About the property
- Villa2000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 nights
2-floor, 5-bedroom Villa with Pool Sleeps up to 10 (or 3-Bedroom Sleeps up to 5)
Luxury villa offers spectacular ocean views and modern accommodations with 5 deluxe bedrooms on 2 ocean-view levels, both fully equipped and great for large groups. Beautiful new pool with ocean views from both the pool deck and within the pool! A terrace on the upper level has an additional living and dining area with sweeping views of St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Culebra. There is always a lovely breeze blowing and at night the other islands sparkle in the near distance.
Hilltop Hacienda is less than a 5-minute walk to quiet, secluded Bastimento beach where wild horses often roam. Take your morning coffee or practice your yoga down there, but be sure to return for the spectacular sunsets over the water, which can also be seen from the villa.
There are fully-equipped kitchens and two televisions on each level, as well as wi-fi. All 5 bedrooms have split-unit quiet air conditioners and there is a washer/dryer on premises. Beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers and towels are all available for your daily adventures. The property manager lives a mere 100-yards away and will provide an orientation to the villa and be available should you need him.
The villa is in a very quiet section of Vieques -- you will not hear roosters crowing! However, town is merely 2 miles away and the famous unspoiled, white crescent beaches on the south side of the island are reachable in a 10 or 15-minute drive.
Hilltop Hacienda can also be rented as a 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom villa for up to 5 people. (Your group would have the property and pool all to yourself, though, and not share with other renters.)
Picture yourself enjoying the villa's "million-dollar" views as a warm Caribbean breeze blows through the coconut palms, bougainvillea and hibiscus that surround the property. The perfect Caribbean getaway!
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 15, 2018
About Ed Wintle
I'd been living in Manhattan for 31 years, since graduating from university. After four hectic and stressful careers -- yes, four! -- as an actor, film agent, writer, and, currently, as a public defender, I longed to find a Caribbean haven that wasn't wall-to-wall resort hotels, and where beaches looked as they did for millennia. I wanted a community that lives at a slower pace and seems out of another time -- yes, I'll say it, a "simpler time." I don't need 146 different brands of cereal in my grocery store or a 16-plex movie theater or a mall. Well, at least not all the time! Vieques is all of those things and so much more. Two-thirds of the island is a nature preserve, there is not a single traffic light, and about 3,000 horses wander freely. There are so many deserted beaches and forest-canopied mountain roads, too. I became a certified diver just a few years ago and discovered a whole new world, one that Vieques also offers. I never knew I would feel such an affinity for 80-year old hawksbill sea turtles! But, honestly, more than anything, Vieques is a state of mind. Whether you're walking on her pristine beaches, feeling the refreshing ocean breeze, diving deep in her crystal waters, or smelling the many colorful, fragrant flowers, Vieques helps you to remember what's really important in life . . .
Ed Wintle purchased this Villa in 2015
Why Ed Wintle chose Villa Borinquen
Hilltop Hacienda's 180-degree water views are truly stunning. You cannot forget for a moment that you're on a small island surrounded by turquoise seas. The villa's close proximity to the water and its perch high up on a hill keeps it blessed with cooling sea breezes 24/7. Just watching the giant sky roll by, affecting the light and the ever-changing hues of the sea, is thoroughly enthralling. One needn't do more. Hilltop's pool played a big part in my choosing this property. It's new and beautifully done, finely-tiled and edged by coral stone. There is a built-in seat from which you can see the turquoise water! Plus, I love to stargaze at night and, I must say, there is no better way than on your back floating in a perfectly-temperate pool! Besides being in excellent condition, Hilltop Hacienda is located in one of Vieques' quieter neighborhoods. There are no roosters here, unlike in most other areas, and the neighbors were very friendly and welcoming. Even though the villa is at the far east end of the island, it's a very quick drive to town and an easy and pretty drive to the beaches in the nature preserve and Esperanza. Oh, and the wonderful reviews the prior owners received from their guests had a little something to do with my choice! Last but not least, I'd always wanted to live close enough to a beach that I could walk down with my morning coffee and maybe do some yoga, maybe meditate. Or maybe just sit and stare at the sea and the sky. I never dreamed I'd be sharing it with wild horses that gracefully saunter through!
What makes this Villa unique
5 minute walk to beach
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Now THIS is how you visit Vieques!
Hilltop Hacienda was a magical home-base for our couples' beach trip to paradise. The accommodations and hospitality exceeded our wildest expectations, and we can't wait to come back! What the pics here can't show are the sweeping, spectacular ocean views that are visible from just about every inch of this gorgeous home -- views from the on-site private pool, the huge outdoor dining/lounge area, and from the wall-to-wall windows in many of the spacious rooms in both the upper and lower units. Blue ocean everywhere! The units were each discreetly appointed with modern amenities (AC in the bedrooms, flat-screen TVs, washer/dryer, WiFi) that ensured a most comfortable stay -- but the place still had an easy, beachy, away-from-it-all vibe throughout. The perfect balance. We also found everything on-site that we could have possibly needed to enjoy Vieques to the fullest and we were able to jump right in -- coolers and towels for beach days, snorkel gear and fins for exploring the reefs, an awesome BBQ and modern kitchens to make the most of the local fish and farmers markets, and lots of helpful (insider) tips from the awesome hosts. The ambience, the thought put into each detail of the space, the incredible views, the easy access to beaches and local life, and the incredible hosts attending to our every comfort made our visit to Hilltop Hacienda the most wonderful vacation we have ever had.
We had a great time at Hilltop Hacienda! We had two families staying in the house with 4 adults and 4 kids and this was a perfect spot for all of us. The two levels gave each family an opportunity for private time but was a great place to gather together for group time. The pool with a view was a hit and all of the things for the beach were a great added bonus (chairs, sand toys, fins, etc). Having beach towels provided as well as a washer and dryer made it easy to pack....we really could have fit our things in one small suitcase since we spent most of our time in our bathing suits!
What I really want to rave about is the property manager, Freddy. Freddy began contacting me a few weeks before our trip to answer questions and give advice. When we missed our connecting flight to Vieques, Freddy was helpful in giving us some ideas of options. We ended up taking the ferry very late at night and Freddy made sure we had transportation to the house and he had also gone grocery shopping and picked up things for us to make for breakfast since he knew we were getting in too late to shop for the morning. He was a lifesaver!!!
Vieques is amazing and we hope to make our way back to the island in the future. We would definitely book this house again!
wonderful house in quiet neighborhood.
We were six sisters vacationing in Puerto Rico for the second year in a row.
The house was wonderful for our needs. Open air - we never turned the a/c on as you are up on a hill with plenty of ocean breeze.
We used the lower floor for our evening gatherings - cards, Yahtzee, photo sharing, and camaraderie.
The five bedrooms were all comfortable for the short time we were in them. the island kept us so busy with beaches and restaurants. It was hard to leave after 5 nights. We could have stayed forever.
We would definitely give this a thumbs up and would return if another sisters week brings us back to Vieques.
Great property. Perfect. Everyhing you need for a fantastic stay in Vieques
Very clean and inviting. Ron(property manager) was great and extremely acommodating. Recommend 100%.
A Perfect Vacation
My family and I had a fabulous stay at Hilltop Hacienda! The home was perfect for us -- four adult couples and two small children -- and was managed and prepared better than any rental property I've stayed in before. The team was communicative in advance of our trip, which helped us plan it just right. The property manager met us at the rental car company and led us to the house then walked us through to give us all the information we needed. There were ample materials in the house to educate us about beaches and restaurants, and the kitchens were very well equipped -- all the better for grilling fresh spiny lobsters! The pool is ideal for children and adults alike, and the view cannot be beat. The bedrooms and bathrooms were comfortable and we enjoyed the games and books provided. The provided beach chairs, umbrellas, and coolers made our beach days easy and lovely. When we encountered a problem with a faulty shower head, the property manager responded immediately and took care of it right away. I would stay at Hilltop Hacienda again any time, and my whole family is grateful to our hosts for making our vacation unforgettable!
Spacious , clean property on a beutiful island
Hilltop Hacienda was the perfect property for our family vacation. The furnishings and accommodations were great. Our family was a group of 9 which included a baby, toddler and 3 year old and the two levels of living fit us perfect. Nice pool, we used the grill and both kitchens, comfy beds and appreciated all the beach chairs for our adventures. Wonderful beach within walking distance. The owners and property manager were very responsive. We love the island of Vieques as this is our 3rd visit and we plan on returning. The only reason I did not give the Hilltop Hacienda an excellent rating was the barking dog at night next door. We did address it with the property manager and he handled the situation, most likely the dog issue is a nonissue by now!
The villa sits high atop a hill in the quiet eastern end of Vieques, in Barrio Villa Borinquen. It is just off the tail end of Rte. 200, which is well maintained, so Vieques' most famous beaches are a short, easy drive away. (You do not have to drive through the often congested ferry terminal area, as you would for a villa in Barrio Bravos de Boston!)
Quiet, secluded Bastimento Beach is a 5-minute walk from the house. You can swim (tidal pool is great for little ones), enjoy spectacular sunsets over the water, and watch the wild horses gallop through.
The island's main town, Isabel Segunda, is less than 2 miles away. Still quaint and authentically Caribbean, the town has art galleries, several top-notch restaurants, grocery/liquor stores, a post office, a gourmet store, adorable boutiques, and Blackbeard Sports (to arrange Bio Bay tours and other island adventures).
Vieques' museum, which is housed in an 18th Century fort, is also nearby.
Driving Directions to the villa will be provided upon booking.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
GUEST UPKEEP OF PREMISES Guest covenants to perform the following obligations during the term hereof: 1. Maintain the leased premises in a clean, sanitary and safe condition. There is no smoking allowed inside the villa at anytime. 2. Dispose of all rubbish, garbage and other waste in a clean and sanitary manner from the leased premises. 3. Properly use and operate all appliances, electrical, gas and plumbing fixtures. All air conditioning units must be turned off when not inside the villa. The owner or owner’s agent reserves the right to enter and turn off AC units if AC units are left on. 4. Not allow pets are in the villa or on the premises at any time. 5. Not destroy, deface, damage, impair nor remove any part of the building or leased premises or facilities, equipment or appurtenances thereto. 6. Pay a cleaning fee of $75.00 if the villa is left with an extraordinary amount of cleaning needed. 7. Keep the premises locked at all times when guest is not there. POOL RULES 1. No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk. 2. Children under 12 are allowed to swim or play in the pool only when adults are present poolside or in the pool. Please maintain constant supervision over children. 3. No pets in the pool. 4. Walk slowly in the pool area. No roughhousing, dunking, pushing, diving, jumping or wrestling. 5. Keep the area clear of clutter, debris and toys. Toys can often attract young children to the pool. 6. No swimming in rainy weather, or in thunderstorms. 7. No eating, drinking or chewing gum while in the pool. 8. No glass near the pool/water area. 9. Keep gates to the pool area closed and locked at all times. 10. Swimsuits must be worn while in the pool. Babies must wear a snug diaper and a swimsuit. 11. Please remove bobby pins and hairpins before entering the pool as these items can clog the filter system. 12. Please do not throw rocks or metal objects into the pool as they can damage the bottom. Booking denotes acceptance