Beach + Island

Escaping Winter

by Cathay Che

Bypass the hoi polloi at San Juan's hectic airport and fly into Aguadilla, where the folks from the Horned Dorset Primavera resort will convey you to your palatial home-away-from-home. Thanks to its perch on steep hills overlooking the rugged Rincón coast, the views are dazzling—particularly from one of the new Primavera Suites, two-story Spanish colonial villas with plunge pools, terraces, and balconies. In the formal dining room, chef Aaron Wratten, an alum of Aureole and Restaurant Daniel in New York, offers his fish-centric take on world cuisine, with entrées such as grilled yellowfin tuna with black truffles and yuca. If all that gazing out at the sea makes you thirsty for adventure, the Dorset will set you up on a diving excursion to the underwater cliffs off nearby Desecheo Island. Or, on a moonless evening, seek out the local "nightlife": a kayak tour through La Parguera, on the southwestern coast, where enormous colonies of bioluminescent plankton make the water glow in the dark.

Horned Dorset Primavera
Tel: 800 633 1857
Fax: 787 823 5580

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