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Farm-To-Table Dining On The Water At The W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island

lobster salad
Slow-cooked 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 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.

Seriously, if you’ll be visiting Puerto Rico — whether in a group or enjoying a solo Caribbean vacation — you won’t want to miss this!

Some dishes I sampled included a Caribbean ceviche made with mahi-mahi and passionfruit to make it local; a lobster salad cooked slowly to make it sweet with spicy lime vinaigrette, 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, Sorcé Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Puerto Rico.

The Fire Pit
The Fire Pit

Patrons can choose to dine inside — 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 Lawn, an event area where guests can choose to have a special dining event catered.

If it’s nice out and you have a group 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

Love learning about where your food comes from?

Guests can also tour the hotel’s organic farm, pick their own produce and cook a delicious meal under the guidance of a chef.

Bonus Puerto Rico Travel Resources:

Things To Do When Traveling Solo In Puerto Rico

How To Hike To Charco Prieto Waterfall

Top Booze Experiences In Puerto Rico

Have you been to Vieques Island in Puerto Rico?

About Jessie Festa

Jessie Festa is an New York-based travel content creator who is passionate about empowering her audience to experience new places and live a life of adventure. She is the founder of the solo female travel blog, Jessie on a Journey, and is editor-in-chief of Epicure & Culture, an online conscious tourism magazine. Along with writing, Jessie is a professional photographer and is the owner of NYC Photo Journeys, which offers New York photo tours, photo shoots, and wedding photography. Her work has appeared in publications like USA Today, CNN, Business Insider, Thrillist, and WestJet Magazine.

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2 Comments

  1. Lance on at 5:38 pm

    Looks great. I’ve wanted to go to Puerto Rico. And definitely like the farm to fork movement.

  2. Jessie Festa on at 5:44 pm

    @Lance- I highly recommend it!

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