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Posted by on Sep 12, 2010 in Spa Reviews | 1 comment

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, US

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, US

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The W on Vieques had only been open a week when I had the pleasure of visiting. Immediately after checking into a beautiful contemporary room, Michelle Winner and I enjoyed lunch at Mix on the Beach. Then we broke away from the group, as it was time to tour Spa Chakra and get a massage.

Our View at Lunch from Mix on the Beach, W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA

Our View at Lunch from Mix on the Beach

We toured the private rooms, many overlooking the ocean. When we saw the couples room, the Spa Director said: “We also want couples to experience services together. I like to say that by opening the [French] doors [to the sea], you don’t need music.”

W Retreat Spa – Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA

When we commented on the outdoor shower, she responded: “These enable you to shower under nature’s watchful eye—it’s liberating.”

What is especially wonderful is that all services include a 15-minute footbath to relax you as you make the transition from outside in.

Tranquility radiates throughout the spa, as it does in most Chakra locations. It is a Zen design with canals flowing throughout. The focus is to draw inspiration from the earth, wind and water elements and it succeeds.

Spa Chakra at the W offers over 60 health and beauty therapies to cover mind, body and spirit. At the time we were guests, they did not have the price list for the services ready.

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA

They do have a light spa menu by Alain Ducasse. Products used are by Sue Devitt.

Not being there long enough to experience several of its services, we found it useful to talk to one of the guests, Stacey Kohler. She said: “I can’t say that I have been everywhere in the Caribbean, but of all the places I have been, this is the place I‘m coming back to.” Stacey allowed me to photograph her and gave permission to use her photo and quote. She was on her third day as a guest and a regular spa-goer.

Michelle and I know we would like to return.

A few comments on the resort itself are necessary. It’s unique, beautiful, well-decorated, and probably has the prime location and best beach on Vieques Island. It would be an exceptional escape. If you don’t want spa cuisine, you can choose Mix on the beach, which serves the exceptional food created by the talented executive chef, Dagan Lynn.

The Couples Spa Room at W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA

The Couples Spa Room at W Retreat & Spa

If you want to escape without renting a car, the W has a hospitality room at the airport where you can relax until the resort car transfers you to the property. However, as the W is secluded, you may want to rent a car for a day or two if you’d like to explore the island.

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island

State Road 200, KM 3.2, HC1, Box 9368, Vieques, PR, US

Phone: 787 741 4100

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1 Comment

  1. Recently stayed at the W Vieques and must say it was a wonderfull experience. Being an avid spa goer my expectations were high and they certainly met them. I was accompanied by one of my daughters who is new to the spa world and she enjoyed it inmensely. The couples treatment suite is marvelous, and I would dare say the best in Puerto Rico. The combination of exposure to “natures watchfull eye” and total privacy is not easy to achieve and they did a beautiful job. My second daughter is commming over to visit next month and we will certainly be visiting again.

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