The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is the only Five Diamond resort property on the island of Puerto Rico. And that is exactly what I had in mind for a luxury getaway break.
I have been to the St. Regis Bahia resort Spa several times, but this was our first overnight stay at the property. I booked a 4 day, 3 night reservation over Thanksgiving weekend, which also happens to be our Anniversary. November is still considered off-peak for tourist season, which officially kicks off mid-December through April.
We checked into a Superior Non-Smoking room with Tropical Garden View. Do not let that description fool you, this is the entry level of the luxury accommodations at the resort. Our room’s “only” luxury amenities are the Spacious Terrace, and Deluxe Shower & Tub.
I would love to see what the nicer luxury accommodations look like! The room was 674 sf/63 sm (larger than my apartment while attending University). The room was pristine (clean is an understatement), modern, and thoughtfully designed.
There is an expectation of over-the-top service at a Five Diamond property, but the staff exceeded that expectation. Throughout our stay, the staff went out of their way to make us feel special on our Anniversary. When first entering our room, we were greeted with a bottle of red wine and chocolate covered strawberries with a lovely note. Throughout our stay, we received more sweets and treats, towels shaped like swans, extra Champagne during our Spa services, and even a drawn bubble bath waiting for us after our Anniversary dinner at Fern!
The majority of our resort stay revolved around eating, drinking, relaxing on the balcony, relaxing on the beach, relaxing by the pool, relaxing at the spa, and walking on the beach.
The casual dining restaurants of Seagrapes and Molasses are perfect options for lunch or pool side beverage. The St Regis Bar in the (still unfortunately named) Plantation House serves delicious complementary coffee and tea in the morning, then full bar with small plate appetizers from Fern for dinner. Fern offers a breakfast buffet with omelet station, charcuterie spread, pastries, fruits, yogurts, cereals, variety of fresh squeezed fruit juices, and all things breakfast for a few hours in the morning. Fern is closed for lunch, and on Sundays. These are excellent dining options for a couple days, and if you want to venture out of the resort, the Luquillo beach kiosks are a few miles east on Highway 3.
Did I mention the beach? Soft golden sand stretches the entire length of the resort property. Unlike most beaches in Puerto Rico, the sand is groomed (sea weed is removed and the sand is “swept”) for a perfectly manicured beach. The sand also extends at least 100 feet in shallow water, perfect for children and drunk, or less than sober people. The semi-private beach (PR requires public access to all beaches) is adorned with beach lounge chairs, umbrellas, water stations and a bar.
On our last day at the resort, we borrowed bikes from the boathouse and went on a ride around the property. Big mistake waiting until our last day, we should have taken the bikes out as soon as we checked into the resort. Bicycle is the perfect mode of transportation to explore the resort in an intimate and leisurely fashion. The bike trails wrap around the entire property including the undeveloped sections and islands around the lakes and golf courses. We enjoyed the bike ride so much, I think we could have gone for a ride every single day!
In addition to the bicycles, the boathouse also offers complementary kayaks, Stand Up Paddle boards (SUP), dockside fishing, and a massive water slide in the lake.
There are plenty of family attractions, including kids club, movie nights, koi fish feeding, s’mores roasting poolside at sunset, and other children’s activities. The resort also offers adult-centric activities for outdoor enthusiasts, drunks, and foodies. We missed the evening Champagne sabering every night of our stay, but we still managed to score complimentary Champagne on the Plantation House back patio every night.
The St Regis Bahia Beach Resort is a perfect luxury getaway, and I highly recommend for it couples celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon, or anyone looking for an excuse to enjoy excellent service!
For more information out this spectacular resort check out the Remede Spa here and our Dinner at Fern Restaurant here.
Disclaimer: We did not receive any special treatment or discounts, the St. Regis treats all of its guests this well. I write honest opinions and share things and places that I love.
34 thoughts on “St Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico Review”
That hotel room looks incredible! Love the little touches like the strawberries and hand-written notes. And so close to the beach too! Looks like the perfect place to relax.
We visited Puerto Rico briefly on a cruise in 2015. We loved PR, hoping to get back in 2017. The hotel looks fab.
This place looks so luxurious! I love the idea of renting bikes and stand up paddle boards. The views looks beautiful.
Wow… this looks like an awesome property! How much does it cost? Do you know if it serves vegetarian food… are the restaurants good?
It is a 5 diamond property, luxury resort pricing. Occasionally there are reward deals. The restaurants are fantastic!
What a nice hotel! Puerto Rico is so beautiful and this hotel just complements its surroundings so well. What a lovely place to relax and enjoy!
That looks like a very nice place to stay! I will definitely have to keep this in mind when I go to Puerto Rico one day. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Wow, this place looks beautiful. Sounds like you had a wonderful stay and that the hotel really looked after you guys. The food looks delicious too. Happy Anniversary!!
Looks like a fancy place to celebrate your anniversary. I’m not usually a luxury traveller (I’m more of an outdoorsy person) but those complimentary bikes and paddleboards just might convert me 🙂
Sounds like such an amazing stay! I love hotels that go above and beyond to make your stay special. My husband and I stayed at multiple Starwood properties all over Thailand and each one of them did everything to make us feel at home (champagne, chocolates, cakes, etc.). So glad you guys had a great stay at the St. Regis – I’ll definitely be checking out that property when I visit PR!
Last time I was in Puerto Rico I stayed at a friends house but next time I want to pamper myself at this amazing resort. The good looks absolutely amazing and the rooms are spacious. Definitely worth a look
First of all, Happy Anniversary to you and yours! Looks like you two spoiled each other. I agree this room is amazing and I wonder what the bigger and better rooms have? I’m not much of a hard core luxury person, as I like outdoor activities, so I enjoy that they have the bike rentals and the SUPs and Kayaks! I would be doing that almost every day. I will keep this place in mind for future stays.
The hotel looks luxurious. I love hotels which go the extra distace to make your stay more comfortable (read – pampered!) especially on your special days;) . I really liked the sea-view terrace.
The resort looks like the perfect pick for an anniversary! The room looked lovely, I am quite curious how much nicer more luxurious options would have been! The beach, the food, everything looks perfect in your pictures.
Wow what an awesome anniversary treat! It sounds like the hotel went above and beyond to make you both so welcome. The hand written notes are awesome, and love that they treated you with a bottle of wine and chocolate strawberries.
First, congratulations on the anniversary. What a great place to enjoy and relax while celebrating. I love that they went above and beyond even the highest of expectations that you already had for them. It truly looks spectacular.
Thank you, it was a wonderful treat. We are ready to go back!
This place has such a serene and inviting environment! I love the way that food looks! The rooms also look cozy and luxurious! I would totally stay here.
This looks like an awesome place to stay! I love when hotels incorporate thoughtful little details (like those chocolate dipped strawberries for example). Also that food looks ahh-mazing!!
Wow! The resort looks lovely…seems like you were truly pampered. Are you aware whether non staying guests can eat at the restaurant? And how expensive is the food?
Yes, anyone can book reservations for Fern restaurant or the Spa. Fern is as expensive as you would expect for a 5 diamond resort. You check out my full review of Fern at http://jentheredonethat.com/fern-winter-tasting-menu/
I love it when a hotel pushes the boat out to make a celebration special. This place looks great. I could do with a trip to St Regis after the Christmas madness
Happy anniversary! I want to go to Puerto Rico soon so the advice is very appreciated (might be a bit out of budget, but maybe on an anniversary one day!) I would love to be greeted with chocolate covered strawberries. And lovely video, gives me more of a sense of place for sure!
I haven’t been to Puerto Rico yet, but man am I yearning to go! That resort looks like a beautiful place to spend your anniversary–I mean that bubble bath must’ve been such a lovely surprise! Thanks for the lovely post!
Our anniversary with my partner is coming up tomorrow and we are staying in a spa resort as well. Seems like staff spoiled you and it’s nice when they put in that extra touch. Hanging out on the beach, riding a bicycle and SUP sound like my kind of adventure too! Happy anniversary and thanks for sharing your special time with us!
What a lovely place to escape the world and celebrate your anniversary! I love hotels that leave you little messages. It’s so cute
What a great place to spend your anniversary! I love resorts where you can stay without having to leave if that’s what you want to do. The food looks amazing!
Oh my gosh this looks incredible! I would just be happy with those chocolate covered strawberries! Yum! The whole property looks like a dream!
What a fabulous way to spend an anniversary. I spent 3 days in Puerto Rico in San Juan and it was gorgeous. Would love to go back someday and enjoy a resort like this one.
Super fancy! I really want to go to Puerto Rico. Also, I like your blog title. It reminds me of mine hahaha
Happy anniversary! So glad to hear you had a fabulous stay – the resort looks and sounds spectacular. Pretty big call if the service exceeded even that usually expected of a five diamond property!!! Will have to get down for a stay myself!
Ooh what a lovely way to spend your anniversary! I love all the little touches – complimentary champagne, sweets & chocolates and of course that bubble bath! It all looks & sounds fabulous! 😀
What a fun and relaxing stay. I love staying at hotels where you can just hang out and enjoy the surroundings on and around the property. I would definitely take advantage of the bikes. I don’t have a bike myself, so whenever I get a chance to ride one it is so much fun!