If a lavish and luscious break from reality is what you need, Puerto Rico’s top four luxury hotels will more than deliver.
From opulent furnishings to top-of-the-line amenities, these awe-inspiring locations are committed to offering the best experiences in unbelievable settings. With easy check-in and check-out processes, impressive accommodations, award-winning restaurants, unique spas and wellness centers, and other services, these hotels go above and beyond to guarantee an unbelievable and unforgettable vacation.
Set out to be pampered and treated like royalty when you check in to Puerto Rico’s best luxury accommodations.
1055 Ashford Ave, San Juan
Originally built in 1919, this unique and historic hotel captivates with its magnificent Spanish Revival architecture in center of urban San Juan. With accommodations inspired by the hotel’s captivating oceanfront setting, every detail was conceived to reflect the serenity of the island’s coastline.
Designed by internationally acclaimed firm Wilson Associates, the 319 guestrooms – including 108 suites – mix elements of nostalgic luxury with modern-day amenities. Many rooms provide breathtaking backdrops of the Atlantic, with balconies and terraces that are perfect for taking in the splendor of the coast. The hotel's striking deck, spanning the oceanfront, provides a sense of staying at a resort while being nestled in the heart of the city.
This hotel features the only Hammam Spa and hotel Cigar Lounge in Puerto Rico. Its restaurant presents a “farm to table” experience, with two Michelin Star chef, Juan José Cuevas. The Condado Vanderbilt is also the only hotel in San Juan that offers two presidential three-bedroom suites.
Other services include beach butler service, 24-hour butler service on all suites, 24-hour room service, complimentary wi-fi and meeting spaces, 300 thread-count Rivolta Carmignani linen in all rooms, in-room French Press coffee maker featuring premium Puerto Rican coffee and tea Bottled water and refreshments replenished daily.
As part of several luxury programs –such as Forbes Travel Guide, American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, and Virtuoso and Signature Travel – the Condado Vanderbilt was awarded #3 hotel in Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award for 2018 and was recognized among the Best Historic Hotels by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.
St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort
State Road 187 kilometer 4.2, Río Grande
Combining the ubiquity of everyday life with the extraordinary, this east-coast resort crafts the experience of every guest to be entirely unique. Being the first St. Regis in the Caribbean, the brand introduces its unparalleled services and amenities in a paradisiac 483-acre setting that embraces the island’s stunning natural beauty with verdant landscapes and breathtaking ocean views.
Ideally located in a former coconut plantation only 30 minutes away from the airport, Bahia Beach Resort is nestled between El Yunque National Forest and the tranquil waters of the Espíritu Santo river.
This resort is known for its exceptional commitment to environmentally-thoughtful development, having the first and only Audubon’s International Gold Signature Sanctuary certification in the Caribbean. It is home to two private bird sanctuaries. The property also has a dedicated “green team,” as well as a garden, which supplies fresh produce to all the resort’s restaurants and offers a home to hens producing eggs.
Through the Soul of Bahia, the guests are invited to enjoy activities such as nature tours and kayak excursions to learn about the property’s natural surroundings. The hotel provides equipment for non-motorizes water sports such as surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, and fishing that can be used along the almost two-mile stretch of secluded beach
Among the many splendid services, their amenities include a relaxing Iridium Spa, an outstanding golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., a seaside swimming pool and esplanade, high-rated fitness facility, Kids Club, private cabanas, butler service and 24-hour concierge are available for the guests.
This 139-room hotel is Puerto Rico’s first AAA Five-Diamond rated resort and it has been featured in Forbes Travel Guide.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
100 Dorado Beach Drive, Dorado
“Barefoot Luxury” is what this eco-resort tries to evoke. Heavenly and idyllic, the newly renovated hotel was inspired by the experiences of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller, and its discreet individualized service respects the environment it was built in. The reserve component on its own offers 1,400 acres of natural beauty and luxury to its guests in a former plantation.
With a feeling of singular exclusivity, this five-star hotel presents mature vegetation and ocean views throughout the facilities. All the 115 rooms of this hotel take advantage of its location, with enormous sliding glass doors that face the ocean and enjoy proximity to the beach. Some suites feature private pools, and all accommodations offer indoor and outdoor rainforest showers and deep soaking tubs.
The resort is home to three Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed golf courses, each distinct to their setting. With many programs and activities to enjoy, this lavish getaway provides hands-on adventures that center around nature and culture for both children and adults. There is non-motorized watersport equipment such as kitesurfs, sailing, surfing, paddleboards, and kayaks. For those who do not want to dive into the salty waters, the hotel has two pool areas where guests can still enjoy the coastline views.
The Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a AAA Five-Diamond hotel and the Caribbean’s only 2017 Forbes Five-Star Hotel and Spa award winner.
Fairmont El San Juan Hotel
Designed by legendary Miami Beach architect Morris Lapidus, Fairmont El San Juan first opened its doors back in 1958 as a beachside playground for celebrities and entertainers. Quickly, it became the Caribbean’s premier retreat for global jet-setters and locals. Located on the award-winning Isla Verde beach, this unparalleled resort blends a modern tropical splendor with old-world elegance.
Following a $65 million redesign by Jeffery Beers and renovation, the resort creates an atmosphere of lavish camaraderie for locals and travelers alike. This iconic landmark continues to be one of the most desired hotels by families and solo travelers, as well as couples. With 388 guestrooms nestled within 15 acres of lush Caribbean luster, El San Juan Hotel boasts storied décor, each room framed by floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase the dynamic views of the beach and neighborhood.
Among its top-of-the-line amenities, the hotel features four pool areas with a swim-up bar and luxury cabanas, as well as a 24-hour state-of-the-art tri-level Well & Being Fitness Center, and a completely remodeled full-service spa. The hotel also has around 16 restaurants – including award-winning Caña by Juliana González, serving a creative take on Puerto Rican cuisine; BRAVA, an acclaimed nightclub; Chico Cabaret, a burlesque-like lounge that features a local adventure desk where you can schedule tours around the island.
El San Juan Hotel was recognized among the Top 15 Best Hotels in the Caribbean & Central America by Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards in 2019 and 2017, as well as Open Table Awards for Best Restaurant Reader’s Choice for Caña by Juliana González and Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence.
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