I'm not sure where to start with my review of this beautifully charming hideaway. In a nutshell, it is simply AMAZING! We arrived fairly late in the evening after a long ride from San Juan. One must travel down a long winding residential road to find the entrance to the resort, which is tucked along the tree line and perched just above the Caribbean in Rincon. We stayed in residence no. 5 which I very highly recommend! The two floor villa is impeccably designed with floor to ceiling white marble and hand-carved marble crown molding in a Spanish/Asian/British-Colonial motif - truly exquisite and ecclectic pieces were hand chosen from far-off regions of the world to create a luxurious and exotic atmosphere. There is not one piece in the entire residence that is mass-manufactured "hotel furniture." The first floor has a living/dining area with a separate mini-kitchen and bathroom. On the far side of the room there are rustic Spanish double doors that open onto a large wrap-around travertine balcony overlooking the Caribbean, yet it is a very private space with a lovely double chaise lounge and umbrella, a dining table for private outdoor meals overlooking the Caribbean, and a gorgeous plunge pool embellished with Spanish tiles that allows 4 people to lounge comfortably. The living area is separated from a second sitting room by gorgeous Moroccan arches. It is furnished with an antique writing desk and holds stationary, reading material and room service menus. This area also has a large hand-painted armoire that is an amazing piece of art - turns out it is actually a Murphy bed in case you have family or friends stay over! This area has a second set of Spanish doors that open to the pool. Up the winding marble staircase, the spacious bedroom/bathroom area (bed and bath are also separated by Moroccan arches) is embellished with floor to ceiling marble, a gorgeous Venetian glass mirror above the double sinks, Spanish wall sconces and Moroccan lighting fixtures. The bathroom area has a separate toilet/bidet closet and a very large marble shower with multiple jets. There is a gorgeous Moroccan chandelier that hangs over the claw foot bathtub, which is elegantly placed in the middle of the bathroom. The skylight above the tub allows the moonlight to shine through the chandelier at night creating a beautiful romantic glow. There is also a large walk-in closet. The bathroom area also has rustic Spanish double doors that open onto a second balcony with a small cafe table for morning coffee. There are comfortable lounge chairs in the bathroom which is really like having your own private spa retreat, this would be a great place to have a private massage which is offered by the resort. The bedding is top-quality with lots of down pillows and an extremely comfortable mattress set in an antique dark wood four-post canopy draped with butterfly netting. At night we left the shutters open and slept in the glow of the moonlight with the sound of the waves lapping ashore. I really hope they never decide to "renovate" or "upgrade" the rooms or residences in a way that destroys the unique decor.
The grounds of the resort are lushly tropical and well maintained. The Club House is equally as beautiful and as exquisitely decorated as the residence we stayed in. It has a charming early 1900's feel with a beautiful staircase leading from the garden to the second floor dining room. There is a lovely bar with antique hand carved dark wood and a quaint cocktail lounge. They serve great cocktails and cigars that can be enjoyed on the balcony, which is cantilevered over the Caribbean. The main dining room is on the second floor of the clubhouse where we had a delectable dinner for eight in the private dining room right off the main room. I cannot say enough about the service and food. Suffice it to say, our meal was prepared by the resort’s new chef, Emmanuel Serrano, who has a French culinary pedigree and comes from a Michelin-star restaurant in France. He combines classic French cuisine with local ingredients resulting in one of the best meals we have ever had. Enrique, the maitre d’, and Chris headed up our dinner service and effortlessly made our evening an exquisite culinary experience. The attentiveness to detail and impeccable presentation was second to none. There was never a wine or water glass left empty. The timing of each course was perfect and un-rushed. From the wonderful greeting in the amuse bouche of velvety liver pate/mousse, perfectly pan seared foie gras, refreshing surprise of the palette cleanser, to the melt-in-your-mouth steaks, Caribbean lobster, lamb and voluptuous soufflé, we are all still talking about it weeks later. To top it all off, the chef easily accommodated my particular dietary restrictions, and with no oil or butter, prepared one of the best chicken dishes I have ever had. Wilhelm, the General Manager, is a charming gentleman and we can’t thank him, and everyone on his staff, enough for making our stay a truly remarkable one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Horned Dorset Primavera is a small luxury hotel located in northwestern Puerto Rico, two miles from the town of Rincon. It is set among rolling hills at the edge of the beautiful Caribbean Sea and is known for reserved European service executed in an atmosphere unique in Puerto Rico and the award-winning Restaurant Aaron. The hotel is a member of Relais & Chateaux. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Horned Dorset Primavera Rincon