Fashion Photo Shoot in Vieques

Malecon House was the location of a super chic fashion shoot in the Fall of 2013.

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Fashion shoot in Chic South Magazine, Winter 2013

The fashion feature was published in the Winter 2013 Issue 19 of Chic South Magazine, a publication of Puerto Rico that celebrates the good life in a chic and happening way. This magazine often features the top in fashion, nightlife and luxury of the Caribbean.

You might ask “How did Chic South Magazine choose Vieques and Malecon House?” Karen, the editor of Chic South Magazine, was attending a function at The W resort here in Vieques. She and her husband took a tour of Vieques and drove past Malecon House and then did a u-turn into our drive. Our gardens and the chic look of  Malecon House was the sort of shooting location they are always on the lookout for. The fact that we are an Inn and that Malecon House Boutique had exciting clothing and accessory lines made it even more interesting for Chic South Magazine to feature Malecon House in the next edition. They are always looking for new and exciting places to tell their readers to visit and where to shop to find the must have pieces.
It was arranged that they would return a month later to photograph for the 2013 winter edition. A team of seven including one model, makeup artist/hairdresser, photographer and stylist stayed at the hotel. Chic South decided to feature jewelry and accessories by a Puerto Rican artist which they brought over from Isla Grande (the main island of Puerto Rico). The stylist then selected clothing from our in house boutique (Malecon House). Lines chosen were Joyous and Free, Love Stitch, Kuda Laut and Adore.

Early morning lighting was perfect and later the sunlight co-operated. Gino, the photographer took some room and ground shots later for us, many of which we feature on our website. Now sit back and imagine yourself in our pool, lounging in the gardens and wearing chic island clothing that makes you one of a kind and super chic!

Why Vieques?

Before we began hosting guests at Malecón House, we owned our own charter yacht service and later built high-end villas on St. Barths. Although we enjoyed the changing scenery of our life, we were ready to settle down and take care of people in a new way.

Searching for the perfect place to live and host others was not an easy task. The Caribbean has many options for islanders and tourists alike and we have visited most and lived on many. Sure that we wanted to avoid overcrowded seaside cities and beaches full of all-inclusive resorts, we found Vieques, our beautiful 52 square mile island, just ten miles off the main island of Puerto Rico, but miles away from the over-developed island scape.

We were attracted to Vieques because of its beauty, the uniqueness of the bio bay and a special 20,000 acres of land & beaches that will always be protected by the U.S. Federal Fish & Wildlife department. No building on them: just raw, natural beauty – the essence of Vieques, Puerto Rico.

After living in the Caribbean for over 30 years it was so refreshing to find an island that still had its own distinct character and was not a clone of everywhere else. No strip development, no fast food chains, no stoplights! An island of small charismatic inns & restaurants and friendly locals, many of whom speak English and have returned to the island after a sojourn in the States, also made Vieques, Puerto Rico an attractive option. Open spaces, very green vegetation, big trees, the ever-changing landscape is great for walking, biking, swimming and scuba/snorkeling. With a thousand foot hill to climb, long empty beaches to walk and a myriad of tiny to large beaches to explore it makes an ideal destination for those who desire a combination of relaxing on the beach and adventures in nature. In Vieques, 90% of our beaches are protected and not built upon, meaning you are free to roam and discover many miles of our coasts.

Being a small island off the larger island of Puerto Rico means Vieques keeps its identity and makes it a little more difficult to reach. In other words, we don’t attract the all-inclusive traveler, rather the person who wants a more individual, personal experience and a laid-back vacation and way of life. We always have the big island of Puerto Rico for the ‘high life’ and shopping but it’s good to be able to keep it at arms length. We have the best of both worlds in Vieques and we hope you can join us soon!