PUERTO RICO

Caribbean Get­away

Hong Kong Tatler - - Great Escapes -

OPENED BY FOR­MER MU­SIC IN­DUS­TRY EX­EC­U­TIVE SIMON BAEY­ERTZ, EL BLOK IS LO­CATED ON THE PEACE­FUL IS­LAND OF VIEQUES. THE 22-ROOM HO­TEL WAS DE­SIGNED BY PUERTO RI­CAN AR­CHI­TEC­TURE FIRM FUSTER + PART­NERS. ITS UNIQUE FA­CADE HAS AT­TRACTED CON­SID­ER­ABLE AT­TEN­TION; COM­PRISED OF GLASS-RE­IN­FORCED CON­CRETE PAN­ELS WITH PER­FO­RA­TIONS, IT RE­SULTS IN A STUNNING PLAY BE­TWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOW ALONG THE FLOORS AND WALLS. THE ROOF FEA­TURES AN IN­FIN­ITY POOL WITH STUNNING VIEWS OF THE OCEAN, MOUN­TAINS AND QUAINT VIL­LAGE HOUSES, AND THE HO­TEL’S RESTAU­RANT FEA­TURES CON­TEM­PO­RARY PUERTO RI­CAN DISHES CRE­ATED BY CHEF JOSÉ ENRIQUE. VIEQUES IS A TINY IS­LAND, JUST 55 SQUARE MILES— WITH AN EQUALLY TINY POP­U­LA­TION—WHOSE RUSTIC CHARM MAKES FOR A PER­FECT RETREAT FROM THE BUS­TLE OF DAILY LIFE. ELBLOK.COM

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