Hix Island House Offers Ecological Awareness

Are you looking to get away from it all and live a simpler, healthier existence? A visit to Hix Island House in Puerto Rico may be just what you need to inspire you. Set on 13 acres of beautiful garden and wilderness on the island of Vieques, Hix Island House is an unusual hotel which combines ecological awareness with contemporary architecture and minimalist living.

Hix Island House is the perfect place to go if you’re passionate about the conservation of the environment and you really need a quiet retreat. Unlike most other Caribbean hotels, Hix Island House is focused on providing guests with truly soothing vacation. Instead of having access to all the latest technology and amenities at your fingertips, guests are rewarded with silence and tranquility. There are no phones, no televisions and no typical room and turn-down service. Instead guests are treated to daily yoga sessions, in-room massage and weekly Meditation in Motion classes. This is one place where the hustle and bustle of the city can be truly left behind.

So exactly what can you expect when you visit Hix Island House? The complex features 13 loft apartments which are housed in four rather dramatic buildings. The buildings are made from concrete and feature large garage doors that open to the most magnificent view of the Caribbean and palm-lined beaches which are only minutes away. The entire development is nestled in a 13-acre natural refuge and tall grasses, butterflies, birds and native trees only add to the wonderfully peaceful atmosphere. Open-air private terraces allow guests to make the most of their accommodation, while outdoor showers provide a great way to immerse yourself in nature. At night the jasmine blooms, filling the air with the most wonderfully sweet scent.

The entire development was designed and created by Canadian-born architect John Hix, whose primary focus was on the environment. Thus, instead of glossy, ecologically unfriendly sky-scrapers, you have simple but modern apartments. Water is collected and heated on the roof and electricity is supplemented by solar panels. Waste water is sent out to the garden where it feeds guavas, bananas, papayas and lemons.

Other features include Frette linens and robes, sea-island cotton shirts made exclusively for guests, Marimekko fabrics, beach chairs, cooler bags and beach towels, wireless internet access in common areas, complimentary weekly owner’s reception in La Casona, a generous selection of on-site gourmet provisions including home-made bread which is supplied fresh every day, and complete concierge services which include reservations for sailing trips, restaurants, Biobay excursions, horseback riding, mountain biking and more. So minimize your ecological footprint and return to nature at Hix Island House in Vieques.

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