Did quite a bit of research on PR resorts before stumbling across the new St. Regis Bahai Beach. If you are looking for a secluded resort with immaculate rooms and grounds, and very friendly service, then look no further. Overall, we placed it at or near the top of the list for our family vacations. Some specifics:
* The hotel: Driving into the St. Regis facility gives you a great sense of things to come: lush, tropical landscape, the Jones golf course, the Plantation House -- all gorgeous. The rooms are huge and well appointed. Bathrooms are as grand as other reviews state. We had an oceanfront room, ground level and next to the Plantation House and the pool, which was terrific. Very convenient.
* The staff: All very friendly and accomodating. Big kudos to Pedro, our waiter at Seagrass, and Xavier at the front. Everyone was friendly, knowledgable and helpful.
The beach: Bahia is immaculate. Yes, the waves are choppy and the water isn't Bahamas blue, but my wife and kids still enjoyed body surfing for hours.
* The golf course: A challenging Trent Jones course. The greens had just been aerated and sanded, which meant my round was more challenging than for most, but I could still appreciate it. Pricey, but worth the experience.
* Meal prices: The restaurants are all good, but probably not deserving of the resort prices. Our dinner entrees at Fern were disappointing (undercooked salmon), but breakfast was very good. Molasses for dinner was better - excellent mofongo --but then it was closed for two days due to the slow season. Seagrass, the casual poolside restaurant, was consistently the best but still tough to stomach $100+ for a casual lunch for 4. While we wouldn't stay there, try Palio at the Rio Mar resort for dinner. Same resort prices, but excellent Italian food. For better, cheaper PR cuisine, try the Kiosks in Luquillo -- La Parilla was the best!
* Meal service: Despite the overall excellent service, meal service was consistently sloooooow. We were on vacation, and in no rush, but -- since it is the low season and the resort was relatively empty -- we expected our meals in a reasonable timeframe. Not sure if this was due to low staffing, but be prepared to wait.
It's clear from the reviews on TA that word is starting to get out about this place. The fact that it has only been open since Nov 2010 contributes both positives (new, immaculate) and negatives (a few service kinks). I expect that they will be put to the test when the high season begins and more people flock to the resort. Despite some setbacks due to the low season, it was the ideal time to stay if you like to avoid the crowds. We were sorry to leave and hope to be back soon -- can't imagine staying anywhere else in PR.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designated as Puerto Rico’s first and only AAA Five Diamond resort and the leader in luxury on the island and in the Caribbean, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico has been designed with the entire family in mind, providing a variety of extraordinary services and activities that will keep all guests entertained from sunrise to sunset. Located on a former 483 acre coconut plantation, it is nestled between El Yunque National Forest and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. Certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary, the lush Resort features a tennis center, a golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., as well as 4 miles of nature trails, 70 acres of lakes and a boat house for water sports. The intimate St. Regis Bahia Beach boasts 139 rooms including 35 suites, where The St. Regis’ iconic Butler service is available. Most of the guestrooms overlook amazing ocean and garden views setting a new standard in luxury accommodations, service levels and facilities for the Caribbean. An indulging Remède Spa and the exquisite dining options will delight all senses, including Fern Restaurant, featuring culinary creations by world famous Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Molasses Restaurant, St. Regis Bar and Seagrapes. In addition, abundant banquet space is available to accommodate a variety of outdoor or indoor events. Featuring amazing ocean or garden views, it is the perfect setting for small or big gatherings as well as weddings. The elegant tropical magnificence of The St. Regis Bahia Beach creates a world for its guests that they will never want to leave. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The St. Regis Bahia Beach Hotel Rio Grande
- The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort Puerto Rico/Rio Grande