Hix Island House
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... him to gain an appreciation for the treasure. Although the treasure in the book is concrete the real meaning was the treasure in his heart. Ricardo likewise is willing to navigate the world in search of his soul mate that may be right here in Puerto Rico. There is a Santiago in all of us. We are all searching for something.
So we headed out to the marina with captain Jerry, Santiago and Juanita. We boarded the boat and headed out. Victor is a REAL captain! He ...
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... by commercial development whose most distinctive feature is a lighthouse perched atop a mountain ridge. After leaving Seven Seas, we ventured back to the Inn and spent the rest of the afternoon at the lower pool. While at the lower pool, we swam and visited with the parrots and parakeets whose homes are in cages adjacent to the pool.
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First, I am suspicious that the other reviews, surprisingly all 5 stars, were written by management of the property.
Essentially, the real Hix Island House is this: A uniquely designed place to stay for people looking for true peace and quiet. The architecture is interesting (the open air patio and outdoor shower are fabulous) and the grounds are well maintained. However, despite the fancy linens and fashion models in their advertising, this is not a luxury vacation. Remember there are no windows or airconditioning (fantastic during rain storms - less so when the winds are calm and the bugs can have there way with you). Most importantly, the location of the Hix Island house leaves the traveler with little to do. It sits on a interior hilltop that is a 10-15 minute drive to EVERYTHING. You cannot walk to anything. The beaches are even further, though that's not too much of a concern as we found the beaches of Vieques to be vastly inferior to other carribean beaches ("virgin beaches" = littered with trash-probably remnants of the US military exercises). As a vacation destination Vieques is not yet ready for prime-time...give it a few years. All in all, if you do choose HIH, we recommend lots of books and a traveling partner you enjoy spending lots of time with.
Relaxing in Paradise
Our fantastic week's vacation at Hix Island House in Vieques, the small island off Puerto Rico's southeast coast included yoga classes, daily swimming and exploring. The island's still pristine where the Navy abandoned large swaths of land, and the towns have everything you need, up to and including outstanding restaurants. Accommodations at the Hix Island House made their own adventure with close communing with nature in the luxurious setting of Merimekko bedspreads and Philippe Stark furniture. Beaches are glistening white, with your choice of amount of surf depending which of the many beaches you choose. It feels as though you'd have to go half-way around the world for this luxury in this nature, but it's surprisingly close by.
Couldn't Get Enough
Within minutes of seeing the Hix House website while planning our vacation to Puerto Rico, we were on the phone booking two nights with them. Let's just say right now, two nights was not enough...Our stay was - quite simply - incredibly relaxing; a true island vacation. The spaces are completely open, yet each studio allows privacy and intimacy. The managers provided us with everything we needed -- from advice on what beaches to check out to fresh fruit and bread. The Hix House, of course, is beautifully designed and maintained. Looking at the wholly modern structures with a tropical backdrop is surprising and remarkable. We have recommened the Hix House to several friends and hope to return soon.
An aesthetically perfect paradise
The Hix's have achieved a perfect balance between creating beautiful interiors (Marimekko bedspreads, polished concrete floors, outdoor showers, Frette linen sheets), and the natural surroundings. Trade winds blow through the open windows creating cooling cross breezes, birds fly by your window, flowers drape around it. The view to the sea can be contemplated from broad window ledges or comfortable lounge chairs with a cup of rich Puerto Rican coffee and a slice of Neeva Gayle Hix's delicious homemade bread. Or in the evenings sunset can be enjoyed with a glass of white wine and some local cheese that the Hix's keep each fridge stocked with. It is a privilege to stay in such architecturally perfect environment, (John Hix is an internationally respected architect and author), which respects the beauty and rustic nature of Vieques, a Carribbean island unspoiled by tourism. This is the perfect getaway from stressful city life, after a few laps in the perfect pool, a walk along the beach and a yoga class in their studio, you'll forget the meaning of the word stress.
Eco-conscious and Sensual
Peaceful, verdant, lush, home-baked bread and yoga but only if you want to. Hasta la proxima.
Quelle merveille, Monsieur Hix!
Perfect fusion of design, function and glorious ambiance. John Hix designs for Carribean nature to balm the body and spirit, and Neevagayle soothes the soul. I am reluctant to say too much because I don't want ANYONE to horn in. So go away, all of you.....
Hix Island House is a beautiful, serene, peaceful retreat....... The attention to detail, as well as the design, etc...... make this a wonderful getaway place.......
I have visited many times and will continue to..........
La colina de fabulous
what a perfect place to relax and unwind. no televisions, no telephones, no appointments, no crazies. bring the biggest thickest book you've got and see how time flies.H IH is meticulously maintained by loving owners and managers. if you are lucky, john or neeva gayle hix will give you a guided tour through nature and it's marvels on the hillside. we can't wait to return to this unique carribbean retreat.
Holy art museum Bat Person
HIH is special. And I'm jaded from too much business travel.
We had the Matisse room which is 60% decks looking out at the Caribe. Stunning.
It's a bit odd to stay in a place with NO WINDOWS and open showers...until you've done it.
The tropical breeze keeps the bugs at bay and the sounds of nature put you to sleep.
These are Manhattan studio lofts on a small island. Each unit comes stocked with coffee, fresh eggs, home baked bread, fruits and juices.
The small kitchens are extremely well appointed with premium utensils, dishes and cutlery.
John Hix is an architect which, in this case, has translated into a property that is both artistic and functional.
My wife and I look forward to our next trip.
BTW-Navio beach and bring a wave board.
Hate to use the term....total zen!
Hix Island house is undoubtedly one of the most interesting, beautiful experiences to be had on Vieques or the entire Carribean for that matter. The guest rooms are straight out of a dream...large open sculptural spaces with cut-outs that birds, butterflies, etc. can fly through (granted, this may be a BIG down-fall for some !). I hate to use the term but zen describes it perfectly. And the pool...it is a bromide pool as opposed to a chlorine one which means when you open your eyes underwater it is crystal clear, not cloudy. And your eyes don't burn or turn red. I have stayed at several inns on Vieques and this one is far above the rest. A totally unique and wonderful experience.