01/03/2011 04:00 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Upscale Tourism" on the Rise in Vieques: Our Visit to the W Retreat and Spa

After a long delays and a good bit of anticipation, the W Retreat and Spa opened earlier this year on Vieques and we had a look.

The architecture, design and landscaping is extraordinary.

During our visit last month, of the Thanksgiving weekend, the hotel was nearly fully booked, we have been told.

Whether the W will succeed in this difficult economic climate remains to be seen. For now, the hotel is bringing new visitors to the island, which is helping the existing tourist industry, according to Hugh Duffy, the veteran island restaurateur.

The effect of the hotel and the influx of "upscale tourism" to the island was the subject of a recent Associated Press story.

You can also find this post up at the travel video site, Vieques.TV.