The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is situated on 486 acres of a former coconut plantation and native maritime forest. There are still plenty of coconut-bearing palms here, but now the flora has been diversified to include all manner of tropical flowers and trees. Families like the many resort activities. Hit the water on paddleboards, sailboats, and kayaks, or bike six miles of on-property trails. Golfers can tee off at the Robert Trent Jones Jr.–branded golf course. But the most popular activity might just be lounging at the pool or on the two-mile-long beach.
Of course, many people have a hard time leaving the private ocean-view patios that are a feature of many of the resort's 139 rooms. Each has a full range of comforts and technical marvels, including big-screen TVs. The St. Regis brand’s iconic butler service speedily fulfills any and every request or whim.
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The northeast area of Puerto Rico is a playground for active and adventurous travelers. Guests can hike to waterfalls in El Yunque National Forest. Or go on a nighttime kayak adventure in Bioluminescent Bay, where the water literally glows in the dark. Finally, join scads of locals for lunch at the dozens of beachside cafés at nearby Playa Luquillo.
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Rooms: 139 rooms and suites. From $450. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Savor star chef Jean-George Vongerichten’s acclaimed cuisine at the signature restaurant, Fern. Don't miss the avocado pizza and black pepper octopus molasses. For casual local fare like beef and seafood, try Mofongo, which is named after Puerto Rico's signature savory dish made from plantains. The resort’s casual restaurant, Seagrapes, has gourmet pizza, tacos, and more. Spa and gym details: Remède Spa offers a huge range of treatments and massages. The Athletic Club features treadmills and ellipticals, upright and reclining bikes (with access to the Internet), plus strength-training and core-work areas with free weights.
Who's it for: Luxury-minded, adventurous families and couples who enjoy the rain forest as much as the beach. Our favorite rooms: The top suite is called the Governor's Suite. At 2,500 square feet, it has amazing views of the ocean and includes one bedroom, a living room area, dining room area, fully equipped kitchen, marble bathroom with its own large patio, and an infinity tub. For art lovers: The hotel has a large collection of Puerto Rican art. The most notable painting is The Long Awaited Voyage, a mural by Arnaldo Roche, which was commissioned when the hotel opened in 2010. The painting depicts a blindfolded man in a canoe entering a misty, natural area that represents Bahia Beach. The painting is located in the hotel's main bar.