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“Nice hotel with good quiet beach and beautiful landscape. Very limited breakfast menu options.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Rio Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nice hotel with good quiet beach and beautiful landscape. Very limited breakfast menu options.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Took my wife and 2 year old to spend a few days in this beautiful resort. The property is surrounded by the tropical florest, and the rooms are located throughout independent 2 story buildings connected by a wooden walkway.

The rooms are large and the bathroom is huge, but had to change rooms three times. If you are travelling with children and need to have stroller access, make sure to request a room with elevator access. The first floor room did not work for us as its balcony was not gated, meaning that our 2 year old could have ran out to the florest directly from our room. Therefore I recommend second level apartments with elevator access.

In terms of food selection, the property has three restaurants, and we have tried all of them. Restaurant Fern, was our first stop as we have been at several Jean-Georges restaurants before and we really enjoyed his style. The service was great but we expected more from our dining experience, for example the seasonings of the octopus were over powering and their breakfast menu selection was extremely limited and no other restaurant at the resort served breakfast.

The restaurant by the pool took a really long time to execute our order, and the food arrived cold. The menu for lunch contained more sandwiches, salads, pizzas and appetizers but it did not offer entrees with fish and/or meat.

The Molasses restaurant by the golf course, had an excellent service and the dinner menu offered a good selection. The seasoning, presentation, temperature and taste was good.

Overall, I recommend this resort in terms of leisure but if you are looking for a combined leisure and gastronomic vacation then recommend renting a car and driving to the city to explore other dinning options.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

I really enjoyed my stay at the St. Regis. Our room was amazing and huge! We stayed in a second floor room. The pool area and beach are great. The spa is very nice as well. It is definitely a bit out of the way, so really is a destination. You may want to rent a car if you want to go into San Juan, as cabs get a little expensive. Also, make sure to reserve a car for the airport about a day prior to your departure! Overall, this is a great destination resort.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank cjc04
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srbahiabeach, General Manager at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Distinguished Guest,

Saludos from St. Regis Bahía Beach!

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding your recent stay at our resort.

Your brief and perfect description is precisely what we intend for every guest – absolute serenity combined with luxury, and wonderful cuisine. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a week of exploring and adventure on our beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

With the new exit on Highway 66, we are pleased to inform that our resort is now even closer than before - a mere 20 minute, and beautifully scenic drive from the airport.

We hope to have the pleasure of indulging you once again, at the St. Regis Bahía Beach, the best address in the Caribbean.

Warmest regards,

Terry G. Bechtold
General Manager
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Vancouver, Canada
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37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Loved loved LOVED this place! Was worth every penny! Was able to fully take advantage of all the amenities included - kayaking, biking, paddleboarding, golf cart service, tennis (super nice courts!) The towel service at the pool was spectacular, as was the iced tea service. The room was a palace - huge! Loved every nook & cranny - the patio with the lounging furniture, the comfy slippers & robes, the furnishings, the walk-in closet, separate toilet, massive shower area, double sinks, TV in the mirror of the bathroom, free bottles of water...it doesn't end! The gym had a bowl of green apples for people to take as snacks! Luxury at its finest.
The only downsides to this place were the hungry & aggressive mosquitoes & the less than perfect beach. Couldn't complain about anything - every single employee at this resort would say hello or good morning, good afternoon, good evening - no one would ever walk by you without acknowledgement. Upon checkin, every morsel of information was explained, leaving nothing to ask for!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank cmariec
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

We just returned from our vacation at the St. Regis Hotel at Bahia Beach in San Juan. Every single moment from arrival until departure was perfection. The staff was incredible! They knew our names, they greeted us warmly, they were available for anything we needed or desired at any time. The two restaurants, Fern and Molasses, were excellent! The food was incredible!
Our room was marvelous! Huge room with a super comfortable bed, a shower that can fit 15 people, beautiful large tub and a gorgeous view outside. The pool was spectacular! Great food and drinks poolside! And such pleasant staff members ready to assist with any requests!
This resort is located 30 minutes outside of downtown San Juan. Do not come to this resort if you plan on sightseeing. This resort is for those who just want an escape and complete relaxation. It is in the middle of nowhere but when you enter the resort, you are in a small piece of heaven!! We are definitely going back as soon as we can!!
Some extra special staff members were: Ammar at the Plantation Bar, Marco at the Fern and Jose, the very sweet waiter at Fern.
This is by no means an inexpensive trip but it is worth every single penny!!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank ShalS99
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srbahiabeach, General Manager at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Distinguished Guest,

Saludos from St. Regis Bahía Beach -

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts regarding your recent stay with us.

We are thrilled that your family had such an extraordinary vacation, replete with adventure and discovery! As you mentioned, our unique property, a true nature sanctuary, captures the distinctive personality of Puerto Rico and its enchanted tropical setting.

Your words of praise toward our staff are genuinely appreciated, and fuels their sense of pride and desire to serve our guests uncompromisingly.

We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you and your family back to Bahía Beach, in the near future.

Thank you for the gift of feedback.

Warmest regards,

Terry G. Bechtold
General Manager
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new york city
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

Just returned from a surprise birthday trip to the St. Regis Bahia Beach in Puerto Rico. I had no idea where my husband was taking me until we landed. The hotel and location were truly amazing. A very different vibe from the bustling resort areas in San Juan. I am a big fan of luxury, boutique hotels and St. Regis did not disappoint. The grounds, including the beach are beautiful and incredibly maintained, the rooms are elegantly appointed and very cozy, and the bath and shower luxurious. The entire staff was delightful. Very friendly and accommodating. The tragic flaw,and the only reason for the 3 star rating, are the restaurants and quality of the food. (There a not alot of options outside the hotel, unless you drive 30 min or so.) Unfortunately, The Jean George restaurant just does not have their act together. The wait time, even for a cocktail, is long and the food just simply not up to par. The first experience was average at best, and the second (my birthday dinner for 12 friends who flew down as a suprise for the wknd!) was a disaster. Even though we were the only ones in the restaurant, we waited well over an hour for the food to start coming out a few dishes at a time. We had to send most everything back because it was cold or tasteless. That being said, the manager was gracious enough to remove the charges from everyone's bill.Very Classy.The poolside restaurant which is open for lunch was just o.k. buHowever, considering the prices, was also disappointing. Friends had lunch at the Golf Club which they said was good. I really hope the hotel management is able to work out these restaurant related kinks It is truly an amazing place.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank jlori1414
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srbahiabeach, General Manager at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Distinguished Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding your recent visit to our resort with your friends.

We are thrilled that you truly appreciated our beautiful resort, luxurious guest rooms and the sincere demeanor of our dedicated staff.

Although we strive to deliver an unforgettable vacation experience, we regret that your experience at our premier restaurant Fern, did not meet your satisfaction. Your observations are taken very serously and as such, we have taken the liberty of thoroughly reviewing your experience with our culinary team.

We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you once again, so that we may treat you to the truly St. Regis experience you deserve.

Again, thank you for the gift of feedback, and the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

Warmest regards,

Terry G. Bechtold
General Manager
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New York City, New York
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34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

The good: The setting is beautiful, the grounds, gardens etc. The staff is extremely polite. The bad: Fern restaurant which is the flagship "dining experience" at best is horrible. They are clueless. The food is mediocre (and i'm being generous) and service in non-existent. Our party consisted of 12. Every meal came out at a different time and 3 were sent back. Unfortunately apologies do not solve the problem. The other restaurants were plagued with the same problem - poor service.
Make sure u are aware of the "hotel fee". That too is a joke. If you're playing golf, bring your own bug spray because they will charge you for a can.
Whenever there was an opportunity for a "subtle" charge it was there.
General manage was extremely nice and listened to our complaints. She credited us for the meal at Fern.
My advice, for the money this place charges, you can do a lot better elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank richard f
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srbahiabeach, General Manager at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Distinguished Guest,

Greetings from St. Regis Bahía Beach -

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding your recent visit at our resort.

We are most pleased that you enjoyed our magnificent tropical resort and the genuine warmth of our staff.

Please accept our apologies that your experience at our world-renowned restaurant, Fern, fell short of your expectations. This is certainly not the norm, and we may assure you that your thoughts have been thoroughly addressed with our staff, in a concerted to avoid this situation from reoccurring.

We do hope you will reconsider and return to St. Regis Bahía Beach, so that we may have the opportunity to welcome you back and reverse your last impression.

Should you wish to share any further comments, we are available at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for the gift of feedback, and the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

Warmest regards,

Terry G. Bechtold
General Manager
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

Food service very poor. Salty soup in day one at dinner. Day two burned veal chop at fern restaurant. Day three burned slides at seagrapes restautant. Breakfast was horrible. I order benedict eggs for two days hoping to get better the second time and it was the same poor food. Oatmeal hard as cement. Not a 5 star service. Rooms are extremely beautiful, clean and big. Pool was beautiful. We love the boat house!!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Jenndoc
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Property: The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
Address: State Road 187 kilometer 4.2, Rio Grande 00745, Puerto Rico
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Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Rio Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Rio Grande
#1 Luxury Hotel in Rio Grande
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Rio Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 139
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designated as Puerto Rico’s first and only AAA Five Diamond resort and the leader in luxury on the island and in the Caribbean, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico has been designed with the entire family in mind, providing a variety of extraordinary services and activities that will keep all guests entertained from sunrise to sunset. Located on a former 483 acre coconut plantation, it is nestled between El Yunque National Forest and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. Certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary, the lush Resort features a tennis center, a golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., as well as 4 miles of nature trails, 70 acres of lakes and a boat house for water sports. The intimate St. Regis Bahia Beach boasts 139 rooms including 35 suites, where The St. Regis’ iconic Butler service is available. Most of the guestrooms overlook amazing ocean and garden views setting a new standard in luxury accommodations, service levels and facilities for the Caribbean. An indulging Remède Spa and the exquisite dining options will delight all senses, including Fern Restaurant, featuring culinary creations by world famous Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Molasses Restaurant, St. Regis Bar and Seagrapes. In addition, abundant banquet space is available to accommodate a variety of outdoor or indoor events. Featuring amazing ocean or garden views, it is the perfect setting for small or big gatherings as well as weddings. The elegant tropical magnificence of The St. Regis Bahia Beach creates a world for its guests that they will never want to leave. ... more   less 
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