My husband and I traveled here for our 10 year anniversary and our first trip away from our 3 children in 5 years. It was worth every single extra penny we spent! I looked into many, many hotels in Puerto Rico and finally decided on St. Regis because we wanted a non-crowded, more natural setting for our get-away, so even though we spent $200+ more a night than other hotels we looked at, it was by far worth it.
The location is excellet - enough outside of San Juan that you really get a feel for the nature of the island and you aren't in the middle of a bustling city, but close enough that you could get into the city in about 15-20 minutes. Also close to the Los Croabas bio bay and the El Yunque rain forest, so you can easily get to some outdoor adventures easily!
The hotel property is large and spread out and does a beautiful job connecting the hotel to the nearby El Yunque rain forest. In addition, the property is a nature preserve and they have a naturalist that gives tours every morning at 10 am on one of the many trails they have on the property. She pointed out birds, turtles, lizards, plant species and more and was very friendly and knowledgeable about the island and the property. As it turns out, we showed up for a tour and we were supposed to book it through the concierge - but no problem at all! They called up the naturalist and she was there in less than 30 minutes, cheerful and pleased to be able to give us the tour.
The rooms are nestled in separate houses with roughly 10 rooms per house and the houses don't go higher than 3 stories, so they blend neatly into the foliage of the hotel. Every night you are serenaded by a chorus of tree-frogs - a beautiful sound and one of the big reasons I wanted to get out of the city. There is plenty of open beach - although while we were there (May 20-23) it was very windy and the beach was closed for swimming. Still the pool area is huge - at times we had the pool to ourselves, despite there being other guests at the hotel, so you feel like you have this lovely, huge resort almost to yourself. My husband commented that he thought there was more hotel staff than guests.
So that takes me to another great thing about the hotel - the service. To say it was exceptional is an understatement. From the free rum punch upon checking in, to the eager-to-help valet staff who gladly gave us a tour of the property on our way to our room then a tour of our room, to the prompt valet service when requesting to get your car out for an excursion, to the attentive room service staff that set up the patio table with linens and fresh flowers for in-room dining, to the butler that brought my sweater just minutes after I noticed that I left it at Fern, to the amazing concierge (ask for Jossell - he is fabulous) who had a host of dinner suggestions for us on the one night we were planning on eating off property, to the attentive poolside waitstaff, I cannot find even one bad thing to say.
The room we stayed in was great - huge bathroom with a wet room that included a rain shower and bathtub big enough for two, a double sink, a separate toilet closet, and one of the mirrors over the sinks had a TV in it! The location was super - it was close to the pool, the plantation house, and the spa. So it was really easy to get around the property. Our room was considered garden view - we did not see the ocean from our room, but all the rooms face toward the ocean and even many of the ocean views are partially obstructed by the plants around the hotel. Our garden view was lovely and we also could see the pool from our room. One tip for the rooms - see if you can get the main level - rooms on the second and third floors are accessible only by stairs.
For food we ate at Fern and at Seagrapes. Both were fantastic, although a bit pricey. At Seagrapes it was not unusual to find an alcoholic drink cost $15-$20, depending on what you order. At Seagrapes, be sure to try the wood-fired pizza.
There is a boathouse on property that rents sailboats, paddle boards, kayaks, you name it, that is included in the prices of the resort fee, so there is no extra charge to rent one. I wish we had been there longer so we could take advantage of it.
The only drawback to the hotel was the lack of evening entertainment. I would have enjoyed live music in the hotel bar one night. But there is WiFi throughout the hotel, our room had an in-room Blue-Ray player, and you could rent a movie through the hotel cable network, so there were options for after-dinner entertainment, you just had to find it in-room rather than in a hotel common area.
Just in general I wish we had been there longer. It was such a relaxing time and the hotel was exceptional. If we do make it back to Puerto Rico, with or without kids, we will definitely come back here.
- Also Known As:
- The St. Regis Bahia Beach Hotel
- The St. Regis Bahia Beach Hotel Rio Grande
- The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort Puerto Rico/Rio Grande
- 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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