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“Better then Pebble” 5 of 5 stars
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Royal Isabela Golf Resort
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   396 Ave Noel Estrada, Isabela 00662, Puerto Rico   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Better then Pebble”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Just got back and have not stopped thinking about it. Rather then repeat what has been said above all of which I agree with I will pick out some other items. We were eight golfers many who had played great courses Pebble, St Andrews, Green Monkey, Bally Bunion etc., we all agreed this was the best course we ever played. At the moment the course has very litle play and is in pristine condition. the greens were playing 12+. We met the one of he principles and his group on the 12 Tee. Everyone introduced themselves, talked about the course and then in a very UnTrump like gesture insisted as guests we play through. Stanley is a real gentleman.

Dinner was great. The dinning room is equiped with very comfortable chairs that you can sit in for a long dinner and be comfortable.

One of the ways I look to see how good a resort may be before arriving is looking at the quality of the pool furiniture. RI does not dissapoint; it is teak with very nice cushions, the pool is quite nice with some natural stones built into the side walls.

You want to get to this place before word gets out.

For a change there is a nice ocean front restaurant near by at the Villa Montania Hotel about a 10 minute drive.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This is the real deal and ranks up there with the best golf courses in the US. Take away the hype and tradition and this course surpasses pebble beach in every category. I'm a 2 handicap. Didn't play we'll, but not awful. Had little chance to break 80 on this day. We were playing from back though. Next time I go I'm staying at royal. If the wife plays you can't beat the deal.

Only negative is that it is on the other side of the island from San Juan. Haul to get there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

If you are an avid golfer and want to play a breathtaking but highly difficult course and you enjoy superb accommodations, food and service, this is just the place for you. Also has an absolutely beautiful, wild and desolate beach wonderful for walking and taking a quick dip, but beware of rough current. Designed as a private member club and boutique hotel, it really is a wonderful package of first rate amenities.

Room Tip: Every casita is the same and all views are gorgeous
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Been to all of Puerto Rico’s resorts and this is the crowning jewel of them all. A place to cleanse the spirit and relax in style. The Casitas are so cozy you never want to leave them, not to mention your own little pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The only sounds you’ll hear are of nature, so this is a place for those seeking silence and repose.
Royal Isabela is mainly a golf community with an awesome 21-hole golf course that’s been described as Scotland in the Caribbean. While other activities are found nearby – surfing and bodyboarding beaches and other nature adventure options- it’s good to know the resort is adding a host of activities and tours for the guests. I mean, the property is so beautiful with its cliffs, coves, green trails and fauna; it’s perfect for many outdoor activities. Can’t imagine what a star-gazing expedition would be like here!
Had lunch and dinner at the restaurant at La Casa and it was excellent, with the pastry chef receiving kudos from this sweets junkie. Breakfast room service was great but pepper mill had no pepper, and part of the order came back in a second trip as it was missing. Service was very cordial and unobtrusive
All in all, it’s a vacation that I’ll be looking forward to repeat - Can’t wait to come back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Royal Isabela is a gem. Breathtaking cliff views from the golf course. Challenging winds on every hole. Spectacular par 3 on hole 17 over the cliffs.

The Casitas are beautifully designed with private pools and ample living rooms and bathrooms.

The restaurant is also a gourmet treat open from breakfast to dinner. Local herbs and spices grown on site. Excellent wine list and you may bring your own also which adds stars to service.

Caddies for every round and detailed service.

A must visit while on the northwest coast.

Room Tip: Casitas 1 to 5 are closest to La Casona and Pro Shop.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Javier L, General Manager at Royal Isabela Golf Resort, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Dear: Sajo Ruiz

Thank you for your wonderful and thoughtful review.
At Royal Isabela, we strive to be the ideal location for people who don’t just enjoy golf, but who also truly love nature and believe the principles of luxury living can go hand-in-hand with a deep respect for our beautiful planet. We hope you will visit us again soon!

The Royal Isabela Management Team
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Spent a weekend of luxurious relaxation. Stayed at bungalow 4, fruits and many other amenities upon arrival, the most comfortable and cozy bed, checked in late night and when we woke up, the view of the ocean was surreal. Had an early breakfast brought to the terrace and enjoyed the sun and plunge pool, later explored the beach, a natural reserve, and later tried the famous maraca burgers for lunch at the main Casa. Had a chance to meet the owners, the Pasarell brothers, world renowned tennis players, Charlie had the record for the longest game in Wimbeldon recently broken in 2010 by Isner. Obviously there is a grass tennis court on premise with Wimbeldon wood posts for the net. The golf corse is full of challenges and views. Hole 17th will become a landmark. Dinner was exquisitely prepared by NY trained chef who adds his local touch, the organic tomato soup,mmmmm, the tomatoes grown in the hotel's organic farm.

Room Tip: All bungalows have ocean view, but the honeymoon suites has an additional private deck, yes, romanti...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

What a beautiful resort! My husband and I recently stayed for two nights. They are still in the process of finishing up the spa area and some of the casitas. None of this impacted our stay at all. The Casita was amazing! The bathroom has a waterfall shower and you can walk directly out onto your personal splash pool. The beach area is secluded and huge. You need to get driven out to it. The golf course was challenging. The caddies (which are an additional fee) are knowledgeable and definitely help our game at times. Everyone that worked there was wonderful, from the concierge to the restaurant staff to the maintenance guys. Would definitely return!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 396 Ave Noel Estrada, Isabela 00662, Puerto Rico
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Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isabela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Royal Isabela Golf Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Royal Isabela greets guests with much more than suite accommodations. Located just steps from La Casa Restaurant, 20 freestanding Casitas are true "little houses" designed for the ultimate in Puerto Rican resort stays. Each Casita encompasses 1,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and is sited to best catch Royal Isabela’s stunning ocean vistas with minimal impact to the environment. ... more   less 
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