My Review and Tips For Visiting the St. Regis in Puerto Rico

Hot tip: Visit the “secret” locals-only restaurant right near the entrance of the St Regis Bahia Beach Resort near San Juan, Puerto Rico.

As you are driving into the property and about to turn off the highway, look for El Verde BBQ. Order the chicken and the plantains.

Introduction

Hi! My name is Nick. The St Regis Bahia Beach Resort is my favorite hotel in the Caribbean. I’ve stayed here a few times and these are my notes.

White guy (me) wearing a cowboy hat, black long-sleeve shirt, and shorts sitting in a chair on the beach in the shade

Me lounging at the “hidden beach” area at the St Regis Bahia Beach Resort. Email me if you want to know where it is!

My Tips For Your St Regis Visit:

  • Ask for a complimentary fruit bowl when lounging at the spa.
  • There are free bike rentals at the boat house. Use them to explore to the other center of activity: the beach house.
  • If you’re with a big group, dinner reservations at most of the property restaurants are mandatory.
  • Morning coffee station (7-10am) in Casa Grande has a few varieties of delicious muffins. Almond milk is available here. This is a great pre-breakfast before the buffet at SeaGrapes.
  • On weekends, there’s afternoon tea, coffee, and snacks in Casa Grande around 2pm. I think the champagne sabering is every day at 5pm.
  • SeaGrapes healthy food: I liked the spinach salad with Mahi Mahi at SeaGrapes restaurant.
  • Once a week there is a tour of the property with an on-site biologist or naturalist. Do this tour!
Huge turtle under a cloudy dark night sky, lit by a flashlight

One night while walking along the beach at the St Regis we happened upon this leatherback turtle laying her eggs!

Why I Like This Hotel

There’s a lot to like about the St Regis in Puerto Rico. Certainly being a Marriott property with a decent points redemption value helps.

But also:

Spa and Gym

The lounge area at the Iridium Spa at the St Regis in Puerto Rico is one of my favorite reasons to visit.

All guests have complimentary access to a cold plunge pool, hot tub, sauna, and steam room. Don’t forget to order the complimentary fruit bowl! (This is my favorite “hack” that they don’t tell you about.)

White bowl with apple, pear, blueberries, some nuts, and oranges inside on a silver tray

Complimentary fruit bowl at the spa lounge area

The gym has a wide variety of equipment, including plenty of free weights.

Great Big Rooms

Every room on the property has:

  • Huge bathroom with overhead shower and big soaking bath tub
  • Excellent temperature control
  • Tall ceilings
  • Calming color palette
  • Good bed
  • Nespresso coffee stations in all rooms
  • Quality and abundant bath products
Man me) standing

Me in the lounge area at Casa Grande, the main club house at the St Regis near San Juan

Beach Access and Aquatic Center Activities

The beach never felt crowded. The resort is nestled in a huge cove with tons of private beach access.

Palm trees and a wading pond

Looking out towards the beach, I think from the Pool House

There were nice, gentle waves most of the time. Sometimes there were larger waves that we enjoyed playing in.

Note: there’s no snorkeling on the property. The water was always a little murky and you’d probably have to wade out pretty far to get deep.

At the aquatic center, you can go kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and play on the huge floating jungle gym.

Floating slides on a small lake, hand pointing towards it

Am I 37 years old? Yes. Did I play on this like a little kid for at least 20 minutes? Yes.

Other Things

  • Water stations everywhere.
  • Warm, accommodating staff. All fluent in English and willing to take time to answer questions and show you to directions
  • Respect for wildlife: the property has an on-site biologist who leads a weekly tour of the grounds.
  • Suntan lotion at the towel station.
  • Convenient location: only 15-20 minutes from SJU airport by taxi.

Me and my girlfriend Rachel at the entrance of the St Regis in Puerto Rico. We are lit by the fires

Conclusion

I really like this hotel and I plan to go back again soon.

Got any hot tips, advice, or suggestions for me to add to this page? Email me here.

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2019-05-31T08:37:12-04:00 May 31st, 2019|General, Hotels|