The man behind what might be the world’s most fun restaurant is Jose Enrique himself, at his restaurant the F&W Best New Chef 2013 serves Latin American food that’s both vibrant and thoughtful….his first restaurant outside San Juan, on the island of Vieques, El Blok, in the hotel of the same name, opens late summer, with an emphasis on grilled dishes. He is confident the hotel restaurant will be as great as his flagship, where the party goes on until…. FOOD AND WINE
The Caribbean has just got a whole lot more interesting with the opening of El Blok… FINANCIAL TIMES
All curving concrete and perforated façades, the hotel is designed to encourage relaxed socializing. The entire second floor is a single open-air space that flows from reception to bar to restaurant. The four-story building, with 22 rooms in all, surrounds an oval atrium; the roof has a small infinity pool and views of the sea and Vieques’s mountainous interior. Little about the place relates to the design vernacular of the islands, and your first reaction might be a double-take, but the hotel’s charm and cool factor—will win you over.
El Blok is easily the most stylish new hotel in the Caribbean…. TRAVEL AND LEISURE
El Blok is an iconic inn by the sea in that it is a bar and restaurant with rooms that aims to be a soft landing for the intrepid traveller after a hard day of relaxation. Affordable, simple rooms appointed with touch of luxe, it has a visual style like nowhere else. Colored hidrolico tiles, exposed concrete, native woods, clean, spare, exciting spaces. Smart bike rentals, riding and hiking trails, island outdoor activities and many beaches nearby complete the scene.
San Juan’s Jose Enrique, whose minimal take on a beach menu is pure culinary genius, helms the restaurant and bar. All this in a building that is gold leed certified for it’s sustainable design. El Blok is part sculpture, part oasis.
Impossibly serene far flung beaches, great restaurants and only a few hotels, Vieques is a strange jewel of an island amongst the beauty and understated glamour of the Caribbean. Six miles to the east of Puerto Rico, and a short 20 minutes flight from San Juan, Vieques is in Puerto Rico’s backyard…and light years from anywhere.
standard queen size rooms
large king size corner rooms
large king size corner rooms with two terraces
king room and queen room with connecting door
double queen beds, garden bathroom, ground floor, accessible
3000 sq ft lobby/bar
2500 sq ft roof terrace
1000 sq ft multi-use space
100 sq ft hideaway