The W Retreat’s Farm-To-Table Experience On Vieques Island

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lobster salad

On Vieques Island in Puerto Rico, the W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island seamlessly blends sustainability, luxury and local culture. One of my favorite aspects of the resort is its farm-to-table menu, which features traditional Puerto Rican dishes with a Vieques twist. Many of the many items are based on recipes from the grandmothers of the chefs, which are then tweaked to cater to the international palate.

Many of the ingredients come from the property’s organic farm, which grows everything from watermelon to microgreens to avocado. I recommend opting for their tasting menu so you can sample a variety of dishes, each one prepared and served by the chef himself with commentary to help you learn about the island and its culture. Some dishes I sampled included a Caribbean ceviche made with mahi mahi and passionfruit to make it local; a lobster salad cooked slow to make it sweet with spicy lime vinigrette, mushrooms, local sprouts and garlic chips; and shrimp marinated in rum and sambuca, a sauce reminiscent of the local chichaito drink made with local white rum and anise liqueur. In my opinion, The Fire Pit is one of the best restaurants in Puerto Rico.

The Fire Pit

The Fire Pit

Patrons can choose to dine in their signature restaurant, Sorce — adorned with Vieques-reminiscent artwork, natural wood tones, rustic textures and a lattice wood and rope installation inspired by the island’s many beehives helping fruit trees to flourish — or outside at The Fire Pit. If it’s nice out I recommend the outdoor dining, as the table is illuminated by candles and tiki torches and you hear nothing but the crashing of waves and the clinking of wine glasses.

organic farm

The W’s organic farm

Beginning in Fall 2013, guests will also be able to tour the hotel’s organic farm, pick their own produce and cook a delicious meal under the guidance of a chef.


Jessica Festa
Jessica Festa is the editor of the travel sites Jessie on a Journey ( and Epicure & Culture ( Along with blogging at We Blog The World, her byline has appeared in publications like Huffington Post, Gadling, Fodor's, Travel + Escape, Matador, Viator, The Culture-Ist and many others. After getting her BA/MA in Communication from the State University of New York at Albany, she realized she wasn't really to stop backpacking and made travel her full time job. Some of her most memorable experiences include studying abroad in Sydney, teaching English in Thailand, doing orphanage work in Ghana, hiking her way through South America and traveling solo through Europe. She has a passion for backpacking, adventure, hiking, wine and getting off the beaten path.
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One Response to The W Retreat’s Farm-To-Table Experience On Vieques Island

  1. Virginia August 26, 2013 at 2:59 am #

    nice article…………..

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