Retreat to Casa Cascadas
Featured in the March 5, 2012 issue of Newsweek, this is without exaggeration one of the Caribbean’s most distinctive and compelling vacation destinations... and the newest B&B on Vieques... the unspoiled, undiscovered “Little Sister Island” of Puerto Rico.
Nestled atop a 300-foot-high mountain ridge, it enjoys the acknowledged best view on Vieques, voted by Travel & Leisure as “The Best Caribbean Island.” The home’s matchless concrete construction follows the Japanese Wabi-Sabi tradition. It is graced with arresting art at every turn – commissioned paintings by artists of note, imported Balinese statuary, a collection of antique Buddha images, custom-sculpted falling waters.
Christened Casa Cascadas after the soothing murmur of its several waterfalls, this expansive home offers breathtaking, sunrise-to-sunset vistas of the Caribbean Sea, St. Croix and the mountainous El Yunque rainforest on the nearby main island of Puerto Rico.
Casa Cascadas is situated on a secluded lane that overlooks a sweeping expanse of wooded parkland. The house commands a postcard view of the three bays of Vieques – and directly overlooks the world-famous Bioluminescent Bay. On the property is a landscaped orchard of star fruit, sea grape, orange, lemon, banana, pineapple, grapefruit, coffee, lemon grass, Natal Plum, Kei Apple and tropical, flowering plantings of every description.
Centrally located within minutes of the island’s many pristine Caribbean and Atlantic beaches, Casa Cascadas was impeccably designed by an architect of international stature, and -- completed in 2010 – is in itself a work of art:
- Fifty-two-foot parallelogram-shaped swimming pool
- Expansive pool deck with shower, accented by Balinese statuary
- Sequestered meditation garden with a custom-designed water wall and a commissioned mobile/water sculpture
- Trellised, upper-floor loggia with custom-built lounges and antique marble bas relief
- Gated parking court
- Solar hot water
There are two very private suites, each with a built-in, king-size, tempurpedic platform bed and a bathroom with custom-designed double sink and open-air shower. The suites are on the upper level of the house, separated by a trellised loggia with custom-built lounges. Guests have use of a separate kitchenette on the loggia level, with sink, mini-fridge, stovetop, coffeemaker and toaster. Each suite is provisioned with coolers, beach chairs, beach umbrella and towels.
The per-night rate to stay at the Casa Cascadas bed-and breakfast is $180. During the winter season the rate is $220. The entire house is available for rental at $2,950 per week and $3,500 for holiday weeks. A 9% tax applies to all bookings.
Casa Cascadas displays significant artwork designed to enhance the tranquil retreat of its guests, and its architecture features concrete stairways, a deep swimming pool and open landscaping. These features prompt us to establish an adults-only policy. We do not accommodate pets, and, of course, Casa Cascadas is non-smoking.
Vieques, Puerto Rico, is a U.S. possession. As such, there are no passport or visa requirements, and access is easy via major carriers, with frequent, 18-minute connecting flights from San Juan.
Our AddressCasa Cascadas Route 997, KM1.8 Los Chivos Vieques 00765 Puerto Rico +1-646-241-5801
From Our Guest Book
Georgi and I agree that it was the best vacation we ever had and your house was a big part of that.
Kevin, New York City
Our most relaxing vacation ever in the best venue we've ever stayed in.
Elana & Frank, Brooklyn
It was one of the best vacations we have had! The view and atmosphere was absolutely amazing and we loved every minute of our visit! I highly recommend Casa Cascadas.
John and Teressa, West Virginia
We whole-heartedly recommend a stay at Casa Cascadas.
Summer and Jen, Los Angeles
The pleasure of staying at Casa Cascadas was a gift. And it’s one my husband and I plan on giving ourselves time and again (and again!) as often as possible for years to come.
Mary and Shawn, Cape Cod
Casa Cascadas was our honeymoon retreat … a perfect couples getaway.
Jeff and An, Philadelphia
The house is spectacular and the Caribbean view is unmatched. Stay here. Final statement -- stay here.”
Ann and Andy, Frederick, MD
Our stay at Casa Cascadas was truly special. The house itself is an architectural marvel -- and on top of that, it's on a ridge with spectacular views of the Bio Bay and the ocean, full of extra amenities (pool, meditation garden, etc.), and furnished beautifully.
Mark and Peter, New York City