My girlfriend and I wanted a vacation where we could get away from it all and yet be treated with first class service -- the Horned Dorset delivered both counts!
The hotel occupies a quiet, private beach near the small town of Rincon. Each suite is large and designed to produce as much privacy as possible. On many occasions, we felt as if we were there all by ourselves -- just what we wanted.
Don't worry, though, there is plenty of staff for whatever you need. The Horned Dorset seems to follow a European approach to good service: the staff remain as quiet and low-key as possible but, as soon as you ask for something, they promptly meet your request. All of it adds to the sense of quiet luxury.
Beyond the relaxing privacy, we were delighted to discover that the food there is excellent. As other reviewers will tell you: sign up for their meal plan -- it proves to be a bargain. Their chef trained at an award winning restaurant in New York City and it really shows. Moreover, they have a wonderful and dedicated bartender, Pedro, who makes one of the best Mojitos I've ever had.
If you feel like venturing out, a rental car is a must. The winding roads of are a bit overwhelming at first, but the local drivers are fairly patient. Some places to try: the Banana Dang, the English Rose, the tapas bar at the Casa Islena hotel, and the sushi at the Pools bar.
All in all, we left the Horned Dorset feeling extremely relaxed and refreshed, ready for the frantic pace of NYC.
In sum: If you're looking for a really active vacation, the Horned Dorset is probably not for you. But, if you're looking for a classy romantic getaway or a really relaxing weekend with a friend, the Horned Dorset is quite the place to be.
- 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