From Frankfurt to Puerto Rico, this month’s hottest hotels
W RETREAT & SPA, VIEQUES ISLAND
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Along with a stunning bioluminescent bay, Vieques is known for its wild horses, accessible reefs, lush wildlife refuge and more than a dozen pristine beaches, plus a couple of lively towns (Esperanza and Isabel Segunda) to head for if you tire of the swaying palms and white sand.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: This colorful hotel, like other W properties, puts words into guests’ mouths with its Wow suite. Here, the wow-factor is the proximity to the ocean, which is about as close as you can get without being in a boat.
HOT DISH: Sorcé does a sweet, piquant arugula salad with chorizo, cacao beans and passion fruit vinaigrette, along with a fine line-caught tuna tartare with mango ginger chutney and malanga chips. But the star of the show is the Vieques-style mofongo, a twist on the Puerto Rican classic, with chicken, churrasco, shrimp and the chef’s signature salsa criolla.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: The infinity pool has “underwater music,” but the best spot is poolside, sipping a Vieques Fresh (gin, cucumber, mint, lime and ginger ale). Or head for one of the private beaches, which are so peaceful and relaxing you’ll have trouble remembering your own name, let alone your cares.