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A Design-Driven Eco Retreat On The Lush Island Of Vieques

Modern, minimalist, open-air lofts designed to frame the natural beauty of an idyllic Caribbean island. 13 acres of lush, tranquil tropical landscapes alive with flora and fauna. Private patios created for deep relaxation and catching the cooling trade winds. And its proximity to natural wonders like a Bioluminescent Bay and over a dozen of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen.

If this sounds like your ideal vacation, it’s time to get the rustic-yet-refined Hix Island House in Vieques, Puerto Rico on your travel radar.


It takes a little effort to get to Vieques, a remote island 8 miles off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, near St. Thomas and St. John. But unless you’re afraid of puddle jumpers, the aerial views of lush jungle, verdant mountains, and turquoise Caribbean waters on the 22-minute flight from San Juan make the journey half the fun.

Once you’re on the 21-by 3-mile long island, nothing is too far away. Hix Island House is about a 10-minute drive from the airport, set on a high ridge with 13 acres of lush surroundings to explore and panoramic views.

Architecture and Decor

Modern Brutalist-style architecture is constructed with concrete and wood, designed to age and develop a patina based on the principles of wabi-sabi.

Furnishings and decor are contemporary, with pop-of-color furniture and textiles like red loungers and graphic bed covers.

What to Know

Like nearly all of the hotels and inns on the island, Hix House isn’t located directly on a beach. Most of the island’s idyllic, uncrowded beaches are accessed by car. The most popular and accessible beach, Sun Bay, is just a 7-minute drive from the Hotel. The more wild and remote beaches in the Wildlife Refuge are about 20 minutes away.


  • Striking modern, minimalist architecture
  • 13 acres of serene lush, tropical natural landscape
  • Indoor/outdoor, open-air lofts
  • Private patios and outdoor showers
  • Solar-powered pool with panoramic view
  • Fully stocked kitchens and dining areas
  • Complimentary breakfast fixings daily


There are four separate buildings spread out in different sections of the 13 acres: Casas Solaris, Redonda, Triangular, and Rectangular. Each was designed by the hotel’s owner and architect, John Hix, based on the principles of sustainability and wabi-sabi, the ancient Buddhist philosophy that celebrates the understated beauty of minimalism, and the unique patina that can only develop over time.

While the aesthetics of the lofts are minimal and uncluttered so that guests can enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings, the lofts come fully stocked with everything you could need for a seamless stay: well-equipped kitchens, fridges stocked with breakfast essentials like Puerto Rican coffee, eggs, and bread, dining areas, and large private patios and outdoor showers with fantastic views. Plus, the hotel is happy to loan you coolers, towels, and beach chairs for your excursions.


While there isn’t a restaurant or bar on-site, guests can order from a menu for in-room dining.

Who It’s Best For

Couples, solo travelers, and anyone looking to unplug

Notable Amenities

  • Striking modern, minimalist architecture
  • 13 acres of serene lush, tropical natural landscape
  • Indoor/outdoor room design
  • Private patios
  • Solar-heated outdoor showers
  • Frette linens
  • Yoga and Pilates classes in the outdoor pavilion
  • Fully stocked kitchen for breakfast; eggs, juice, Puerto Rican coffee, tea, milk, butter, jam and artisan bread
  • Beach chairs, beach towels and cooler bags on loan
  • Wi-Fi available at reception
  • In-loft massages

Nearby Attractions

For more information, or to book a stay, visit Hix Island House.

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