and mingle with a small gathering of locals and visitors alike as you delight in a six-course meal lovingly prepared by Chef Alex (it’s how we spent our last evening in Vieques and remains one of our fondest memories of our visit).
The pleasure of staying at Casa Cascadas and getting to know Peter, as well as the people of Vieques, was a gift. And it’s one my husband and I plan on giving ourselves time and again (and again!) as often as possible for years to come.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featured in last year's Newsweek, this is the island’s most distinctive and compelling bed-and-breakfast and the newest on Vieques. The acknowledged best view. Centrally located minutes from Caribbean and Atlantic beaches. Designed by an architect of international stature. 52-foot parallelogram-shaped pool. One B&B suite, with king tempurpedic platform bed, bathroom with double sink, open-air shower. Guest kitchenette. Trellised loggia with custom-built lounges. Beach cooler, chairs, towels. Breakfast each morning. ... more less