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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
How to Get There
Staying at St Regis is surely an experience to remember. The property is stunning and so well maintained with an unbeatable location, but what truly makes this place extraordinary is the incredible staff. Before our arrival Karla, the reservation manager assisted me in booking an amazing room. We were greeted by JO upon our arrival who instantly can lift anyone's spirits with his welcoming personality. We were then taken to our room on golfcart by Anibel, who made the ride fun and safe and gave us some information on the property and the island. JO continued to make our stay memorable by honoring the celebration of my birthday and anniversary and just being all around kind. Valeria helped with our reservations and coordinated a vegan dinner menu with Chef Peidro at Paros, where we had an amazing dining experience with Juan as our server who was so bright and insightful. Throughout our stay we enjoyed many amazing outdoor activities to truly take in the beauty of Peurto Rico, it's tough to leave the St Regis, but there is so much to see and do on this island. Eli from butler service really out did himself helping us plan and coordinating our excursions and providing us with a wealth of information and maps. I also can't forget Keila behind the scenes in house keeping who kept our room immaculate throughout the entirity of our stay. Thank you for all for the lovely experience, you are what makes the best address truly the best.
Field to go play all day long. for players from any handicap... a little difficult for you to have traps in stragetic places... the grass in the fairway divines, the greens.You're Not gonna regret anything, plus the place is beautiful and safe
We came here for a week (7 nights) and to be honest a lot of things here didn’t feel like St.Regis.
The staff 10 stars on 5 - They are so helpful, nice and will care about what you need. Staff Interaction has been super amazing.
We had trouble with the mosquitoes in our room. I know you would expect insects and mosquitoes at any tropical destination but the resort/hotel typically take steps to help out. We have been to Bora Bora, HI, Mexico (Cabos,Cancun) and Bali and there were precautionary measures taken by the hotel - it was usually a mosquito zapper, a machine or some sort of spray. I didn’t find the case here - even after multiple complaints during our stay. It’s impossible to sit on the porch without being a scratchiest monkey. For us there were mosquitoes,
Spiders and a cockroach inside the room. We did get the mosquitoes repellent from the spa and a nearby walgreens but that didn’t help.
There isn’t a lot of food options inside the facility specially when you are here for a number of days. You will get bored eating the same thing offered by 2 restaurants. I also didn’t find more than a single vegetarian option and was told to order a bunch of sides. The breakfast buffet leaves you wanting for more. The service is excellent but they can include a few local cuisine food items as options. Breakfast was mainly baked good, fruits, omelet station and cheese station.
The AC in our room didn’t work during the night maybe due to overload. We asked for a fan but nobody came to fix the AC unit. The landscaping needed a lot of clean up almost everywhere. You can easily see pile of leaves or yard waste lying around the pool, common areas and also at the entrance which didn’t clear atleast during our entire week’s stay. We also found stuff inside the pool which tells you it isn’t cleaned regularly.
I wish they had more options for food (some suggestions) an icecream station to beat the heat , a lounge area where you can just sit and relax , a coffee bar. I also wish they could do something about mosquitoes in common area where guests are ready to be eaten. It’s particularly dangerous for small kids.
Having said - I hope someone reads this and goes back to fix it. We really enjoyed our fish feeding session with our toddler. The staff is amazing and they went out of their way to let my toddler enjoy the fishes. The kids club and staff who manage it are amazing. They could have some shade and seats around the park area which could allow kids to play in shade and parents to sit and watch.