The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

State Road 187 kilometer 4.2, Río Grande 00745, Puerto Rico

In the shadow of El Yunque, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is situated on 486 acres of former coconut plantation and native maritime forest. There are still plenty of palms here, but now the flora also includes all manner of tropical flowers and trees, positioned around numerous trails for walking, running, and biking. Families love the resort for its many amenities, from four tennis courts and a Robert Trent Jones Jr.-branded golf course to a luxurious spa and state-of-the-art fitness center. A new partnership with Aquavento Water Sports provides equipment for everything from kayaking and paddle-boarding to fishing and sailing on nearby lakes, while the Soul of Bahia program gives guests the opportunity to volunteer with a rescue organization for local cats and dogs or help maintain a turtle sanctuary during hatching season. Still, the most popular activity might just be lounging at the pool or on the two-mile-long golden beach.

Part of a $60 million renovation following Hurricane Maria, the hotel now features a design by celebrated Puerto Rican designer Nono Maldonado and San Francisco-based firm Hirsch Bedner Associates. The plantation-style dark woods and warm browns have been swapped out for more modern, sea-inspired colors, and the 139 rooms have a chic, residential feel, with sprawling bathrooms, private terraces, and glass bar cabinets that can be stocked to your personal tastes by a 24-hour butler. Occupying a two-story building overlooking the ocean, the Casa Grande lobby is the place to go to experience the hotel’s daily Champagne sabering ritual, enjoy live music from a Steinway piano, admire the mural over the St. Regis Bar, or enjoy Greek-inspired fare at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Paros. The poolside restaurant and beach shack have also been redone to ensure uninterrupted views over the water.

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A Luxurious Stay at St. Regis

For a truly luxurious experience in Puerto Rico, stay at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. From the food to the spa to the wildlife experiences onsite, your stay will be absolutely perfect. The hotel features 139 magnificent rooms with butler service, where private terraces lead to spectacular ocean views—as well as amenities like a golf course, a spa, a beach, a pool, hot tubs, an aquatics center, shopping, and much more. Some of my favorite experiences from the stay were drinking sparkling wine in one of the opulent cabanas, taking a kayaking tour of the bird sanctuary, enjoying a wine-tasting dinner at the delicious Fern by Jean-Georges, and enjoying craft cocktails from the bar (Try the signature “Encanto Mary,” a Bloody Mary made with lime juice, Puerto Rican aji picante, and stuffed plantain olives. It’s served in a plantain chip rimmed glass).

Sail a Sunfish on a Private Lake in Puerto Rico

Situated between a two-mile stretch of beach and a rain forest, St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort gives guests the option to play in the property’s canals, ponds, and lakes, or in the ocean. Sunfish sailboats are available to take out on the resort’s lakes. For those who want to hit the high seas, the hotel arranges Beneteau sailboat charters.

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