Puerto Rico's beachside nature retreat
139 Rooms / 35 Suites
Put The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico at the top of your list for your next tropical getaway — it has everything you need for the ideal Caribbean vacation. The hotel is located less than 30 miles from San Juan so you can zip to the city for dinner or sightseeing, and it’s just miles from one of Puerto Rico’s most popular attractions, the 28,000-acre El Yunque rain forest. The resort itself, however, is secluded on 483 lush acres.
The grounds of the luxury resort are special. Built on a former coconut plantation, the property is a gold certified Audubon Society Sanctuary — one of only 20 in the world. There are ample paths for walking and biking to observe the local plant and wildlife, and a boathouse stocked with kayaks for water tours.
The beach is quiet and you can rent a cabana on the sand for reading and napping or a romantic dinner. The lagoon-style pool is also ringed with small and large cabanas with daybeds, dining tables, refrigerators and flat-screen TVs. Claim one and order wood-fired pizza and mojitos from Seagrapes, the resort’s casual restaurant.
Low-slung bungalows are decorated in plantation chic with rattan fans and carved headboards. They house just 139 rooms, each with a large bedroom, a walk-in closet and an enormous bathroom with a spacious rain shower. The 35 suites are a nice option for families — living rooms include a sectional sofa with pullout bed, a wet bar and an extra bathroom. Reserving a suite also entitles you to The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort’s butler service — butlers will help with anything you need and bring coffee to your door at a designated time each morning.
Be sure to book a spa service or two during your stay. Remède Spa is top-notch, with a litany of healing treatments and expert therapists. A complimentary glass of champagne is offered to all spa guests; sip it in the covered outdoor area before your Encanto rum massage (the spirit is mixed into the oil).
Restaurants include Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Fern, which overlooks the resort’s grassy estate lawn and beach. The contemporary American food with local flavors (sautéed lobster with buttery cabbage, green chile, scallions and ginger) is excellent, and there’s a superb wine list. Molasses is on the renowned Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course and serves delicious Puerto Rican favorites such as mofongo (mashed fried plantains with caramelized onions, peppers and salsa criolla) and frituras (fritters).
Add in the St. Regis champagne sabering ritual each evening (which includes a free glass of bubbles), Saturday night s’mores and lots of kid activities, and you can easily decide not to venture out at all.