The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico
What We Love
- Secluded setting on the edge of El Yunque National Forest
- Gourmet grub by super chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Fern
- An oceanside Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course
What To Know
- On-site restaurants are tasty but pricey
- Little or no nightlife
- 35-minute drive to San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Hedge fund billionaire John Paulson seems to know a good investment when he sees one, so travelers should take heart in the news that he snatched up this secluded seaside resort for north of $500 million in September 2013. Set on 438 acres between El Yunque National Forest and the Caribbean Sea, this 139-key plantation-style resort opened in 2010 rocks the best of everything starting with St. Regis’s signature service. Spacious rooms are spread out over a series of low-slung bungalows with exposed beams, rattan fans and brimming with custom cherry wood furniture. Spa-like marble bathrooms have massive rain showers and stand-alone soaking tubs.
In the Area
Though the resort is only a half-hour from historic San Juan, it’s a world away from…anything thanks to its setting between a protected rainforest and a pristine beach. That rainforest, El Yunque National Forest, is the only tropical national forest on U.S. soil with some 240 species of trees, 20, varieties of wild orchids and 50 species of ferns. That later statistic is the inspiration for super chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s on-site Fern, one of the best restaurants in the country, let alone Puerto Rico. Make a reservation well in advance for simply grilled preparations of local fish and meat in a Spanish Colonial Building that nods to this resort’s plantation roots. Robert Trent Jones Jr., one of the world’s pre-eminent golf course architects, designed the resort’s spectacular golf course, preserving the natural integrity of the seaside site. With impressive greens along the ocean, scenic lakes, undulating fairways and gentle ocean breezes, the course’s splendor is matched only by the world-class play it offers to golfers of all abilities.
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It's good to see this fine resort back on its feet, fully redesigned and decorated. Rooms are spacious and well-appointed. Grounds and beach are beautiful. Staff is incredibly helpful, although a few things (such as offered morning coffee delivery) have to be repeated, but many staff are spanking new, due to the long down time for renovation after the hurricane.
Nicely appointed small athletic center with up-to-date equipment.
We were only there for 3 nights, so didn't make full use of property, which is truly impressive, large and capable of numerous interesting activities for adults and kids alike.
Good food choices. Golf Club is probably best, in our opinion, although further to walk or jitney. Excellent, creative choices. Greek "formal" restaurant had some lovely items, including memorable lobster rice dish. Unexpectedly, the one dish to pass up is the surprisingly strange and unimpressive "gyro", made with wan pork, onions and bread-and-butter pickles. All other food was tasty, beautifully prepared and graciously served. Also note that when we were there, the formal restaurant had a surprising number of strollers and young kids, but did have two serving areas, so perhaps if you are looking to escape, ask to be seated in a different section.
All in all, a short but lovely trip, and we highly recommend the St. Regis in PR.
My wife, children (daughter age 16 and son age 14), and I enjoyed a fabulous 4-day stay at the St. Regis Bahia Beach in Puerto Rico (we were in beautiful room/suite #1213). The grounds of the property are in lovely condition, and every employee who we interacted with was very friendly and helpful. The beach is excellent, and I was pleasantly surprised by some moderate-sized ocean waves which were fun to body surf. The beach hammock near our room was great too. On a river in the property, the water-sports area (the Boathouse) and its employees there are fabulous as my kids & I enjoyed playing on the big water floats; I also appreciated the free access to high-quality paddle boards, kayaks, and fishing rods (I caught a large fish/snook from the shore!). My family & I also enjoyed tasty meals at several locations on the property, and we also enjoyed the pool(s) and well-maintained golf course. With so many fun activities available, there is plenty for everybody to do; or a guest can just relax on the beach or at a pool. My family & I had an A+ experience at the St. Regis Bahia Beach. We look forward to returning in the future! Matt W.
After reading the most recent review regarding coffee, I just wanted to point out there was coffee in the lobby, near the pool outside Seagrapes Restaurant and I also had it delivered each morning without fail at 7am via the world class Butler Service.
With that being said my family and I had a wonderful trip. The service and property where excellent considering the property only has been reopened for a couple months. I want to give special shout outs to Karen, Angela, Francis, Charles and Hector at Seagrapes. You made every Breakfast and Dinner special for my wife and 2 young kids and I can’t thank you enough. Also to the wonderful ladies of the Tortuga Kids Club. Wow are you guys amazing! My son and daughter are still talking about the craft room and the VR video games you played with them, not to mention feeding the Coy Fish each night.
I know I’m missing some other names, but just wanted to thank all the staff because you were beyond wonderful. Our dreams at night still are taken up by the beautiful grounds, the private beach, and the wonderful staff. Cannot wait to return!
There is no normal coffee service in the morning. You either have to make coffee yourself in your room or find someone (staff slow/spotty) to bring you coffee. I find this absurd and unacceptable. I just want to grab a cup of coffee and admire the beach without interacting with staff or having to forage in my room. Should have stayed at a Four Seasons.
This is our first time back since the hurricane. The property is lovely with spacious rooms and gracious staff.
We booked an ocean suite and it is wonderful. The furniture, art and layout is very nice. The grounds are lovely so we actually are not in the room much. We have a very brief walk to the beach. While it is President’s Day weekend, with many guests, the beach is not crowded. You can take long strolls in each direction. Truly a lovely resort. I don’t golf - but the course looks very nice
Also felt compelled to write a review as we had noted several negative reviews. Our interaction with the staff has been excellent. They really go out of their way to assist. Also, the interactions that we have noted with other guests have been equally friendly.
We have eaten in the two the restaurants and the food is quite good. Paros has a Greek influence but has a wide variety of dishes. We were there Valentines Day and had a fixed course meal that was quite good. Sea Grapes is pool side and had the standard fare with good pizzas and salads. The breakfast buffet looked good.
They have a fun event where they use a saber to open champagne at 6 pm. Interesting to watch if you are around.
My only negative would be that the gym is quite small. Not enough room for many people to spread out and use equipment. Not a big issue as we are on vacation but helpful to work off the indulgent meals.