Luxury resorts and small, family-owned inns at the base of El Yunque.
Some of the island’s biggest (and most luxurious) resorts can be found in Río Grande, including the St. Regis Bahía Beach and Wyndham Grand Río Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort. But for those who prefer more intimate accommodations, the region boasts some of the most idyllic and serene country getaways you’ll find anywhere on the island.
Home to the only subtropical rainforest that’s part of the U.S. National Forest, Río Grande is known for its gorgeous natural scenery, from majestic waterfalls to verdant mountainscapes.
Here are some of the top places to stay in this east region destination:
St. Regis Bahía Beach
The first St. Regis property in the Caribbean, this 438-acre resort offers lavish accommodations, unparalleled service, and breathtaking natural beauty. Nestled on a former coconut plantation, St. Regis Bahía Beach sits between the pristine beach and the banks of the Espíritu Santo River. The resort is known for its commitment to environmentally conscious development, and the property has a garden which supplies fresh produce to the on-site restaurants. It is also home to two private bird sanctuaries, which earned it the first and only Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary Certification in the Caribbean.
Resort amenities include an Iridium Spa, an outstanding golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., a seaside swimming pool and esplanade, state-of-the-art fitness facility, kids club, private cabanas, butler service, and 24-hour concierge. This 139-room hotel is Puerto Rico’s first AAA Five Diamond-rated resort and has been featured in the Forbes Travel Guide, among other prominent lists.
Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve
If a secluded tropical paradise is what you seek, look no further than Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve. This beautiful destination hotel is situated inside a gated community between El Yunque rainforest and the ocean. With magnificent architecture and contemporary décor, The Hyatt Regency boasts 486 rooms adorned with mahogany furnishings and warm golden tones. One of the top amenities of this posh hotel is its lagoon-style pool with swim-up bar. Other facilities include a small casino, an upscale spa, and two 18-hole golf courses that host PGA events such as the Puerto Rico Open. The hotel also features a buffet, a steakhouse, and a Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant for your dining delight.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar
Without a doubt one of the most elegant and luxurious hotels on the island, the Wyndham Grand Río Mar has been listed as one of the World’s Greatest Places by Time magazine. Bordered by the scenic mountains of El Yunque National Forest and situated along a mile of golden-sand beach, this 500-acre property boasts two renowned golf courses, three lagoon-style swimming pools, 10 top-notch restaurants, a casino, wellness center with a Mandara Spa, and much more. There are 400 spacious guestrooms offering all the creature comforts of home.
The Rainforest Inn is a boutique bed and breakfast set in El Yunque National Forest, this quaint mountain hideaway features private porches with hammocks where you can listen to the sounds of nature. The intimate wood-and-brick villas offer an assortment of amenities to make your stay comfortable, like living rooms and kitchenettes. Other amenities include guided hikes, a yoga studio, spa treatments, and WiFi. This small inn is an eco-friendly, vegetarian, and LGBTQ-friendly.
Hacienda Siesta Alegre
This 30-acre inn tucked away in a rustic mountain setting oozes historic, Spanish Colonial charm. There are three principal rooms with private bathrooms, and four additional rooms available by request. Each guestroom is individually decorated and offers rural-style perks, like outdoor clawfoot tubs, wraparound terraces, and hammocks. The Hacienda Siesta Alegre also has a ranch, where guests are welcome to spend time with retired thoroughbred racehorses. A hearty breakfast is included for guests.