Hix Island House
Travel Blogs from Isla de Vieques
... br> just outside the window. We finally docked here in Humacao (Uma-cow) with mere
hours to spare before the family arrived and everything needed to be spotless,
provisioned and ready for service. Exhausted we all raced around like headless
chickens managing as much as we possibly could and skipping the rest.
As far as the family’s visit went, Puerto Rico was a major
bust. The weather did not cooperate for any boating or beaching, ...
Beike's Bistro...expensive BUT sooo worth it. Quite possibly the BEST food I have ever had! Grouper for me and curried shrimp for Savannah! TO DIE FOR! With full bellies, and tired eyes the walk back up-hill to SeaGate is gonna be a real hike.
Next stop, a quick look at the ocean & around the square in downtown Isabel II. Then up the hill to hit the hay early...big day tomorrow house hunting with Gustavo!
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... I asked additional questions ... and within an hour I had a web of supportive friends helping me - a big change from feeling all alone and second-guessing my every decision. The immediate and continuing attention from these dedicated volunteers continues to be inspiring; they have checked in on us repeatedly and I know they are all reading this blog. What hits my heart is that they keep thanking my family but we are helping only ...
... come pick us up and bring us back to the pier to catch the last ferry back to Fajardo. The lady selling jewelry was kind enough to call a friend of hers to fetch us. A guy named Jug appearead a few minutes later and got us to the pier with about 5 minutes to spare. Interesting guy - he was a professional scuba diver who was born in New York City and has spent the last 40 years living in St. Thomas, St. ...
... went up the mast again and installed a second masthead crane sheave he acquired in St. Thomas for the mainsail halyard that should resolve the chafe problem long enough for us to get back to Virginia. We left the spare halyard installed to test out the new sheave before switching back to the primary halyard. More troubleshooting on the tricolor navigation light was unsuccessful.
On the 16th we circumnavigated ...
How has this villa rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hix Island House Isla de Vieques
First, I am suspicious that the other reviews, surprisingly all 5 stars, were written by management of the property.
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.
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.
HIH is special. And I'm jaded from too much business travel.
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.