Eight miles east of the Puerto Rican mainland is an island paradise called Vieques. To get there, take the Vieques AirLink from Isla Grande Airport, San Juan, a short and scenic light plane ride. You should choose to stay at the W Retreat & Spa. This heavenly, hip property is popular with newlyweds in the know, and when you arrive on the island, hotel staff will pick you up from the AirLink in a Jeep and deliver you to checkin. You'll want to head to the WET® Bar & Grill, order refreshments and snacks and get used to the idea of doing very little at all. But not before you've marveled at the design-centric touches we’ve come to expect from the W: uber-cool rooms; fabulous common areas, a pool table in the lobby (which is called the Living Room); and an outdoor fire pit on the terrace.
Perched on the edge of a gentle bluff, the W Retreat & Spa has many natural attractions, including its own private beach, and a small peninsula called Paradise Edge, where you can stage your wedding vows or indulge in a private dinner with your love. Then there’s the swimming pool that seems to stretch for an acre, and another pool in the property’s gardens—designed like a pond, lined with black lava, and inset with twinkling little lights. Framed by tropical plants, it’s a haven for the little native coqui frogs that chirp all night long.
A very special meal (proposal? anniversary?) can be arranged on Paradise Edge, but beforehand, indulge in a couple's treatment at Away® Spa. Try breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Sorcé, the property’s signature dining venue featuring prime ocean views and imaginative food at every meal. You should drag yourself away from the resort to experience the other great thing about Vieques—its beaches. Rent a Jeep at the W and take a leisurely drive to Red Beach (known to the locals as Playa Caracas), which offers a gorgeous stretch of sugar-white sand and crystal-clear water to swim or snorkel in. Another beach that delivers a truly magical, if rustic experience is Playa Negra, a beach of black sand, which is said to have beneficial mineral properties. You'll come away feeling rejuvenated, and why not? This was, after all, a place that Ponce de Leon once searched for the mythic Fountain of Youth.