...with clear attention to detail, comfort, and beauty. A place that reminds you that potential is in the eye of the beholder. The breeze and amenities are so nice that it’s hard to leave the place. Can’t wait to go back!" – María T. Mercedes Grubb, James Beard nominee, Executive Chef and Owner at UDC (Underground Dining Club)
El Colmado Vieques offers both proximity and possibilities. Just a short 15-minute walk to town, a 10-minute walk to the beach, and 3 minutes to the ferry, it's conveniently nestled in the Bravos de Boston neighborhood.
Go to sleep to the hypnotic sound of the coqui and wake up to the distant choir of the neighborhood roosters. Located on the outskirts of Isabel II, the heart of Vieques, El Colmado Vieques provides a magical vacation compound on one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Sit on the porch and watch the neighborhood goings-on, relax in the gardens, take a dip in the pool and enjoy the lazy rhythm as sun-filled days move slowly into breezy nights.
Created with a designer's eye and hand-made with heart, this magical compound was crafted for those who desire more than just a place to hang there towel.
...is the mantra that inspired the thinking behind El Colmado Vieques. With interiors that reflect a well-traveled eye El Colmado and Casa Juana maintain a sense of belonging with a nod to far off places.
What was once the neighborhood colmado or bodega (then known as Colmado Gato) and its adjacent casita have been spiritually and architecturally joined with the intention of preserving their own indigenous personas while transforming them into a singular sophisticated vacation compound that reflects casual ease.
Each unit is assembled with an eclectic mix of furniture and objet that span continents and decades to prove that what delights the eye can also soothe the senses. Well-appointed kitchens, Sonos sound systems, Belgian linen sheets, and Turkish towels are just a few of the amenities that contribute to an effortless, enchanting stay.
…lies Vieques, a paradisiacal getaway where wild horses roam freely. Referred to as Bieké (small land) by the native Taíno Indians, this hidden gem boasts 172 picturesque beaches. From the white sandy beaches of Caracas to the black magnetite sand of Playa Negra, its diverse shores are considered by many to be some of the world's most beautiful.
In addition to the lush tropical flora and fauna of La Isla Nena (Little Girl Island), lie red mangroves and dinoflagellates that bring to life the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. Amid the fluorescent display, the constellations and Milky Way frequently make their appearance.
The indelible footprints of this island’s history, are still visible in the walls of "El Fortin”, the last Spanish fort of the Americas, and the ruins of the Hacienda Playa Grande, the sugarcane mill which was once the backbone of the island’s economy.
…world-renowned beaches to enjoy a stroll at Mosquito Pier, do a little shopping in Isabel II, or venture to Esperanza's "Malecon" to marvel at the vivid sunsets and watch the local fisherman sail the Caribbean Sea. Take a little detour and saunter through the Conservation & Historical Trust Museum to explore a bit of the island's rich history.
For the more adventurous, enjoy a hike to the lighthouse ruins at Puerto Ferro, go horseback riding on the beach, explore the caves at Navio Beach, or enjoy the vast selection of water sports in the island's crystal clear waters.
Hungry? Savor the local cuisine, known for its flavorful traditional “comida criolla”, arepas con pescado, mofongo, and pastelillos. Take in the variety of outdoor dining options and cuisines that grace the island. Be sure to pay a visit to the island’s very own Crab Island Rum distillery, which recalls the island’s short-lived name, Isle of Crabs, during English colonization.
Designed by Michael Ian Kaye, an award-winning graphic designer, and creative director. Driven by the desire to create a simple vacation option that combines his passions for design, cooking, and gardening.