This resort is wonderful in just about every way imaginable. While it is slightly less luxe than a true 5 star resort, it probably has everything you want.
The resort itself is beautiful, set on a very large private expanse of land, inside a guarded gate. The golf course is right there, and there are rental villas surrounding it. The hotel itself is down at the bottom of the hill, directly on the ocean, set amidst very pretty grounds. We were upgraded to an ocean-front room on checking in, which had a beautiful view, but the mountain view rooms are great, too, because the rainforest is pretty.
The resort is a solid 35 minute drive east of San Juan. I definitely recommend renting a car, or else you will truly be stuck at the resort. Pay the $15 parking fee, and eat out for a few meals - you'll still end up saving money, plus you can get around the island so easily. The rainforest is a 10 minute drive and parking is free. Going back into Old San Juan is easy and parking there is easy and cheap. We also went horseback riding at Hacienda Caribaldi - $90 per person through the hotel, $30 per person if you just go there on your own!
The room was a bit small, but has a good-sized balcony and a nice bathroom. The Wyndham beds are great - soft linens, nice comforters and pillows. Plenty of room for 2 people in a room, although 4 in a standard double room would be crowded. The rooms have coffee makers and each morning you'll get coffee, tea bags, and 2 bottles of water.
The pools at the hotel are so nice you may not make it to the beach. There are two pools, both large and freeform, with palm trees surrounding and plenty of lounge chairs. The activity pool is for families, and they have some occasional resort activities here (water aerobics, water volleyball.) We spent most of our time at the adult pool, which has really luxurious teak loungers with thick blue cushions. You can rent cabanas for $125 a day, but who needs one - finding chairs under the partial shade of a swaying palm tree is easy enough.
The beach, when you do get there, is lovely. It is wide and long - you can walk for about a mile in both directions along a quiet, peaceful stretch of sand. There are no other hotels within walking distance here. The water can be rough, and when we were there the undercurrent was strong, and there were no water sports during those days. But the moment you walk onto the beach, the friendly staff will set up lounge chairs and an umbrella wherever you like. Waitresses patrol the beach and pool all day to bring you drinks and lunch.
The food at the resort was generally very good, although pricey. Lunch prices at the Seabreeze or Tiki Bar aren't so bad, about $8-12 for a sandwich or salad. We ate at Palio, the Italian restaurant, and thought it was a bit formal and stuffy for a tropical island (and a young couple). The food was good, but pricey. We also ate at Marbella for dinner, the International restaurant, and the food was good and more reasonably priced. You can see all the restaurant menus on the Wyndham's own website, if you want to browse. The breakfast buffet is way overpriced at $20. Go to the bakery up the street (Isamar, I think) and get coffee and delicious pastries for about $1.50 each
Best resort tip: Every day there is a drink special from the Tiki Bar - a special cocktail at $6.50 each, instead of the $10 that all other cocktails are. Make sure to ask for it!!
The casino is small and unimpressive, if you're used to Vegas or even Mohegan Sun. There is live music at the bar every night, which is lovely, but subdued. Our only complaint was that, as a young couple, we were a bit bored in the evenings. Otherwise, we had a really great stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between El Yunque Rainforest and a mile stretch of secluded beach, the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa is Puerto Rico's most exotic beach, golf and spa resort destination. 500 magnificent acres with spectacular ocean, rainforest and lush tropical views serve as backdrops to 400 newly renovated guestrooms and suites and an exclusive renovated 48,000-sq.-ft. Oceanfront Conference Center. Located on the N.E. Ecological Corridor of Puerto Rico's shoreline, the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar is a haven for fun, sun and forging memorable experiences. The new guestrooms exude traditional Puerto Rican architecture and feature thoughtful indigenous touches. The resort boasts two championship golf courses & tennis center, Mandara spa, 10 lounges and restaurants with award-winning cuisine, an exciting casino, two nature reserves and a guest experience program that encompasses the beauty and nature of its magical surroundings. And since Puerto Rico is a US Commonwealth, no passports or visas are required for US Citizens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rio Mar Beach Resort And Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort
- Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Hotel Rio Grande
- Wyndham Rio Grande
- Rio Del Mar Puerto Rico
- Rio Grande Wyndham
- Rio Mar Puerto Rico
- Westin Rio Mar Puerto Rico
- Wyndham El Yunque National Forest
- El Yunque National Forest Wyndham
- Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort Rio Grande