La Hotel Bonita? W Vieques Island is Now Opening March 25
UPDATE 2.28.10: Alain Ducasse's miX on the Beach will also open on March 25. Woot.
We've been fretting over the opening date of the long-awaited W Vieques Island Retreat and Spa for quite some time. The last time we checked in, the hotel was set to open March 1 but an insider told us that reservations would not be accepted until sometime in May.
But yesterday we got encouraging news. The hotel (with 157 "sand-sational" rooms) is now opening March 25 with the added bonus that the miX on the Beach restaurant from superstar chef Alain Ducasse would be opening on April 1. (No foolin'!) Straight from the press release:
Executive Chef Dagan Lynn, a key member of ALAIN DUCASSE Entreprise who previously worked at the Michelin three-starred Alain Ducasse at The Essex House in New York, has collaborated with Chef Ducasse to develop the miX on the beach menu.
Infused with the exotic flavors and colors of Vieques Island, the cuisine features sun-drenched fruits and vegetables such as papaya, avocado, cashew fruit, tamarind, starfruit, guava, guanabana, yucca, yautia, pumpkin squash, pigeon peas, sweet peppers and flavorful olive oils. The result is an extraordinary culinary offering full of light and refreshing dishes, expertly prepared and creatively presented.
miX (yes, it is spelled that way) will essentially be responsible for all food and beverage at the resort including the W Café, The Living Room bar, the WET bar and terrace by the resort's two pools, in-room dining, banqueting, weddings and an awesome new sort of W venue--the W Welcome Lounge at the Vieques Airport where guests will be welcomed by W staffers with cool refreshments.
Other ways to indulge at the resort include relaxing at the Spa Chakra (no Bliss spa here), playing tennis, doing yoga on the sun terrace and indulging in a variety of land and sea "excursions" such as kayaking, scuba diving and eco-tours thorugh the Bioluminescent Bay.
It wasn't possible to make reservations for March 25 but on April 8 we found a king bedroom with a garden view for $339 a night. That's a little loaded in our opinions but we have faith that the rates will come down a little closer to opening. Por favor!