My husband and I wanted to stay in Puerto Rico for 6 nights and decided to spend 50% of time in a resort, and 50% of the time closer to Old San Juan. For R&R , we decided on the St Regis. The hotel was incredibly beautiful and easy to get to, we rented a car from the airport and even with severe rains, we were able to make our way to the gates of the St Regis without a problem. The hotel is a resort, it sits on 400 + acres of facility. There is a boat house where you can paddle board, kayak and rent bikes (all included in resort price) which isn't by the beach so for families with young kids this is ideal place to train the little ones. As we drove by the golf course and the boat club, we got to main building to check in and were warmly greeted with beverages. Make no mistake, this is a luxurious resort (and I'm hesitant to use this word too freely with even other 5 star+ hotels). We were taken to our room and perhaps it was the 3rd floor room but it was huge! It felt like a cabana with outdoor terrace and not a hotel room. The bathroom with a rain shower, sitting facilities for elderly or disabled and even the gigantic bathtub were beautiful.
The pool and beach were close to our room, and we spent the first 2 days lounging on the resort but as is our nature we got restless by end of day 2, and drove out for dinner to explore the east side of the island.
Here are the pros:
1. Have I stressed the luxury factor? It's also a rare hotel that it's couples friendly and kid friendly as well. You can hire a nanny to look after the little ones, and also be left alone to explore the private beach.
2. It's an island by itelf- for people who enjoy resorts you can stay here a week and really feel rested.
3. It is fairly close to El Yuence which we explored on the 3rd day.
4. I'm on my babymoon, and for those pregger ladies who are sick and tired of having water or just juice they went out of their way to make coctails that were delicious and non alcoholic. My hubby enjoyed his drinks and they were really inventive!!!
5. The added bonus of free rental of kayaks, paddle board etc was really nice, those costs can add up and for a family it can be significantly pricey. I also liked that water was free on site
1. The staff were really nice, but somewhat forgetful. It happened 3 times that we sat for dinner / lunch (in different restaurants) and they forgot to give us menus for half an hour.
2 It's expensive- be ready to pay $25 for lunch and aprox $40 for dinner without alcohol. But hey, it's the St Regis. For me personally, after a few days, all the meals start tasting the same even if you are eating different cuisines from the same place.
3. It's isolated- if you want to be close to 'action' this really isn't the hotel for you.
All is all, a great place. I would go back and spend half time for R&R and then come to the city for exploration, shopping and fun!