Ecological Preservation Meets Aesthetic Vision
Casona, The Grand House
a unique experience on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques,
Hix Island House realizes the vision of architect John
Hix from design and ecological perspectives. Inspired
by naturally existing, massive gray boulders on the island,
Hix built five open-air, concrete structures meant to
blend in with the hotel's surroundings.
Three geometrically shaped buildings (Casa Redonda, Casa
Triangular, Casa Rectangular) house twelve lofts, while
La Casita is a small, freestanding house and La Casona
is a "grand house" that can be used for weddings
or conferences. With steel rolling doors and wood shutters
complementing the concrete, these simple structures even
boast protection from hurricanes. To maintain the tranquil
atmosphere, phones and televisions are absent. The buildings
are designed so that water is collected, heated with the
help of solar panels, and then routed to fruit trees after
you're looking for a resort experience complete with all
of the requisite manmade creature comforts, this is not
the place to stay. However, most travelers with even a
mildly adventurous spirit will likely be satisfied, and
they certainly won't be roughing it. In fact, there are
some luxury amenities: Frette linens, sea-island cotton
shirts, Marimekko fabrics and comfortable beach chairs.
Other features include in-room or open-air massages and
outdoor yoga classes, and breathtaking views of the Caribbean
from the pool and most lofts. Kitchens in each loft are
stocked with homemade breads, locally grown coffees, fruits
and cereal upon arrival, and will be restocked upon request.
of the lofts
elevated location on a thirteen-acre natural refuge allows
for pleasant trade winds and a serene natural setting.
While Hix Island House is somewhat secluded, all noteworthy
areas of the island are still easily accessible by jeep.
The airport, Esperanza (the smaller of the island's two
towns), and the beautiful beaches and bioluminescent bays
of the southern coast are within a short drive. Also,
Chez Shack, one of the best restaurants on Vieques for
dinner or drinks, is just down the road and should not
(Updated: 06/24/08 HC)