The lifeline of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico's Hacienda Tamarindo is the ancient Tamarind tree growing through all three stories of it; the tree is also the muse for the inn's name. Each of the 16 rooms are the decorative brainchild of former interior designer Linda Vail, the female half of the inn's husband and wife team. Along with views of the Caribbean, each room features unique décor, from private patios with 180 degree views to French doors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Step down from the hill where the inn is perched and take a dip in the fresh-water pool surrounded by coconut palms and mahogany trees, and one of the best views on the island. Visit the lobby's library and borrow a book to read while lounging in a hammock or relax on the lobby's patio with sweeping views of the Caribbean sunset. For breakfast, join all of the guests in the communal, open-air dining room for a homemade meal any way you like it. By the end of your stay, you'll be calling the cooks by name. The entire place runs on an honor system; you're likely to find an envelope with a welcome letter and a key if you arrive late at night. If you want a beer, take it. Need Tylenol? You'll find it, and other necessities, in a small hut out front, along with snorkel gear and beach chairs. There isn't a single detail overlooked here; it's designed to make you feel like part of the family in no time. And you will.
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