Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has opened The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico as the luxury St. Regis brand’s first Caribbean hotel.
The resort is located on a former coconut plantation situated between the El Yunque rainforest and the waters of the Espiritu Santo River. The 483-acre resort showcases the island’s natural beauty with rainforest landscapes, ocean views and a private bird sanctuary. The resort offers St. Regis Butler Service and features Jean-Georges’ restaurant Fern, a 10,000 square foot Remède Spa and an ocean-front golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico is the Caribbean’s first certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary.
“With the region’s unmatched natural surroundings, welcoming atmosphere and vibrant culture, Puerto Rico is certainly one of the world’s most coveted destinations for our discerning guests, and The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is poised to become the Caribbean’s most idyllic address,” says Paul James, global brand leader for St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts.
Designed by architectural firm Hill Glazier, the resort offers 139 guestrooms, including 35 suites with private terraces offering spectacular ocean views as well as 25 private St. Regis Estate Homes. Blending Puerto Rico’s culture and natural beauty, the accommodations have been designed as low-rise, plantation-style buildings to harmonize the guest experience with the natural surroundings preserved around them.
Guest accommodations feature beautiful interiors, custom-designed furniture and marble bathrooms in addition to linens and high-tech amenities such as high-speed wireless internet, a 40-inch LCD television in each guestroom, televisions integrated into the bathroom mirrors and an iPod docking station.
Set along two miles of private beach, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico offers expansive views of El Yunque National Rainforest and the Atlantic Ocean. Development of the resort has ensured that the local plant and wildlife have not been disturbed and these efforts and practices have been recognized with Audubon’s Gold Signature Sanctuary certification.
The resort’s “green team” – composed of an ecologist, two agronomists, and a landscape architect – cultivates native and indigenous plants that protect the natural vegetation of the resort’s lowland coastal and forest areas.
As part of its commitment to environmentally sustainable development, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort has created a 2.4-acre plant nursery and garden, which will provide fresh produce and herbs for use throughout the entire resort.
In keeping with the resort’s homage to Puerto Rico, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort’s Fern restaurant offers cuisine prepared with the freshest indigenous ingredients. Exclusively developed by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the menu showcases a blend of Jean-Georges’ repertoire of distinctive dishes with traditional Puerto Rican ingredients such as papaya, mango and coconut.
The 10,000 square-foot Remède Spa at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico includes seven treatment rooms. Designed to rejuvenate and restore, the spa features relaxation areas, steam and sauna facilities, cold and hot plunge pools, a fully equipped fitness center and several treatment rooms with private outdoor terraces. Remède Spa also offers a comprehensive menu of unique customized and results-oriented treatments.
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort’s golf course marks Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s first design project in Puerto Rico. Operated by Troon Golf, the course is situated beside two miles of beach and a native maritime forest and offers views of the rainforest from nearly every hole. Committed to preserving the natural integrity of the site, the course design is sensitive to the environment while providing challenging variety and the course includes holes along the ocean, scenic lakes and undulating fairways. The course’s clubhouse showcases Bahia’s tropical plantation architecture, accented by exposed stone and brickwork.
Inside the clubhouse guests have access to the restaurant Molasses, a golf shop, a bar and men’s and ladies’ lounges and locker rooms offering a variety of amenities and services. Outside the clubhouse there is a full-size beachfront swimming pool and patio areas overlooking the ocean for dining and entertaining.
Following in the literary tradition of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV, who commissioned a library for the brand’s flagship The St. Regis New York in 1904, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort offers a modern spin on the concept by offering a curated library as a special guest amenity. The library includes book selections from St. Regis friends and influencers including fashion designer Jason Wu, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and jewelry designers Alexis Bittar and Temple St. Clair, along with St. Regis Connoisseur and polo player Nacho Figueras.
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort features nearly 27,000 square feet of function space, including three outdoor lawn-event spaces, the ocean-view Astor pavilion and the spacious Astor Ballroom. Situated between the Espiritu Santo and Herrera rivers and bounded by the El Yunque National Forest, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico offers scenic views as well as activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing and fishing.
Connected to North America by more than 900 weekly flights, Puerto Rico is easily accessible via direct flight from a multitude of major cities in North America, and because Puerto Rico is a United States territory American citizens do not require passports to visit there. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is 16 miles from San Juan’s Luis Muñoz international airport, which is the largest hub in the Caribbean.
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