In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage across the island. Many places closed for rebuilding. Frommer's recommends that vacationers check in advance with all businesses before traveling.
This 150-year old plantation home is surrounded by lush green mountains and coffee fields, with the property dotted with palms and tropical gardens and in the distance patches of rainforest clinging to the mountainside. The wooden residence has plenty of porches and balconies to take in the view and offers myriad ways to relax, with hammocks and wooden sling chairs spread throughout. Built by a Spanish nobleman in 1853, it has unfortunately fallen a bit from its royal past and suffers from a general lack of maintenance. On paper, the restaurant is fine if uninspired. A trail leads to Cerro Punta, the island’s highest point. It’s always peaceful and relaxed.