Puerto Rico has no shortage of luxury resorts dotting its Caribbean coastline. Of the island’s many accommodation options, several hotels boast a AAA four-diamond rating. Although many of the most-celebrated destinations are clustered in the capital city of San Juan, you also can find hotels of note elsewhere on the island.
Most of Puerto Rico’s high-end resorts are perched on the island’s scenic coast.
The Ritz-Carlton San Juan
The Ritz-Carlton San Juan (ritzcarlton.com) received a hat tip from Forbes Travel in 2012, winning praise for its extensive makeover. The hotel is located on Isla Verde island, adjacent to the historic quarter of San Juan. The property boasts eight acres of gardens, beaches and green spaces, five restaurants, conference and banquet facilities and a full-service spa.
Las Casitas Village and El Conquistador
With the AAA five-diamond rating, Las Casitas Village (lascasitasvillage.com), a Waldorf Astoria resort, is among Puerto Rico’s most deluxe accommodation options. The resort is located in Fajardo, on the northeastern corner of the island, about an hour’s drive from San Juan. As the name suggests, the resort offers you the option to stay in private villas with up to three bedrooms, besides its selection of guest rooms. Other resort amenities include a water park, a full-service spa, golf, a private marina and beach and a casino. El Conquistador (elconresort.com), a sister property, sits adjacent to Las Casitas and features a spa that Frommers calls “one of the most comprehensive in the Caribbean.” Other amenities include tennis, a health club, a casino, 12 restaurants, eight bars, seven pools and a nightclub.
St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort (stregisbahiabeach.com) also ranks among Forbes’ recommended places to stay in Puerto Rico, as reported by Hayley Bosch in 2012. As well as Forbes, the St. Regis regularly ranks on “best of” lists from publications including “Conde Nast,” “Elite Traveler” and even “Wine Spectator.” The resort’s secluded setting, near El Yunque National Forest, gets particular attention, in tandem with its indulgent offerings, with a spa and seafood restaurant under celebrity chef Jean Georges Vongerichten. San Juan is still within an hour’s drive, and the coastal town of Luquillo is 15 minutes from the resort.
Horned Dorset Primavera
On the west coast of the island, Horned Dorset Primavera (horneddorset.com) ranks among Fodor’s and Frommer’s top picks for Puerto Rico accommodations. The hotel’s intimate scale includes just 40 private villas on eight acres, including a semiprivate beach. Guests sleep in four-poster beds and bathe in claw-footed tubs. Some villas feature private decks or pools. In 2010, the hotel was included among Fodor’s list of the best 100 hotels in the United States. From the relatively secluded location on the island’s western coast, guests can go whale-watching or horseback riding. A casino and a golf course are also within a half hour of the hotel.
Recognized by “Travel + Leisure” magazine as one of the world’s best hotels, Hotel El Convento (elconvento.com) is another AAA Four Diamond winner in historic San Juan. The hotel is housed in a convent from the 17th century, but you have countless modern comforts and conveniences, from hot tubs to plasma TVs. Four-poster beds and period furniture round out the aesthetics. Amenities include a plunge pool, hot tub, swimming pool, beach club with access to two different beaches, on-site masseuses and a daily reception. The herb garden is ideal for romantic strolls and provides garnishes to the restaurant and bar.
- Ritz Carlton: The Ritz-Carlton San Juan
- Forbes: Why You Should Book a Trip to San Juan Today
- Las Casitas Village: Casino
- Interlink Group: Las Casitas Village
- El Conquistador: Home
- Frommer’s: El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa
- St. Regis Bahia Beach: Romance Exclusives
- Starwood Hotels: St. Regis Accolades
- Horned Dorset Primavera: Home
- Frommer’s: Horned Dorset Primavera
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