Is Puerto Rico the New Place to go for a Winter Escape?
By Vikki Ashton
The St Regis Bahia Beach Resort is the only AAA Five Diamond property on the island. Set in an impressive 483 acres surrounded by fine golden sands, and lush green plantation. The rooms are decorated with care - exposed wooden beams, big modern bathrooms and large furnished terraces. A special feature of this resort is the private butler assigned to each suite. You can enjoy an oceanfront golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr or simply escape to the excellent Remede Spa. If you care about your food, you can taste some of the best cuisine in Puerto Rico, with a restaurant conceived by Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Fern or sample the delectable food of Molasses in the relaxing atmosphere of the Bahia Beach clubhouse.
One of the lesser known areas is the tiny island of Vieques, which is home to the ultra-exclusive. The W brand of hotels is one synonymous with contemporary luxury. Located around the world, these hotels are themselves works of art and this hotel is no different. There are unique design twists with art deco influences plus modern furniture and high tech equipment. The island also features the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay, the location is equally as stunning as the spa treatments, fine cuisine and immaculate modern room types of this lavish style hub.
Alternatively the Grand Melia Puerto Rico Golf Resort located on a stunning peninsula just 19 miles from San Juan and a 25 minute ride from the airport, Gran Melia Puerto Rico calls guests in search of sophisticated luxury with a blissful beachfront and Puerto Rico’s largest lagoon style swimming pool. An attractive and opulent hotel set in a delightful location - with no long transfer time to be concerned about. Only one room type here doesn’t include the RedLevel services, so that tells you how good it is, and how worthwhile an upgrade will be should you choose the option. Caters for families with children well, with dedicated kids club and varied programme of activities for the whole family.
Puerto Rico successfully mixes the laid back vibe of the Caribbean with the cosmopolitan nightlife of the U.S. This is a destination that has something for everyone; 300 flawless beaches, fabulous cuisine, adventures to be explored (zip-lining over a high forest canopy or paddling through the famous glow-in-the-dark bioluminescent bay, anyone?). With so much going for Puerto Rico, it’s hard to imagine this won’t be the destination to see and be seen next winter.