My husband and I stayed at the St. Regis for three nights. We rented a car, which I would recommend since the hotel is not within walking distance of anything. The property is beautiful and huge, which makes travel by golf carts a necessity to access some parts of the resort.
Check-in was easy and on par with check-in at other St. Regis hotels, with a welcome rum punch. The staff was quick to respond and friendly but also gave guests privacy. Some recent reviews noted they seemed disorganized, but we didn't encounter this.
We were in an upgraded garden view room, which had a large deck where we enjoyed sitting. The room was of a good size and included a bar area with mini fridge and sink, walk-in closet, and enormous bathroom with soaking tub, two sinks, rain shower, and TV. The Remede toiletries are nice. Of note, they do not provide slippers (unlike most St. Regis hotels), so bring your own.
The $60 resort fee includes wifi (very helpful!), use of kayaks and non-motorized water sports, tennis, etc. Unfortunately, we weren't told of the s'mores making by the beachfront fire pit, which apparently only occurs once a week. We didn't play golf, but the course is beautiful. The pool area is spectacular and wasn't crowded at all. Lounge chairs are comfortable, and the pool layout is private. The beach area is nice and secluded; although well-groomed, the beach itself isn't the nicest on Puerto Rico. The tides were rather high, too. We enjoyed taking a kayak out on their lake and playing tennis. Tennis rackets and balls are included in the resort fee, but the rackets were of awful quality and the balls were wet, so if you are an avid tennis player, bring your own. This really surprised me considering it's the St. Regis and you're paying for this amenity with the resort fee. Also, the tennis pro had zippo personality and acted like we were bothering him by playing tennis.
The food was very good. Fern was wonderful for dinner, and we had the tasting menu, which we enjoyed. Not the best Jean Georges restaurant, but it was quite good. For breakfast, however, it was just so-so. We also had dinner at Molasses, and it was good but not amazing.
The resort is near Ralph's supermarket, so we stopped there for snacks. We also drove to the Luquillo kiosks, which was fun. It's also close to El Yunque rainforest. Going back to San Juan, we drove along the coast through Pinones, which I would recommend.
Overall, we had a great stay and would return. It's only a 30-minute drive from San Juan and much more relaxing than the bustle of the San Juan area.
- 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