My husband, brother & I spent two nights at Casa Grande at the end of a short trip to Puerto Rico (after San Juan & Rincon on the West Coast) and it was absolutely the highlight! We actually stayed there in March 2008 and came recommended to us by friends of ours (a couple living in the US Virgin Islands). I am only now posting a review as we are considering going back to PR next year and looking back with fond memories.
The mountainous atmosphere is stunning, revitalizing and you feel spoiled with a pool, massage and yoga on site. My husband had a fantastic massage one morning and I started mornings out perfectly with a yoga session in the freshest of air! We did some hiking/walking around the property but really just mellowed out and took in all of the beauty. Food was fresh, delicious and varied- my husband and I are strict vegetarians (no meat and no fish/seafood) but were well catered to while my brother loved his meat options.
The Western Cordillera region is not very touristy and it's a bit of adventure getting up there, but all part of the glorious experience with killer views. Your eyes will sparkle with all of the lush vegetation and lovely gardens with flowers exploding in all colors. We should have stayed longer but alas we learned our lesson for the next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a valley in Puerto Rico's central mountains, Casa Grande is an oasis of peace and tranquility. 20 rooms scattered up the mountainside, each with private bath, balcony and hammock. Freshwater pool, restaurant and bar. The Café serves comida criolla, contemporary dishes and vegetarian options. Fully equipped yoga facility offering morning class, birder's paradise, botanical gardens and woodland hiking trail. Near Camuy Caves, Arecibo Observatory, Caguana Ceremonial Park, Toro Negro and Rio Abajo Forests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Grande Mountain Retreat Hotel Utuado
- Casa Grande Mountain Retreat Puerto Rico/Utuado