El Blok, is a new boutique hotel designed by Puerto Rican architects Fuster & Partners. It is located in the town of Esperanza, on Vieques Island. Vieques is located about 8 miles east of Puerto Rico, and measures about 21 miles long by 4 miles wide. It is recognized as an ecotourism destination due to its unspoiled and pristine beaches. One of Vieques’ characteristic residents are wild horses, that roam freely around the island. Lately, the island has seen a boom in development of restaurants, galleries and hotels. Often listed among the top beaches in the world, Vieques feels like a true Caribbean gem. In addition to pristine beaches, Vieques offers a variety of marine activities such as: sailing, surfing, scuba diving, windsurfing, and paddle boarding.
The most unique attraction in all of Vieques is the Bioluminescent Bay, also known as Mosquito Bay. The Bay is considered the best example of a bioluminescent bay in the United States, and is listed as a national natural landmark, one of five bio bays in Puerto Rico.
El Blok is a breath of fresh funky air in the middle of the laid back tropical paradise that is Vieques. El Blok’s architecture is very peculiar; it is made of glass reinforced concrete panels, punctured by irregular small cutouts. The sun light filters through the perforations in the concrete panels, creating an amazing display of light and shadow, which is part of the enchantment of this hotel. With just 22 rooms and four stories, El Blok is a modern, simple and unique hotel. The majority of El Blok’s furniture throughout the public spaces, guest rooms, and restaurant was crafted locally from recovered indigenous Puerto Rican hardwoods. The building itself was also constructed to consume less energy than a conventional building.
El Blok serves up contemporary Puerto Rican cuisine morning, noon and night. Their Chef uses fresh locally sourced products prepared perfectly over a wood fired grill and rotisserie. Each selection is creative, with the perfect mix of Caribbean flavor. The bar is another highlight, serving excellent cocktails made with fresh ingredients. The bar is the focal point on the large open terrace, which is shared with the reception area and the restaurant. The open terrace features a guest only rooftop and pool, which is great for watching the sunset, and enjoying the live dj’s or local bands. It’s the make up for the perfect social scene. El Blok is a unique space with friendly, mostly local staff and delicious food and drinks. A stay at El Blok is an experience that will take your next vacation to a whole new level.
Getting to Vieques is easy. Hop on a flight from any major city in the U.S. to San Juan, then jump on a quick 20 minute Cape Air flight to Vieques and you’ll be there faster than you imagined. Check out Cape Air’s Vieques schedule with more than 10 daily flights to choose from and book your flight to Vieques now at www.capeair.com or call 1-800-CAPE-AIR.
For more information about El Blok or to book your stay please visit www.elblok.com or call (787)741-6020.