W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island

State Road 200, KM 3.2 - HC-1 Box 9368, Vieques Island, PR, 00765, United States   •  Weather:    •   Local Time:     •  Phone: 787.741.4100   •  Hotel Reservations: 877-822-0000

WEDDING TESTIMONIAL

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W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island - Exterior

When we visited in June 2012, we instantly knew that the W was the right place for our wedding. We fell in love with the island and the resort's beauty and fantastic staff. Once we decided to host our special day at the W Vieques, our wedding coordinator responded to all of our requests and questions in a timely manner and became our trusted "on the ground" advisor. Because we were able to lean on his expertise when hiring vendors, organizing the decor and structuring the flow of events, what could have been a very stressful process (planning from so far away) was actually fun!

Once on island, we were blown away by how fully the hotel delivered on our (very high!) expectations. Throughout our wedding weekend, every detail was considered and handled so that we were free to focus simply on enjoying our time with friends and family.

A couple of months later, we're still hearing from guests that this was the best wedding they have ever attended and we can't thank you enough for creating such a perfect that experience for us and our guests.

-Nicole and Liana

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As a destination for our wedding, W Vieques couldn't have been more perfect.  The W lounge at the Vieques airport is a real plus and gets you in the mood (cocktails!) before you even get to the resort. Our guests were thrilled with the rooms (those bathtubs!), the two gorgeous beaches, the lux spa, the pool-bar scene ... and, well, just everything!  Our on-site coordinator was fabulous; he made us feel like VIP's every moment we were there.  Our all-white-orchids ceremony at Paradise Edge overlooking the Caribbean was so chic and romantic; we'll never forget that moment for the rest of our lives.  Cocktails flowed perfectly from the ceremony, our dinner table was beyond gorgeous, and the DJ provided by the W was amazing.  He had us dancing for hours before we took over the plunge pool to wind down with pitchers of mojitos.  Thank you, W Vieques, for the our dream wedding!  We can't wait to go back.

-Joseph and Christian

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The W in Vieques is amazing! The staff was very accommodating and the hotel truly lived up to their "Whatever/Whenever" motto. We couldn't have been happier with the choice of our venue. Our reception was at Mix on the beach and the food was fantastic! I would definitely recommend the W in Vieques to any couple looking to have a destination wedding!
-Maggie. December 2010

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My husband and I got married at The W Retreat & Spa in Vieques Island, Puerto Rico in December 2010. The hotel is absolutely amazing and the staff was very welcoming and accommodating at all times. Everyone went beyond the call of duty to ensure that our wedding went off without a hitch. The hotel itself is a must see in the Caribbean. It offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and is only a short plane ride or ferry ride away from the main land. It is by far one of the best designed hotels that I've ever stayed at and is a place I would highly recommend to anyone planning a destination wedding. All of our guests loved the hotel and many of them are planning to go back for vacation. The day before the wedding, we had a Welcome Brunch on Vieques Green for our guests and it was amazing. Having brunch overlooking the ocean and listening to the waves splash at shore was unbelievable! The ceremony itself was held at Paradise Edge which is arguably the most exquisite area of the entire hotel. The landscaping on this particular area of the hotel is out of this world. It's a cliff overlooking the ocean which offers views of the main land and on a clear day St. Thomas. The reception was held on the W Lawn which gives you ample space to set up numerous tables for guests and the Yoga Pavilion is a great set-up for a dance floor. As you know the wedding process can be a stressful one but the W really took the "Whatever/Whenever" slogan to the next level by making us feel like our wedding was in very good hands! Special thanks to Haydee Soto, Nadine Quarrie, and Tara Mullane for the phenomenal service provided to us during this special time in our lives which made our moment that much more special!
 -Davina. December 2010

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I wanted to give a huge compliment to the entire staff at the W Retreat and Spa – Vieques. My husband and I got married on September 1st at the W and that is right when Hurricane Earl was approaching. We wanted to have a destination wedding and my husband being from Puerto Rico, we did some research and found Vieques. Having been in the hotel industry and my husband currently in, we knew the service the W would provide for our guests. My husband contacted Haydee Soto in sales for the W Vieques and she scheduled us an appointment to tour the hotel while we were there last February. The hotel was not open yet, but the General Manager spent close to 3 hours with us touring the resort, showing us rooms, and possible locations we could have our wedding. We can recognize customer service and we were completely WOW’d by our first experience. Just days before our big day, Hurricane Earl was reaching a category 4 hurricane right over Puerto Rico. The staff was unbelievable and the level of service never changed and made all the guests feel safe! The day before our wedding, no planes were flying in or out of San Juan or Vieques Airport, which meant that over half of our guests would not be able to make it. My husband and the staff at the resort worked all morning to make sure everyone made it to the island safely. By the rehearsal dinner, every one of our guests was at the W and ready to help us celebrate our wedding. The day of the wedding the weather was perfect and we could not have asked for anything better! The GM and the staff were again showing what great customer service they provide when our flowers had not arrived on the island. With the hurricane, our florist had not been able to receive our flowers that day. The GM worked with the airline to ensure that the flowers would be on the next flight and a W employee met the plane at the airport and took them to the florist. Everything worked out beautifully and our wedding was amazing. To us customer service goes such a long way, and our guests had the time of their lives because of the service they received. One more point, enough cannot be said about Tara Mullane. She did everything to ensure that we had the wedding we had been planning and working for all year long. From the ceremony to the food served at the reception, you couldn’t have asked for anything more from the team at the resort. We love Puerto Rico, we love Vieques, and we love the W Retreat and Spa Vieques Island, and we will be back again to enjoy the people who make your “Whatever, Whenever” dreams a reality…
-Ashley.  September 2010

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My husband and I were very lucky to be this properties first wedding. I know what you must be thinking, the first bride and groom at a brand new property... Surprisingly, everything went very smoothly. While everyone was learning from our event and something’s were trial and error, we couldn't be happier with how everything turned out.
Haydee Soto (Sales Manager) was great, and certainly stepped up when we needed her assistance the most. Jonathan Heath (GM) took a lot of time out of his busy day to show us around the property and share his vision during our site visit. Robert, Oscar, and Tara made my wedding day perfect! While our DJ showed up at the property, in less than perfect condition, Oscar and his staff took care of it and I had no idea until after the ceremony of what had occurred. Chef Lynn and Chef Sebastian prepared fantastic menus for our rehearsal dinner and reception. My cake was just as I had envisioned and we even had custom drinks created by the head mixologist.
Andrea and Oria from Spa Chakra were fantastic! Oria's attention to detail and focus was admirable and I loved how my hair and makeup turned out on the day of our wedding.
Our family and friends were in total awww of the property, the friendliness of the staff and special attention that each and every person received from our group. 7 months later, and they are still talking about the wonderful time they had and cannot wait to go back.
The property certainly stands by their motto of Whatever, Whenever as any request we had it was taken care of. The property rolled out the red carpet for us and took care of working with our vendors and made sure everything went as smoothly as possible. We had a few people whose flights were cancelled and couldn’t make it until the day of the wedding, and Oscar and his team were at the airport to pick them up and quickly get them to the property so that they could be ready for the ceremony.
All of our events were held outdoors and we did have a slight rain storm pass through in between cocktails and the reception and the W staff was out there getting all of the tables and chairs out of the rain and quickly reset it all after the storm passed through. No one would have even known that the storm came through, and the tables, chairs, and centerpieces looked as though there had been no storm. Our fireworks even went off on queue.
You are probably thinking, that I have only stated the good in this review, but we all know that being the first bride and groom probably had its short comings along the way. However, if there were any, I assure you they were corrected very quickly and it’s not even worth mentioning.
I hope my review helps you to see what a fantastic property this is and the level of attention that your event could receive will be heartwarming. My husband and I couldn’t have picked a better place to start the rest of our lives together at.
Thank You W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island!
-Akta.  June 2010

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WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT OUR WEDDING AT THE W? THE LOCATION IS IDYLLIC AND THE PERFECT BACK DROP FOR A ROMANTIC HEARTFELT WEDDING, WHETHER IT IS A BIG FORMAL AFFAIR OR A SMALL PRIVATE EVENT. I MUST ADMIT THAT DESPITE THE ALLURE OF THE SCENIC GRANDEUR, I WAS HESITANT. HOWEVER, AFTER MEETING WITH ROSS FATEMI AND THE STAFF OF THE W-VIEQUES DURING THE PLANNING STAGES, ALL OF MY HESITATION DISSIPATED AND I KNEW THAT MY WEDDING WOULD GO OFF WITHOUT A HITCH.

OUR CEREMONY WAS NOT YOUR TYPICAL WEDDING. MY HUSBAND AND I HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR TEN YEARS WITH TWO BEAUTIFUL BOYS AND HAD ALWAYS SPOKEN OF HOLDING OUR “BIG” WEDDING DURING OUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY. THE DAY STARTED OUT WITH A TYPICAL TROPICAL STORM, AND IT POURED…I MEAN IT REALLY POURED! MY HUSBAND AND THE FLORIST WERE FRANTIC SINCE WE WERE HOLDING THE CEREMONY AT PARADISE COVE OUT IN THE OPEN…AND I WOULD NOT BUDGE AND CHANGE THE LOCATION. THE STAFF TOOK EVERYTHING IN STRIDE FROM HAVING A BACK-UP READY IN CASE OF A DECISION TO CHANGE THE LOCATION TO BEING READY TO GO WHEN THE RAIN STOPPED TO ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING WAS IN PLACE IN TIME FOR THE EVENT.  AND STOP IT DID.  THE SUN PEAKED OUT AN HOUR BEFORE THE EVENT AND SHONE DOWN FOR US! THE DAY WENT BETTER THAN PLANNED. THERE WAS NOTHING THAT I ASKED ROSS FOR THAT HE DID NOT HAVE READY FOR ME, BECAUSE HE HAD ANTICIPATED MY NEED.  I RECOMMEND THE W VIEQUES FOR YOUR WEDDING WHOLEHEARTEDLY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ONE ON ONE ATTENTION AND AN OUT OF THIS WORLD EXPERIENCE.

 - 2012 Bride

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WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT OUR WEDDING AT THE W? THE LOCATION IS IDYLLIC AND THE PERFECT BACK DROP FOR A ROMANTIC HEARTFELT WEDDING, WHETHER IT IS A BIG FORMAL AFFAIR OR A SMALL PRIVATE EVENT. I MUST ADMIT THAT DESPITE THE ALLURE OF THE SCENIC GRANDEUR, I WAS HESITANT. HOWEVER, AFTER MEETING WITH ROSS FATEMI AND THE STAFF OF THE W-VIEQUES DURING THE PLANNING STAGES, ALL OF MY HESITATION DISSIPATED AND I KNEW THAT MY WEDDING WOULD GO OFF WITHOUT A HITCH.

OUR CEREMONY WAS NOT YOUR TYPICAL WEDDING. MY HUSBAND AND I HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR TEN YEARS WITH TWO BEAUTIFUL BOYS AND HAD ALWAYS SPOKEN OF HOLDING OUR “BIG” WEDDING DURING OUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY. THE DAY STARTED OUT WITH A TYPICAL TROPICAL STORM, AND IT POURED…I MEAN IT REALLY POURED! MY HUSBAND AND THE FLORIST WERE FRANTIC SINCE WE WERE HOLDING THE CEREMONY AT PARADISE COVE OUT IN THE OPEN…AND I WOULD NOT BUDGE AND CHANGE THE LOCATION. THE STAFF TOOK EVERYTHING IN STRIDE FROM HAVING A BACK-UP READY IN CASE OF A DECISION TO CHANGE THE LOCATION TO BEING READY TO GO WHEN THE RAIN STOPPED TO ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING WAS IN PLACE IN TIME FOR THE EVENT.  AND STOP IT DID.  THE SUN PEAKED OUT AN HOUR BEFORE THE EVENT AND SHONE DOWN FOR US! THE DAY WENT BETTER THAN PLANNED. THERE WAS NOTHING THAT I ASKED ROSS FOR THAT HE DID NOT HAVE READY FOR ME, BECAUSE HE HAD ANTICIPATED MY NEED.  I RECOMMEND THE W VIEQUES FOR YOUR WEDDING WHOLEHEARTEDLY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ONE ON ONE ATTENTION AND AN OUT OF THIS WORLD EXPERIENCE.

- Helen Ramirez, 2012